'Pioneer' Lane again paves way for women Former coach leads six into county Hall of Fame

February 16, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

There was a time when Gail Purcell called Betty Lane "coach."

Last night Purcell, a former standout athlete at Howard High and a coach at Centennial for 20 years, referred to Lane as "the pioneer of women's athletics in Howard County."

No one would disagree.

Lane was among the first class of six inductees announced last night into the county's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame at Oakland Mills High School.

"Betty had the foresight to see that girls could play competitive sports," said Wilde Lake athletic director Carol Satterwhite, also named to the Hall of Fame.

Joining them in the Hall are Purcell, Donna Neale, Rhonda Bates and Amy Mallon.

The six inductees were announced during halftime of the Oakland Mills-Howard game. Oakland Mills (10-10 overall, 9-7 league) got 19 points from Kena Hodges and 18 from Adrienne Bulter to win, 65-54. Chanelle Carter led Howard (8-12, 7-9) with 14.

Opening last night's festivities was an alumnae basketball game. The White team, coached by Centennial's girls basketball coach Dave Greenberg, defeated Purcell's Red team, 38-31.

Playing for the White team were Amy Mallon (18 points), Lori Lewman, Christine Copeland, Kori Kindbom (4), Doris Makowski (2), Jean Makowski, Erica McCauley (3), and Karyn Swann (11).

On the Red team were Michelle James (6 points), Kathleen Endy, Therese O'Donnell (4), Sylke Knuppel (2), Ruta Siaurusaitis (2), Tammy Webster (7), Barbara Wolf (7) and Renita Young (3).

The idea for last night's event, sponsored by Patuxent Publishing Co., came from Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney. Karen Brelsford and Carol Gralia of Patuxent Publishing organized the event, which was well attended.

"I think it's great that we're acknowledging women's athletics," said Neale.

Here is a brief look at the six women named into the Hall of Fame: Neale: The Oakland Mills 1982 graduate set a state outdoor record in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 11 seconds) that still stands. Neale, 33, was The Sun's Prep Athlete of the Year in 1982 and was her class valedictorian. She attended Brown University, went to Boston University medical school and has a private obstetrics and gynecology practice in Silver Spring.

Lang: The 76-year-old was the first woman hired in the county to teach physical education in 1941. She retired from Howard High in 1976. "I couldn't have done it without good students," Lang said. "I probably learned more from them then they did from me."

Purcell: A standout athlete at Howard High and Towson State, the 44-year-old coached the Eagles to state championships in basketball and field hockey.

Satterwhite: The 49-year-old started at Wilde Lake in 1971 and a year later became the first woman in the state to become an athletic director, a position she still holds. During her basketball coaching career, her teams once won 46 straight county games.

Bates: The 28-year-old was the only inductee not able to attend. A 1986 graduated of Wilde Lake, Bates went on to star at Temple and now is in Australia playing professional basketball. Her parents, Al and Saundra, accepted the award for her last night.

Mallon: One of the county's best ever in basketball, the 26-year-old 1988 Mount Hebron graduate has played $ 1/8 professionally in Luxembourg and will try out this spring for the new WNBA league. She led the Vikings to three state and four county titles. She is an assistant coach at St. Joseph's in Philadelphia.

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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