Mike St. Martin was named the top scholar-athlete at Frostburg State last week. It's about time the guy got some recognition.
St. Martin is a soccer and baseball player from Linthicum. He went to Calvert Hall, and in his senior year the Cardinals' soccer team was unbeaten. It was very stingy when it came to allowing goals, thanks in part to St. Martin's play in the back, but others got the All-Metro notices. The baseball team was one of the area's best, and St. Martin was an honorable mention All-Metro outfielder.
At Frostburg State, he came in during high times for other teams -- football and track and field.
St. Martin was a four-year starter in soccer, spending the last three seasons at stopper. In his junior year, the Bobcats won the ECAC South Region, and this past season they set a school record for wins, 14, and shutouts, 10.
In baseball, St. Martin has spent four years as a designated hitter, first baseman, third baseman and outfielder. He has a career batting average of .280, and if the Bobcats sweep host Wesley in Dover, Del., today, he'll get to keep playing. Frostburg State is 17-11 overall and two games behind Shenandoah in the Eastern States Athletic Conference.
A physical education major with a 3.2 grade-point average, St. Martin wants to get into his dad's line of work. Art St. Martin had an unequaled run of success coaching girls basketball at Brooklyn Park High and is now doing the same at Catonsville Community College.
* The women's lacrosse squad is the fifth Virginia team to be ranked No. 1 in the nation this school year, following the football, women's soccer and basketball, and men's lacrosse teams. The Cavaliers beat Towson State 11-5 Tuesday, finishing the regular season with a 15-1 record. Third-ranked Maryland should also make the six-team NCAA tournament field that will be announced Sunday.
Virginia is getting solid seasons from two juniors with local ties. Jenny Slingluff, from Roland Park, is the top point-getter with 31 goals and 15 assists, and Friends grad Elaine Jones stands third with 26 and 12. Other contributors are Erin Stewart, a sophomore from Maryvale; Kim O'Keefe, a senior from Overlea, and Kelly Cowan, a sophomore from St. Paul's.
Towson State, the defending champion, will be host to the East Coast Conference women's lacrosse tournament this weekend. The Tigers face UMBC at noon Saturday, and Delaware plays Drexel at 2:30 p.m. in the other semifinal. The championship is Sunday at 1 p.m. The big gun for Towson State has been Lisa Marsiglia, a senior from Kenwood who has 36 goals.
* Some lacrosse players you don't read about every day are having solid seasons. Ted Peddy, a senior attackman from McDonogh, became No. 15 Penn State's all-time scoring leader last week. He takes career totals of 101 goals and 19 assists into Saturday's season finale at Delaware.
When the U.S. Air Force Academy scores a goal, at least one of the Boushell brothers from Perry Hall is usually involved. Tom Boushell, a sophomore, has a team-leading 30 goals and 40 points, and Scott Boushell, a junior, has 20 goals and five assists.
* When Western Maryland won the Middle Atlantic Conference golf title last weekend, it marked the first time in seven years that a Green Terror men's team had won an MAC championship. Baseball last did the trick, in 1984.
Western Maryland beat Susquehanna by 12 strokes, as sophomore Steve Comes was the individual medalist with a 54-hole total of 223. Two other sophomores, Jeff Dierks and Tom Brandt, were third and ninth, respectively, for coach Scott Moyer. The Green Terrors are politicking to get into the NCAA Division III tournament, which will be held May 21-24 at Nebraska Wesleyan.
* The Washington College women's tennis team has become the first women's team in any sport at the school to win an MAC tournament title, and the first to advance to the NCAA tournament.
Coach Holly Bramble's squad is 16-2 and ranked No. 11 in the nation in Division III, and it will play in the Division III championships beginning May 15 at Emory University in Atlanta. No. 1 singles player Tracy Peel is ranked third in the nation, and she teams up with Pam Hendrickson to form the second-ranked doubles team in the nation.
* Their all-star team went 0-2, but Coppin State's Reggie Isaac and Larry Stewart got plenty of attention at the Black College Basketball Classic in Rock Hill, S.C., last weekend. Isaac had 46 points in the two games. Stewart got in foul trouble in the first game, but had 21 points and 16 rebounds in the second.
In other basketball news, Providence guard Shanya Evans received the Naismith Award for women that goes to the nation's best guard 5 feet 6 or under. She previously starred at Walbrook High.