Spalding's Langville makes grade

October 22, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Archbishop Spalding English teacher Patti Scott says Amy Lang- ville "often does more than is expected of her."

Langville is the quintessential student-athlete, starring academically and athletically. The Cavaliers senior is a standout in volleyball and basketball and maintains a weighted grade-point average well over 4.00.

This fall, Langville was named a finalist in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar program, earning a $3,000 scholarship if she chooses a state college or university.

Although half her courses are in Spalding's Honors curriculum, Lang- ville has a 4.81 GPA on the school's weighted quality point system.

"Education comes first before extracurricular activities, and higher standards should be set and strived for," said Langville, a member of the National Honor Society, math tutor and winner of achievement awards in honors courses such as algebra, biology, world history and Spanish.

The 17-year-old has been named All Baltimore Catholic League in volleyball and basketball and is off to a great start in her senior year.

A 5-foot-9 hitter and captain of the Cavaliers volleyball team, Lang- ville played a prominent role in the team's two-year, 20-match winning streak that was ended last Friday by Seton Keough of Baltimore, 15-9, 16-14, 16-14.

Langville led the Cavs to an 11-0 mark and the Catholic League championship last year.

"Amy has improved her skills because of her devotion and desire to learn and excel," said fifth-year volleyball coach Linda Millford-Taylor.

"She is an above-average athlete with a great deal of natural ability. I've seen her go from a good volleyball player to a dominating player in three years. Amy could definitely play college volleyball, but she will play basketball."

Paul Leimkuhler, the school's basketball coach, holds Langville in the same high regard and expects her to excel at the Division I level in basketball. She has been offered a scholarship to Syracuse, but is being recruited by several other colleges.

"Amy has the offensive skills and unequaled court awareness that makes everybody else a better player," Leimkuhler said.

Langville averaged 12.8 points with 150 assists and 96 steals in 25 games and was named to the Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Girls Basketball Team as a junior.

Langville's unselfish attitude and genuine concern for her peers has earned her an impeccable reputation in and out of the sports arena. "Amy always, and I mean always, places her teammates ahead of herself," said Leimkuhler.

Starting on the varsity basketball team since her freshman year, Langville often has played injured, ill and unselfishly. She is a master at passing and sharing the wealth.

Millford-Taylor said Langville is the same way in volleyball, but sometimes wishes her three-year starter "would be more selfish."

"She is so humble and everybody likes her because of her always positive manner," the coach said. "She is the perfect example for our underclassmen because no one is a better student-athlete."

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