Coppin begins to find answers

December 01, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Coming into the season, Coppin State basketball coach Fang Mitchell's main concerns were his young frontcourt and the need to improve outside shooting.

The Eagles gave Mitchell some encouragement last weekend in the season-opening San Juan Shootout.

The Eagles came close to winning the tournament. Their only loss was a 57-55 decision to Washington State, which won the Shootout.

Guard Sidney Goodman made the all-tournament team by averaging 18.0 points and 3.5 assists. Stephen Stewart came close by averaging 17.7 points.

But the most explosive performance belonged to guard Keith Carmichael, who averaged 17.0 points and hit 12 of 25 three-point attempts in the tournament.

His best effort came against Washington State, when Carmichael was 7-for-13 from three-point range and scored 25 points. He sparked the Eagles on a 19-0 run that nearly pulled out the game.

And 6-foot-9, 275-pound sophomore Mario McGriff may have cleared up some of Mitchell's uncertainty regarding his big men.

In 27 minutes spanning two games, McGriff scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Swimming well

Jamie Puromaki, a sophomore at Ohio State and a graduate of Glen Burnie, has done his part to help the Buckeyes remain unbeaten in four dual swimming meets.

Puromaki won the 200-yard individual medley and placed second inthe 200-yard breaststroke to help the Buckeyes beat Cincinnati.

He placed second in the 400-yard individual medley to help Ohio State win a tri-meet against Kentucky and Ohio University.

Puromaki has had a great year. Last spring at the U.S. Swimming Short Course Junior Nationals, he completed the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 00.32 seconds, then the nation's 10th-fastest time among boys aged 17-18 for the 1992-93 season.

Last summer at the Long Course Nationals, he placed fourth in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:33.26.

Volleyball stalwarts

George Mason's women's volleyball team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time, and the Patriots could not have done it without two senior hitters from Woodlawn High School.

Andrea Smith, a 6-1 outside hitter, earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the third time after leading the CAA with 4.45 kills per game. She also led the Patriots to last week's CAA championship and was named tournament MVP.

Lakeisha Gallman, a 6-foot middle hitter, was third in the CAA with a .341 hitting percentage and second in block average with 1.29 per game.

George Mason (28-4) travels today to meet Texas A&M in a

first-round South Region match.

Frostburg adds 2 sports

Frostburg State is making two moves toward gender equity. Next year, the school will introduce women's soccer and women's volleyball to the varsity program.

"There has been tremendous reaction to the addition. Our admissions office is already sending us names of interested student-athletes," said Frostburg State athletic director Loyal Park. "The schedules are well on their way to being completed."

Park said the university conducted a statewide survey and found that women's soccer and volleyball were the fastest-growing sports in terms of high school participation.

Speedy Frostburg

Speaking of fast, if you think Frostburg's football team had impressive speed this year en route to its first NCAA playoff appearance, wait until 1994.

In addition to quick returning starters such as quarterback Gil Telleria and wide receiver Ariel Bell, several freshmen who showed their speed in limited roles figure to garner more attention next year.

Among such players are: E. J. Fuller, Andre Parker and Travis Harriston. Fuller scored the first touchdown of his career in Saturday's 28-7 loss to Washington & Jefferson, a 46-yard pass play in which he burned the Presidents' man-to-man coverage badly. Before a midseason knee injury, Parker was averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Harriston (Mount Hebron) averaged 21.0 yards per attempt in 12 kickoff returns.

Field hockey stars

Six Maryland players have been named to the College Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American teams.

Midfielders Amy Shubert and Sabrina Salam made the first team. Goalkeeper Irene Hovat and back Laura Harmon made the second team. Forwards Maureen Scott and Lori Vile made the third team.

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