Walker, defending region title, has wider interests

February 26, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Loch Raven heavyweight wrestler Greg Walker has no problem stretching his interests. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Eagle Scout is a 4.0 student and is headed for MIT to major in computer science.

Walker scored 1,480 on his SAT and is president of Loch Raven's National Honor Society. He ranks among the nation's top 20 as a member of the Maryland Math League and is in the school's gifted and talented program.

He also competes in shot put, discus and the high jump. He played the trumpet for four years before switching to the tuba.

He's a nationally-ranked competitor in orienteering, an obscure sport combining cross country running with negotiating stretches of land using compasses and maps.

Walker (28-1, 21 pins) won last weekend's Baltimore County title with a 4-0 shutout of Patapsco's Bill Hook, becoming Loch Raven's first champ since Ian Robbins in 1990.

Walker defends his regional crown this weekend at the Class 1A-2A North regional at Overlea.

Stadium at Calvert Hall

A state-of-the art football stadium, with restrooms and a locker room, and a relocated baseball field are renovations going on at Calvert Hall in a nine-month project expected to cost about $4 million.

Brother Kevin Stanton, Calvert Hall's principal, said the new football stadium, also to be the home for the lacrosse and soccer teams, is being built where the baseball field was, and vice versa. Work began last month and is expected to be completed this fall.

"When it's completed, the stadium seating on one side should accommodate about 3,000, and beyond and to the top of them will be a press box," said Stanton. The stadium will not have lights.

"The bleachers, underneath, will have three locker rooms, a weight room, restroom facilities and a concession stand," Stanton said. "It will also have a six-lane track for track and field events."

Lakers' secret gets out

Perhaps the best-kept secret in Baltimore City basketball is the success of the Lake Clifton girls.

Behind a strong veteran group, the Lakers are 15-2 heading into today's Class 4A North regional opener at Walbrook. The No. 20 Lakers have lost only to No. 9 Western and No. 14 Dunbar.

Senior center Sheron Bailey leads the Lakers with an 18-point, 17-rebound average, and junior guard Tyeasha Smith contributes 10 points and nine assists a game. Twin senior guards Shekona and Sheneka Lewis chip in 17 points between them.

"This group has been together three or four years," said coach James Monroe. "They've come through some rough times. This year, they came in in tip-top condition."

When Bailey and the Lewis twins were freshmen, the Lakers finished 5-14, but they have had winning records, as well as improving records, since.

Knights repeat in pool

City's swimmers Donte Coleman and Taiyen Sass each won two individual events and were members of the winning 200 medley relay team as the Knights won their second straight Baltimore City boys title last weekend.

Coleman set meet records in winning two events, the 500 free (5: 17) and the 100 butterfly, and Sass won the 50 and 100 free events. The duo later teamed with Chris Williams and Stephon Smith to win the 200 medley.

For runner-up Poly, Jason Steele won the 200 free, and teammate Paul Rutherford the 100 breaststroke. Lake Clifton swimmers Julius Wilkins and Donte Davies won the 200 IM and the 200 free, respectively.

Western won the girls title, led by Tabetha Patton, who won the 200 IM, and Heather Delair, winner of the 50 free. The Doves also got first-place finishes from Wendy Morton (100 butterfly) and Kim Harrison (100 free).

Et cetera

Milford Mill's Chante Alexander is still sidelined with a sprained knee suffered in Saturday's Baltimore County championship game. The 6-1 senior forward, who has helped the Millers win four straight county titles and has signed with James Madison, remains questionable for next week's regional playoffs. She said Tuesday that she planned to see an orthopedic specialist today to determine the extent of the injury.

Mercy's All-Metro center Jamie Vogtman returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing last week with sprained ligaments in her left thumb. The senior contributed 19 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four assists in an 83-54 win over No. 17 Catonsville.

Unbeaten wrestlers Bryan McDermott (Mount St. Joseph, 135), Justin Mitchell (Overlea, 189), Matt Kunkel (Aberdeen, 189), John Thornton (C. Milton Wright, 171), Luke Mays (Franklin, 140) and Won Hill (Catonsville, 130) all will be putting unblemished records on the line this weekend. McDermott (42-0) will compete for the National Preps crown at Lehigh University, and Mitchell (32-0), Kunkel (25-0), Thornton (29-0), Mays (25-0) and Hill (26-0) will be in regional action.

Woodlawn senior Stacie Allen completed the regular season by scoring her 1,285th career point. A 5-10 forward/guard, Allen averages 23 points, six rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists per game. She also carries a 3.1 grade-point average and is being recruited by Coppin State and North Carolina A&T, among other schools.

Maryland-bound Tamir Goodman will lead Talmudical Academy against Rockville's Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Sunday's second annual Maryland boys' private school tournament at Maryland's Richie Coliseum. Information: Charlie Weber, (703) 256-0727.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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