Towson's Vallillo keeps star in family

On Colleges

May 18, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Vallillo brothers have taken this togetherness thing to an interesting level.

Last year, Jeff Vallillo -- a senior outfielder at Hofstra -- was named to the All-North Atlantic Conference first team. And this spring, James Vallillo -- a graduate student at Towson State -- made the NAC first team as a designated hitter.

James has done his brother one better, though. He also was chosen the league's Player of the Year, batting .389 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. Jeff had similar stats his final season: .386 average, 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.

The brothers, of Middletown, N.J., were honored by the NAC in their respective schools' first year in the league.

James was a walk-on who had to redshirt as a freshman because of a knee injury. He ends his Towson career with a .337 average, 28 home runs and 112 RBIs.

He also has plenty in common with Towson State shortstop Jen Weaver, who was named the NAC softball Player of the Year. Both were selected to the GTE District 2 All-Academic team, and are strong candidates for Academic All-American honors. And the Tigers baseball and softball teams failed to qualify for the NAC tournament.

Power turnabout

Before this baseball season, St. Mary's junior infielder/outfielder Justin Greshko had one home run. His two-year hit total was 50. His best average was .283, as a sophomore.

There was plenty of room for improvement, and Greshko (Old Mill), a former walk-on, took up all the space. He batted .375 this spring and established school records for hits (45), home runs (five) and extra-base hits (13) in a season. He also became the first St. Mary's player to hit two home runs in a game, and his 24 career doubles and 21-game hitting streak also are school records.

"Justin had one of the best offensive seasons of anyone to ever don the blue and gold," said assistant coach Jim Mason. "He is a testament to what hard work can do. He has worked hard to become more selective at the plate over the last year and that is the key element to his impressive season."

The Seahawks enjoyed their highest finish in the Capital Athletic Conference, going 6-4 and trailing only York College. Their 16 victories were the second-most in school history.

All-America honors

James Lewis recently became the first player from Catonsville Community College to be named to the National Junior College Division II basketball All-America first team.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore guided the Cardinals to their first berth in the national JuCo tournament last month and averaged 20.1 points and 14.1 rebounds. Lewis, who led Catonsville High to a state championship, has been nominated for national JuCo Player of the Year. He has been selected MVP of the Maryland JuCo and Region XX tournaments.

Lewis' 478 rebounds broke the school record of 441 set by Charles Green in 1981. He and teammate Brian Scott (Poly) are heading to Division II Barton (N.C.) College on full scholarships. Scott is Catonsville's all-time leader in three-pointers with 151, including 100 this season.

Miscellaneous

Goucher's women's lacrosse team is the school's first squad in any sport to reach the Final Four since the Gophers joined Division III in 1987. Going into today's semifinal against Middlebury, they lead Division III in scoring, averaging 17.42 goals. . . . UMBC junior center fielder Amy Wolff (Liberty) made the Big South Conference softball first team after batting .397 with four home runs and 42 RBIs. She also went 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts. . . . Maryland junior left-hander Eric Milton has been invited to the USA Baseball Training Camp that begins May 29 in Millington, Tenn. . . . The sailing team at St. Mary's placed first in the Mid-Atlantic Team Race Championships, qualifying for next month's nationals. . . . Johns Hopkins junior Paul DiCamillo (4.0 GPA), a member of the cross country team, was named to the GTE College Division Men's Academic All-American At-Large third team. . . . The Navy women's crew team completed its first season of competition in the EWARC, the nation's premiere rowing conference, with a 14th-place finish at the league championship regatta in Connecticut. . . . Coppin State women's basketball coach Tori Harrison was named an assistant on the USA Jones Cup team. . . . Towson State center Matt Dellinger won't be returning to the Tigers for his senior season because he's graduating this week.

Pub Date: 5/18/96

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