Clarke County Inducts Seven into Hall of Fame

Five former athletes, the first State champion basketball coach, and an athlete/coach/contributor   became the newest members of Clarke County’s Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the school’s game against Strasburg   Friday night.   A reception for new and previous members, sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County, also recognized the inductees.

Hall of Fame Inductees (from left to right) Bill Martz, Bonnie Broy Dodson, Denny Longerbeam, Dwayne Dillow, Sean Munson, Brent Emmart, and Randy Trenary - Photo Mike Dowling

The Hall was begun in 1990, and the honorees comprising the newest class are:

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Bill Martz, Class of 1962 – Martz was selected for his excellence in varsity football.   He played tackle on both offense and defense, lettering for three years.   His junior year in 1960 the school won their first District 10 championship.   They repeated as champions the following year with many plays designed to take advantage of Bill’s superior blocking.   Clarke’s opponents scored only 21 points total that season with seven game shutouts.   Martz was team co-captain; his leadership helped motivate the team to their first undefeated season, beginning the record-breaking 38-game unbeaten streak.   Besides receiving accolades several times for lineman of the week, he was voted first team all District Ten at tackle.   This was before the football playoff system in Virginia, and was the highest honor a player could receive.
After high school he continued to play football for several teams during the six years he was in the US Navy.   Upon discharge, he coached youth football and baseball.

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Bonnie Broy Dodson, Class of 1964 – During the time when CCHS only offered basketball and softball for female athletes, Bonnie was a star in both.   She made the first string varsity basketball team as a freshman forward and played all four years.   Also as a freshman, she made the softball team and served as their pitcher from 1961 to 1964.   No District, Regional, or State level of competition existed for girls’ sports then.   Bonnie’s excellent skills and determination as an athlete served as an example for younger girls to take an interest and participate in sports.
For the past ten years, Bonnie has coached Clarke County girls’ youth basketball.   Many of the young girls she has coached have gone on to contribute to the successful girls’ basketball program at CCHS.   She currently serves as the director of Clarke County Senior Center, helping to organize the annual Senior Olympics held with the Clarke County Parks and Recreation and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.
In 1996 Bonnie was the Clarke Courier “Citizen of the Year.”

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Denny Longerbeam, Class of 1982 —     Longerbeam participated in four sports as a athlete. He lettered in wrestling his freshman year, qualifying for Districts and Regionals.   He played basket ball , lettering all three years, and was voted second team All-District his junior year and first team All-District his senior year.   He participated in football for three years, lettering all three.   His best sport was track, lettering all four years, competing in hurdles, pole vault, high jump, and other sprinting events.   He was the team’s second highest scorer his junior year and highest scorer his senior year, as well as qualified for Regionals in the hurdles.   In all he earned eleven varsity letters and won the Hardesty-Dent Outstanding Male Senior Athlete award, as voting on by the coaching staff.

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Dwayne Dillow, Class of 1985 – Dillow lettered in football, basketball, and track.   His sophomore year in track he earned a letter as a member of the District championship team, competing in numerous events.. His junior year he lettered in basketball. In football he was a starting quarterback and defensive back sophomore, junior, and senior years.   He was also the punter his senior year.   He was selected Winchester Star All-Area quarterback his sophomore and junior years.   His junior year the team won their first Bull Run District championship, and the defensive unit did not allow a single point in District play.   A broken collarbone ended his senior year   the third game of the season.

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Sean Munson, Class of 2000 -Munson starred in two sports during his high school career, soccer and basketball.   He lettered for three years in soccer and was the starting goalkeeper for the 1999 State championship soccer team, earning second team All-District honors.   Basketball is where he made his huge mark.   He lettered   his junior and senior years, earning Bull Run District basketball Player of the Year and First Team All-State his senior year.   He finished his career by scoring 1,082 points, averaging 28 points and 16 rebounds per game and was a USA Today Top 25 Virginia basketball prospect.
He began collegiate basketball at Lafayette College but transferred to Wagner College after one year, playing the next four years there.   He was a member of the school’s conference and tournament champion teams, appearing in the NCAA tournament his junior year. He played as a member of the N.I.T. national basketball team in 2003 and 2004, playing against the Chinese and Bahamian national teams.     His senior year he led the team in scoring and rebounding, and was also conference rebounding champ.   He was voted Wagner College Senior Athlete of the Year.   After graduation he played basketball professionally in Luxembourg for one season and in the European League in Israel for three seasons.

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Brent Emmart, Coach –   Emmart   is a graduate of Hampshire High School, Class of 1989, where he was an All-State basketball player.   After graduating from Shepherd University he began teaching and coaching at Clarke County.   For the past fifteen years he has coached football and basketball, and also coached baseball and served a year as assistant athletic director.
He has over 200 career wins, six District championships, and ten straight Regional appearances, from 2000 to 2010.   His 2006 team was Regional champions, and they won the school’s first ever State championship in 2006 and repeated in 2007.   During that two-year span they had a combined record of 53-7.   Besides many District Coach of the Year awards he was Regional Coach of the Year in 2006 and State Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007.   He has coached four athletes that went on to play Division 1 basketball:   Sean Munson, Ryan Munson, Damien Hubbard, and Chandler Rhoads.

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Randy Trenary, Class of 1986, has been an outstanding athlete, coach and contributor while at CCHS.   A three-sport athlete, he competed in football, basketball, and track.   He earned two letters in basketball.   He was a three-year letterman in football, and co-led the team and area in interceptions his senior year.   He was a two-year letterman in track, District champ in the high jump his junior year, and placed sixth at the Region B meet, qualifying for States.   His senior year he was District runner-up in the high jump.   The coaches awarded him the Hardesty-Dent outstanding male senior athlete award.
He coached for twelve years in various sports and different levels.   He was head coach for the boys and girls track program at Johnson-Williams Middle School; he spent time as head j.v.. football and j.v. basketball coach as well as head strength coach.   He became an assistant varsity football coach from 1991-1993, moving to head coach from 1994 to 2000.
In 1997 he became the school’s athletic director and held that position until 2002.   As AD he started the wrestling program, j.v. softball, and girls j.v. soccer.   He developed and implemented the athletic department Academic Monitoring program.   He also developed the athlete drug testing program.   He helped make the Clarke County Track Invitation become one of the premier invitations in the area, taking it from an 8-school meet to a 20-school meet.   He and Frank Jurney started the Berryville Bluegrass series that has helped to bring in almost $20,000 yearly for the athletic program and athletic scholarships.   He helped in every phase of   building   the current football stadium, from working with contractors, to painting,   planting grass seed, putting up the fence, and even having his football players pick up and remove rocks from the field.   The stadium bears the name Wilbur Felter Stadium from the generosity of   the chief benefactor.

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The final recognition was for a local business that has been a wonderful partner in the many successes of Clarke County High School athletes, students, and sports programs, the Bank of Clarke.   Without their assistance many of our facilities, equipment, and teams would not have been possible.   The Hall of Fame reception has been honored for years to be sponsored by them.   Many thanks for being such great friends to CCHS!!

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  1. Fly on the wall says:

    Congratulations to the honorees, and to Nancy Specht and everyone else who organized the dinner and recognition ceremony. What a great event on a great night for football!

  2. Ivan Lambert says:

    Congratulations Dwayne Dillow!!!
    I recall Dwayne as a little kid in our neighborhood, attempting to help him in the old Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Dwayne was such a teachable / coachable kid, willing to humble himself and learn. I vividly recall thinking “this boy might really be good in football some day”.

    Dwayne went on to have a great career at CCHS and is quite deserving of the honor bestowed upon him by the CCHS Hall of Fame.

    I’m very proud of you, Dwayne!
    Ivan Lambert

    • Ivan, you always have such interesting stories to share. Thank you for your positive contributions to CDN!

  3. Boyce Resident says:

    Are you kidding me?Seriously ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!Hall Of Fame!!!I think Clarke Co.needs to look at what the real meaning of “Hall of Fame” means.Seems to me its becoming a popularity contest or a “who knows who” type of thing.I think some new guidelines should be set to even be considered for the HOF.I mean seriously being named to a all area team does not make you HOF potential.Heck back then there was only three or four schools in the area to choose from.I think you should at least been all region or all state in any sport to even be considered,or hold or have held school records in the past.And one other thing needs to addressed is what he/she did during there playing days at Clarke Co. and not what they did after they graduated.To me the HOF is a prestigious honor bestowed upon someone that is or was one of the best at what they did.To me the HOF committee has “watered down” the election process over the past four or five years it’s become somewhat of a joke.I say lets clean it up or just say everyone who played a sport at CC is a member of it’s HOF,cause that sure seems the way its headed.

  4. Ivan Lambert says:

    Boyce Resident,
    You actually make a good case.
    There should be a criteria.
    However, one word of caution, you write as if you know there is absolutely no criteria.
    There may already be a criteria that the HOF committee possesses and maintains, and you may simply be unaware of that criteria.

    Lastly, if you feel that strongly about it, don’t hide behind “Boyce Resident”.
    Conversely, go to the HOF Committee and voice your concerns that you sincerely don’t want the CCHS Sports HOF watered down.
    As the kids say today, “Just sayin’ ”