Wojciechowski, Williams are Athletes of the Year

June 03, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Two gifted point guards who are headed to major college basketball programs on full scholarships were honored yesterday as The Baltimore Sun's High School Athletes of the Year.

Steve Wojciechowski of Cardinal Gibbons and Kacy Williams of Hammond had their well-documented athletic lives move to a new level when they received the awards.

Wojciechowski will attend Duke on a basketball scholarship, where he will be one year removed from following Bobby Hurley as point guard. Coach Mike Krzyzewski watched Wojciechowski play 10 times and then told him he wanted him to come to Duke.

"Coach K told me he sees a lot of himself in me," said Wojciechowski in explaining why the Duke coach wanted him to run his offense. "He said he wants me to be a leader and coach on the floor. Coach K has always worked hard, and I guess he sees that same work ethic in me. I know it's a challenge, but I'm confident of my ability to play at Duke."

When the 5-foot-10 Wojciechow- ski was profiled on ESPN2's Scholastic Sports America Honor Roll program for his athletic and academic (3.8 grade-point average) achievements, he was referred to as the nation's Pete Rose of high school basketball for his hustle and determination.

Wojciechowski averaged 19.1 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 4.0 rebounds in his senior season, earning 19 basketball awards, including Gatorade's Player of the Year honor for Maryland, recognition in The Sporting News and the Army ROTC "Leaders Pursuing Excellence" award.

When asked what he thought were his main assets on the basketball floor, he said: "It's the intangibles, the little things that add up to a lot, and hard work. I don't think anybody realizes how hard I had to work to get into this position."

On a slow day in the summer, it is 2 1/2 hours of working on basketball for Wojciechowski.

One phase of the game that comes naturally for him is the assists.

"All my life I've been around giving people," he said. "Especially my mom [Mary] and dad [Ed]."

It was his parents who talked Wojciechowski into playing on the Severna Park 8-10-year-old recreation council travel basketball team.

"I didn't like basketball that much at that time and really loved soccer," he said. "Now I think basketball is great."

He continued to play soccer at Gibbons and was involved in the scoring of all 24 of his team's goals (14 goals, 10 assists) last fall.

Wojciechowski donated the $1,500 scholarship he won at the Charm City Classic to St. Vincent's Orphanage in Towson because he did not need it to attend Duke.

Williams, like Wojciechowski, has put together a super high school athletic and academic (perfect 4.0 average) career and has been rewarded with a chance to attend a high-profile Big East school, Georgetown.

Williams' speed helped make her an exceptional point guard.

"I love to run the fast break and get the ball to the open man," said Williams. "I get a little crazy on the break sometimes, but my strong point is making the right decisions."

Georgetown women's basketball coach Patrick Knapp also is impressed with Williams' defensive intensity and ability to play man-to-man. He offered Williams the scholarship during the early signing period last November.

Since Williams moved from Clarksville Middle School to Hammond High four years ago, the school's girls basketball program has taken off.

The Golden Bears were 1-24 the year before Williams arrived, but have since had 12-12, 22-4, 21-5 and 24-1 seasons. Hammond won state Class 2A championships in 1992 and 1994.

"I get a lot of satisfaction out of the fact that we went from 1-24 to 24-1 my senior season," said Williams. "And the fact we were ranked 24th in USA Today this season."

In her senior season, Williams averaged 11 points and nearly eight assists and had a team-high 143 steals. She did not miss a game in four years, set a school one-game assist record with 18 this season and finished her career as the school's all-time leader in scoring (1,216) and assists (533).

Among her many basketball awards are being named to the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star and All-Academic teams.

Williams also received several national and local awards for playing soccer, was a member of the National Honor Society and had a sports talk show on cable channel 6 in Howard County called "Kacy's Corner."

She plans to study journalism and become a television news anchor.

Williams also didn't want to play basketball as a youngster. At the age of 9, she only played basketball because her brother, Craig, was playing.

"I wanted to be doing something because he was," she said of her brother, now 15.

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

1994

Kacy Williams, Hammond

Steve Wojciechowski, Gibbons

1993

Michael Watson, St. Paul's

Amanda White, Dulaney

1992

Victor Carter-Bey, Gilman

Amanda White, Dulaney

1991

Larry Washington, Randallstown

Dana Johnson, Western

1990

Chris Lafferman, Poly

Betsy Given, Broadneck

1989

Derrick Love, Meade

Jenny Parsons, Glen Burnie

1988

Jerry Roney, Woodlawn

Rosemary Kosiorek, Mercy

Jill Moore, Severna Park

1987

Brett McGonnigal, Loch Raven

Jenny Achziger, F. Scott Key

1986

Mark Carper, Atholton

Missy Spicer, South River

1985

Antoine Harris, Randallstown

Lori Amos, Milford Mill

1984

Ted Brown, Gilman

Pat Welsh, Loyola

Laurie Governor, Howard

1983

Azizuddin Abdur Ra'oof, Northeast

Sandy Wilson, Liberty

1982

Larry LeDoyen, St. Paul's

Donna Neale, Oakland Mills

1981

Richard Bosley, McDonogh

Debbie Paladino, Centennial

1980

Darryl Gee, Oakland Mills

Rachel Clary, Sparrows Point

1979

Jim Traber, Wilde Lake

Jim Wilkerson, Gilman

Laurie Taylor, Annapolis

1978

Calvin Maddox, Dunbar

Karen Stout, Bel Air

1977

Ray Finch, Westminster

Mike Austin, Gilman

David Cornwell, Hereford

Vincent Kinney, Calvert Hall

Kurt Seibert, Mount St. Joseph

David Tickner, Gilman

1972

Jeff Grantz, Bel Air

Barry Scroggins, Mount St. Joseph

Jeff Bradford, Dundalk

Jack Thomas, Towson

1969

Mike Creaney, Loyola

Tom Gatewood, City

Don Russell, Southern

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