Nine athletes, three coaches, a contributor and two teams will be added to the Ocean City High School Sports Hall of Fame this fall.
Baseball coach Craig Mensinger, wrestling coach Bill Nickles and Bill Moreland, who coached cross country and track, are the three coaches selected. They will be joined by athletes Joe Kennedy, Steve Libro and Frank Wickes from the 1950s; Dave Andrews and Terry Tracey from the 1970s; Gene Watts from the 1980s; Jen Frank from the 1990s; and Jeff Michner and Bridget Flynn from the 21st century. The 1956-57 boys basketball team and 2005-06 boys soccer team will also be inducted, along with longtime broadcaster and writer Tom Williams as a contributor.
Kennedy (Class of 1955) is one of the few four-sport stars at Ocean City High School. He was a two-way starter in football, the leading scorer on a state championship basketball team, an all star in baseball and a champion in track. Libro (1958) was an all star on two Cape-Atlantic League champions – in baseball and football. And Wickes (1955) joined Kennedy on the state championship basketball team while becoming an all star in baseball and a track champion.
Andrews (1973) was a three-sport athlete, excelling in football and baseball and a key starter on the basketball team. Tracey (1973) was a record-setter in track, joined Andrews as a key basketball player and ran cross country as a senior.
Watts (1984) was a championship runner on the track team and a strong power forweard on the basketball team.
Frank (1991) is the only OCHS girls tennis player to win 100 matches and was the DH on the school’s only state championship softball team.
Michner (2001) broke most school records on the golf course. Flynn (2014) was a championship runner in cross country and track.
The 1956-57 boys basketball team – coached by Dixie Howell and led by Tom Adams, Wayne Hudson, Larry Harrison, Mike Fadden, Mike Varano, Charlie Bowman and Jim Conover – was 23-1 and lost its only game, 43-40, in the state final with Adams playing with a cast.
The 2005-06 boys soccer team team – coached by Mike Pellegrino, was led by Kyle Evans, Ryan Scully, Pat Tolomeo, Rafael Duarte, Jason Dugan, Mike Dugan and Mike Mousaw. Those Raiders won the state championship with a 23-0-1 record and were ranked among the top 20 teams in the country.
Williams began covering OCHS sports and the CAL 60 years ago this fall as a writer, radio broadcaster and, recently, on live video streams
These new names will be added to the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, September 26 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 Seneca.
Photographs of Joe Kennedy, Frank Wickes and Steve Libro were not available when this was written and will be added soon.
Current OCHS Sports Hall of Famers
1954-55 Boys Basketball
1963-64 Boys Basketball
1978-79 Girls Basketball
1988 Girls Cross Country
1994 Girls Track
1997 Field Hockey