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Chesapeake College announces 2007 HOF class
Djoukeng leads group of six individuals; Haslup Foundation honored

WYE MILLS – Cyril Djoukeng, the first individual to be elected in his first year of eligibility, heads a group of six individuals selected for induction into Chesapeake College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Djoukeng was both a men’s basketball all-American and an academic All-American while attending Chesapeake College from 2002 to 2004. He was also the recipient of the 2004 John T. Harrison Award, the college’s highest academic honor, which he received at that year’s Commencement ceremonies.

"I can’t think of anyone who better embodies the qualities and attributes we want in our Hall of Fame members," said Chesapeake College President Stuart M. Bounds. "It doesn’t surprise me that Cyril was selected in his first year of eligibility."

"This is a great honor," said Djoukeng, who was also named to the 2006 NCAA Academic All-American team as a member of Division I Nicholls (La.) State University’s men’s basketball team. "It’s a sign of the relationships that I built at Chesapeake and that I continue to value."

Djoukeng, who will graduate from Nicholls State this spring, is currently weighing the pursuit of some professional basketball options or attending law school.

Djoukeng is joined in the Class of 2007 by two women – Myrle Butler Yoash and Jennifer Benson – standout student athletes two decades apart, and former baseball all-American J.R. Dobson. Former coaches Alleen Berkey Hawkins and Dr. Maurice Hickey are also members of the Class of 2007, which includes the Dave Haslup/Lou Gehrig Foundation in the benefactor category.

Yoash played volleyball, basketball and tennis while being selected Chesapeake College Outstanding Female Athlete in 1976-1977. She went on to play volleyball at Tarkio College, where she was named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference all-conference team.

Yoash has been employed by the Caroline County Board of Education since 1980, and has been teaching elementary physical education for 25 years. She was a 2002 nominee for Caroline County Teacher of the Year.

Benson played basketball, softball, soccer and tennis while attending Chesapeake from 1997 to 1999, and at one time held all of the school’s records for three-point shooting – most in a game, season, and career. She won a state women’s doubles title with Laura Harrison while playing for the college’s club tennis program.

Benson, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Wesley (Del.) College, is currently the lead personal trainer at Slim and Tone in Easton. She holds a Post-Rehab Exercise Specialist certification and serves as a subcontractor at the Benedictine School in Ridgely, where she designs one-on-one fitness programs for mentally and physically challenged students.

Dobson, a baseball all-American in 2001, is the fourth student athlete in the Class of 2007. Dobson holds the school’s career records in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts, and was among the national leaders in strikeouts (second in 2000) and earned-run average (fifth in 2001) during his Chesapeake College baseball career.

Dobson, the first player recruited by current Athletic Director/Baseball Coach Frank Szymanski when he came to Chesapeake College in 1999, led the Skipjacks to a pair of Region XX tournament berths and their first-ever 20-win season in 2001. He is currently a sheriff’s deputy with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Department.

Hawkins, who coached the 1981 Chesapeake College women’s softball team to a Region XX championship, has won more than 600 games during a coaching career that has included stops at Furman University, the University of Georgia, and her present position at Erskine College. She was two-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year while leading Furman to a pair of regular-season conference championships and two conference tournament crowns.

Dr. Hickey, currently president of Clinton (N.Y.) Community College, was three-time NJCAA Region XX All-Star men’s soccer coach and the 1986 Maryland JuCo Co-Ed Tennis Coach of the Year while leading the Skipjacks to that year’s club co-ed tennis title. Dr. Hickey, a former Chesapeake College athletic director who eventually served as Chesapeake’s vice president for academic services from 2000 to 2005, also coached baseball for the Skipjacks.

The Dave Haslup/Lou Gehrig Foundation is the second organization to be inducted, following the 2003 induction of American Legion Post 278. The foundation – started by former Chesapeake College student athlete Dave Haslup, who entered the Hall of Fame as an individual as part of the 2003 inaugural class – provides athletic scholarships that allow local student athletes to attend Chesapeake.

Haslup was diagnosed in 2000 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is better known as "Lou Gehrig’s Disease" for the baseball star who was struck with the disease in the 1930s.

"This foundation reflects the efforts of Dave and other Haslup Foundation board members to assist local student athletes and raise awareness regarding ALS," said Dr. Ed Baker, a former Chesapeake College men’s basketball coach and close personal friend of Haslup’s who was inducted alongside Haslup into the Hall of Fame in 2003. "Dave has tried to turn his personal challenge into a positive for others, and this recognition of his efforts and those of his colleagues on the board is greatly deserved."

The Class of 2007 will be honored at the annual induction dinner, which will take place June 7th at 6 p.m. in the Todd Performing Arts Center Lobby on the Wye Mills Campus. Plaques of the inductees will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame Wall in the college’s Physical Education Building, with each inductee receiving a similar plaque the night of the dinner.

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