Santilli recovering from freak concussion at meet

Howard notebook

January 30, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg senior Beth Santilli spent the last two days resting at home after suffering a concussion at the county indoor track championship Tuesday at the 5th Regiment Armory.

"She'll be fine and up and rolling next week," Marie Santilli, Beth's mother, said yesterday afternoon. "We appreciate the concern from all those people who have called."

Santilli was in an area called the bullpen, where runners prepare for a race, before running the 800 meters. She was lying down, stretching near a wall -- with her head on the floor -- when another athlete accidentally stepped full force on the side of her head.

Santilli was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the concussion was diagnosed. She was released from the center but stayed a few more hours at the hospital for observation.

Santilli had won the 1,600 and 3,200 earlier in the meet.

Long Reach high jumper Aaron Jones, who hit the floor in the county meet and was taken to Maryland General Hospital, was back in school Wednesday.

Oakland Mills freshman Kyle Farmer called it his "lucky day," winning the 300 and 55 dash and helping the 800 relay team to victory en route to the Iron Man award.

His secret?

Teammate Kevin Beck's shoes. Farmer borrowed Beck's shoes Monday and used them during the county meet.

"They've been a big help," said Farmer, who also added after the meet that he wasn't planning to give Beck back his shoes anytime soon.

Long Reach was only one school to take the first three places in one event. Thema Napier, Cindy Maxfield (9.5) and Cynthia Nicholls (9.7) accomplished that feat in the 55 hurdles.

Girls basketball

Wilde Lake senior guard Toni White needs seven points against visiting Long Reach tonight to reach 1,000 in her career. White is averaging 13.6 points this season.

Long Reach continues to surprise. The second-year team, which didn't win a game last season, had won three in a row before last week's exam break. Last Saturday, however, the Lightning traveled to Atholton, which hadn't won a county game, and trailed by as many as 19 before losing, 45-32.

Long Reach coach Shanya Evans was upset with her team, and she let them know it. Apparently her message got through, because the Lightning responded Tuesday with their first win over a ranked team. Latoya Hines had 14 points and Thandi Howell 13 as visiting Long Reach downed No. 16 River Hill, 44-39.

"It was a total team effort at the end of the game. My kids stepped up to the challenge," said Evans. "Each game is going to come down to which team wants it the most, and I think the kids really wanted this game. It was a big win."

Added Evans: "Long Reach can play with any team in the county. I'm really proud to say that."

Long Reach also has wins over Howard, Hammond and Glenelg.

L Wilde Lake senior forward Alicia Bates quit the team Monday.

"I have a lot of personal things going on," said Bates, a three-year varsity player. "I really wasn't enjoying myself playing basketball."

Bates confirmed that her sister, Rhonda, plans to try out for the Washington Mystics, the new WNBA franchise that will start play this summer. Bates, a 1986 Wilde Lake graduate, played at Temple before joining an Australian professional team. A member of Howard County's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame, Bates married Michael Corkerson, of Australia, earlier this month in Baltimore.

Wilde Lake reunion

Carol Satterwhite, Wilde Lake's athletic director, is putting together a reunion. Satterwhite's girls basketball teams at Wilde Lake won five straight county championships between 1973 and 1977. She's inviting players from those teams to come back to Wilde Lake at 6: 30 p.m. Feb. 13 for a get-together and enjoy the girls game between Wilde Lake and Centennial.

If you played on one of those teams -- or know a player -- and haven't been contacted, call Satterwhite at Wilde Lake, 410-313-6973.

Hall of Fame

Debbie Paladino, Lois Norman and Barbara Streaker will be inducted into the county's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 7 at Centennial High School.

An alumnae basketball game will open the festivities at 6 p.m, followed at about 7: 30 p.m. by the Centennial girls varsity game with Hammond. The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place at halftime of the varsity game.

The Hall of Fame was created last year. The first inductees included Rhonda Bates, Betty Lang, Donna Neale, Amy Mallon, Gail Purcell and Carol Satterwhite.

Club hockey

Here are the current Maryland Scholastic Hockey League's Howard Conference standings: River Hill 7-0, Howard 6-1, Mount Hebron 2-2-1, Centennial 3-4-1, Atholton 2-3-1, Oakland Mills 2-4-1, Glenelg 1-4-2, Wilde Lake 1-7.

Wilde Lake has lost one-goal games to Oakland Mills, Howard, Centennial and Mount Hebron.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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