The early signing period for basketball national letters of intent was in full swing last week, but the biggest signing in the area was made in a different sport.
On Friday, Boys' Latin defenseman Stan Ross, a first-team All-Metro lacrosse selection by The Sun last spring, committed to Loyola College.
Ross, 6 feet 5, 220 pounds, was the only underclassman chosen to the All-Metro team after helping the Lakers to a 9-6 finish.
Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver appears convinced that Ross will be a standout at Loyola.
"It's a big coup for Loyola," he said. "His footwork is not outstanding, but it doesn't have to be to play in Loyola's zone [defense] or if he plays in the crease. He is a big kid who really hasn't done much to make himself bigger, but they will have him doing those things, like lifting weights, in college. I think he will definitely have an impact at that level."
A source at St. Mary's says two-sport standout Laura Coakley is leaning toward signing a national letter of intent to play basketball at Wake Forest before the early period ends tomorrow.
Coakley, a 6-foot guard and a member of The Sun's All-Metro soccer team, averaged 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds while leading St. Mary's to a 23-6 record last winter.
Street & Smith's magazine lists Coakley among the East Coast's top players.
Coakley would be the second area girl to sign during the early period, which began Wednesday.
Western's Dana Johnson signed with Tennessee on Wednesday. Johnson, a 6-2 forward, was considered the area's top recruit, and Coakley was the next most-sought-after player.
As expected, none of this year's top boys basketball recruits have signed during the early period. However, Steve Johnson, the 6-foot-9 center who starred at Towson High last year and is attending Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of California.
Johnson was The Sun's Baltimore County 1A-2A League Player of the Year last year.
Caroline Merrick, a senior at Garrison Forest School, has signed letter of intent to attend Vanderbilt University on a golf scholarship.
Merrick, who plays out of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, is a past winner of Maryland State and Middle Atlantic Junior Girls titles, and competed in the United States Golf Association's Junior Girls championship last summer.
Last week The Sun published its final football statistics for the season, but there were a mistake and an omission that must be noted.
A recalculation of Southwestern quarterback Diarra Davis' passing statistics in the team's last game against Severn showed that Davis was credited wrongly with an additional 80 yards.
Therefore, Davis' final passing yardage for the season should be 2,003. The change makes North County's John Ray the regular-season passing champion with 2,020 yards.
Northwestern's Monte Bowens was omitted . He completed the season with 172 carries for 1,288 and 12 touchdowns.
Bowens led the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference in rushing and became the first Northwestern player since 1984 to run for 1,000 yards.
Bowen was the most notable contributor to Northwestern's 10-7 record over the past two years. A 10-7 record over two seasons may not sound like much unless you consider that Northwestern managed just two wins between 1984-88.
Baltimore County's 1A-2A All-Stars defeated the 3A-4A All-Stars, in the Baltimore County Field Hockey All-Star game Nov. 11 at Johns Hopkins.
Melissa Compton (Loch Raven) had both goals for the 1A-2A stars and was voted that team's Most Valuable Player. Karen Critzer (Dulaney) was voted the 3A-4A MVP. Robin Payne (Kenwood) had the 3A-4A team's only goal.
Overtime: The Poly vs. City football game Thursday will be televised live by the city's Cable 44. The pre-game show will begin at 1:45 p.m., and the game will start at 2 p.m. The game also will be aired Thursday at 9 p.m., Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Gary Stein will do the play-by-play, and Bob Wade will provide the commentary. . . . One boys and one girls varsity basketball team are needed to complete the field for the Mount Carmel Classic Dec. 27-28. Call Debbie Hanley at 893-2597.