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"I am honored to be a part of the first class of the Towson High Athletics Hall of Fame," he said in an email. "It really means a lot to me to be recognized by my hometown."I set out to change the sport of swimming and to do something that nobody had ever done before, and thanks to a lot of hard work, dedication and a tremendous support system, I can say that I accomplished all that I wanted to do in my career. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend in person, but I would like to express my sincere thanks to the entire Towson community, city of Baltimore and state of Maryland for all of your support throughout my career. I am proud to say that I grew up in Towson, and will always call Baltimore home."Sue Beeler (Class of 1958)Sue Beeler was an avid athlete who played field hockey, basketball, and softball from 1956-1958 at Towson High. She was listed in the 1958 yearbook as "tops in all sports, barrels of fun, a college-bound academic, and a future gym teacher." This is exactly what she became.After graduating from Towson she attended Western Maryland College where she became a standout in field hockey and basketball, earning high scorer honors in hockey in 1962. She was inducted in to the Western Maryland Hall of Fame in 1997.Not long after returning to her high school alma mater, Beeler coached field hockey, softball, and lacrosse a program she started and coached until 1996 when her team fell to Catonsville in the state championship game.More than anything, being the daughter of former Johns Hopkins University lacrosse standout Henry Beeler, she loved lacrosse and enjoyed teaching it to others.Sue Beeler lost her battle with cancer in 1997, the same year current Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel guided the Generals to their only state lacrosse title.The Towson Sports Boosters have established an annual award in her honor each year for the female athlete who best emulates her positive passion for sports participation.Billy Jones (Class of 1964)Billy Jones was a star on Towson basketball teams that recorded a 38-0 record from 1962-64 against county opponents and earned the school's only state championship (l963). The high-jumping forward was named the outstanding p Longchamp sale layer of that title team, scoring a record of 58 points in 1963 and 73 points in 1964 in the playoffs. Jones, who also lettered in lacrosse two years, became the first black player at Towson.After graduating in 1964, Jones turned down an offer to play basketball for the University of Mic Longchamp le pliage higan, opting to play for the University of Maryland instead while breaking the color barrier in the Atlantic Coast Conference. While at Maryland he played for legendary coach Bud Millikan and with future Maryland coach Gary Wil Longchamp bags liams. He was later inducted in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Legend's Hall of Fame.After graduating from college, Jones went on to a lengthy college basketball coaching career at American University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Stanford University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Mr. Jones, who now resides in Florida with his wife Brenda and children Damian, Billy, and Karen, said that "My experiences at Towson High School provided a strong foundation and gave me the confidence to manage the many challenges that I experienced in college and during my professional career. During a very tough time of social unrest in American society, I was embraced and encouraged to pursue my aspirations. Towson High School taught me to be open to all peoples and to be a citizen of the world."Jack Thomas (Class of 1970)The son of legendary coach Bill "Bear" Thomas, Jack Thomas was an outstanding athlete at Towson High School, lettering in football, basketball, and lacrosse. Though he was the quarterback of the football team that won a county championshi Longchamp p in 1969 and captain of the basketball team that finished second in the county twice, he was best known for his prowess as a lacrosse player. He led the Generals to three straight county championships in 1968, 1969, and 1970 and remains as the only Towson player to receive the C. Markland Kelly Award, give annually to the state's best lacrosse player. Thomas shared the Baltimore Sun's 1970 Prep Athlete of the Year honor with Dundalk High's Jeff Bradford.At Johns Hopkins University, Thomas played three years varsity lacrosse and football. He was a three time First Team All-American in lacrosse, leading the Blue Jays to the 1974 NCAA title while setting the single-season scoring record. He also earned the Turnball Trophy as the nation's outstanding attackman in 1973 and 1974 before being named the most outstanding player of the World Games for the championship U.S. national team in 1974. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989.Thomas currently is a social studies teacher at Centennial High School where he coached four state championships soccer t Longchamp outlet eams and was an assistant coach on as many lacrosse title squads.

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