Nine individuals, one team latest inductees into Hereford High Hall of Fame
By Nelson Coffin
Apr 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM
The 14th annual induction of nine individual athletes and the entire 2002 state championship football team into the Hereford High School Hall of Fame will be held April 26 at Friendly Farm in Upperco.
The latest additions to the coveted group include softball standout Christine Wallick (2007), superb wrestler Josh Asper (’08), track and field star Jenna Cimino (’09), cross country stalwarts Tom Nowicki (’80) and Marta Randall (’09), baseball slugger Mike Rostek (’01), accomplished three-sport athlete Ken Cummings and successful coaches Whit Morrill and Gordon Benson.
Moreover, the entire 2002 state championship football team will be receive the same honor.
Wallick, who also played soccer, basketball and golf, was known mostly for her prowess on the softball diamond on which she played multiple positions and was named to the first team 1A/2A Division three times and all-county twice.
Asper could not have been much better at his craft, considering he compiled a 151-7 mark while earning four state championships from 2004 to 2007 for the Bulls before going 152-28 for the University of Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A 1967 Gilman grad and a two-time All-American midfielder at Washington and Lee University, Morrill coached the 1996 Bulls to their first-ever victory over county rival Towson, 5-4, in the playoffs to avenge an 8-2 loss during the regular season when the Generals were a well-established Baltimore County juggernaut in the stick sport.
“That was the breakthrough year,” said Morrill, who still lives in Parkton. “We had never gotten closer than six goals to Towson before that.”
Dave Lock scored what Morrill said was “the biggest goal in Hereford High School history” in double overtime to subdue the Generals.
Morrill then guided defensive-minded Hereford (13-3) to an 8-7 decision over Catonsville for the Class 1A-2A state crown to end the season on a 10-game winning streak.
He would go on to pilot the Bulls to their second state crown four years later, setting the tone for a program that would win seven more state banners under Carl Runk and Brian King. Hereford still boasts more boys lacrosse state titles than any other school.
Morrill developed top-notch players, such as Lock, Rob Bateman, Kris Davis, Jamie Bateman, Pat Curtis and Bob Rineheimer, who were considered to be among the best players in the state before having outstanding college careers.
Not only did the 2002 Hereford football team claim the school’s second straight Class 2A state championship, the Bulls also polished off a 13-0 campaign with a 20-9 triumph over Middletown after trailing, 9-0, at halftime before a crowd of about 6,000 at what is now M&T Bank Stadium.