Leuchs steps up into Hero's role

August 05, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Valerie Leuchs' memories of last Saturday will stay with her for a long time.

The soon-to-be ninth-grader, a goalie for the junior Howard County Hero's lacrosse team, filled in for the older high school-age team in Saturday's 13th annual Summer All-Star Classic and led her team to its seventh straight division championship. She was voted the team's Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

The Mount Airy resident also played for the junior team, whic she led to its first division title in three years. Leuchs, who played for the Cobra Lacrosse Program last spring, will enter Notre Dame Prep this fall.

Howard's high school girls beat Baltimore Metro, 9-5, and rallied to edge Philadelphia, 8-7.

Dani Vissers (Mount Hebron) scored five goals to pace Howard. Cathy Nelson and Erin McGinnis, both of Mount Hebron, each scored three goals. Kim Driessen (Wilde Lake) scored two goals.

Lindsay McCaskill (Hammond) scored two goals and had tw assists. McCaskill assisted on both the tying and winning goals in the championship final.

Defensive standouts included Sara Cho, Amanda Fleck, Nicol McGowan and Julie Kickham, all of Mount Hebron, and Debbie West of Glenelg.

The junior girls played only one game and won, 14-11, beatin the junior Quick Stix Team of Anne Arundel County. MVP for the junior team was Jen Simon, who is headed for Centennial this fall.

Overall, the Howard County Hero's Summer Lacrosse Leagu produced its best showing ever by winning three of four divisions in the All-Star Classic in Fairfax, Va.

The Howard boys high school-age team won its firs championship behind four goals and four assists from Jeff Huber (Loyola), five goals and one assist from Dave Saunders (Centennial) and two goals and five assists from John Ringer (DeMatha). Ringer was selected team MVP by the coaches.

The boys defeated Northern Virginia, 14-9, and then th Montgomery County-D.C. All-Stars in the final, 11-9. John Leuchs (Loyola), Valerie's brother, had 16 saves in the first game and Brian Carr (Centennial) had 13 in the second.

Scott Baughman (Mount Hebron) scored four goals and won 7 percent of his faceoffs. Matt Treese (Atholton) scored four goals and had two assists, Karl Krantz (Howard) scored three goals and had one assist and Mike Sargeant (Hammond) scored two goals and had one assist. Brad Hauff (Centennial) scored two goals.

Howard's defense was led by Adam Shavitz (Atholton), Mat Rainwater (Centennial) and Mike Cronin (Mount Hebron).

Jefferson to Lynchburg

Kris Jefferson, a three-sport star at Hammond High, will take his talents to Lynchburg College (Va.) this fall.

"My No. 1 sport will be basketball," said Jefferson, who also plays soccer and runs track. He earned 11 varsity letters at Hammond and led his basketball team to a county co-championship last season.

He was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-County basketball and track selection.

Jefferson said he has received a financial aid package that totals $16,000 per year from Lynchburg, a Division III school.

Rhinehart to Shippensburg

Richard Rhinehart of Marriottsville, who starred at guard for Towson Catholic's basketball team, will attend Shippensburg State (Pa.) College this fall.

Rhinehart, who transferred to Towson Catholic from Glenel after his sophomore year, averaged 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Owls last season.

Towson Catholic posted a 27-11 record and won the Catholi League Tournament championship.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound Rhinehart hopes to play shooting guar at Shippensburg, a Division II school.

He won several high school honors including All-Catholic an All-Metro. He said he has received a full scholarship to Shippensburg.

Reds struggle

The Columbia Reds 20-and-under baseball team struggled to an 11-29 record this summer.

"But the record was much worse than we played," said coach Gary Kuykendall. "It wasn't a totally disheartening season. We lost a lot of close games on late-inning mistakes or bad breaks, but we were rarely blown out."

Kuykendall cited last Sunday's doubleheader loss to Arundel as an example of how close the Reds were to turning their record around with a few well-timed hits or better defense. The Reds lost to Arundel A.C., 4-3 and 1-0.

"We could have won both those games," Kuykendall said. "And there were eight or 10 games just like that. We just have to chalk up this season as a learning experience."

The team will play in an unlimited tournament in Salisbury through Saturday.

Quinn is back

Squash the rumor of a football coaching change at Howard High.

All summer long rumors have floated that Howard High football coach John Quinn was about to receive an assistant principal's job, forcing him to give up coaching.

Quinn plans to become an administrator someday. But now he's looking forward to another solid season with Howard football. The team returns some outstanding players at the skilled positions.

"But somehow we have to manufacture some linemen," said Quinn, a former star lineman for Penn State.

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