5 added to Hall of Fame
Queen Anne’s County High inducts sports standouts
CENTREVILLE — One glass casing has been filled outside of the gymnasium in Queen Anne’s County High School and the second display, just steps down the hall, is about half way filled as graduates who excelled in athletics are recognized. Five more plaques were added Friday, Oct. 14, as former studentathletes were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame during its 11th annual ceremony.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 includes 2011 graduate Tyler German, 2000 graduate Kirbie Britt Dockery, 1997 graduate Mandy Supers Phillips, 2009 graduate
Ali Robertson and 2008 graduate Jake Cook.
“I hope that with the night these athletes will be reminded of all of their glory days that they have had in the past for this is their night to be honored and for them to be reminded that all their hard work, all their frustrations, all the sweat, all the tears, now present a really huge award,” said Marlene Stanton, chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee, said. “This is your night to be recognized.”
The mission of the high school’s Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize graduates “who through their accomplishments have brought pride and distinction” to the school and community. Inductees include athletes, coaches, administrators or any contributor “to the development and success” of the athletic program.
The Hall of Fame induction dinner is always held the evening before the homecoming parade, football game and dance in the cafeteria of the high school. The inductees were also honored during the pregame ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, before the football game against Stephen Decatur High School.
TYLER GERMAN German was a three-year varsity football letter recipient and was the 2010 Bayside Player of the Year and First Team Small School AllState Quarterback. As a basketball player, German was a part of the Lions’ basketball team that set the school record in victories with 19 in a season. He also was a four-year letter recipient in basketball, amassing more than 1,000 career points. As a lacrosse player, German was a four-year letterman and received Bayside Player of the Year and All-American individual honors in 2010 as well as team honors as part of the State Championship team. German was selected as a 2011 Under Armour AllAmerican.
Even after all the accomplishments and attributes listed for German in the ceremony’s program, Lions head football coach Donny Graef said German had intangibles “in abundance.” Graef mentioned German’s ability to lead, his calmness under pressure and his “it” factor.
“Nothing is more frustrating or more challenging than trying to lead a group of people with different backgrounds, diverse backgrounds, and those that do it well should earn the respect because I think the ones that don’t are pretty much common place,” he said. “Tyler, I can tell you you earned the respect of all your coaches.”
But the most important trait German possessed, Graef said, was his “it” factor. “No matter who we played against it was always, ‘you know what, we have a chance because we have this young man.’”
German, who graduated 2011, is now a professional lacrosse player for the Boston Cannons and the Chesapeake Bayhawks as well as an assistant coach at Washington College.
While at the University of Virginia, German was a captain of the lacrosse team his senior year. KIRBIE BRITT
DOCKERY “According to Kirbie, ... her biggest accomplishment was pole vaulting,” former high school teacher Nedra Spry said while introducing Britt Dockery. “I thought it was kind of interesting because Kirbie was the first woman to pole vault for Queen Anne’s County High School, and she was on the very first swim team at Queen Anne’s County High School, so she really did break through quite a bit of barriers.”
Britt Dockery graduated in 2000 having played soccer, lacrosse, swimming and track and field during her time at Queen Anne’s County High School. Off the field, Britt Dockery was valedictorian and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, It’s Academic, National Honor Society and other organizations. On the field, she earned 11 varsity letters and was named Master of Sports her sophomore, junior and senior year. The award is given to athletes receiving three letters in one year.
Britt Dockery was a twotime soccer captain, won two indoor track Bayside Championships in pole vault, and finished fourth at the 1998 4A States in outdoor track.
After high school, Britt Dockery attended Methodist University and participated in club lacrosse and was a three-year starter on the women’s soccer team, scoring seven goals and dishing out 17 assists.
“Just as students have teachers who have touched their lives, the same is true for teachers,” Spry said. “I am proud to introduce one of mine.” MANDY SUPERS
PHILLIPS Supers Phillips graduated Queen Anne’s County High School in 1997 and during her four years in school she was a three-year varsity starter on the women’s basketball team. As a junior and senior, she was captain of the team and also averaged a double-double for scoring and rebounding.
“To put it into words, I used to tell Jody [Hyde] that I was thoroughly convinced that Mother Theresa had a poster of Mandy in her bedroom and she would look at it and say, ‘if only I could be more like Mandy, then I would really be something,’” David Bolyard, Super Phillips’ junior varsity basketball coach, said. “I think that gives you some idea of how much I admire this lady.”
Honors Supers Phillips received while playing included First Team All Shore her junior year, First Team All Mid-Shore Player of the Year her senior year, and she was also nominated for the AllState Team. Supers Phillips graduated as third in school history in scoring with 749 points and sixth in rebounding with 673.
“Her basketball talents were developed through hard work. She had natural skill, but she worked it,” Bolyard said. “The real key, even though I can show you a list of statistics as long as a horse’s leg, is that Mandy had the je ne sais quoi.”
Supers Phillips attended Chesapeake College and was on the women’s basketball team for two years, earning Team MVP and Chesapeake College Female Athlete of the Year awards, as well as holding multiple school records.
“I just want to say that you’ve made a great choice in selecting this young lady,” Bolyard said.
ALI ROBERTSON Robertson, who played soccer, lacrosse and swam at Queen Anne’s County High School, graduated from the school having received 12 varsity letters. Robertson was a state champion swimmer in 2007 and 2009 and was the soccer captain her junior and senior years. As a member of the soccer team, Robertson received first team All Mid-Shore honors.
“This is one extraordinary lady, one in which we are proud to induct this evening into the Hall of Fame,” Stanton said. “Congratulations, Ali.”
Robertson was unable to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony.
JAKE COOK A graduate of the class of 2008, Cook was a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team and three-year starter on the varsity soccer team and received numerous honors in both sports.
In baseball, Cook was First Team All-Conference as a pitcher and shortstop and was nominated Ace of the Pitching Staff his sophomore year. Cook was team MVP his junior year while batting .422 from the plate, which earned him pre-season All-State team honors. Cook had an earned run average below 3.00 his senior year, earning eight wins in starting and relief pitching roles. His career batting average in high school was .400.
In soccer, Cook was a part of two Bayside Championships and two East Regional Championships while captaining the teams. He was nominated First Team AllConference his junior and senior years where he also received the 2008 Senior Scholar Athlete award.
Tom Cook, father of 2016 inductee Jake Cook, introduced his son during the ceremony. He said he was a “very good soccer player but had the opportunity to play with some very, very good soccer teams.”
In baseball, Cook said his son “threw it well, hit it well, caught it well. Well enough to get to continue his athletic career at Shepherd University.”
Cook attended Shepherd University in West Virginia playing four years as a starter. Cook had a career college batting average of .307 and a career fielding percentage of .967.
“It’s all about desire. It’s all about dedication. It’s all about a passion for the game, which every inductee here tonight has,” Cook said.
The Hall of Fame Committee is made up of the following people: Jeff Anthony, Charlie Nesbitt, Tom Fabri, Marlene Stanton, Stephanie Kevan, Angela Holocker, Jon Marketto, Lisa Davis, Gloristeen Pinkett, Patty Burton, Bob Willis, Jim Apple, David Cooper, Donny Graef, Jackie Wilhelm, Mark Wilhelm, Thad Kalmanowicz and Brian Kelly.
Five Queen Anne’s County High School graduates were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame for the class of 2016. From left: Mandy Supers Phillips, Kirbie Britt Dockery, Tyler German and Jake Cook. Not pictured is Ali Robertson, who did not attend the ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at the school.
Jake Cook, who graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School in 2008, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 14, as part of a five-member class.
Mandy Supers Phillips, a 1997 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in basketball during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at the school.
Kirbie Britt Dockery, a 2000 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 14, for her accomplishments in soccer, swimming, lacrosse and track and field.
Tyler German, a 2011 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 14, for his accomplishments in football, basketball and lacrosse.