This year's Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame class includes former athletes, state championship coaches, and a county athletic director, along with a decorated college basketball official and one of the hall's organizers.
Skip Amass, Tim Costley, Ruth Lampert, John Morningstar, Jim Stull, and Steve Thomson are set to be inducted as the Class of 2016 in a ceremony May 6 at Carroll Community College.
Amass grew up near Baltimore's Patterson Park where he played youth sports as much as possible, sometimes on three different sandlot baseball teams at once. He attended Baltimore City College High School before heading to McDaniel (then Western Maryland College) and playing soccer.
Amass' love for the Baltimore Colts led him to becoming the charter president for a Colts Corral club in Carroll County, which raised funds for youth football. He also helped introduce and recruit for the NFL's Punt, Pass, and Kick contest in Carroll County.
He's considered one of the founders of the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame — Amass assumed leadership of the event through the Westminster Rotary Club, and he secured Carroll Community College as the site for the hall of fame's wall of plaques.
Costley played football and lacrosse at South Carroll (Class of 1985) and earned all-county honors in both sports. He was a first-team all-Tri State defensive lineman in 1984.
Costley went to Towson University where he earned three letters as a tackle for the Tigers.
Lampert coached girls basketball for 16 years at South Carroll and led the Cavaliers to a Class A state championship in 1978. She also coached field hockey at SC, for 14 seasons, and guided the Cavs to the Class A state title in 1983.
Lampert was a track coach at South Carroll as well, leading the Cavaliers to three county championships from 1978-80 and a regional meet title in 1980.
Morningstar played three sports in high school and was part of the Carroll County Chargers semipro football team for two years, but he's best known for officiating college basketball games. From 1981-2013, Morningstar was a referee for a dozen different college conferences.
He was honored in 1996 with the Naismith Award as Women's College Official of the Year, and was working the 1994 national championship game when North Carolina beat Louisiana Tech 60-59 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Stull is a 1995 Westminster High graduated who walked onto the University of Delaware football team and became a three-year starter and first-team All-Atlantic 10 pick. Stull earned the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Robert C. Peoples Outstanding Senior Lineman Award.
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Stull was a free-agent signee for both Carolina and Kansas City in the NFL, and also played professionally in NFL Europe and the XFL.
He has been on the Owls' varsity football coaching staff since 2009 after coaching at North Carroll High and Gettysburg College.
Thomson graduated from North Carroll in 1961 after lettering in three sports. He played baseball in the summer with American Legion teams and various county organizations. Thomson was selected to the Orioleland All-Stars for a game at Memorial Stadium in 1960.
He served as baseball coach at William Jewel College in Missouri, earning Coach of the Year honors in 1974 by the District 16 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Thomson later became assistant baseball coach at both Mount St. Mary's and McDaniel, and also coached baseball at Westminster (as well as football, basketball, and tennis).
Thomson was Westminster's athletic director from 1993-2001.