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Washington and Lee inducts five into its Hall of Fame

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Washington and Lee inducted five members into its Hall of Fame, Saturday, September 30. Malcolm Lewis presented each member with an honorary plaque.

From the class of 1969 – Denny Balderson
Denny was a member of the District Champion 880 relay team in 1968, but it was on the basketball court and baseball field where he really made his name. On the basketball court, Denny was a member of the 1966 State runner-up team coached by W&L Hall of Famer, Billy Walker. His team won Northern Neck district championships in ’66 and ’68 and he was an All-District performer as a junior and senior.

In baseball, Balderson was a feared pitcher, averaging 13 strikeouts per game. He racked up a 20-4 career pitching record with the Eagles, while leading his teams to 3 district championships under head Coach Billy Walker. He finished his W&L career with a 1.0 ERA.

From the class of 1988 – Michelle Scott
“You couldn’t miss her” Coach Paul Hutnyan said of this 8th grader who towered among her peers. He thought she was shy, but later found out that she was just quiet and fiercely competitive! Over the course of the next 4 years, Scott would set the career rebounding record, make multiple All-District and All-Region teams and lead her team to two state playoff appearances – winning W&Ls only Regional championship in girls basketball. A 1,000 point scorer, she was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Radford University. Upon completion of her playing career, Scott sought out higher learning, earning her masters and doctorate at Ohio State University. This self proclaimed “lifetime student” is currently a Sociology professor at Ohio State – a post she has held for 18 years.

From the class of 1991 – Jeffrey Loranzo McDowney
Jeffrey McDowney was an unstoppable offensive force on the basketball court.. . . He was also a fun loving character off of it! Coach Mark Comer relays the story of W&L coming back from a 17 point deficit and Jeff hitting a buzzer beater to win the Northern Neck District Tournament. Comer ran over to Jeff, who seemed rather annoyed, and asked what was wrong. Jeff said “Some guy just ran out of the stands and kissed me on the lips!”

Seriously, Jeffrey McDowney was as good off the drive with his left hand as he was with his right hand. He was a 1000 point scorer who made multiple All-District, All-Region and Free Lance Star All-Area teams. He was twice voted Northern Neck District’s Player of the Year. His ambidexterity, sided with his agility and tremendous court presence made him what many believe to be the greatest offensive player to ever play basketball at W&L. Jeff was tragically lost to us many years ago in a car accident, but his incredible legend remains.

From the class of 2000 – Andrew Lacey
Lacey’s goal was always to play at the next level. He was a 4 sport athlete and an All-District, All-Region, and All-State performer in basketball, football, and Track. He was recruited in both basketball and football before settling in at Bridgewater college where he was a 4 year basketball letter winner. What Lacey has done after college is equally impressive. He returned to W&L to begin his coaching career. After two successful years he set out to successfully start a program at Skyline High School. Successful coaching stints at North Stafford and Pinecrest High School in North Carolina were followed up by a move back to Virginia to Varina High School where he has transformed the Blue Devils into a Regionally respected program. He is a published coach and speaks at various clinics and is the founder of The Andrew Lacey Basketball Academy.

As a legendary Contributor – Dorothy Langmack

It started with popcorn, candy and cold drinks in the mid 60’s. Mrs. Langmack became one of the early concessions pioneers here at W&L! She was a founding member of W&Ls first established athletics booster organization – The Touchdown Club – and has organized bake sales, professional wrestling matches, spaghetti dinners, Washington Redskins offseason basketball games and various other fundraisers for Eagle Athletics. All four of her sons became coaches – in sports ranging from golf, softball, basketball and baseball, but it is no secret that Langmack LOVED her football players! She would sneak up in the night and set up graveyards or hang dead chickens to fire up the Eagle troops for a big match-up! Mrs Langmack has made Brownies for the football team every week after a win for most of the last 25 years and brings cold watermelons on hot practice days. There have been many contributors . . . none have been as impactful over the past 50+ years as Dorothy Langmack.

This year the Hall of Fame lost two of its honored members, 2015 inductees Billy Walker and Randall Thompson.