Long-time Perry Hall athletic director Al Miller, softball and basketball coach Emily Thon, recreation council president Jerry Soukup and former football player Russel Manzari were honored Monday night as inaugural inductees into the Gators' Sports Hall of Fame.
Thon was a highly successful girls softball and basketball coach at Perry Hall. Soukup was a longtime president of the Perry Hall Recreation Council, and Manzari captained Perry Hall's 1972 football team, which was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in metropolitan Baltimore.
Manzari, an All-Metro fullback-defensive end as a senior, also captained the University of South Carolina football team and was a three-year starter.
Miller, 62, retired this spring, ending 40 years of service in Baltimore County public schools. He began as a physical education teacher at Dundalk in 1958, moved to Parkville in 1961, and was hired at Perry Hall as football coach and athletic director in 1966.
Miller coached the Gators' football teams for 19 years, winning five county titles, and assisted Joe Stoy for the remaining 13 until this year, winning five more crowns.
Miller, a member of Baltimore County's Wrestling Hall of Fame, coached teams to four county wrestling titles -- three at Perry Hall and one at Dundalk. His teams were among the county tournament's top-four team finishers in 18 of his 20 coaching seasons until he retired in 1994.
Carving out a title
Carver recently won its first Baltimore City badminton championship with a 6-1 victory over Western.
The Bears' top three singles players -- No. 1 Tameka Holness, No. 2 Rina Johnson and No. 3 Rodnia Johnson -- and their top two singles teams, No. 1 Renauda Stewart and Keemani Haskins and No. 2 Deidra McFadden and Ebony Scott, were undefeated through the regular season. In addition to posting victories to help win the team title, all but one team won individual titles. Stewart and Haskins were second in the separate individual match championships.
Shina Coclough, the No. 4 singles player, also won her match against Western and was fourth in individual matches. No. 3 doubles team Shalawnda Adams and Tiffany Lemon finished the season 5-3.
Long-time coach Linda Hollis had only two underclassmen on the team -- freshman Scott and sophomore Adams.
"I've worked with these seniors and juniors since they were in the ninth grade," she said. "I told them when they started, 'If you stick with me until you're a senior, you'll be No. 1 and win the city championship.' They've worked hard, and this is a real accomplishment for them."
St. Joe baseball player Mark Teixeira, a three-time All-Metro and this year's All-Metro Player of the Year, was chosen the National Gatorade Player of the Year for Maryland by the Gatorade Circle of Champions.
The U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association has announced its South Regional high school All-America selections.
Named to the first team: Erin McInnes and Betsy Gaines, Roland Park; Lauren Aumiller and Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep; Lindsay Buchanan and Jaimee Reynolds, Towson; Tricia Dabrowski, Dulaney; and Kim Smith, Bryn Mawr.
Honorable mention: Kate Ahearn, St. Paul's; Cantey Boyd and Melissa Riggs, Garrison Forest; Molly Cangemi, Mary Beth LaVerghetta and Wick Stanwick, Notre Dame Prep; Meghan Kelly and Lauren Miller, Roland Park.
Baltimore County baseball and boys lacrosse coaches picked the following players: Baseball: Pitchers Shane McLaughlin (Patapsco) and Paul Lurie (Franklin); outfielders Eddie Meister (Catonsville), Ryan Jones (Overlea) and Jared Satterfield (Towson); first baseman Chris Sheppers (Eastern Tech); third baseman Chad Clarke (Patapsco); shortstop Drew Bosworth (Catonsville); second baseman Mike Williams (Towson); designated hitter Steve Duncan (Dulaney); and catcher Matt Anderson (Loch Raven).
Lacrosse: Steve Will (Dulaney), Chris Lauer (Hereford), Matt Lathroum (Catonsville), John Schuster (Franklin) and Luke HTC Gilbert (Hereford) on attack; Brenndan Mohler (Catonsville), Phil Bell (Towson), Brian Johnson (Eastern Tech) and Jon Heumann (Dulaney) in midfield; Josh Tracy (Dulaney), Rob Bateman (Hereford), Sean Daley (Catonsville), Steve Toth (Towson) on defense; Jason Markowitz (Towson) in goal; faceoff midfield Pat Curtis (Hereford); long-stick midfield Mike Varipatis (Dulaney).
Pub Date: 6/05/98