Ireton establishes athletic hall of fame

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria next month will induct 12 members into its newly established Athletic Hall of Fame, which will recognize athletes, teams, coaches and athletic directors who have made significant contributions to Ireton athletics.

The inaugural class, comprised of 10 men and two women, will be inducted during a dinner Oct. 9 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, at 7 p.m., coinciding with the school's homecoming and reunion weekend Oct. 10-12. Hall of fame inductions will be an annual part of future homecoming weeks.

"I am very pleased that Bishop Ireton High School, during its 45th year, is beginning an Athletic Hall of Fame," said Principal Tim Hamer. "We are inducting sterling men and women who have represented us well on the playing field, and some who have coached teams with both enthusiasm and integrity. With this Hall of Fame, we honor all those who have played sports at Bishop Ireton and at St. Mary's Academy. From this initial class, we find continued inspiration and we learn from their example."

The inaugural class includes:

Tim Carrington, Class of '73, who is best known for leading the 1973 swim team to an undefeated season and a victory in the Metros. He was undefeated and earned high school All-American status. He later starred at Villanova University, and is a member of the Villanova Hall of Fame for swimming.

Chris Colbert, '94, was a standout in both football and wrestling. He led the 1993 Cardinals to victory in the WCAC division II title game and to the1992 Independent Schools championship. As a wrestler, Colbert won many prestigious tournaments and was second at the National Prep tournament.

Jude Collins, '92, earned All-Met honors in both soccer and lacrosse and high school All-American in lacrosse his senior year. He went on to play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina where he also earned All-American honors.

Frank Hopke, '76, was a standout in both football and basketball and captained both teams. He was also a standout golfer. He played football at Notre Dame, and was the metro league champion.

Pete Johnson was Ireton's "Mr. Soccer" through the 1980s. The soccer coach never had a losing season, and was known as one of the best and most knowledgeable coaches in the area.

Jessica Luckett, '03, is the youngest of the inductees. She had an outstanding career as a softball player, and set many pitching records including most wins and most strike outs. She also holds many hitting records. She led the team to a WCAC title in 2003, was first team All-Met the same year, and made all-WCAC each of her four years.

Iver Magnussen, wrestling coach and physical education teacher from 1965-70, who died in 1986, will be inducted posthumously. He pioneered a high ranking wrestling program at Ireton and focused on motivating and mentoring young men to aspire to become grown men of moral virtue.

Mark Mangrum, '86, was an outstanding wrestler. He was a four-time Independent Schools champion, three-time National Prep champion and broke the Virginia high school record for most wins. He also played football all four years. Mangrum went on to wrestle at North Carolina State.

Marty Marinoff, '68, was in the first graduating class at Bishop Ireton and was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He was first-team All-Independent League in football his senior year, and went on to play at Bethany College.

James McGrath, '69, was another standout in football, basketball and baseball. He came back to Ireton as head football coach from 1984-88. McGrath, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1991, will be inducted posthumously.

Bob Pollard, '86, "Big Bob," was an outstanding basketball player at Ireton, leading the team to a Virginia State Catholic championship in 1985. He went on to play at the University of the District of Columbia. Bob died while at UDC, after which a scholarship was established in his name to support financial aid for needy students attending Ireton.

Jessica Wilcox, '94, was a three-sport standout at Ireton in soccer, basketball and softball. As the first great female athlete in the then newly coed school, she set a high standard for excellence.

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Oct. 9

Sheraton National Hotel


7 p.m.

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