Willingham to attend Conn. academy

HOWARD SPORTS

March 23, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Wilde Lake quarterback Seth Willingham, who threw for more than 2,000 career yards, decided Monday night that he'll attend Milford Academy in Milford, Conn., next fall.

He turned down a $6,000-per-year scholarship offer to play both football and basketball for Shippensburg State, a Division II school, in hopes of landing a full scholarship with a Division I football program.

"Louisville is interested in me, and asked Milford to reserve one of two quarterback spots for me," Willingham said. "They want me to get more throwing repetitions."

Willingham (6-foot-3, 190 pounds), who turned 17 in September, said he is considered to be too young to join the University of Louisville's program next fall.

Milford, a prep school that plays Ivy League junior varsity teams, as well as the junior varsity teams at Army and Navy, was 10-1-1 last season. It takes only two quarterbacks and they split the playing time.

"We were rated the No. 1 prep school in the country by the Big East Football Preview," Milford coach Jeff Bevino said. "We had 27 players from last fall's team sign full Division I scholarships. And we had 43 who got some kind of scholarship.

"We're as excited as can be to get Seth. Louisville called me and said they had his eye on him and asked me to look at him. I like his presence in the pocket. He can also run the option and is a leader."

Unassisted triple play

Former Howard County Baseball Player of the Year Brian Van Deusen (Atholton) is making headlines again.

Van Deusen recorded an unassisted triple play in the first inning of Western Maryland's baseball season.

He was playing first base with runners at first and second when he dove and caught a line drive, stepped on first and ran to second to tag out that runner.

Van Deusen, who played second base for Atholton, pitched three innings in relief and picked up the win.

Graf to Kenyon

Howard basketball player Aaron Graf has won a full academic scholarship to Kenyon College in Ohio and expects to continue his basketball career there.

High school golf revived

County high school golfers thought their playing days were over when the county school system dropped the program last fall.

But some parents and Hobbit's Glen Golf Course saved the program and enabled county golfers to play a full schedule and compete in the state tournament.

The situation has improved greatly, because Turf Valley now has agreed to allow them to conduct a spring high school golf season.

"We couldn't have done this without Turf Valley owner Nick Mangione, general manager Pete Mangione and head pro Craig Day," said Mike Mongelli, who was Hammond High's coach when the school system dropped the program.

Teams will consist of four players and play eight matches. The deadline for applications is April 1 and play starts April 15.

Contact people at the eight high schools are: Atholton -- Richard Anderson, (410) 854-2069; Centennial -- Roger Sexton, (410) 997-0693; Glenelg -- Mongelli, (410) 730-5980; Hammond -- Don Masters, (410) 381-2549; Howard -- Tom Burns, (410) 750-7149; Mount Hebron -- Mike Sniscak, (410) 461-6541; Oakland Mills -- Mongelli, (410) 730-5980; Wilde Lake -- Ann Wood, (410) 730-1494.

Duckworth relays

Steve Duckworth, a former Howard County supervisor of physical education who died in 1991, was a Howard County Strider and avid triathlete.

After his death, the Glenelg Relays were renamed in his honor and a scholarship fund established.

The Duckworth 5K Run also was started to raise money for the fund, and that race will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Glenelg High. The relays will follow at 11.

Commemorative T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants and refreshments will follow the race. The entry fee is $10, but an additional contribution will be appreciated.

Beall at Montgomery-Rockville

Jason Beall, who helped lead Glenelg's basketball team to one of its finest seasons in 1993, played this past season for

Montgomery-Rockville Community College, which finished third in the nation among Division III junior colleges.

Beall averaged 10 points and five rebounds as a starter.

Fast times

NTC

Hammond's Kisha Jett and Oakland Mills' Damon Ferguson and Xavier Brisco ran some fast times at the 11th annual National Scholastic High School Track and Field championship March 13 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Jett, running the 55-meter --, was timed at 50 meters (in progress) in 6.39 seconds, breaking the national scholastic record of 6.41 set Feb. 19 in Los Angeles by Aspen Burkett of Denver.

Jett finished second in 6.91 behind Burkett who ran 6.89. Burkett also was timed at 6.39 for 50 meters.

Jett finished second in the 200 at 24.4. The winning time was 24.2.

Ferguson, running two personal bests, finished 21st in the 400 meters at 51.44 and 24th in the 55 meters at 6.8.

Brisco, running a personal best, finished 24th in the 800 at 2:01.

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