Glenelg CS takes a turn for the better

HOWARD SPORTS

January 26, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Glenelg Country School's boys basketball team knows something about turnarounds.

Last season Barrie Day School's boys team beat the Dragons by 31 points. Last Saturday the Dragons beat Barrie by seven.

"And Barrie had their two best scorers back from last season," Glenelg coach Dean Gregg said.

Saturday's victory improved the Dragons to 4-2 and put them well on the way toward the kind of season Gregg expected.

The addition of two new players is responsible for much of the improvement.

Kofi Kankam, a junior guard who transferred from Hammond, is averaging 19 points and is the team's floor leader.

Senior Niket Mody leads the team in rebounding with a 10.7 average.

Otherwise the team is almost the same one that compiled a 1-12 record last season.

"A year of maturity has made a big difference," said Gregg. "Last year we were mainly ninth- and 10th-graders."

Glenelg's two losses both were close -- a four-point loss in overtime and a three-point loss.

Seniors Abhishek Diwina and Todd Olsen, and juniors Chris Lehmann, Chris Lindenau, Scott Zimmerly and Risto Worthington are the other key performers on a team that can go nine or 10 deep.

Glenelg Country School plays a 14-game independent schedule, but hopes to join a league next season when Gregg will have all but one starter back.

Neon shines

Deon Wingfield, whose nickname was Neon when he was tearing up the county high school basketball league last season, is producing big-time now for Howard Community College.

After HCC lost its All-America candidate Ray Fountain for academic reasons, Wingfield got his chance and has made the most of it.

Since getting a starting role at power forward in early January, Wingfield has averaged 13 points and 11.5 rebounds.

"He's been a really pleasant surprise and is one of the important reasons we are where we are," Howard coach Wheeler Brown said. "We knew he'd contribute, but we were bringing him along slowly. He needs to get bigger and stronger, and we've had him on weights. He should really be a force next season."

HCC (14-4) plays its next home game Sunday at 2 p.m. against Garrett Community College.

"Garrett hasn't lost since we beat them in their tournament in November," Brown said.

Seagulls star

Kyle Jefferson, the Baltimore Sun's Howard County Basketball Player of the Year in 1990, is producing the same kinds of numbers for Salisbury State College that he did for Hammond.

Jefferson, a junior, is averaging 17.2 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds. He also has 33 assists, 17 steals and nine blocked shots.

He's shooting 45 percent (89-for-198) from the floor and 72 percent (72-for-100) from the foul line.

Jefferson is the only player for 5-10 Salisbury to start every game.

Kris Jefferson, Kyle's younger brother, is a freshman at Lynchburg College in Virginia where he had expected to run track and play basketball.

He's not playing basketball. Instead he's trying to recover from a shoulder that has been separated several times.

The younger Jefferson, a track and basketball star at Hammond, was told he may need surgery if the shoulder is hurt again.

Off to William & Mary

Three-time county cross country champion Alicia Adams will attend William and Mary College next fall.

Adams, a four-time All-Metro pick and two-time Baltimore Sun Howard County Runner of the Year, was accepted on early decision and plans to continue her running career.

Adams, who has received all A's except for one B while at Glenelg, will receive some financial aid based on her academic record and financial need. She did not receive an athletic scholarship.

Pat Rodriguez, a former star runner at Centennial, is a member of William and Mary's men's cross country team.

Grubb looking for team

Chris Grubb (Mount Hebron), a former American Legion and Elizabethtown College baseball standout who was drafted by the Montreal Expos last summer, is looking for a spot on another minor-league roster -- preferably the Orioles.

Grubb was released by the Expos after last season.

A record?

It's not official, but it may be a record. County basketball teams, scheduled to play this Friday, will not have played a game in two weeks.

First, there was the record ice and cold that wiped out school for an entire week.

Then because of exams this week no games were allowed to be scheduled until Friday.

Originally, there were to be no practices this week, but county officials bent the rules and allowed one-hour conditioning practices due to the unusual circumstances.

Now games are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Monday, a kamikaze-like plan that has some coaches worried about possible injuries. It doesn't take long for basketball players to lose conditioning.

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