The 10th class of the Loudoun Valley Viking Athletic Association's Hall of Fame includes five student-athletes and a coach. The six-member class will be inducted Oct. 26 during halftime of Loudoun Valley's home varsity football game versus Dominion.
Student-athletes Mary Carpenter Lovenberg (1982), Kevin Robinette (1982), Scott Lesmes (1985), Perry Gaskins (1992) and Megan Jones O’Brien (1992), and multi-sport coach Gary McKay make up the Class of 2018.
Here is a closer look at the inductees, courtesy of Loudoun Valley High School.
Mary Carpenter Lovenberg (1982)
Mary was the school's 1982 Female Athlete of the Year. She was a four-time letter winner in tennis and soccer, and a captain for both teams during her senior year. In tennis, she was an integral part of four district championship teams and was named the LVHS Outstanding Female Tennis Player for 1982.
After Loudoun Valley, she continued her tennis prowess at Radford University, where she played for four years and received the most valuable player award in 1983. In 1984, she competed in the NCAA Division II National Tennis Championships. She became a career nurse and a volunteer tennis coach for high schools following her graduation from Radford.
Kevin Robinette (1982)
A three-sport athlete while at Loudoun Valley, Kevin was awarded the prestigious Viking Award his senior year. He received two varsity letters in football and basketball, and four varsity letters in baseball during his time as a Viking. Robinette was a member of the 1982 district football championship team, where he served as the team’s captain and was named to the first team all-district squad as a linebacker.
He was also captain for the Viking basketball team and he was a member of the 1982 district tournament championship team. He held the school record for charges taken during his era at Loudoun Valley. After graduation, Robinette had a 30-year career as a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy. Robinette joins his older brother Steve and sister Dawn as members of the Viking Hall of Fame.
Scott Lesmes (1985)
Scott was a three-sport letter winner at Loudoun Valley. As a baseball athlete, Lesmes received the Viking MVP award his senior year and was the team’s captain. He was a two-time first-team Northwest All-District and All-Region II selection as a pitcher. He also earned second team all-district honors his junior year. Lesmes was also a basketball athlete for the Vikings, earning a letter during his senior year.
Following his graduation, Lesmes was a four-year starting pitcher at Elon University, where he amassed a 15-3 record and was the team’s captain. He was named first-team All-Carolina Conference in 1989 and was an NAIA Academic All-American. Lesmes also pitched in two NAIA College World Series Championships in 1987 and 1989. He graduated from William and Mary Law School and is currently a practicing lawyer.
Perry Gaskins (1992)
Perry was Loudoun Valley’s 1992 Male Athlete of the Year recipient having ended his career as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track and field. He was the 1992 AA State Champion Shot Put winner and he earned a track and field letter each of his four years at Loudoun Valley. During that same year, Gaskins finished second in the state discus competition and served as the Vikings' team captain. He was a four-time first team all-district recipient, three-time all-region and all-state team member.
Gaskins was a three-year letter winner in basketball and was team captain his senior year. He was named first team to the Loudoun Times-Mirror Christmas Tournament in 1992. As a football athlete, Gaskins was a starting linebacker. After Loudoun Valley, Gaskins continued his excellence in track and field at George Mason University, where he earned NCAA Division 1 All-American honors in shot put and was a member of the national championship team in 1996. He was the CAA Conference Champion shot putter his freshman through senior years and was a member of the US Olympic Festive Team in 1994.
Megan Jones O’Brien (1992)
Megan was the 1992 Loudoun Valley Female Athlete of the Year and the Loudoun Times-Mirror Athlete of the Year. She competed in gymnastics, soccer and track and field. She earned varsity letters in each sport during each of her four years at Loudoun Valley. In gymnastics, she was the team’s captain her senior year and received the team’s MVP award. She was a member of the 1992 district championship team and the regional qualifying team. O’Brien was also captain of the Viking soccer team and she received the MVP award following her senior year.
O’Brien was named to the all-district first team all four years of her competition at Loudoun Valley. O’Brien was also captain of the Vikings' track and field team and she received the MVP award for that team as well during her senior year. She was a four-time individual qualifier for the district tournament and a three-time regional tournament competitor. O’Brien was a four-year starter and team captain in soccer at Wingate University. She received the South Atlantic’s All-Conference honors in 1996 and was recipient of the Wingate University’s Senior Athlete Award.
Coach Gary McKay (1976-2010)
Coach McKay was the 2010 All MET Golf Coach of the Year and a four-time Loudoun Extra Golf Coach of The Year. He served as the Vikings' head golf coach from 1978-1982 and again from 1994-2010. He was an assistant varsity football coach from 1976-1990 and an assistant track coach in 1977. His 1994 golf team was the Virginia AA State Champions and his teams qualified for the state tournament six times throughout his career. McKay's teams produced an overall record of 900-216-12 (81% wins) and the Virginia High School Coaches Association record was 226-121-9 (65% wins).
During his career, McKay guided the golf program to six regular season district championships, five district tournament championships and three regional tournament championships. His teams won regular season and tournament championships in four different districts at the Group AA and AAA levels. McKay’s teams qualified for the regional tournaments in 17 of his 22 years as golf coach.
McKay began his coaching career as a basketball, football and baseball coach at Buckingham County High School, where the basketball team won the Group A Virginia State Championship in 1976. McKay taught 34 years at Loudoun Valley and was twice named Loudoun County’s Agnes Myer Teacher of the Year finalist. He is a 1968 graduate of Loudoun Valley, where he was a football and golf letter winner. A Hampden-Sydney College graduate, McKay is co-founder of the LVHS Athletic Hall of Fame.