Kristy Burch Bergmann (O'Connell Class of 1986) was a dominating pitcher in the 80s where she starred at O'Connell and Miami (OH) University. At O'Connell, she was two-time All-Met in 1985 and 1986, and finished her senior year with a 0.38 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 111 innings. She went on to Miami, where she was named two-time All-MAC, graduating with 18 single-season and career records. She is a member of the Hall of Fame at both schools. Now, she gives pitching lessons in Northern Virginia.
John Crone’s athletic career began in 8th grade at Williamsburg Middle School and continued into his freshman year at Yorktown High School as a member of the Yorktown freshman football program, which won every game during those two seasons. Crone became a member of the varsity as a sophomore as a tight end and earned recognition as an All-District talent. During his junior and senior seasons, Crone was a three-way starter, playing offense as a fullback, switching to linebacker for the Patriot defense, and serving as the long snapper. He earned both All-District and All-Region recognition each season. Crone was voted team captain during both his junior and senior years, the first junior to earn this role under Coach Bruce Hanson’s three decades as head coach. During his senior year, Crone rushed for more than 1,800 yards and scored 35 touchdowns, and was recognized as an All-Met running back.
In addition to playing football at YHS, Crone played baseball during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. John hit .511, set school records for RBIs with 42 and a slugging percentage of over 1,000, and hit seven home runs during his senior year. This effort earned him First Team All-Region and All-Met honors.
Upon graduation from Yorktown, Crone earned a football scholarship to the University of Richmond where he majored in criminal justice. Initially, he played both football and baseball, but after his sophomore year, he decided to focus his energies on football. As fullback on the Richmond Spiders, Crone earned All-Conference recognition after his sophomore, junior, and senior years. His teammates voted him Captain for both the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and the Spiders won the NCAA Division I Football Championship after the 2008 season. Crone threw a touchdown pass during Richmond’s 24-7 win over Montana in the championship game.
Bill Duryee was a gifted all around athlete who grew up in Arlington and was a Hall of Fame track and football player for Bishop Denis J. OConnell High School, graduating in 1961. While at Bishop OConnell, he was the Metropolitan Washington Catholic League sprint champion in the 100 and 220 yard races, and in the 440 yard (quarter mile) sprint. Bill set Catholic League records of 10.0 seconds in the 100 and 22.2 seconds in the 220 yard sprint. He also tied the Virginia state record of 9.9 seconds in the 100 yard sprint. Bill was named to the All Metropolitan Washington Track First Team for setting a metropolitan area record of 49.5 in the 440 yard event.
He received a track scholarship to LaSalle University, where he had an outstanding track career. As team captain, he led his team to successive Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) Track Championships in 1964-1966. He anchored the LaSalle sprint relay and mile relay record setting teams in national competitions, including the Penn Relays Invitational. Bill was a three time MAC Champion and still holds the 440 yard record of 47.8 seconds on a cinder track at LaSalle. He was inducted into the LaSalle Track Hall of Fame in 1993.
Bill and his wife, Patricia, both served their country as national security
professionals for over 30 years before retiring in 1998. Besides his wife, Bill’s
immediate family includes his two daughters, Carin and Cadre, and two grandsons.