Chesapeake College names four to Hall of Fame
Dilling, Stubbs, Supers, Willey form Skipjacks’ illustrious Class of 2008
WYE MILLS Four new members representing three different decades will be added to the Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame when the Class of 2008 is inducted on December 5th.
Johns Stubbs, who starred on both men’s soccer and baseball teams at Chesapeake College during the 1970s, and Carrie Hoffman-Watson Dilling, who was a women’s basketball and softball standout during the 1990s, will be inducted along with Mandy Supers of the women’s basketball program (1997-99) and baseball’s Cory Willey (1999-2001).
"I feel very honored to be part of Chesapeake’s Hall of Fame," said Willey, a minor-league pitcher who resides in Salisbury and is currently in negotiations to play winter ball in South America. "It’s a reward for me for making the right decision Chesapeake was the perfect first step for me, both in terms of baseball and academics."
The quartet brings to 25 the number of student athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators selected since the hall’s inception in 2003. There are also two organizations and one team the 2005 baseball team that went to the NJCAA Division II World Series and finished fifth in the nation enshrined in the hall.
"We have an impressive array of individuals already enshrined in the Hall of Fame," noted Dr. Richard Midcap, chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "The four individuals we will add next month certainly live up to the standards set by those chosen before them."
Stubbs held the college’s career goal-scoring record for men’s soccer for three decades, scored 15 goals in one season, and remains the all-time points leader in Chesapeake College men’s soccer history. The Queenstown resident was a Region XX Honorable Mention in 1973 and Second-Team All-Region choice the following season.
In baseball, Stubbs served as a 1974 team tri-captain before starting for two years in Frostburg State University’s outfield. He went on to become a men’s softball standout, earning All-American honors at the 1987 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national tournament, and was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 2006.
"It’s quite an honor," said Stubbs, who works for a multi-million-dollar window treatment company. "I’m just elated, and feel quite special to be one of the ones going on the (Hall of Fame) wall with Dr. (Ed) Baker, Mike Butler, Dave Haslup and all the other people in the Hall of Fame."
Stubbs has been active in local civic organizations (Easton Moose, Easton Elks, American Legion) and coached in a variety of youth sports.
Dilling was the women’s basketball team MVP in both 1993 and 1994, and was also named Chesapeake College’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. She came back to Chesapeake in 1995 to play for the college’s women’s softball team, where she was also named team MVP.
Dilling earned a spot on the All-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Second Team in basketball as a sophomore, and was named the college’s Outstanding Graduate in Architectural and Drafting Technology in 1994.
"I’m unbelievably honored to be selected for the Hall of Fame. If it wasn’t for Chesapeake, I wouldn’t be where I am in life," said Dilling, a Ridgely resident who produces drawings and designs for houses for various local builders. She has also served as a Little League soccer coach, and breeds and shows Labrador retrievers.
Supers finished her prolific women’s basketball career as Chesapeake College’s single-season and career scoring and rebounding leader. She also left Chesapeake with school records for most free throws made in a season and career, and was both the women’s basketball Team MVP and Chesapeake’s Female Athlete of the Year for 1997-98.
Supers was named to the All-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference team as a freshman. The following season she finished seventh in scoring and fourth in rebounding in the final NJCAA Division II national statistics.
"I’m ecstatic to be selected for the Hall of Fame actually I’m honored just to have been nominated," said Supers, who graduated from Queen Anne’s County High and lives in Magnolia, Del. She is a sales supervisor with Verizon.
Willey, who graduated from Cambridge-South Dorchester High, finished his intercollegiate baseball career with records at two different institutions. He left Chesapeake College with records for bases stolen in a game and a career, as well as the single-season runs batted in record.
Willey then played two seasons at Salisbury University, where he finished as the career saves leader for the Sea Gulls and was team MVP in 2003. A first-team, all-conference selection for Salisbury University in 2003, he went on to play in the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.
Willey won a minor-league championship with the Phillies’ High-A Clearwater Threshers, posting a 2.37 ERA as a reliever, and reached the Double A level.
The December 5th Hall of Fame induction event includes a 6 p.m. social, followed by dinner, the induction ceremonies, and review of the newest members’ plaques on the Hall of Fame wall in the Physical Education Building.
The cost for the event is $75 per person. Individuals interested in purchasing tickets should contact Barbara Smith by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (410 827-5843) by November 25th.
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