McAllister signs with Lafayette

April 24, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Alfred McAllister, an Edgewood High School senior, and this year's Harford County Player of the Year for basketball, has signed a financial aid package with Lafayette College.

An honor student, McAllister received particularly high marks for assuming a leadership role on the basketball team after mid-season changes put three juniors in the starting lineup.

The Rams of coach Bob Slagle won 13 of their last 14 games before losing in the semifinals of the state tournament for a second successive year. Along the way, McAllister, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward had notable improvement in his foul shooting from his junior season, making 75 percent of his chances, up from 64.

The rest of his statistics (13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 steals) were down slightly from the preceding season, but it was the intangible things McAllister did that helped make the team a winner.

Rob Jackson, a former Loyola College assistant coach now at Lafayette (which does not give athletic scholarships but allows grants based on financial need), was enthusiastic about McAllister.

Lafayette head coach John Leone said: "Once I got to know Alfred, I discovered that not only is he a player, and a straight-A student, but he has all the 'people' skills. It was important for him to feel comfortable wherever he went, and we believe he'll be comfortable here. It's a good match."

Father and sons

When Harford Tech met John Carroll in baseball last week, it marked the first time Tech's Fred Gradishar had coached against his two sons, Dan, a John Carroll senior, and Matt, a junior.

John Carroll scored nine runs in the first two innings and went on to a 14-0 victory. Each of the boys had a single in the 10-hit attack.

The father-sons meeting prompted good-natured needling at home ahead of time, but the lopsided score marred the occasion.

"You kind of rooted for them, especially after the start we got," Dan said. "We didn't want to see the game get blown open; we wanted to see them keep it respectable. After all, we didn't want to embarrass them."

As for the coach, "I'm pretty disappointed," he said. "We have a tendency to hit early [a single and a double, but the team got nothing out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the first inning], and then not keep it going. It's the experience factor. We just need to be more consistent."

The Harford Tech squad is predominantly freshmen and sophomores, with only four juniors, and no seniors.

Track and field

The Bel Air girls remained undefeated with an 87-50 victory over visiting C. Milton Wright, while the Wright boys defeated Bel Air, 88-58.

For the girls, Monica Grigora won the long jump, triple jump, and 110-meter hurdles for the second straight meet; Sarah Thomas placed first in the shot put and discus, and Michelle Apland, who had won the 1,600 and run on two winning relays earlier in the week, won the 3,200.

Among the boys, Wright won nine track events, with Jeff Judy taking the 200 and 400. Terry Vail helped account for Bel Air's three wins with firsts in the 110 and 300 hurdles and the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay.

* Havre de Grace (53) defeated Harford Tech (36), and Joppatowne (34). The Tech girls defeated Joppatowne, but Havre de Grace avenged an earlier loss to Bel Air.


When Havre de Grace defeated North Harford, 9-2, Friday, the Warriors' No. 1 girl, Heather Swearinger (7-2), got back at one of her two conquerors with an 8-5 win over Nicki Bogarty. The Warriors' No. 2 boy, Andy Mitchell (9-1), made up for his only loss with an 8-5 decision over Warren Sebring.


Five seniors dominated three games for Bel Air (7-1) in the past week. Amy Finlayson went 8-for-11 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. In 19 innings pitched, she gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out 34.

Ashleigh Carter was 5-for-11 with two triples, a home run, and five RBIs; Danielle Rohde, 4-for-10 with a double, triple, home run, and two RBIs; Jaime Kocher, 5-for-10 with four RBIs; and Sherri Godbee, 4-for-9 with a double and four RBIs.

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