Array of state titles puts Anne Arundel in 7th heaven High schools

May 28, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff

Anne Arundel County athletes walked off with seven state championships in four sports over the Memorial Day weekend.

Arundel (Class 4A) and Northeast (2A) took baseball titles, Chesapeake (4A) and Northeast (2A) won softball championships, Old Mill earned a share of the boys (4A) track title and its boys doubles team of Brent Layman and Phil White won the doubles tennis title. Severna Park's Katherine Hobbs won the singles (4A) tennis title.

The most impressive team streak in the area belonged to North Carroll, which won its sixth softball championship (Class 3A) in the last seven years.

Northeast won its fourth straight softball title and seventh in the last 10 years. Chesapeake took its second softball crown in a row, as senior pitcher Amy Jakubowski struck out 13 and walked none. She had hurled a no-hitter in the tournament semifinals.

There were many other outstanding individual performances over the weekend, but perhaps none surpassed Hammond freshman Kisha Jett. She won the 400-meter -- with an area best time of 56.6 seconds at the state Class 2A championships. She also won two other gold medals, taking the 100-meter -- in 12.14 seconds and the 200-meter -- in 25.24.

Another underclassman, junior Thori Staples of Joppatowne, also won three gold medals, taking the Class 1A 400-meter -- (58.46), the 800-meter -- (2:24.45) and long jump (17 feet, 3 inches).

Fallston senior Jenny Howard had the day's best time in the 800-meter -- (2:20.57) and won her second state title in the 1,600-meter run (5:10.32) and her third state title in the 3,200 meters (10:57.78).

Howard, a three-time state cross country champion, will be running for Wisconsin at Madison next year.

A couple of heroic efforts also were noteworthy.

South River's Kim Fullmer won the Class 3A 110-meter high hurdles (14.74) despite having a stress fracture in her right leg.

The Old Mill boys shared the Class 4A track championship with Eleanor Roosevelt. The Patriots led 59-53 with only the mile relay event remaining. If Eleanor Roosevelt took 10 first-place points, which it did, the Patriots knew going into the race that they needed at least a fourth-place finish of four points to tie for the title.

Sophomore Kevin Montgomery was hobbled by a pulled hamstring, however, so Dan Cavanaugh joined Jason Rachanow, Alan Kurzantkowski and Duane Davis to form the Patriots' mile-relay entry. Cavanaugh had never run the event before, but turned in the team's second fastest split (51.76). The Patriots edged Woodlawn for fourth place by one second and coach Ron Evans had his ninth boys championship in 25 years of coaching.

A couple of area baseball coaches also had reason to celebrate.

Northeast baseball coach Harry Lentz guided his Eagles to a perfect season (24-0) to raise his career victory total to 312 in 24 seasons.

No team in state tournament history had gone unbeaten. Along the way, No.-1 ranked Northeast defeated Class 4A champ Arundel and state semifinalist Old Mill.

Lentz had the Eagles soaring last year at 22-0, before they bowed to Edgewood, 6-5, in the state tournament semifinals.

Northeast had not won a state baseball title since 1975.

Arundel coach Bernie Walter, meanwhile, guided his Wildcats to a fifth state baseball championship. No other team has won as many.

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