5 added to Hall of Fame

Queen Anne’s County High in­ducts sports stand­outs

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY JEFF STRAIGHT

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

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.

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