Two offer Willingham scholarships

HOWARD SPORTS

April 05, 1995|By RICK BELZ

Two colleges have offered Seth Willingham full football scholarships for next fall.

Willingham, who played quarterback for Wilde Lake, will visit Eastern Illinois and Idaho State during the next couple of weeks, and then decide which to attend. Eastern Illinois is in Division I, and Idaho State is in Division I-AA.

He spent last fall honing his passing skills at Milford Academy Prep School in Connecticut.

Willingham, 18, led Wilde Lake to a state championship in 1992, and threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns against Centennial in 1993 -- his senior year.

Yetso to Puma Cup?

Centennial's Brock Yetso, Baltimore Sun All-Metro Boys Soccer Player of the Year, is in a pool of candidates to play in the Puma Cup, the country's most prestigious soccer tournament for high school senior boys.

The invitational tournament, to be played June 7-10 at the St. Louis Soccer Park, selects players based upon their athletic and academic accomplishments as well as community involvement.

Yetso has participated in the USYSA Olympic Development Program at the state, regional and national levels. He was selected by the NSCAA as an All-American and was listed in USA Today and Soccer America as one of the top 25 soccer recruits.

He will attend the University of Virginia in the fall. Final Puma selections will be announced next week.

Pinball baseball

Runners continue to cross the plate in record numbers in this season of offensive baseball.

In the first 34 games, the two teams involved combined to average 11.8 runs. That's 403 runs.

In 23 of 34 games, the combined runs reached double digits. The high total, achieved three times, was 21. Only three times have teams combined for fewer than six runs.

The only exceptions to the offensive explosion have been Mount Hebron and Centennial.

Mount Hebron is the only team unable to score many runs. The Vikings have scored 14 times in five games -- all losses. And they are one of only two teams that have been shut out. Hammond is the other.

Centennial's pitching and defense have been the best. The Eagles have allowed only 12 runs in six games, and only two runs in the past three games. Centennial is the only team to record a shutout -- 11-0 over Hammond.

Glenelg, ranked No. 7, has not been immune to the run explosion. The Gladiators gave up 10 runs to Oakland Mills Monday and won, 11-10. That game featured six home runs -- four by Glenelg.

The explosion by Oakland Mills led Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell to say, "I don't think we're the front-runners this season."

Of course, Glenelg's ace pitcher, Sean Lookingbill, has yet to throw. His return to action is still uncertain because of a pulled back muscle.

Different concept

Two former college pitchers are hoping that a camp for pitchers and catchers only is a concept whose time has come.

Russ Bryant, Howard's assistant coach who pitched for Clemson, and Rich Jenkins, a former Howard varsity coach who pitched for Salisbury State, will conduct such a camp at Howard July 10-14 and at Cedar Lane Park July 20-24.

The camps are targeted for youths aged 9 to 14.

"We'll emphasize proper form, throwing strikes and changing speeds," said Jenkins. "The camp will last three hours per day.

"We'll take a maximum of 25 kids and have a 5-to-1 teacher to student ratio."

For information, call him at (301) 776-8733.

College notes

Keith Chance (Hammond) is the junior captain of the UMBC lacrosse team and scored the game-winning goal in an 11-10 overtime win at Lehigh. He has eight goals and three assists.

* Howie Brown (Wilde Lake) set a personal high with 14 strikeouts in a 4-3 UMBC victory over Charleston-Southern last Friday. Brown is 3-1.

* Greg Hylock (Mount Hebron) had two singles, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 UMBC victory over Charleston-Southern last Saturday.

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