Four selected to county's 2002 class

Dorsey, Solomon, Gaskill, Seefeldt named

Hall of Fame

September 18, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Four products of Anne Arundel County high schools make up the 12th Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

John Dorsey, an ex-Green Bay Packer from St. Mary's High, Annapolis High basketball product Dale Solomon, Andover High tennis player Terri Gaskill and South River High jockey Andrea Seefeldt, who rode in the Kentucky Derby, are the 2002 honorees.

The four will be enshrined on Oct. 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Also that night, Beebe Castro of Shady Side will receive the County Executive's Trophy for her contributions to county athletics.

An All-County defensive end at St. Mary's in 1978 and 1979, Dorsey became a standout linebacker at the University of Connecticut and was named to UConn's 100th all-time anniversary team. He was a consensus first-team All-American his senior year (1983) and a two-time Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Green Bay Packers made Dorsey their fourth-round pick in the 1984 NFL draft. He went on to play five years in the NFL.

Currently, Dorsey is the director of scouting for the Packers.

Solomon, 6 feet 8 and 220 pounds, played at Annapolis from 1975 to 1977 and was nicknamed "Applejack."

At Virginia Tech, Solomon became the first player named All-Metro Conference four years in a row, was Metro tournament Most Valuable Player as a freshman and named to the Metro's all-decade team for the 1980s.

Solomon, who remains Tech's third all-time leading scorer (2,136 points), was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA draft. He never played in the NBA, but Solomon did play professionally for 13 years in Europe.

Solomon is currently in the Anne Arundel County Police Academy.

Gaskill, considered to be the finest female tennis player to come out of the county, earned nine varsity letters at Andover in soccer, basketball and tennis and was named The Sun's Arundel Female Athlete of the Year in 1983. She received a full scholarship to James Madison University.

One of only three players in JMU history to play in the NCAA championship tournament, Gaskill was named to the school's Top 50 all-time greatest athletes team.

Gaskill played professionally for a short time, was ranked No. 1 by the United States Tennis Association in the 30-35-year-old class in 1996, was USTA Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year in 1997.

Seefeldt, a 1980 South River grad, began riding horses in Davidsonville and became only the third woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. She rode Forty Something in the 1991 Derby and received the Tesio Award as Maryland Jockey of the Year.

In a 13-year career from 1981-94, Seefeldt started over 6,200 races and 231 stakes races, had 605 victories and won $8 million in total purses. Among her top wins was the 1993 Maryland Million aboard Star Minister, and she tied the women's record with four wins in one day at Pimlico.

Tickets to the banquet are $25, and the banquet is open to the public. For ticket information, call Bill Wentworth at 410-987-4732.

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