Eagles hold ray of hope for rapid return of Zulka

April 22, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff

Northeast-AA softball pitcher Kristy Zulka, injured in last Wednesday's 16-inning, 4-3 loss to Glen Burnie, was to have special X-rays taken today to determine the extent of the damage to her knee.

"Kristy could return before the end of the season, if all goes well," said coach Lynn Pitonzo.

Last week's loss was the Eagles' first since April 25, 1988. The victory streak reached 64, fourth longest in national high school softball history.

The Eagles began a new streak Friday, as Ericka Shade hurled a 1-0 shutout and drove in the game-winning run against Old Mill.

* Another winning streak ended Friday and a losing streak continued.

Chesapeake-AA got nine goals from Diane McBee, including two in overtime, and defeated Severna Park, 17-16, in girls lacrosse. That stopped the Falcons' winning streak at 57.

Meanwhile, in softball, Severna Park defeated Annapolis, running the Panthers' losing streak to 83.

At first glance, winning streaks are great and losing streaks are terrible.

In reality, the opposite probably is true. When Annapolis ends its softball skid, there will be much elation. At Northeast and Severna Park, athletes are depressed over last week's streaks coming to an end.

A story, written long ago, bears repeating here. Years ago, before state tournament playoffs, Towson lacrosse coach Bill Thomas faced this paradox, returning to the school's athletic awards banquet after his unbeaten Generals had bowed to Calvert Hall for the No. 1 ranking. Understandably, his players were in no mood to attend what should have been a celebration of their year's success.

Thomas gave a brief address. In essence, he said: "Never give up your right to lose. If you never fail from time to time, you will never truly know the joy of winning."

* The Maryland Scholastic Association has elected two new officers. Treasurer Mark Schlenoff (Poly) steps up to first vice president, replacing Jerry Savage (Loyola). Pete DeSmit (Friends) will serve as treasurer. The other officers remain: Vince Bagli, president; Fred Hewitt (Severn), second vice president; Hy Zolet, treasurer.

* Tickets for the Mount St. Joseph Hall of Fame Dinner, set for Wednesday night, are available at 646-4700. Offensive lineman Mike Brennan, the St. Joe alumnus who played at Notre Dame and last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, is the featured speaker.

* Western's Dana Johnson, twice selected Player of the Year in basketball by The Evening Sun, has been named from among 283 candiates to the 12-player roster of the Olympic Festival East team.

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