Juniata to honor Calvert Hall's Eckerl


October 11, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Stoney Creek native Lou Eckerl, Calvert Hall's athletic director and football coach, will be one of 10 inductees in Juniata College's sports hall of fame on Saturday.

Eckerl, one of three brothers who grew up playing football and baseball in the Riviera Beach area and later starred at Cardinal Gibbons High, was a four-year letter winner in baseball and football at the Huntingdon, Pa., college.

The 1974 Juniata alumnus was a senior tri-captain of the 10-2 football team that was runner-up in the NCAA Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in 1973. Eckerl, a running back who gained 763 yards his final season to finish with 1,431 career yards, was named the Middle Atlantic Conference's most valuable player.

At Gibbons, Eckerl was football quarterback and pitched and played everywhere on the baseball field for coach Dick Sands. He was a standout infielder in college.

Eckerl and his catcher-brother, Tony Eckerl, were key parts of the Crusaders baseball and football teams from 1968 to 1971. The Crusaders were contenders then in the old Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference in both sports.

Eckerl coached baseball and was athletic director at Gibbons before taking Calvert Hall's A.D. job. He has coached baseball at the Hall, too, started the Cardinals' baseball camp, and is in his fifth season as football coach.

Hero's Laxtoberfest

Hero's Lacrosse of Anne Arundel County is conducting Laxtoberfest '98, its first fall tournament for post-collegiate men and women players, on Saturday and Sunday at Annapolis High. Information: Mimsy Molter, 410-267-0717.


Holly Magliano, a second-team All-County attack player at Annapolis in 1994, is a senior field hockey standout at Roanoke College.

David Lima, a soccer fullback and goalkeeper at Arundel, is now a junior goalkeeper at York (Pa.) College. The Spartans have gone 4-0 with two shutouts since he got the starting job.

John Brady, Annapolis boys basketball coach, returned to school recently after a summer-long illness.

Mike Marcus, Old Mill's first-year football coach, is proud of the 80 players on his varsity and JV teams, all of whom were academically eligible when the season started -- a rarity.

The Anne Arundel County Coaches Association will meet for the tTC first time this school year at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Kaufman's Restaurant in Gambrills.

In the ring, the Brooklyn Boxing Club's Danny Kisner and Josh Hall have a 12-bout amateur show scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. For tickets: 410-354-9360.

Senior John McCurdy, an All-County second baseman for Class 4A state champion Arundel last spring, has been impressive at shortstop for coach Jeff Lloyd's Cats fall team. McCurdy, who batted .302 with 32 RBIs and 22 runs scored, will replace graduated All-Metro Hector Guadalupe at shortstop next spring.

Arundel's baseball team has added more talent in outfielder/catcher Chico Hernandez, who transferred from DeMatha.

Glen Burnie's Frank Klebe, who led the Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs to a New York-Penn League division championship this summer, will manage that Philadelphia Phillies farm team again next season. Fans made it known they wanted him back, and when he signed, the Batavia club's owners also agreed to two more years of Phillies affiliation.

Kevin Guite, Glen Burnie volleyball coach, calls senior Mandy Wicks his team's unsung hero. "She's always hitting the floor getting digs for us," he said.

The North County girls soccer team posted a 2-1 overtime win against Broadneck this week, its first this season. Evette Jenkins-Yuvienco scored the game-winner.

Jeff Hardy, Severn cross country coach and history teacher, said sophomore transfer Bryan Kelly, who is deaf, is the Admirals' No. 1 runner and that "his spirit, strong sense of commitment, and ever-present smile on the trails and in the classroom has had a positive influence on the entire team."

Soccer fans might get a preview of the county boys championship game in Lake Shore at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when No. 7-ranked Chesapeake plays host to No. 6 Severna Park. Both teams are undefeated in county league play.

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Pub Date: 10/11/98

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