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Select Washington County Sports Male Mount Rushmore

When you think about Washington County sports history, which four men would you name as leaders on your Mount Rushmore?

This question was recently posed to a panel of current and former coaches, sporting directors and sports journalists from the Herald-Mail.

In total, 30 different names were emailed to us and we created a top 13 list based on the number of votes for each name. The plan was to have a top 10 list, but there was a tie for 8th place between six candidates.

Now it's your turn to choose your Mount Rushmore (four people) from this list of 13 nominees. Voting ends Friday at noon.

Points will be awarded on a 13-to-1 basis based on the results of the online poll and also on a 13-to-1 basis based on the panel's decisions. The four people who receive the most points in both cases will receive Mount Rushmore status, which will be announced later.

Below the survey you will find information about each candidate.

Poll: Who is on the female Mount Rushmore of Washington County sports?

Nick Adenhart

A 2004 graduate of Williamsport University, Adenhart was a superstar pitcher for the Wildcats and was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. Entering his senior season, Adenhart was the top high school prospect in the country according to Baseball America, going 5-1 with a 0.91 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings before being sidelined by an elbow injury.

Once considered a top-10 pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, Adenhart underwent Tommy John surgery and fell to the 14th round, where he was selected by the Anaheim Angels. After earning a spot in the Angels' starting lineup in 2009, he made his season debut at home on April 8, pitching six scoreless innings in a no-decision game against the Oakland Athletics. Later that night, he was killed in a collision with a drunk driver at age 22.

Clayton Anders

Anders was the head coach at Boonsboro High School from 1985 to 2019, amassing 222 wins in his 35 seasons, a Washington County record. The Warriors won the Class 1A state title in 1993 and made the playoffs a total of 15 times during Anders' tenure, including 12 between 2005 and 2019.

Mike Brashears

Brashears played football, basketball and baseball at South Hagerstown High School, where his varsity numbers were retired in all three sports. In 1974, he was named Most Valuable Player of the state basketball tournament after leading the Rebels to the title and completing a 25-0 season. He also became the first South player to score over 1,000 points in his career.

Brashears was a member of the Hagerstown team that won the 1971 Colt League World Series and went on to have a standout career as a pitcher at the University of Maryland.

Aaron Brooks

Brooks, a 2018 graduate of North Hagerstown University, won four Class 4A-3A state wrestling titles for the Hubs and then four NCAA Division I titles for Penn State University. He won two United World Wrestling world titles in his age group, U17 in 2017 and U23 in 2023, and this summer he will represent Team USA at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after defeating reigning gold medalist David Taylor in the U.S. Olympic Qualifier final in April.

Jim Brown

Brown, who died in 2022 at age 84, took over the men's basketball program at Hagerstown Community College in 1980 and led the team for 23 years, compiling an overall record of 517-205 and appearing in the NJCAA national tournament twice. He was named Maryland JUCO Conference Coach of the Year five times.

Before HCC, Brown was a successful high school boys basketball coach. In seven seasons at Hancock, he compiled a 104-48 record, including three state championship appearances. He then coached at North Hagerstown for eight seasons, leading the Hubs to a state title in 1972.

Leo Burke

Leo Burke was a star in football, basketball and baseball at Hagerstown High School and, as a senior, was a member of the 1951 Maryland state championship-winning basketball team. He played all three sports at Virginia Tech and received the school's Outstanding Athlete Award.

After college, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and played seven seasons in the major leagues with the Orioles (1958–59), Los Angeles Angels (1961–62), St. Louis Cardinals (1963), and Chicago Cubs (1963–65).

Burke died in 2023 at the age of 89.

Rodney Monroe

A 1987 graduate of St. Maria Goretti, Monroe scored a state-record 3,047 points for the Gaels and led them to 120 wins and three consecutive Baltimore Catholic League titles during his four-year career. He continued his career at North Carolina State University, where he scored a school-record 2,551 points.

In 1991, Monroe was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and an NCAA All-American. He was selected 30th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and had a 16-year professional career, mostly played overseas.

Carroll Reid

Reid, who died in 2009 at age 80, founded the football program at Smithsburg High School in 1967 and served as head coach for nearly three decades, leading the Leopards to four state titles and an overall record of 205-103-2.

Reid also started the track and field program at Smithsburg and led the Leopards to their first state championship on the boys team in 1976.

Cokey Robertson

Robertson helped St. Maria Goretti's boys basketball team gain notoriety, winning 698 games and four titles in the prestigious Baltimore Catholic League as coach of the Gaels from 1974 to 2008.

Dennis Scott

Scott, a Hagerstown native who played high school basketball at Flint Hill, Virginia, was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for Georgia Tech in 1990.

He was selected fourth overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and played ten years in the NBA for six teams – the Magic (1990–1997), Dallas Mavericks (1997–1998), Phoenix Suns (1998), New York Knicks (1999), Minnesota Timberwolves (1999) and Vancouver Grizzlies (1999–2000).

During the 1995-96 season, Scott set an NBA single-season record with 267 three-pointers, and on April 18, 1996, he set an NBA game record with 11 three-pointers. Both records have since been broken.

Dwight Scott

Scott, who died in 2018 at age 87, coached at Boonsboro High School for 52 years. He started the school's football program in 1959 and coached the team until 1976. He also started the Warriors' cross country and outdoor and indoor track and field programs and was a longtime coach in all of them. He also served as athletic director.

The football team had winning seasons in his final nine seasons, including two consecutive undefeated years (1968-69). He led Boonsboro to five state championships in girls cross country and five state championships in girls outdoor tracking. Thirty-eight athletes, men and women, won individual state championships under his leadership.

Jeff Scuffins

Scuffins graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1980 as a state champion in track and field and holds the school records for the 1,600 m (4:18.94) and 3,200 m (9:25.00), which still stand today.

At Hagerstown Community College, Scuffins was a two-time NJCAA national champion in the 3-mile indoors and still holds school records in the 5,000 (14:24.0) and 10,000 (29:45.8). He continued his career at Clemson University, where he graduated in 1985 as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in cross country and 10,000 meters on track.

After college, Scuffins returned to Hagerstown and won several major road races, including the 1987 Marine Corps Marathon with a course record time of 2:14:01 that still stands today. He qualified for the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials in both the marathon and 10,000 meters and finished his competitive career with outstanding personal records of 28:40.0 for the 10,000 and 13:57.85 for the 5,000.

Scuffins died in 2021 at the age of 58.

Mike Spinnler

Spinnler won two consecutive JFK 50 Mile titles in 1982/83. His winning time of 5:53:05 in 1982 stood as the course record for 12 years.

Spinnler has been director of the JFK 50 Mile, the country's oldest ultramarathon, since 1993 and has helped make it one of the most prestigious races of its kind in the country.

Spinnler was also a successful track coach for athletes of all levels at Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, Hagerstown Community College and St. Maria Goretti High School. In 1997, he was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year for Women's Indoor Track and Field.