Severna Park basketball player makes Sports Illustrated cover

Neighbors

November 27, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE'S A GAME called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, where any actor can be connected by movies to Bacon.

It goes like this: George Clooney was in "One Fine Day" with Charles Durning; Durning was in "Starting Over" with Bacon. Or, Oprah Winfrey was in "Color Purple" with Laurence Fishburne; Fishburne was in "Quicksilver" with Bacon.

In Central County, we prefer to be connected to the major newsmakers of the day.

Take for example Severna Park's Steven Wojciechowski, point guard for Duke University's top-ranked basketball team.

At 21, Wojciechowski reached the pinnacle of college sports when he was featured on the cover of last week's Sports `D Illustrated (Nov. 17).

He also got his Severna Park buddy, David Orso, who plays varsity golf at the University of Dayton to join him.

Steven is the son of Edward "Wogy" and Peggy Wojciechowski of Chartwell.

The summer he was born, Peggy took a brief leave of absence from the tennis court to give birth to her third child.

He inherited her athleticism. By the time he was a year old, she had nicknamed him "No Fear Steve" after watching him take a swan dive into the 8-foot end of the St. Andrews swimming pool.

His parents credit Green Hornets coach Ed Wilson with making basketball his passion.

One day, while Wojciechowski was still at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore, where he had a 3.9 GPA while earning all-state soccer status, as well as playing basketball, a representative from Rutgers University called to speak to him. He had offers to play basketball from more than 40 colleges.

His mother said she was sorry but The Sun's 1994 Athlete of the Year couldn't come to the phone because he was outside "doing his yard work."

"The way he plays and the kind of person he is has already opened a lot of avenues," said his mom. "When we go down for the games, people thank us for letting him go to school there."

Steve's cheering section includes his brother, Ed, and sister, Christine Eckels.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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