Mervo runner Thompson to attend Hampton Univ.

April 18, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Garfield Thompson, Mervo's two-time All-Metro middle distance and distance runner, has signed a national letter of intent with Hampton (Va.) University, accepting a full track and cross country scholarship.

Thompson, also a two-time Baltimore City and region wrestling champion, carries a 3.87 grade-point average at Mervo and has scored 1,080 on his SATs, which he plans to take again.

Thompson, who was born in Jamaica, is trying to lead the Mustangs to their third straight Class 4A state track title.

"Garfield's the type of quality human being we want to produce here at Mervo," said Ron Neal, assistant to coach Freddie Hendricks at Mervo. "In terms of athleticism, dedication and attitude, he's one of the most outstanding kids I've ever coached."

At Hampton, Thompson will be joining another Mervo alumnus, two-time All-Metro Performer of the Year James Carter, who is finishing his freshman year.

Vying for second

Mount de Sales' softball team is firmly embroiled in a battle for second place in the Catholic League.

Other than a 9-1 loss to No. 1 Archbishop Spalding last week, the Sailors appeared to be cruising along until Wednesday, when in the bottom of the seventh, neighborhood rival Seton Keough nipped them, 8-7. Both teams are now 5-2 in the league, behind unbeaten Spalding.

On Wednesday, the Sailors had a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Gators scored three to tie.

Those have been the only low notes of the season for the Sailors (8-3). Their other loss came in a strong effort against No. 3 Glen Burnie, 1-0.

On the flip side, the Sailors defeated No. 13 Centennial and a strong Damascus team to win the Centennial spring tournament. On Monday, they defeated Bel Air's John Carroll, 14-0.

Sophomore right-hander Christy Urban has a 1.30 ERA and struck out 51 batters in the Sailors' first 55 innings.

All-Baltimore City/County pick Suzanne Smith moved from shortstop to center field and is batting .454. First baseman Christina Wilcox is batting .500 and hasn't made an error. Left fielder Lori Jarboe is hitting .333 in the lead-off spot with a .560 on-base percentage. Catcher Brooke LaMartina leads the team with 10 RBIs and five doubles.

Shortstop Julie Barr, designated hitter/outfielder Kerri Poissel, and first baseman Stephanie Waskiewicz are all hitting over .300. Right fielder Bonnie Milner and second baseman Angie Skiffington have been defensive gems.

For coach Pete Waskiewicz, whose team was 0-17 two years ago before rebounding to 15-9 last year, the key to success has been his players' commitment.

"The girls really want to come out, and they want to play," said last spring's All-City/County Coach of the Year. "We have more girls playing ball over the summer, and we have a good blend of players. It's great for them. After being the doormats of the league, winning is pretty nice."

Patterson stands tall

Because bus-scheduling problems wiped out last year's Patterson-Forest Park boys lacrosse game, last Friday's meeting between the Clippers and Foresters was even bigger.

Patterson, last year's Class 3A-4A South region champ, overcame a 7-3 halftime deficit to win, 10-8, and improve to 18-0 against city teams over the last 1 1/2 seasons.

The Clippers trailed by as much as 7-2 early before seniors Rich Califano (four goals, one assist) and Tom Newell (three, three) and sophomore Brian Hopson (two, three) led the comeback. Califano scored three goals in the final period.

Defensively, keeper Curtis Drayton (18 saves) and defenders George Hill, Damon Branch and Jesus Rosario limited the Foresters to one second-half goal.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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