Quince Orchard Inaugurates Its Athletic Hall of Fame

Quince Orchard High School inaugurated its new athletic hall of fame during the weekend of Oct. 4-5 with a series of events honoring 23 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and community members and inducting them into the hall.

The first-ever class of Cougar hall of famers began the celebration by convening with school officials at the wall of honor located inside the school’s main lobby near the gymnasium. Their names are now enshrined on the wall, where they will be joined by future inductees as selected by a committee of current and former QO administrators, coaches and local media members.

Afterward, the inaugural hall of famers were introduced to fans at the Cougar Dome before the Friday night football game against Clarksburg. They received a warm reception from the large crowd gathered for the annual homecoming game.

The official induction ceremony occurred the next night at a banquet attended by more than
100 people at a local restaurant.

Each new hall of famer was introduced, received a plaque, and spoke a few words of thanks to the assembled crowd.

“It went even better than I ever could have imagined,” reflected Jeff Rabberman, QO athletic director. “Getting to know all these people and listen to their speeches was so inspiring. It was a great weekend for our athletic department, school and community.”

The 23 members of the first hall of fame class include 17 former student-athletes who competed in 15 different varsity sports and won numerous individual and team state and regional championships and other honors. Also inducted were four coaches, two athletic directors, a principal, and a Booster Club parent.

The inductees are:

Coaches and Athletic Directors

Ernie Ceccato
1988-1996, Football and Softball Coach, Athletic Director
Jerry Link
1988-1999, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field Coach
Dave Mencarini
2002-2013, Football Coach
Lisa Changuris Schrader
1988-2013, Gymnastics and Cheerleading Coach, Athletic Director

Community Members

Nick Bobruska
2005-2015, Booster Club Member and Volunteer
Dan Shea
1996-2006, Principal

Female Athletes

Stephanie Withers Blake
Class of 2004, Volleyball
Alice Chen Grady
Class of 2006, Tennis
Jessica Dorney Schwartzman
Class of 2001, Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Brittany Dorsey
Class of 2003, Soccer and Basketball
Emily Ellenberger
Class of 2007, Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Ruth Kura
Class of 1998, Outdoor Track & Field
Ariel Nehemiah
Class of 2008, Soccer and Outdoor Track & Field
Karen Pulliam Egan
Class of 2002, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field
Jamie Rosenthal Miller
Class of 1995, Gymnastics

Male Athletes

Wayne Bartholomew
Class of 2009, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field
Frankie Baughan
Class of 2003, Wrestling
Aron Dorsey
Class of 1999, Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse and Outdoor Track & Field
Bani Gbadyu
Class of 2006, Football and Outdoor Track & Field
Troy Harry
Class of 1993, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field
Travis Hawkins
Class of 2009, Football and Outdoor Track & Field
Bart Mease
Class of 1995, Golf
Ace Tate
Class of 1998, Swimming

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