Six county players awarded first Flecker lacrosse awards

Howard notebook

April 01, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Six county athletes received inaugural Norman Flecker Memorial Awards during Atholton's spring-break lacrosse tournament Monday and Tuesday.

The long-running tournament was renamed this year to honor a former Atholton student and lacrosse enthusiast Norman Flecker, who was killed in an Army helicopter crash in Korea last August.

Flecker's parents, Manny and Penny, attended Monday's dedication ceremony.

The awards were given to one player on each participating team who best exemplified their son -- unquestionable character and integrity, high academic achievement, and love of lacrosse.

Receiving the awards were: George Greene (Atholton), Spence Baxter (Glenelg), Dave Acott (Hammond), Eric Burnett (Long Reach), Lance Adams (Oakland Mills), and Mike Parrott (Wilde Lake).

The University of Virginia, where Flecker played college lacrosse, has established a scholarship fund to honor Flecker, and the tournament raised $250 toward it. Contributions can be sent to 1st Lt. Norman Flecker Memorial Award, Post Office Box 3446, Charlottesville, Va. 22903.

Flecker's twin brother, Alex, is still in the Army.

Oakland Mills won the two-day tournament with victories over Long Reach Monday and Glenelg Tuesday.

Glisan 3rd in U.S. tourney

Oakland Mills' Dena Glisan finished third at the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association's national championships last weekend in Lake Orion, Mich.

Glisan, a defending national champ, lost in the 122-pound semifinals, 5-3, to a junior world power-lifting champion from Hawaii, a state with seven finalists in the 14 weight classes. A total of 304 girls from 42 states competed.

"It was my own fault," Glisan said. "I totally wasn't thinking about the semifinals and got taken down in the first 17 seconds. She was very strong but didn't have much else."

Glisan thought she had tied the score but didn't get the call at the end of the match.

"She was down 4-0 with a minute left and stormed back but fell two seconds short of tying it," said Oakland Mills coach Brad Howell, who along with former Scorpions coach Brian Chadwick accompanied Glisan to the tournament. "We discovered the other girl's weakness in the third period, and Dena was close to two other takedowns, but one was ruled out of bounds."

Glisan weighed in at 118.1 pounds, just barely missing the 118-pound class. She had dropped from 128 pounds.

Brittany Gormley, a Mount Hebron sophomore, also competed and finished 11th out of 22 competitors at 128 pounds.

Wildecats' bats booming

Wilde Lake's baseball season is off to a promising 2-1 start. Hitting is certainly the main reason.

The Wildecats are batting .494, have scored 37 runs and have hit six home runs. Last spring, they hit eight, total.

The homer hitters include Ryan Anderson (2), Seth Smith, Matt Caporaletti, Aaron Altscher and Chris Yetter.

Four of those home runs came in the opening game against Oakland Mills, which is winless, so coach Don Storr is keeping his fingers crossed. Wilde Lake was 21-for-30 at the plate in the 16-2 win over Oakland Mills.

The Wildecats have a new fence on their home field with dimensions of 310 feet in left field, 350 in center and 300 in right. Two of their three games and five of the six home runs were at home.

Wilde Lake's only loss was to Long Reach, 15-10. The Wildecats made nine errors in that game.

The Wildecats will need their alarm clocks for their next game -- 8: 30 a.m. Saturday vs. Leonardtown, in Southern Maryland. "Our bus is leaving at 5: 30 a.m.," Storr said. If the Scorpions win that one, they'll play the winner of Atholton vs. Chopticon for the Leonardtown tournament title.

Davidson Award

Tomorrow is the deadline for applications for the Columbia Rotary Club's 14th annual Robert Davidson Scholar Athlete Awards.

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student-athlete.

Runner-up scholarships of $500 each will be awarded, as will plaques featuring photos of the grand-prize winners for the winning schools to display.

Anyone with a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 who will have completed 17 academic courses by the end of the school year, has a combined SAT score of 1,000, and a minimum of five varsity letters is eligible. Applications are available at every high school.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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