The YMCA of Frederick County’s Alvin G Quinn Sports Hall of Fame held its 39th Annual Memorial Banquet on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 6:00pm at Walkersville Fire Hall, 79 West Frederick Street, Walkersville, MD, where eight new individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Each year we recognize individuals who, through their accomplishments and contributions in the field of athletics, bring honor to self and to Frederick County. Alvin G. Quinn was the Executive Director of the YMCA of Frederick County from 1919 to 1960. No individual has ever had such an impact on so many of the area’s young people during his 40 year career as did Mr. Quinn.
2015 HOF Inductees
In 2015, we honored the following new inductees listed from left to right (Scroll down for their Bios):
- Stan Biggus, Troy Barrick, Richard Burgee (deceased – accepted by son: Mark Burgee), Kim Wivell Gerrie, Cheryl Poirier, Stan Goldberg, Guy Whidden, Bill Stup.
TROY BARRICK – Outstanding Pitcher
Troy Barrick is one of the best baseball players to come out of Frederick County. Getting his early start playing on his father’s little league teams, he moved on to play a key role for the Glade Valley Babe Ruth team that won the state tournament in 1984. He was a member of the Frederick County Babe Ruth All-Star Team of 1987 that won state and region titles before finishing third in the Babe Ruth World Series. His Walkersville High School accomplishments included holding the school record for most strikeouts in a game. He played his college ball at North Carolina Wesleyan College and was a pitcher on a team that finished seventh in the National World Series. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993 and played in the Arizona Rookie League where he was awarded the Rolaids Relief Man of the League.
STAN BIGGUS – Frederick Falcon Great
Lifelong Frederick County resident Stan Biggus started participating in organized sports at an early age. He ran track for the AAU Frederick Track Club and played Little League and Babe Ruth league baseball. An outstanding athlete at Frederick High School in football, basketball, and baseball, Stan was the first recipient of the Sertoma Club Inter-City Football MVP Award in 1968. He was selected to the All Tri-State League on both offense and defense. After starting at halfback in his freshman football season at Bluefield State College, Stan served six years in the Navy before returning to Frederick and playing 12 years of football with the semi-pro Frederick Falcons. He was named to several All-star teams while with the Falcons.
RICHARD BURGEE – University of Maryland Football Star
(Accepted by Son: Mark Burgee)
Though many Frederick residents will remember Richard Burgee as being one of the area’s finest lawyers, he also was accomplished in the field of athletics. At Frederick High School, he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track in each of his three years. He was captain of the 1949 Cadet Football team. The following year Richard attended Mercersburg Academy, where he played on an undefeated football squad. He received a football scholarship to the University of Maryland and played in two Orange Bowl games for the nationally ranked Terps. He was a three-year letter winner and held the Maryland record of 90 yards as the longest run from scrimmage for 24 years.
KIM WIVELL GERRIE – Record-setting Softball Pitcher
Kim Wivell Gerrie has set softball records at every level she has played. A versatile athlete during her middle school years with blue ribbons in several track events, it was softball where Kim excelled the most. She was a member of the Little League All-Stars that played in the Maryland State Tournament. At Catoctin High she participated on the varsity soccer team for four years, played basketball all four years, and was truly outstanding in her four varsity years playing softball. She was a first team MVAL selection, starting in her sophomore year and repeated every year afterwards. In her senior year she was All-Area Player of the Year. She went on to a record-setting career at Shepherd University, where she was inducted into the SU Hall of Fame in 2007. She still holds five Shepherd pitching records.
STAN GOLDBERG – Longtime Frederick Sports Editor
Stan Goldberg was the Frederick News Post sports editor for over 40 years. After graduating from the University of Maryland where he was the sports editor for the school newspaper The Diamondback, he started as a part-time sports writer for the local paper. After a year, he became the sports editor. During his career he oversaw the expansion of the sports department from one fulltime position to five fulltime writers. He won numerous awards for his features and covered every aspect of sports, from little league to professional sports. His featuring of top Frederick County athletes on the sports pages greatly improved scholarship opportunities for our local youth.
CHERY POIRIER – National and International Level Hurdler
As a member of the Frederick Track and Field Club, Cheryl Poirier won several national age group titles and set national records in her hurdle events. From the age of 10 until she was 14 years old, she was the nation’s top hurdler. At 15, competing in the Maple Leaf Indoor Games in Toronto, an invitational event that attracted world class athletes, she finished fourth in the hurdles, although she beat former Olympian Mamie Rollins. In the same year, Cheryl was a member of the team that competed in the USA–USSR Junior Track and Field Meet in Austin, Texas, where she won the bronze medal. She earned a track scholarship to the University of Florida.
BILL STUP – Towson University Football Great
Bill Stup took an unusual path to becoming one of Towson University’s most decorated football players. After an outstanding Frederick High career in which he was Defensive Lineman of the Year, Frederick Touchdown Club Outstanding Player of the Year, and was All Tri-State, he by-passed college and played for the Frederick Falcons semi-pro team. In 1982, he played for the Chambersburg Cardinals when they won the National Semi-Pro Championship. Bill was later convinced to enroll at Towson University, where he was a standout for four years. In 1987 he was Lineman of the Year for the Tigers and in 1988 Street and Smith’s magazine named him to the All-Atlantic Coast Team.
GUY WHIDDEN – True American Hero
Although Guy grew up in nearby Pennsylvania, he has spent most of his adult life living in Frederick County where he has had a great impact on athletics. After serving his country in World War II, parachuting into Normandy on D-Day with the 101st Airborne, he later achieved recognition as a competitor, a coach, and as an official in multiple sports. Guy played baseball and boxed during his military service, was an outstanding collegiate wrestler, and coached or taught a wide-ranging variety of sports here in Frederick County. In appreciation of his helping to establish wrestling programs in several county high schools, the county wrestling trophy was named in his honor. Even though in his 90’s, Guy still swims and participates in track and field masters competition.