HAGERSTOWN —The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members at its annual banquet July 27 at Elks Lodge No. 378 on Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown.
The Class of 2013 includes:
Barr, who died in 1977, was considered one of the top baseball players in Washington County in the late 1930s and 1940s.
He got his first taste of professional ball with the Welch Miners of the Mountain State League in 1937. He had tryouts with the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers and also played briefly in Bluefield, W.Va., before settling into the baseball scene in Washington County.
Barr was the MVP of the Blue Ridge League in 1947, batting .470 with six home runs. He also compiled an 8-1 pitching record that season.
He moved on to the Washington County Baseball League in 1950 and led the league that season with a .450 batting average. He went into coaching in 1952 with Funkstown in the Washington County league and later coached in the Hagerstown Colt League.
Berry was a three-sport athlete at Boonsboro High School, gaining all-league status in both the Bi-State and Tri-State leagues in football and winning state track and field titles in the 120-yard high hurdles and 180-yard low hurdles.
He was the first Boonsboro athlete to receive a full athletic scholarship in any sport. He played football at Catawba College and played several positions on both offense and defense. He was also the Carolina Conference high hurdles champion two times and was an honors graduate.
Berry was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968, he only Boonsboro player ever drafted by an NFL team.
Freeman set a number of football and track and field records at South Hagerstown High School. He set school marks for single-season rushing yards (1,174) and career rushing yards (2,026) in football and was selected to the Big 33 All-Star team.
In track and field, Freeman set records for scoring and in several individual and relay events. He scored 676 points in four years and established records in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs, the long jump and triple jump and the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. He was a three-time state champion.
He attended Montgomery College and rushed for over 1,500 yards in two seasons and was an NJCAA first team All-American at wide receiver. He set a Mid-American Bowl record for receptions and yards in the 1990 NJCAA national championship game.
Freeman transferred to the University of Tennessee and played two years at wide receiver and appeared in two New Years Day bowl games.
Maria (Grosz) Pope
Pope excelled in basketball and track and field at Boonsboro High School. She set school records in the 400- and 800-meters and the long jump.
She was James Madison University’s first All-American and first national qualifier in swimming. She qualified for the AIAW National Championships in the individual 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams in 1980. She earned All-American honors by finishing 12th in the 100 freestyle and 15th in the 200 freestyle relay. She also earned All-American honors in five events — all relays — in 1981 as she helped JMU to a 22nd-place finish in the team competition.