Mount Hebron senior Kelly Dodson, county Player of the Year in field hockey, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., next fall.
Dodson will play field hockey and lacrosse at Hofstra, and received half scholarships from each sport.
Four county athletes are on the women's lacrosse team at Hofstra -- Mount Hebron graduates Tierney Clark and Katie Marks and Centennial's Liz Sturm and Gina Dinisio. Clark, a senior who also plays field hockey, and Marks, a sophomore, both started last season on the lacrosse team. Freshmen Sturm and Dinisio played field hockey and soccer, respectively, last fall.
"They were having a lacrosse meeting when I took my official visit [in December], and I went out with Katie and Gina that night," said Dodson, who said she also spoke with Clark and LTC Sturm during her visit.
"I liked the layout of the school and the size, the atmosphere and the coach," said Dodson, who also considered Virginia Tech.
Dodson had a county-high 17 goals last fall in leading the Vikings to the county field hockey title. She totaled 37 goals and six assists last season for the Class 3A-4A state runner-up lacrosse team.
"Now I can be more relaxed and focused during lacrosse season," said Dodson. "All the stress is off my back."
Santilli off to Mobil
River Hill junior Beth Santilli has been invited to run the "Fresh Choice High School Mile" at the prestigious Mobil Invitational Feb. 22 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
"I'm extremely excited," said Santilli, who turns 17 today. "It's a great opportunity."
Santilli's qualifying time of 5 minutes, 14.2 seconds is seventh best among the 13 runners from Maryland and Virginia who qualified.
Santilli will run in four events at Wednesday's Class 2A-1A state indoor meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.
Smith gives Glenelg a boost
Glenelg sophomore Kristin Smith had the fastest split on the winning mile-relay team, was fourth in the 500 meters and sixth in the high jump at last Friday's Class 2A-1A regional indoor track meet. She will compete in those events at Wednesday's Class 2A-1A state meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.
Not bad for someone that had mononucleosis at the start of the season.
Smith's first meet was the county championships, where she competed only in the high jump. Her performance at the county relays led coach Mike Selmer to make her a part of the mile relay team at the regionals and enter her for the first time in a 500 race.
"She was an important part of the team last year, and it was a boost to have her back," said Selmer, whose girls team has won county and region titles this season. "Having her there [at regionals] was one of the reasons we were able to do as well as we did."
Honor for Campbell
Last week in this space, the girls All-State soccer team was announced. But it wasn't complete. We apologize to Howard junior Sarah Campbell, who was one of four county athletes receiving honorable mention.
Hall of Fame inductions
Snowed out last week, the county's first women's athletics Hall of Fame induction and alumnae basketball game, sponsored by the Patuxent Publishing Co., will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Mills High. The girls high school game between Howard and Oakland Mills is scheduled to start at 7: 30 p.m. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults.
Glenelg Country School girls team ended its season Tuesday with a 53-32 loss to St. Timothy's in the Association of Independent Schools B Conference playoffs. The Dragons were winless for a second straight season.
The county basketball regular season ends next week with games Tuesday and Wednesday. Regional play begins Friday, Feb. 28. The open draw for the postseason tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at High Point High School (3601 Powder Mill Road in Beltsville). Admission is free, and doors open at noon. Coaches and fans are welcomed. There will be door prizes, live music, apparel and food concessions. The grand door prize is a trip to the 1997 Alaska Shootout.
Pub Date: 2/14/97