Frank L. Ball Sr. was a lifelong member of the Arlington community and a civic leader. He was a resident of the historic Glebe House and a member of the Virginia Senate. He was considered to be Arlington’s #1 booster and followed all local sporting events, even making a trip to England to watch the W-L crew win the Princess Margaret Challenge Cup in the 1960s. A renowned lawyer, Sunday school teacher and an author (works were frequently published in the Arlington Historical Magazine), Ball found time to support Arlington sports and sportsmen.
The namesake of Arlington’s Ball Street, he was the county’s commonwealth attorney and was nicknamed The Wizard because of his oratory skills.
Ball was born in 1885, and elected posthumously to the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, the year in which he died.
James D. Barbe grew up in Arlington and was arguably the greatest Little League baseball player in County history. At 12 years old he batted .703, a then all-time record, and hit 9 home runs, then second all-time. As a pitcher, in 61 innings he gave up only six hits and recorded 154 strikeouts. Translation: Out of the 183 outs made by opponents, Jim struck out 154 batters. He had similar statistics in junior and senior major ball leading up to a stellar high school career.
He began his high school career at Wakefield in the 1970-71 academic year, then transferred to Washington-Lee for his junior and senior years, where he graduated in 1973. He was a starter in basketball and baseball his junior and senior years at W-L, and started at quarterback in football his senior year. In 1973, he was voted high school pitcher of the year in the state of Virginia, and was named All-District and All-Region. He went on to star at James Madison University in baseball and became the school’s all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, and walks. He was an All-America baseball selection in 1975 and voted JMU’s most valuable player, and named the 1977 Offensive MVP.
Jim was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft and went on to lead the Western Carolina League in home runs and RBIs, and was 2nd in batting average in 1978. That season he was voted the league’s Player of the Year.
As a result of his baseball career, Jim was inducted into the W-L High School and James Madison University Athletic Halls of Fame. Currently, as a professional Super Senior Pickleball player, he is rated in the top 3 of players 65 and older in the United States.
Kristy Burch Bergmann attended High School in Arlington, VA at Bishop Denis J O’Connell High School between the years of 1982 and 1986 and for the last 28 years has been employed by Arlington County Public Schools as a teacher at Francis Scott Key School Elementary. In 2019 she was awarded Key School Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.
Kristy’s four years as a student-athlete at Bishop O’Connell High School were highlighted by her dominance on the pitching mound. She was a 1st Team All-Met selection as both a junior and senior – dominating in what was then known as the Catholic Girls Athletic Association leading both those teams to CGAA championships.
Kristy’s dominance in the circle at the National level for the Shamrocks earned her an athletic scholarship as she took her talents to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Collegiately, Kristy put Miami on the map in softball for the first time ever. She left Miami in 1990 holding every school single-season and career pitching mark, including 15 records she set during her senior campaign. Burch’s on-field accomplishments over her last two years at Miami made her the first and only Miami softball player to be named first-team all-MAC two years in a row. Her record of 25-9 with a 0.74 ERA in 1990 led Miami to its second winning season since joining the MAC.
In 1990, her senior year at Miami, she was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year. She earned both All-League and All-Region recognition playing in the Mid-American Conference. Kristy had an unbelievable career at Miami, so much so that she was the first softball player ever to be inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robert J. “Doc” Bonaccorso grew up in Massachusetts. He attended St. John's Prep in Danvers where he played hockey (goalie) and baseball (pitcher/outfielder). He went on to Boston College and earned a B.S. in Biology where he also played baseball for three years. He coached youth baseball in Peabody, Massachusetts for six years (1962-1967), winning the state’s Little League championship in 1964.
Between summer baseball seasons, Bob went to Dental School at Georgetown, graduating in 1969. Except for a brief tour in Korea in 1970 with the Army Dental Corps, Bob's volunteer youth coaching career in Arlington spans 31 years.
Bob joined the Optimist Club of Arlington in 1971 and has served continuously as the club's director of youth activities. The one constant in his coaching career has been his philosophy regarding youth: "give kids a chance to learn enough about a sport to enable them to move up to the next level, and allow them to have enough fun so they want to move up.”
Known more for his achievements in baseball, Bob also coached youth basketball for 22 years (1975-1996) and Arlington Bearcats 70-lbs football for five years (1973-1977). In 1975, along with ASHOF Hall of Famer Bob Rusevlyan, Bob founded the highly successful Optimist Club youth basketball program which grew from 20 players initially to more than 550 players by the mid-80s.
In the early 1980's, Arlington's youth baseball program was suffering from a dearth of participation by players, coaches and sponsors. Following a tireless search for a baseball program that would best fit the community's needs, Bob was a founder, in 1985, of the Arlington Babe Ruth Leagues, in cooperation with the county recreation department. After obtaining a charter from the national Babe Ruth organization, the Arlington league which began with several hundred players in 1985, grew in 15 years to over 2,000 participants in the springtime, making it one of the largest programs in Virginia. The fall program exceeds 500 players. Bob had earlier spearheaded the notion of a no-cut county baseball program in the mid-70s. The Arlington Babe Ruth program has proven to be an ideal solution.
In Bob's 31 years coaching baseball in Arlington, his teams amassed over 550 wins, including eleven undefeated seasons, 19 county titles, seven Babe Ruth district championships, four state Optimist Invitational crowns and three Virginia state Babe Ruth championships. In 1992, 1993 and 1998, his Arlington All-Star Babe Ruth state champs went to the Southeast Regionals, the last stop on the way to the Babe Ruth World Series.
Candice Brown is a native of Arlington. She graduated from Washington-Lee where she earned National District honors. Candice is a graduate of Marymount University in Arlington. While at Marymount, Candice had the opportunity to play in a NCAA Sweet 16 and Final Four. She was named a Kodak AII-American both her junior and senior years, as well as All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) 1st Team. Candice sprinkled her name in the record books finishing her career with 1,310 points, 650 rebounds, 182 assists, and 270 steals. It was her ability as an all-around player that made her such a tremendous player on the court.
Candice started her coaching career at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Sports Administration. After spending two years at SNHU, she came back to the Arlington area to work with her legendary coach (and ASHOF inductee) Bill Finney at Marymount. While on staff at Marymount, she helped the team to a CAC semifinal game, as well as a first-round trip to the NCAA tournament.
Candice was fortunate to get her first head coaching job at the age of 24 at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Candice spent three seasons at Manhattanville and had a huge impact on their program. She took a program that had only won seven games prior to her taking over the program to 18 wins and an opportunity to compete for the first time in program history in the conference championship game.
Candice's next move was to the Hudson Valley in 2009 to take over the women's basketball program at Vassar College. Since her start at Vassar, she has comprised a composite overall record of 109·76 (.697) and a 63·46 (.730) mark within the Liberty League. She is the only coach in school history with a winning career record. The 2013·14 campaign was one of the best in program history, as the team won its third Liberty League title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the first time ever, thanks to a win over Williams College. Vassar also set the program record for wins in a season with 23.
Steve Buckhantz grew up in Arlington and played on the Washington-Lee H.S. football team in the early 1970’s. He then went to Madison College (James Madison University) where he began his professional career in radio before becoming an intern with WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, VA. He went on to anchor the station’s sports and weather. After stints in Tennessee and Atlanta he came home to anchor weekends at WTTG in Washington until 1988 when he was named Sports Director and lead sports anchor. He began calling basketball and football games, including from 1991-1997 being the play-by-play radio voice for the US. Naval Academy football games and handling play-by-play for NFL on FOX in its inaugural season.
In 1997, after handling some spring basketball games for the Washington Bullets, Steve became the voice of the Washington Wizards as their play-by-play announcer for the 1997-98 season. There he became a staple and won one of his five Emmy Awards as the Wizards announcer on Comcast SportsNet.
Steve’s awards also include being inducted into the Halls of Fame for Washington-Lee, DC Sports, Washington Metropolitan Basketball, and the Greater Washington Jewish Sports. In 2018, he was selected DC Sportscaster of the year by his peers.
Alward V. Burch, retired in July 2004, as principal of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School, after having served the educational needs of the students, families and surrounding communities of the school for 43 years.
AI Burch is a native Washingtonian, raised in Anacostia and educated at St. Theresa's parochial school and St. John's College High School where he lettered in baseball (All-Prep three years), basketball and football (All-Prep two years). He attended Montgomery Junior College 1955-57, starring in baseball, basketball and football. In 1956, he was named an All-American in Football.
Burch received an athletic scholarship from the University of Corpus Christi, Texas, where he played three sports and hoped to become a coach after graduation. He earned his B.S. at Corpus Christi in 1959, and at graduation, received the Good Fellow Award for academic and athletic accomplishments.
Early in his educational career, Burch served as instructor in History, Science and English at Surrattsville Junior High in Surrattsville, Maryland. In 1961, he began his lengthy association with O'Connell after being hired by athletic director, Bob RusevIyan, and became the freshman football, freshman basketball and JV baseball coach. In 1963, he became the varsity baseball coach. Under Burch's guidance, the varsity baseball team won 42 consecutive games during the 1963·65 seasons, a feat that was recognized in 1965 by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. During that same period, O'Connell never lost a game in the Washington, D.C. Catholic League, winning three consecutive Catholic League championships.
In 1972, Burch, while continuing his baseball coaching duties, became assistant principal of O'Connell. During his tenure as assistant principal, he earned his M.Ed. from American University in 1975. His baseball teams won five consecutive Virginia State Catholic League championships (1973-77). In 1977, he became the first lay principal of the school and had to relinquish his position as head baseball coach. His fifteen-year (1963-1977) varsity baseball coaching record was 262-52.
Burch received Coaching Achievement Awards from the Better Sports Club (1964 & 1976), was named Coach of the Year by the Northern Virginia Umpires Association (1977), and elected to the Sandlot Hall of Fame by the Washington, D.C. Home Plate Club (1977).
During his lengthy academic and administrative career, Burch, through his leadership, coordination and many innovative ideas, helped O'Connell modernize and expand its facilities, enrich its programs, increase its enrollment and develop a strong professional staff, to become one of the largest and finest coeducational institutions in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. In 1992, the school was named a "Blue Ribbon Secondary School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education. In 1998, Burch was presented with "The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award."
Charlie Butt Jr. was the crew coach at W-L starting in 1949. From 1957-1964, his team won nine straight varsity championships, 11 National Schoolboy Championships and the Henley (England) Royal Regatta. Butt helped start crew teams at numerous area high schools and was instrumental in establishing programs at Georgetown and George Washington in the late 1950s.
In 1964, his team was the first American high school to ever participate in the Henley regatta and that year won the Princess Elizabeth Cup. His crew retained the cup in 1969.
From 1961-1980, Butt hosted and coached boats comprising parts of the Junior Men’s National Team out of the Potomac Boat Club. He has also coached many Olympians. Over the years, his crews earned 19 scholastic national titles and numerous Stotesbury Cup and Northern Virginia Championships.
The creation of new rowing venues was also a passion for Butt. He helped create the Sandy Run Regional Park rowing facility on the Occoquan River (site of many local regattas) and consulted on the development of Thompson Boat Center, a public rowing facility in Washington, D.C.
He continued to coach into the fall of 1991, and died in 1992. In his honor, The Charlie Butt Regatta was created as a Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association event held annually on the Potomac River.
"Clem" was born in Arlington, son of a sheriff who himself later became Arlington County sheriff. Clem played baseball, basketball and football at Washington-Lee and was a letterman on the track team where he threw shot put and javelin. He was a four-time letterman at Washington-Lee for three years. He was the first center that ever played high school football in Arlington, as Washington-Lee was the first high school team. At the same time, Chick MacPherson was the first and only quarterback.
Clem won a scholarship to Catholic University, at that time coached by Dutch Bergman and Fod Cotton at the time Dutch developed his great teams and won the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1936, beating Ole Miss 20-19. Clem was thus the first member from Washington-Lee to be selected to a Bowl game.
Clem went on to teach and coach. He coached the line at St. John's College. He coached some at Washington-Lee, where he helped a great deal. He played for the first professional football team then known as the Washington Presidents, which preceded the Washington Redskins. He contributed to almost every athletic endeavor or organization in Arlington.
At the time when the community was looking into the possibility of re-establishing rowing as a high school sport, it was Clem and Bill Hillenbrand who spearheaded the effort and eventually established the sport which became one of the great sports in the high schools of 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.
Joe D'Emidio has been a force in Arlington gymnastics for over 50 years, as a dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable coach, leader, educator, and mentor. A 1973 alumnus of Yorktown, he made an early mark in his junior year, winning first place in the state championships in the still rings event. He has been working with youth and sports-focused programs since 1976, developing boys and girls gymnastics programs at Washington-Lee, Yorktown and Wakefield. His gymnastics teams have won numerous district championships, three regionals, and had two state runner-ups. He was head coach of the Virginia High School Men’s Gymnastics Team from 1992-2002, winning the National Championship in 2002. In 1984, Joe was an international official as a Training Officer for gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Founder and Director of the YMCA Arlington Woodmont Gymnastics Center, which includes both recreational classes and competitive teams, he has nurtured many gymnasts and coaches, providing a safe environment for kids and professional growth opportunities for young coaches. Joe also dedicates his time toward youth development, particularly with the YMCA Teen Club, meeting twice a week, as well as providing international traveling and educational exchange experiences with other YMCA branches around the world. He encourages participation by all young athletes, regardless of skill level or experience. He motivates and helps Arlington's youth work towards achieving their goals in both sports and life.
Tom Dolan was born and raised in Arlington. He attended school in Arlington, graduated with honors from Yorktown in 1993, and earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Michigan.
Tom was an exceptional swimmer before college setting many scholastic records but gained immediate success as a freshman at Michigan. There he was a member of the Wolverines NCAA Championship 800m freestyle relay squad and earned All-American honors in the 500m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 1,650m freestyle and 400m individual medley. For his efforts, Dolan was named both Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Tom capped his spectacular season by representing the United States at the 1994 World Championships in Rome where he established the world record and won a gold medal in the 400m IM (4:12.30).
As a sophomore, Dolan continued to dominate and to set even more records. At the Pan Pacific Championship, he captured first place honors in the 200m IM and set a meet record in the 400m IM. Tom continued his excellence at the collegiate level, becoming the first swimmer in seven years to set three American records at the NCAA Championships. As a result, he was named the U.S. Swimming "Swimmer of the Year" for a second time, and added the NCAA Swimmer of the Year award to his trophy case.
In the spring and early summer of 1996, Tom qualified as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200m individual medley, 400m IM and 400m freestyle competitions by winning all three events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. At the NCAA Championships, he repeated as a triple winner in the 500m freestyle, 1,650m freestyle , 400m individual medley and anchored the championship 800m freestyle relay team that broke a 12 year-old American record.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Tom Dolan captured the United States' first Gold Medal by winning the 400 IM. Not only did this achievement earn him both the cover of Sports Illustrated and a Wheaties box, but it also confirmed his reputation as one of the world's most talented swimmers.
At the 2000 Olympics, he defended his Gold Medal in the 400 IM and picked up a Silver in the 200 IM.
Tom has had to overcome severe allergy problems to achieve success and is an inspiration to us all. Arlington is proud to claim him and the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame is doubly proud to honor him.
He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006, followed by induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
He now runs Tom Dolan Swim School in Northern Virginia.
Terry Donnelly grew up in Arlington and was a star track and field athlete at Washington-Lee, from which he graduated in the class of 1964. He was a two-time track and field state champion in 1963. In the 1963 Virginia Outdoor Track Championships, Terry won both the 880 meters with a time of 1:56.2 and the mile with a time of 4:23.2. These times were a fraction of a second off the state records, but stood as W-L school marks for over 40 years.
Terry continued his running career at William & Mary where he won several cross-country championships. In indoor track, he was the Southern Conference Champion in the 880 and mile. His best event was the 3,000-meter steeplechase, in which he qualified for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials. His career best times were 1:50.9 for the 880, 4:05.3 for the mile and 8:46.2 for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Terry graduated from William & Mary in 1968, and, in 1979, he was inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.
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.