Kenwood High Inducting 11 Into Hall of Fame

Also, read our feature on former Oriole (and Bluebird) Dave Leonhard.

Former Orioles pitcher Dave Leonhard is one of 11 to be inducted into Kenwood High's Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony before Friday evening's Homecoming game against Franklin. Also being inducted into the hall this weekend:

Grace Matt Dohmeier—A 1949 Kenwood graduate, she was a member of county championship teams in field ball and field hockey, with a state championship in the latter. She also played basketball and softball for the Bluebirds. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree at James Madison University and a master's at the University of Illinois and became a school teacher.

Barry Drew—A member of Kenwood's class of 1966, he played soccer and lacrosse, going to county championships as a member of the junior varsity and varsity soccer teams. He played both sports at Washington College, where he was named to the Mason-Dixon All Conference Soccer First Team and All-South All-America Team for three years in a row. In lacrosse, he was selected for the North-South Senior All Star Game in 1970. In 1997, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Washington College, where he was assistant soccer and lacrosse coach in 1972 and 1973.

Larry Ey—A 1957 graduate, Ey played soccer, basketball and baseball, and started in all three. He was named co-captain of the soccer and baseball teams, and played on county championship basketball teams in his junior and senior years. He was voted "most athletic" and "best all-around" in senior suprerlatives, and served as class president in his sophomore and junior year, and SGA president his senior year.

Timothy Johnson—A member of the class of 1977, Johnson started for three years in football and baseball, and was a member of county championship baseball teams in 1976 and 1977. He was named to the all-county team as a junior and senior, and the all-metro team as a senior. He played varsity baseball in his freshman year at college, and went on to a career in sales.

Charles Koester—A member of the class of 1963, Koester played cross country and indoor track and field. He finished in the top two in every one- or two-mile race he ran, and earned a track scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terps to three consecutive ACC cross country titles. He went on toa 34-year career teaching physical education in Baltimore County, and has run eight marathons. More recently, he has earned gold medals at the Maryland Senior Olympics and holds age-group records in several middle- and long-distance running categories.

Thomas F. O'Connor—A member of the class of 1961, O'Connor played soccer, basketball, baseball and lacrosse. He played on the 1960 county championship soccer team and was senior class president at Kenwood.

Jackson Lowe Palmer—A 1961 graduate, he participated in soccer, lacrosse and wrestling. He was the leading scorer on the 1960 county championship team, and played soccer and lacrosse for four years at Loyola. After he was diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson's, he started running, and has participated in three marathons in Philadelphia.

Michael Sheely—A 1978 graduate, Sheely ran in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He was on 10 county championship teams and four state title teams. A three-time All-American, he was a member of the US Junior World Cross Country Team and was the national Junior Olympic Cross Country champion.

Vance Strausburg—A 1961 graduate, Strausburg played soccer, basketball and track and field. He won several county track honors and played on the 1960 county championship soccer team. In 1960, he represented the United States as an exchange student in Greece, and went on to attend Washington College, join the Coast Guard and enjoy a successful business career.

Susan J. Wunder-Coleman—A 1976 graduate, Wunder-Coleman played field hockey, basketball and softball. She played on the county champion field hockey team in 1975 and served as a student assistant for Kenwood's athletic department. She went on to attend Towson University and Coastal Carolina College, and went into a physical education teaching career.

Special Tribute - Mrs. Mildred Murray

Murray, a former longtime teacher, will be honored for her contributions to the school. Murray came to Kenwood in 1948 and, that fall, coached the field hockey team to a county and state title. The next spring, the softball team, under her coaching, won a county championship.


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