Five athletes and coaches who made a name for themselves on the fields of Carroll County were inducted this month into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.
Sponsored by the Westminster Rotary Club, this year's induction ceremony was held April 13 at Carroll Community College, where the Hall of Fame is located.
This year class included stars of baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, track and field and other sports, playing or coaching Owls, Cardinals, Cavaliers, Panthers Eagles — and even an Amarillo Dilla.
Members of the 2012 induction class are:
• Gene Brown — longtime coach of South Carroll High School, led the Cavaliers' football and lacrosse teams. In football, his teams were Carroll County champions in 1997, 2002 and 2003. He was a six-time county Coach of the Year, and the 2003 Baltimore Ravens Coach of the Year.
In lacrosse, he had a 139-56 record over his 15 years as head coach. His Cavalier teams were county champs in 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993; and regional champs in 1990 and 1991.
• Greg Elliott — a product of New Windsor, Elliott played baseball for the nationally ranked 1989 Calvert Hall College High School team, and was voted first team All-Metro that year after batting .413 for the Cardinals. That team was the MSA champion and top ranked state team in 1989.
For his college career, he was inducted in 1998 into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. He had been a member of the 1991 and 1992 All East Coast Conference Team; the 1992 All East Coast Region Team; and the 1993 All Big South Conference Team. He had a stint in the pros with the Amarillo Dillas of the Texas Louisiana league, and played in the 1995 Texas Louisiana playoffs as a member of the Dillas.
• Denean Powelson Koontz — a 1986 graduate of North Carroll High School, Powelson Koontz played field hockey, basketball and softball for the Panthers, and was a member of the 1986 state champion softball team with North Carroll. In field hockey, she was a county player of the year in 1985, and in basketball was twice a first-team all-county and all-league athlete.
After high school, she played field hockey for Virginia Commonwealth University, and since then has spent 22 years teaching physical education and coaching field hockey at North Carroll High.
• Sherry Esposito Stick — a graduate of Westminster High School, Esposito-Stick lettered in track and field, cross country, basketball and field hockey. She was a member of the All Carroll County Track Team and was the female Athlete of the Year at Westminster for the 1995-1996 school year.
In college, at Salisbury University, she received All Conference honors in both the CAC and Mason Dixon conferences for track and cross country. She was a member of the CAC All-Academic team and the U.S. Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team, and still holds four Salisbury track records in the 800 meters, 4 x 800, 4 x 200, and sprint medley.
She was a national qualifier in the 800 meters, and was inducted into the Salisbury University Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2010.
• Guy Stull — a 44-year coach for Carroll County Public Schools in football, baseball, basketball, golf, cross country and track and field. Stull is credited with starting the football program at Francis Scott Key High School in 1968, then coached 14 years at Westminster High School, including seven years as head coach, including 1981 — when the school won a Big Eight Conference and regional title.
In baseball, Stull coach 37 years of high school — three at FSK and 34 at Westminster. He won four straight tri-state championships from 1975-1978 as head coach at Westminster, and was inducted into Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008. He also coached 10 years of golf at Westminster.
A product of Frederick High School, he was a two-sport star in football and baseball, then played at Bridgewater College, Va., and later played baseball for the Staunton Braves in the Shenandoah Valley League.