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Dulaney Hall of Fame adds magnificent seven

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The Dulaney High School Athletics Hall of Fame will honor its latest class — Jamie Watson, Charlie Speno, Roy Markuson Sr., James Russo, Cdr. John Rousseau, Julia Hughey Guisewite and Trevor MacMeekin — at halftime of the Lions' 2 p.m. football game against Loch Raven on Nov. 5.

Markuson never played or coached for the Lions, but was an invaluable asset to the school at which he started the Dulaney Sports Boosters in 1973.

"(Former athletic director) George Kernan asked me to get something going," said Markuson, 84, whose three sons attended the school. "There were a lot of really good people on the board (of directors). I had a lot of help. And it's great to know that it's still in existence."

For sheer athletic versatility, it would be tough to top Watson (Class of 1982), who played field hockey, basketball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball and boys soccer in her brilliant Dulaney career.

Showing that she has an even great capacity for widening her sports interests, the teaching professional at the Northwest Golf Course hosts "Tee off with Jamie Watson" on Sundays at 10 a.m. on Fox 1370.

She said that "getting to the state final four" in basketball was her biggest thrill while playing for the Lions.

Trevor MacMeekin (2001), a Cornell University grad who works in financial services on Wall Street, was an accomplished placekicker for the Lions football team that posted a 7-3 record a year after a winless campaign.

His career best was a 49-yard field goal for Dulaney and a 42-yard conversion for the Big Red.

MacMeekin's 21-yarder gave the Ivy League squad a triumph over Towson University in 2002, one of eight field goals he kicked as a sophomore.

He was also a pretty good pitcher who hurled Dulaney into a couple of state final appearances.

Julia Hughey Guisewite (2001) also attended Cornell after starring for the Dulaney soccer and lacrosse teams.

Now a civil engineer in Arlington, Va., she said her most vivid memory of her playing career was losing a state championship lacrosse game to Severna Park.

"It was a close game, and I rolled the crease," she said, adding that she was called for charging. "I was devastated, embarrassed."

She recovered, however, by watching the boys beat Severna Park that same night for a title.

Charlie Speno (1989), a lacrosse midfielder who was a co-Towson Times Player of the Year with Calvert Hall's Kevin Pehlke, went on to play the sport at Johns Hopkins University after he helped the Lions to a pair of state crowns.

The Lutherville father of three, who works in pharmaceutical development in Baltimore, also played soccer for Dulaney.

James Russo, the 2003 Towson Times Athlete of the Year, played soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Lions, helping them reach a state soccer final with a "golden goal" against previously unbeaten Leonardtown.

He also scored 38 points for the basketball squad in a victory in the Wes Unseld Classic and was a starting midfielder on state championship lacrosse teams.

The New York City professional recruiter carried his hoops career to Goucher College, scoring 1,316 points in three years as a Gopher.

Naval Academy graduate Cdr. John Rousseau was on the track and field and soccer teams at Dulaney, garnering all-state soccer honors and becoming a state champion in the pole vault.

"I still have excellent memories of the camaraderie with teammates and coaching staff," said Rousseau, now the commanding officer of a Test and Evaluation squadron in Point Mugu, Ca.

To attend the banquet honoring the inductees at the Hunt Valley Country (6 p.m., Nov. 5) , contact Dulaney athletic director Mike Lafferty at 410-887-7638 or mlafferty@bcps.org.

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