2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Herb Yost is a Hall of Famer and pioneer at McLean High School, starting the football program from scratch in 1955 when the school opened. After an inaugural 1955 season with no seniors, Coach Yost led the 1956 McLean Eagles to an undefeated 10-0 record and a Fairfax County Championship. The 1956 football team was the first of three McLean teams to finish the regular season with perfect 10-0 records; the others coming in 1980 and 1995. Coach Yost remained head football coach through the 1961 season, and in 1962, he became the first-ever Athletic Director at Marshall upon the school’s opening. He remained there until his retirement in 1982. Beloved by his players at McLean, Coach Yost built a great football program in the school’s early years and was one of the top Athletic Directors in all of Virginia for 20 years. We are honored to have Coach Herb Yost join the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!
Mo Wolthuis '87
There have been basketball players at McLean High School the past 60 years, and then there was Mo Wolthuis, widely believed to be the best and most dominant girls player in school history. Mo re-wrote the record books at McLean, breaking 10 different school records, including all-time scoring and rebounding. Mo was a 2nd Team All-Met selection by the Washington Post, and was First-Team All Northern Region and the Great Falls District Player of the Year. As a senior, she averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds. Other records she broke: 16 consecutive free throws, 21.1 game scoring average, 32 points in a single game, 421 points in a single season, and 896 career points. As a 4-year varsity player, Mo helped rebuild the girls program at McLean from the ashes, going from a winless program to a contender in her four years. In addition, Mo was an All-District soccer player and helped the Highlanders to a 1986 Great Falls District soccer championship. Mo played 4 years at Brigham Young University.
One of the most dominant McLean football players of all time is Nate Krill, and he’s one of the 2015 inductees into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Nate was a 2-way star for the Highlanders with monster seasons in 1995 and 1996. He helped McLean to a District and Region title in 1995 in the 12-1 dream season, and was instrumental in getting them back to the playoffs and into the region title game in 1996. Krill excelled at tight end, as well as defensive end, earning honorable mention All-Met honors at defensive end and 2nd team All-Met at tight end. In 1995 catching passes from fellow Hall of Famer Lavon Carter, Krill had 37 receptions for 687 yards, and 10 touchdowns. These are impressive numbers, given the weapons the 1995 team possessed in receivers Evan Kay, David Costello, and Doug Sterling, and in running backs like fellow Hall of Famer Duane Epperson, Mike Winfield and Jimmy Johnson. Nate was also an All-District basketball player at McLean. He went on to play at Duke University with Duane Epperson, becoming team captain and earning a free agent contract from the Cincinnati Bengals following his college career. We are proud to have Nate Krill join the Hall of Fame!
One of the all-time great field hockey players at McLean is '96 grad Katie Smith. In the the fall of 1994, Katie was one of the top players in the DC area and led the Highlanders to District and Region titles, advancing to the Virginia State semi-finals. She finished that season with 11 goals and 31 points, team MVP honors and was named First Team All-Met by the Washington Post. She returned her senior year to help the Highlanders capture a third consecutive District title, earning First Team All-District honors. One of the all-time McLean field hockey greats, we welcome Katie to the Hall of Fame!
Anton Levy ('92) is a 2015 inductee into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame. An all-time McLean tennis great, Levy and his foreign exchange student doubles partner finished the 1992 season with a perfect 26-0 record and District, Region and State titles. Anton and his doubles partner George Getz won the first and only State title in tennis at McLean. Anton was an All-Met honorable mention selection, as well as the 1991 Northern Region doubles champion with fellow Hall of Famer Alex Cass. We are pleased to welcome Anton to the McLean High School Hall of Fame!
One of the top pitchers in McLean history, Hall of Fame inductee David Pleasants ('81) became the first Highlander graduate to pitch in the College World Series, hurling for James Madison University in 1983. At JMU, he was the winning pitcher in the East Region game that same year. At McLean, he was an honorable mention All-Met pitcher in 1981, where he led McLean to its first-ever Northern Region Final Four baseball appearance. In addition, he was a first team All-Region and All-District selection, and pitched in the Virginia High School League All-Star Game. David was also a key member of the 10-0 McLean football team, earning first team All-Great Falls District at defensive back, playing alongside fellow Hall of Famer Karl Buckwalter. David returned to McLean in 1993 and took the baseball coaching reins at his alma mater, leading the Highlanders to the 2000 Liberty District title. In addition, he was an assistant coach on the 1995 McLean football team that won Liberty District and Northern Region titles and was the only McLean team in history to win 12 games and appear in the state football playoffs.
Duane Epperson ('97) is the all-time leading rusher in McLean High School history, gaining over 4,500 yards as a 4-year varsity running back. He mixed speed, quickness and an array of moves in the open field to dominate opponents, helping the Highlanders to the 1995 District and Region titles. Duane also holds the single season rushing record at McLean with 1,785 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns, also a record. He is believed to be the only back with three seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing. Duane was an All-District, All-Region, All-Met and All-State selection, and joined McLean teammate Nate Krill at Duke University, where Duane was the 1997 Duke freshman Player of the Year and later the team's Most Outstanding Running Back. In addition, he was named to the All-ACC football academic team. While at McLean, Duane was a SuperPrep High School All-American selection, and was named one of the top 25 players in the State of Virginia.
Jennifer Robb enjoyed a spectacular career as a field hockey goalie at McLean High School. As a senior, she had 12 shutouts in 15 regular season games, helping the Highlanders to a District title. In her junior and senior years, she was a combined 30-3-1 in goal with 25 shutouts as McLean captured consecutive district titles. In the region title game in 1994, she stopped 4 straight penalty strokes to help McLean clinch the region and advance to the state quarterfinal. She gave up just 8 goals in 19 games as a junior and 10 goals in 15 games as a senior, where she was named Most Valuable Player. Her field hockey career at McLean culminated with a First-Team Washington Post All-Met honor. In addition, she was a basketball and soccer standout at McLean, earning the Angus Award for 9 or more varsity letters as well as the Craig Fielder Award for outstanding athlete. As a soccer player, Jennifer was team MVP and captain, helping McLean to the 1995 District soccer title. She enjoyed a 3-year field hockey career at Duke, where she also played soccer in 1996.
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One of the all-time great athletes at McLean, ‘70 grad John Christensen won the 1970 Virginia State wrestling Championship in the 165 weight class. At the time, he was just the third wrestler and fifth athlete at McLean to capture a state title in their respective sport. Currently only 5 wrestlers at McLean have captured state titles. He led the Northern Region in pins that year, and captured both a District and Regional title, in addition to his State championship. John was also one of the top linebackers and offensive linemen in the area in football, receiving first-team All-Region honors at linebacker, and All-District honors at center in both 1968 and 1969. He was instrumental in the Highlanders’ 1969 Great Falls District football title. John went on to a very successful wrestling career at the United States Naval Academy, where he twice qualified for the NCAA national wrestling tournament. Most importantly, John went on to serve a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot for 27 years. We welcome John to the Hall of Fame!
1991 McLean graduate Alex Cass is the winningest tennis player in school history and is in the upcoming inductee class of the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Alex was first team All-Met selection in 1991, and an Honorable Mention All-Met the previous year as a junior. He was a 4-year varsity starter, compiling a 95-12 singles record and 90-10 doubles record. He teamed up in doubles with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Anton Levy to capture the Northern Region doubles title and advance to the Virginia State semi-final. As a singles player, Alex was a region and state finalist. He went on to star at Rutgers University, where he was All-Atlantic 10, team MVP, and team captain. He has played with the likes of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova. We are pleased to welcome Alex Cass into this year's class of the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!
NEXT INDUCTION IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 AT HALFTIME OF FOOTBALL GAME!