Clapper speeds up in summer


August 14, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Summer racing seems to agree with Gerry Clapper.

A couple of weeks ago, he ran perhaps his best race this year. Although he finished sixth at the 16th annual Bon-Ton 5-Mile Race in York, Pa., his time of 24 minutes, 13 seconds was fast.

"I ran what I expected to run, and any time you do that, it is satisfying," Clapper said.

The Bon-Ton field was strong. Sixteen runners finished under 25 minutes.

"I started out conservatively in the first mile," said Clapper. "I ran 4:47 and was about 30th, but then Dave Berardi and I picked up the pace and kept reeling in people. In the last mile, I went from 10th to sixth. It was my best race in a while."

Berardi, with whom Clapper sometimes trains, finished 11th in 24:39.

Clapper of Columbia and Berardi hope to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon.

Clapper hopes to avoid the muscle pulls that have hampered him the past three springs.

He has a plan that will build up and stretch out his distance in the coming months. His next step up the distance ladder will be the Annapolis 10-Miler later this month. He won the race last year for the second time and has finished second four times in six starts.

After that, he'll tackle the Bar Harbor Half-Marathon in Maine on Sept. 17. It will be a homecoming of sorts.

Clapper, 33, is a Maine native and considers it odd that he's never run the Bar Harbor race because it is rated as one of the best in the country.

He hasn't decided which marathon to run in October.

Reds split at nationals

The Columbia Reds 18-and-under team returned from the Continental Amateur Baseball Association's national tournament in Indiana with a 3-3 record.

Reds manager Larry Thompson was pleased, even though the team missed qualifying for the second phase of the tournament. Four teams from Columbia's bracket advanced, with 4-2 records.

Columbia lost to defending national champion Washington in the opener, and then won three straight before losing 4-2 and 5-3 games. There were two seven-team divisions, and the top four teams in each division advanced.

"I think we were as good as anyone," Thompson said. "And we're going to shoot to win that tournament next season. It was a real nice tournament. We were treated well and the fields were beautiful -- better than anything around here."

The Reds set a tournament record with a 15-run inning against Ohio.

Derrek Schneider was Columbia's hottest hitter. He went 14-for-22.

Morraye shines

Glenelg's Matt Morraye, who is headed to Mount St. Mary's College, had a day to remember at the Crown All-Star baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Morraye went 3-for-4 and was chosen the offensive MVP for the South All-Stars. The South won the game, 5-3.

Morraye, an outfielder, also was a member of Team Maryland that played for a week in Oklahoma this summer.

Kudos for Willingham

Chris Willingham (Atholton) has accomplished something no other Shippensburg University football player has.

The junior was named to a preseason Division II football All-American team. Street & Smith's named Willingham at linebacker.

Willingham (6 feet 1 and 232 pounds) earned second-team All-America honors last season when he made 45 solo tackles and 137 assists. He recovered two fumbles and forced seven.

Shippensburg plays in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division and was 6-5 last season.

Willingham's brother, Seth, will attend Milford Academy in Milford, Conn., this fall. Seth, who hopes to land a full Division I football scholarship, passed for more than 2,000 career yards for Wilde Lake.

Baseball Factory

Baseball players who think they need help in marketing themselves to a college now have somewhere to turn.

The Baseball Factory is a college scouting and recruiting service run by Steve Sclafani (Atholton, University of Pennsylvania).

The Baseball Factory's consultant is Mike Toomey, a scout for the Texas Rangers.

Glenelg get a trainer

Making athletic trainers available at high school sports events has long been a goal of Don Disney, county coordinator of athletics.

Disney is pleased that a fourth high school will be getting a trainer this fall. Glenelg joins Centennial, Oakland Mills and Atholton.

The trainers are paid and provided by Kernan Hospital. The county is not financially involved.

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