Dulaney and Perry Hall claim titles Gators' win dedicated to memory of teammate

February 02, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The winning teams at yesterday's Baltimore County Championships exhibited a full gamut of emotions at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

On one end of the building was Dulaney's girls team, celebrating its victory and laughing at the thought of seeing their first-year coach, Dave Schoppe, fulfill his promise of shaving his legs if the Lions won.

On the other side, was Perry Hall's boys team, quietly accepting its third straight county championship plaque, which the Gators plan to present to the parents of former teammate Nick Traut, who died in an automobile accident last summer.

Perry Hall's plaque will read: "In memory of Nickolaus Traut. Friend, captain and teammate, whose dedication and leadership was instrumental to our championship performance."

"This team has had a good season considering all the adversity they've had to deal with," said Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin. "Nick was a hurdler and sprinter and he would have been a team captain for us this year because he was a real inspirational leader."

Perry Hall's victory was about as convincing as they get, with the Gators racking up 170 points -- almost 100 points more than runner-up Parkville (71).

It was a little more nip and tuck for Dulaney's girls, but the Lions' deep, young and talented distance corps helped them reclaim the title from the defending champion Gators, 83 1/2 -77 1/2 .

"Coach [Schoppe] said if we won counties that he would shave his legs, so I guess he's going to have to start greasing them up," said Dulaney's Suzanne Sclafani. "His promise gave us some motivation but we really wanted to win it because we're tired of losing to Perry Hall."

Junior Meghan White led the Lions by winning both the 800 and 1,600 and Sclafani helped out by winning the 3,200 and finishing third in the 1,600.

"The girls all did a great job," said Schoppe. "It's a super bunch of girls. I couldn't ask for more."

Omar Knight left the armory with three gold medals after winning the 500 and 800 runs and running the anchor leg of the Gators' county champion two-mile relay team.

Joanna Helm set the pace for Perry Hall's girls team, winning gold medals in the high jump and 300 and a silver in the 500.

Parkville's Joe Smith was crowned county champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 and finished third in the 800. Donta Dotson of Dundalk dominated the sprinting events, edging runner-up Devin Johnson of Randallstown in the 55 -- and Nevelle Hodge in the 300.

Woodlawn's Craig Thompson claimed first place in the 55 hurdles and Andre Blackwell of Milford Mill won the high jump and was third in the 300.

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