Seven Marylanders selected as field hockey All-Americans

January 30, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr's Kim Smith, Fallston's Kate Simon and Hereford's Sarah Warner were among seven Maryland high school girls named regional All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association last week.

Smith and Simon, both seniors, are two-time All-Metro and All-State selections while Warner, a junior, was a second-team All-Metro and All-State pick in 1996. All three Junior Olympics veterans led their teams to league titles last fall.

Four All-Metro players from Anne Arundel County also were selected to the NFHCA/Kwik Goal South Region team -- Chesapeake's Wendy Ison, the All-Metro Player of the Year, Archbishop Spalding's Malia Sweiconek and Severna Park's Sara Zuckerman and Krista Bowerman. Zuckerman was the only player to go beyond the regional team, being named second-team All-America.

On the mats

Dundalk's two-time Baltimore County champion Rich Reesey (125) improved to 24-0 by going 9-0 with five pins and two technical falls last week. The senior, ranked No. 6 in the state, won the Friends Tournament -- adding that crown to titles won at Patapsco and Dundalk -- and also owns a 5-0 victory over Eastern Tech's No. 4-ranked Demetrios Gougoulianis.

Parkville's David Heath (130) moved up two weight classes on Tuesday to pin Eastern Tech's previously unbeaten Wes Woodard and improved to 22-0.

Also, Patterson's Jimmy Walker (135), Richard Johnson (145), Leonard Bridgeforth (171, 22-1) and Tyrell McClauren (heavyweight, 23-0) won Catonsville Tournament titles last weekend.

Finally, Milford Mill, under first-year coach and former two-time All-Metro Brian Layman, is 7-6. The best wrestler for Milford Mill, which was 3-10 last year, is senior Jumoke Ajanku with a 14-1 record.

1,000-point club

Aberdeen junior LaShona Cooper reached the 1,000-point milestone with a 12-point performance in a 62-49 Jan. 16 loss to C. Milton Wright.

After scoring 27 points in Tuesday night's 67-54 loss at North Harford, Cooper's career point total stands at 1,088.

An ace three-point shooter, the 5-4 guard ranks among the Baltimore Metro area's leading scorers with a 22.4-point average. She shoots 45.4 percent from beyond the three-point line and also averages 4.1 assists per game.

Stickers beat Long Island

The Maryland Fastbreak Red Shirts, an indoor lacrosse team featuring Loyola players Kyle Bell, Tim McGinnis, T.J. Norton and John Cummings, among others, edged a Long Island team, 18-17, for the indoor high school title in a tournament at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

With the Marylanders down three goals with five minutes left, Bell scored his fourth goal to begin a four-goal rally to the victory.

Other locals were St. Paul's Jay Wich, Ben Cusson and goalie John Belitsos, Loyola's Gino Miles and Brian Miller, Calvert Hall's Mike Norton (three goals), Boys' Latin's James Watson-Galbraith and John Carroll's Chris Porter. Belitsos and McGinnis were co-MVPs.

Off and running

Bryn Mawr cross country and track coach Stacey Nicholson will coach the U.S. national team in Sunday's 1998 Yokohama International Women's Ekiden. The 26-mile relay pits the U.S. team against teams from Belarus, Canada, Great Britain, Romania, Russia and Japan, among others.

Nicholson, a Hereford graduate, is a member of the women's long distance running committee of USA Track & Field and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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