By DAVE MCMILLION
10:06 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
Five former Hagerstown Community College athletes were inducted into the HCC Hawk Booster Club Hall of Fame during a banquet Monday night at Beaver Creek Country Club.
Darryl Powell, Beth Domenico, Mike Spinnler, Mark Shives and Garland T. Williams Jr. were honored before about 80 people.
The hall of fame, which was started in 1993, inducts about five or six people a year, according to Robert T. “Bo” Myers, director of athletics and leisure studies at HCC.
• Powell, a Williamsport High School graduate, played baseball and basketball at HCC. He went on to Florida Atlantic University and was named the school’s most valuable baseball player in 1982. Powell, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was the head baseball coach at HCC from 1990-97 and led the Hawks to a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA World Series in 1993.
Powell, who said it was “a real honor” to be inducted into the hall of fame, recalled how Gene Kerns, who was his baseball coach at HCC, taught him the skills he needed to move on to a four-year school.
• Domenico, a Smithsburg High School graduate, was a member of the Lady Hawks volleyball team in 1992-93 and received a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She joined coach Marlys Palmer’s volleyball staff at HCC in 1998 and became head coach in 2001. Her teams compiled more than 300 wins and made eight straight national tournament appearances.
She said Monday that she always considered HCC the “best years of her life” and that it was an honor to return to the school and coach.
• Spinnler, a North Hagerstown High School graduate, excelled in cross country and track and field at HCC. A two-time champion of the JFK 50 Mile, he was the school’s head coach for cross country and track and field from 1995-2001.
Spinnler said being inducted into the hall of fame was “kind of bittersweet” because the person who nominated him, former history professor Laurence “Larry” Sharpe, died last winter. “I’d like to think he’s looking down on us smiling,” Spinnler said Monday.
• Shives, a Clear Spring High School graduate, was a pitcher for the HCC baseball teams in 1994-95. He received a scholarship to Florida International University, where he coached from 1999-2003. Shives succeeded his high school coach, Jim Hutson, at Clear Spring.
“For me, this is just a true honor,” Shives said Monday. The Kansas City Royals scout said he feels he “grew up and matured” at HCC.
• Williams, a graduate of James Wood High School in Winchester, Va., was a sprinter and jumper on the HCC indoor and outdoor track teams. He earned a full scholarship to West Virginia University, where he was the Mountaineers’ team captain.
The teacher and head basketball coach at Sherando High School in Stephens City, Va., said he lives close enough that he can still visit the HCC campus.
When asked Monday night how he felt being named to the hall of fame, Williams said, “Truthfully? Shocked.”
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