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Dulaney High set to recognize sports greats [Cockeysville]

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Dulaney High School has long been a powerhouse in athletics, boasting 32 state championship teams and 80 individual state champions in its 53-year history. Back in 2003, the school established an Athletic Hall of Fame in order to recognize outstanding athletes, coaches and individuals who have made significant contributions to Dulaney's athletic program.

At this year's induction ceremony, they will recognize the 1999 men's varsity soccer program as a Team of Distinction for winning the state championship, which capped a record-setting season with the most victories in school history. The team achieved a 15-1-1 record while giving up just 12 goals the entire season.

Eight individuals will also be honored. They include: Deborah Walters, '77, a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball, who won county championships in each sport and is a University of Maryland graduate; Edward Farer, '65, who played basketball and lacrosse at Dulaney and went on to do the same for Bucknell University, where he was a team captain in both sports; Danielle Parker Gumbs, a 2008 graduate and volleyball and basketball standout who also had a very successful basketball career at the University of Delaware and played professional basketball in Spain; Alex Leanos, '95, who ran cross country and was a wrestler, twice competed as a state finalist, and became an All-American power lifter while at the United States Naval Academy; Dianne Taylor Wenczkowski, '87, a standout in basketball, lacrosse and soccer, who was named the Baltimore Sun's soccer Metro Player of the Year in 1987 and went on to play at the University of Maryland as a four-year starter in soccer; James Crowley, also a 1987 graduate, who played basketball and baseball, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in 1987 in the latter sport, played at Clemson University, where he was an All-American, and then was drafted by the Boston Red Sox, playing professional baseball for five years; Kara Burke, '11, a varsity soccer and lacrosse star who was captain of both teams during her senior year, and continued her lacrosse career at Loyola University, where she won multiple honors and awards; and Kevin Albright, '74, who played soccer and lacrosse, along with club ice hockey, in which he earned all-metro honors, and went on to be the captain and coach of the soccer team at the Naval Academy.

This year's banquet will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Hunt Valley Country Club starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, please contact Rob Herb at

If you are looking for spooky fun, head over to the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company's Haunted Maze on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. Friday night will feature a Fright Night from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for older children, teens, and adults. Saturday night will be the Family Friendly Fun Night, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., with fun for all ages.

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