Hall of Fame Major Contributors

Hampshire County Athletics Hall of Fame

(Scroll down to view all of the major contributors - there were years in which no major contributors were inducted.)


J. Holland and Anita Rannells

  • Made the Rannells Sports Complex a reality
  • Donated the first and largest amount for the Hampshire High School (HHS) stadium that bears their name
  • Purchased the first lights for the football field 
  • At the forefront in building the baseball diamond.


Ralph "Bud" Nealis - RHS Class of 1937 

  • Most loyal fan of Hampshire County Athletics
  • 4-year starter on the Pioneer Football team 
  • 1936 All-Potomac Valley and Honorable Mention West Virginia All-State Team 
  • As owner of the Romney Rexall gave milkshakes to athletes 
  • Always "predicted" the scores of the football games in favor of Hampshire County teams 
  • Died following a Hampshire High School (HHS) football game at Keyser in 1984 


Romney Loyal Order of the Moose Number 1371 

  • Supporter of Hampshire County athletic and individual awards and funding since 1944


Dr. Harold (Butch) C. Carl II - RHS Class of 1953 

  • Active advocate for athletics and education in Hampshire County
  • Hampshire County Superintendent of Schools (1972 to 1983) 
  • Outstanding athlete at RHS: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track 
  • Athlete at Shepherd College: Football, Baseball 
  • Coach: John S. Mosby Academy (Football) Stonewall Jackson High School (Football Track) 
  • Author of a book "They're With You Win or Tie"


Howard Cannon - HHS Class of 1966 

  • His firm, Howard Cannon Excavation Company, donated $50,000 of work in one week to build the Trojans baseball diamond - then considered one of the nicest fields in the Eastern Panhandle (included workers: Terry Shingleton Norman Wilson Glen Pyles Eric Tingler) 


John Corbin - RHS Class of 1959

  • Coached in Hampshire County Little League for more than 40 years
  • His Cubs teams had 4 undefeated Little League seasons 
  • Long-time champion bowler 
  • Placed 7th in the ABC National Tournament in Reno out of 104,000 bowlers - 1977 
  • Won Gold Medal (and led all bowlers - 1,717 pins in 8 games) with Team USA in the Pan-American Games - 1977  


Kevin Iser - HHS Class of 1988

  • Loyal fan, supporter and announcer since graduation
  • Now the "Voice of the Trojans" on radio for every football game since 2011 
  • Attended every football game for 17 years in a row 
  • Before moving to the radio, announced football and basketball games live at Hampshire High School (HHS) Coached Biddy Buddy for many years


William "Bill" Roomsburt - RHS & HHS Teacher - was a 1950 graduate of Capon Bridge High School


  • Began teaching at RHS in 1954, tranferred to HHS in 1964 when it opened and retired in 1990Bill Roomsburg - Contributor 2023
  • At RHS, he maintained Cooper Field with ground prep, lime fertilizer and seeding.
  • Also at RHS, he replaced the wooden goal posts with galvanized steels ones, built a privacy fence on School Street, upgraded the boys' locker room, sanded & painted the basketball floor and rebuilt the basebell field at its current location.
  • In addition he ran the clock for home basketball games and drove the team bus for away games.


  • He helped prepare Rannell's field a year before the opening of HHS by clearing rocks and then seeding & mulching the field.
  • While at HHS, he built the concession stand at the HHS football field, helped install the PA system at the field and replaced bleacher boards.
  • He also led various upgrades to the athletic locker rooms.
  • For years he oversaw ticket sales and also directed car parking for athletic events.
  • He built high and low hurdles for the track competitions.
  • It was also mentioned that he actually made the podium used by the speakers at the HOF banquet.

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