Ocean City High School’s longest serving athletics director and most successful girls basketball coach are among the nine individuals who will be inducted into the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame this fall.
Paul LeFever was OCHS Director of Athletics for more than 25 years, President of the CAL for six years, very involved in the merger and expansion of the CAL, handled Ocean City’s transition to the new school building, the addition of new sports at OCHS and the hiring of new, successful coaches.
Paul Baruffi had a 423-124 career coaching record in girls basketball, including fourteen 20-win seasons, 8 South Jersey titles, a state championship, 6 overall CAL championships and 14 conference or division championships. He was also was an assistant coach in football and track.
The selected athletes, listed in alphabetical order, were versatile and competed over five different decades.
Joe Avis was a three-sport athlete in the 1940s who was selected to the OCHS All-Century team in football as a defensive back (was also the team’s quarterback) and in baseball as a catcher.
Josh Baker was an all state football player as a defensive back in the mid-1990s, but also gained over 1,200 rushing yards & scored 11 touchdowns. He was a two-year starter in basketball with 226 career assists (one of top 10 totals in school history), led the team in assists two straight years and led in steals as a senior.
Maryjo Dougherty was the top runner on the OCHS cross country team all four years (1984-87) and was South Jersey champion her final two seasons. The team was 37-3 in dual meets her four years and the team won 4 CAL titles and two South Jersey championships. She was also an all star distance runner in track during four seasons when OCHS was 29-3.
John Huff was a three-year starter in basketball in the late 1960s who led team in scoring, steals and assists as a senior and assists as a junior. He was a two-year starter in baseball, hitting over .300 both years. And played football as a senior, setting three school records including interceptions in a game and total takeaways in a season.
Danielle McNally was one of the top field hockey defenders in the state who scored 34 career goals and added 32 assists. She led OCHS to the state championship in 2009. Raiders were 81-7-4 during her four seasons, winning two South Jersey titles.
Charley Mumford was selected Ocean City Player of the Century in baseball with a career batting average of .433, all-time best at OCHS. He was 7-3 with 0.96 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 65 innings in 1963 as a senior; 7-3 with 2.67 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 70 innings as a junior. He was also a two-way starting lineman in football.
Amanda Nunan was named South Jersey swimmer of the year three times and New Jersey swimmer of the year twice after winning seven state individual championships in her career (2014-17), including the 500 freestyle all four years. Team was 46-4 and won four South Jersey titles and one state title in her four years.
Also chosen for induction was the 2012-13 girls basketball team, which is Ocean City’s only state champion in that sport. Those Raiders finished 26-5, defeated Timber Creek to win the South Jersey title and Jefferson to win the state crown. Senior Julia Duggan led the team in most stat categories. She was joined by fellow seniors Natalie Landi, Mary Kate Mateer and Katie Johnson and freshman Nicole Piergross among the team’s leading scorers.
The Hall of Fame induction is tentatively scheduled for November 6th at the Hughes Auditorium in the high school.