Jestes joins select group at Hebron


January 18, 1995|By RICK BELZ

Kurtis Jestes, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Basketball Player of the Year last season, broke the 1,000-point mark and shot into sixth place on Mount Hebron's career scoring list Friday at Glenelg.

Jestes, averaging 16.2 points for the No. 19 Vikings, scored 15 points against the Gladiators and has 1,006 career points.

That puts him behind Barry Young (2,153), Cliff Rees (1,775), Leroy Scott (1,435), Perry Young (1,341) and Ray Peele (1,012).

Barry Young, a 6-foot-7 center who graduated in 1987, played on the 1990 NCAA championship team at UNLV.

Perry Young, Barry's brother, graduated in 1981 and scored 1,900 points at Virginia Tech -- second all-time there. The 6-5 forward was an honorable-mention All-American his senior year and a third-round pick in the NBA draft in 1985. He played in the CBA and twice received 10-day contracts with the NBA.

Rees, a guard, graduated in 1984 and played four years at the Naval Academy. He helped his team to three NCAA tournament appearances while playing alongside David Robinson and Vernon Butler. He was team captain and led the Mids in scoring his senior season.

Jestes, who averaged 21.5 points last season while shooting 61 percent, is most dangerous from three-point range.

He has a 3.4 grade-point average, wants to pursue a physical therapy major in college and is interested in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Ursinus, Lebanon Valley and Beaver College.

Mount Hebron will honor Jestes at its next home game on Thursday.

Payne in national pool

Russell Payne (Glenelg), goalkeeper for the University of Maryland, will head to Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27 for a 10-day soccer training camp with the United States under-21 national team pool. He'll be one of four goalkeepers at the camp.

Payne had eight shutouts and 103 saves, played every minute and gave up only 1.36 goals per game for Maryland, which posted a 14-6-1 record this season after going 3-13-1 the year before. Payne made second-team All-ACC. Maryland was 3-3 in ACC play and lost to national champion Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Payne played for the Baltimore Spirit under-19 club team last summer that won a national championship. He's a pre-med student at Maryland.

Fall gate receipts

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association operates with money it earns from the state playoffs, and it certainly had to be happy with the results of last fall's Fort Hill-Allegany semifinal football game.

It grossed $32,276 and at $4 per ticket it meant a paid crowd of 8,069.

"That's the biggest game the MPSSAA has ever had," said Ned Sparks, the association's executive secretary.

The total profit from the football playoffs was $169,241.67. That does not include travel expenses.

The Oakland Mills-Fort Hill quarterfinal game in Cumberland resulted in a gross of $12,356 -- more than double any other quarterfinal.

In semifinal boys soccer, the boys Class 3A match that featured Centennial and Whitman was the most profitable, grossing $5,014. The four state finals combined grossed $11,825.

Howard County's final total for fall gate receipts was $60,233, up 8 percent from $51,622 in 1993.

The most lucrative fall event was the Centennial-Howard football game that took in $3,164. Howard's gate receipts rose from $9,051 to $14,644. But the biggest jump in percentage was at Oakland Mills, which went from $3,756 to $7,212.

The average amount taken in at 40 football games was $1,445.

Say that again?

Here's a switch. How many coaches bench their players for unsatisfactory academic performance even though the athletes are eligible by school standards?

Hammond boys basketball coach Mike Mongelli has been playing several weeks without three of his players.

"No kid on our team even has a failing grade. They're all eligible. But we want them to improve their grades before they play again," Mongelli said.

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