Service honors memory of Gee, 'best of the best'

March 05, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Former Oakland Mills football coach Steve Matters called Chet Gee "the best of the best."

If the former Scorpions athlete wasn't the best, he was close to it.

Gee, 36, died in an automobile accident Feb. 28, and a moving memorial service was held for him yesterday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Numerous friends and relatives hailed Gee for his generosity, his infectious smile, his leadership and charismatic personality.

Gee quarterbacked Oakland Mills to its first Howard County football championship in 1979, and a 10-1 season. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound gazelle-like runner gained 537 yards on 51 carries and completed 30 of 53 passes for 627 yards and eight touchdowns that season.

Matters recalled Gee's winning touchdown run against Wilde Lake his junior season, and Oakland Mills' victory over Wilde Lake his senior season -- a game considered among the most memorable in county history.

Oakland Mills won that game, 22-14, before 3,500 fans at Oakland Mills, and Gee gained 102 yards on 13 carries and passed for 75 yards.

"That touchdown run his junior year put Oakland Mills on the map," Matters said. "We were a young school. He was part of a flag-bearing class."

Gee, whose teams were 35-4 during his four years at Oakland Mills, accepted a full football scholarship to Duke. In his senior year at Duke, he was the team's most valuable defensive back.

After that, he played professionally five years for the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL. When that league folded, he returned to Columbia, and later relocated to Northern Virginia.

He was a sales representative for Delaware Technologies in Vienna, Va., until his death.

Young brother Darryl Gee made the U.S. Olympic soccer team and played professional outdoor soccer. "He was my hero," Darryl said yesterday.

Chet also played basketball and ran track for Oakland Mills. He was a member of the state champion 440 relay team his junior year and established the school long jump record.

"I think that, all-around, he was the best athlete we ever had at Oakland Mills," Matters said.

Gee was the oldest son of Dr. Chester Arthur Gee Sr. and Mrs. Gail Brown Gee of Hobbit's Glen.

Laycock makes honor teams

Matt Laycock of Centennial, who was informed last weekend that he has earned a spot on the 18-man U. S. national under-18 team that will play in Italy March 22 to April 1, was named to the Parade Magazine All-American team Monday. He was the only player selected from Maryland.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound midfielder is headed to North Carolina on a soccer scholarship.

He is a two-time first-team All-Metro player who played on two state championship teams at Centennial.

Lewis, Otten to join Terps

Christian Lewis and Brian Otten of Centennial have both made oral commitments to play soccer for Maryland next season.

Lewis, a first-team All-Metro goalkeeper, recorded 11 shutouts while allowing six goals in 15 games last season. In his two-year career, he recorded 24 shutouts in 32 games while allowing a total of 13 goals.

Otten was a second-team All-Metro center-midfielder who played alongside Laycock.

First for Columbia wrestler

According to the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Tulsa, Okla., and Wrestling News, a Jan. 29 match between Springfield College's Stacy Kirschbaum (Oakland Mills) and Williams College's Debbie Hsu was the first time in an intercollegiate men's match that a women's competition was counted in the final team score.

Kirschbaum was pinned in 1: 45 at 118 pounds. The two wrestlers replaced male wrestlers who failed to make the proper weight.

Kirschbaum is the first female wrestler in the history of wrestling at Springfield, where the program began in 1915 and boasts Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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