Eleven individuals & one team added

By TOM WILLIAMS

Ten athletes, one coach and a South Jersey championship team will be added to the Ocean City High School Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

Football coach Gary Degenhardt will be joined in this year’s Hall of Fame Class by Don Tarves from the 1960s; Joe Myers from the 1970s; Robyn Fortsch and Melody Sye from the 1980s; Joi Johnson, Jill Kozakowski, Scott Lipford and Lauren McHale from the 1990s; and Casey Beyel and Miles Schoedler from the 21st century. The 2010 baseball team will also be inducted.

Tarves (Class of 1960) is one of the few four-sport stars at Ocean City High School. He was an all star in football (some of his school records are still active more than 50 years later), an all star in baseball and a champion in both track and swimming.

Myers (1977) was a three-sport athlete who set pitching records in baseball that have lasted 40 years, including one that will likely never be broken – 12 complete games in a season. He was also a key starter in basketball and on both offense and defense in football.

Fortsch (1983) scored more than 1,000 points in basketball and was a key player in softball, despite missing action with knee surgery.

Sye (1984) was the first OCHS girl to win a South Jersey championship in cross country and was a championship runner on the track team.

Johnson (1993) scored more than 1,000 points in basketball and was a state champion in the high jump during track season.

Lipford (1997) still holds school records for football, was a starter in basketball and holds two school records in track.

Kozakowski (1998) was an outstanding swimmer for the Raiders when the swim team was co-ed. She currently holds the only school record by a girl set before 2000.

McHale (1998) is the second highest goal scorer in Ocean City girls soccer history and the all-time leader in assists. She also was a Meet of Champions winner in track.

Beyel (2007) was an all star in field hockey, a key starter in basketball and an all star in lacrosse.

Schoedler (2011), a two-time South Jersey cross country champion, holds OCHS course records in cross country and the school track record for 3200 meters.

Degenhardt’s football teams won 101 games including three South Jersey titles and six Cape-Atlantic League championships. His 1996 team, inducted into the OCHS Hall of Fame two years ago, was ranked No. 8 in the East by USA Today.

The 2010 baseball team, coached by Craig Mensinger, was 21-9 and was the first Raider baseball team to win a South Jersey title on the field. The 21 wins was a school record and six individual school records were broken.

These new names will be added to the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, October 20 in the Bill & Nancy Hughes Auditorium at the high school. It will be part of the OCHS homecoming weekend with a football game on Friday night against Triton.

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Current OCHS Sports Hall of Famers

INDIVIDUALS

Tom Adams

Charles Adelizzi

Romeo Adelizzi

Don Barton

Phil Birnbaum

Jen Blizzard

Anne Brinkmann

Leon Brown

Fenton Carey

Ralph Carson

Doug Colman

John Cranston

Pat Dougherty

Bill Fisher

Lisa Foglio

Judy Gayle

Archie Harris

Dixie Howell

Andy Jernee

Brett Johnson

Ken Leary

Trish LeFever

Mike Linahan

Patrick Lynch

Bob McAllister

Kristie Miller

Mike Naples

Jack Neall

Mike Pellegrino

Cory Picketts

John Richardson

Brittany Sedberry

Chad Severs

Kevin Sinclair

Mike Slaveski

Diane Snow

Rene Tomlin

Stephanie Vanderslice

Abbey Woolley

 

TEAMS

1932 Football

1954-55 Boys Basketball

1963-64 Boys Basketball

1978-79 Girls Basketball

1984 Football

1988 Girls Cross Country

1994 Girls Track

1996 Football

1997 Field Hockey

 

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