Walbrook's Connally wins his 300th game

January 05, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Walbrook girls basketball coach Pete Connally notched his 300th career victory with the Warriors' 54-40 win over Dunbar Wednesday. Connally, who led the Warriors to national prominence in the 1980s, has a 300-57 career record in 18 seasons.

"I've had a lot of great players over the years and I'd like to thank every one of them," Connally said.

Connally, 49, has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and indicated that he may be nearing retirement.

In recent years, Walbrook has lost its status as one of the area's top programs. The Warriors (2-3) are coming off a 10-9 season, their worst mark under Connally.

"It's been a lot of fun, but I'm getting tired," he said. "I will have to do a lot of thinking before I decide about next year."

Poly's hero of the moment

Poly's seventh-ranked girls basketball team has a new hero for just about every game.

Last week it was Kelly Logan, who picked up Most Valuable

Player honors for leading the Engineers in a sweep of their own holiday tournament. The senior forward scored 51 points and had 32 rebounds, seven steals and seven assists in wins over No. 19 Milford Mill (56-43), Ballou (78-37) and Park (57-22) in the fifth annual Poly Invitational.

In the title game, Logan scored 11 of the Engineers' last 23 points as they finally broke away from the Millers. She finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

"Kelly seems to be a player you seldom notice except in the big games. That's when she stands out," said Poly coach Charlie Sullivan. "She's a steady player, not real flashy, just a solid player."

Sullivan has three other seniors who average in double figures, Lindsay Willemain, Kendall Peace and Jawal Maith.

Willemain had 38 points and 37 rebounds to earn All-Tournament Team status. Peace had 34 points, 22 steals and 22 assists, and Maith finished the tournament with 30 points.

Schuch headed for JMU

Dulaney's All-Metro soccer player Ali Schuch has made an oral commitment to play at James Madison next year.

"I felt comfortable with the girls and I felt I could fit right in. This year, they made it to the NCAA tournament and I think they could go further in the future, so it's a great place for me," said Schuch, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average and plans to follow a pre-med program, majoring in biology or computer sciences.

A two-time All-State pick, Schuch scored 20 goals and eight assists to lead the Lions to a 13-2-1 finish and the No. 5 ranking last fall. In 1993, she helped the Lions to the state Class 3A-4A title.

Although she played on the line or in the midfield for Dulaney, Schuch played defense for her club team, the Columbia Spirit, which has won five state titles.

A hold on Held

Only one person could convince coach Bill Held to give up the Mount de Sales girls lacrosse team -- his daughter, Jenny Held Miller.

After 18 years with the Sailors, Held resigned to become an assistant at Mount St. Mary's College where Miller is the head women's lacrosse coach.

"This is just something I had to do," said Held, who will continue to coach the Sailors' basketball team. "I couldn't pass up the chance to coach with my daughter. It's just something I want to do for her. Otherwise, I would have never left. I love Mount de Sales."

With Mount St. Mary's moving from club status to Division I this spring, Held said he hopes to help Miller build a winning program the way she, first as a player and then as assistant coach, helped him build the Sailors into a perennial contender.

After posting a losing record in his first season (1978), Held had winning teams every year. He took the Sailors to the Association of Independent Schools title in 1985. Last year, they finished 17-1, second in the AIS and ranked No. 4.

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