Mt. Hebron grad Waagbo turns back clock

Alumnae game is first, seeing daughter play is next


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February 04, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Jean Makowski Waagbo played for the Mount Hebron girls varsity basketball team for two seasons before graduating in 1976. Now, she sits in the stands and watches her daughter, Kristen, who made the Vikings' varsity as a freshman.

"It's awesome to see her playing on the same floor," Waagbo said.

Tomorrow, Waagbo will be back on the floor at Mount Hebron, doing her best to turn back the clock.

"I'll be as scrappy as a 41-year-old can be," Waagbo said.

Waagbo will play in the 5 p.m. alumnae game that proceeds the inductions of Liz Brigham, Toni Clarke and Cynthia Carson Odell into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame.

After the inductions, Waagbo will return to the stands and watch her daughter, as Mount Hebron plays host to Centennial at approximately 6: 30 p.m.

Gate receipts will go to the Brian Drnec Trust Fund. Drnec, a member of the Mount Hebron basketball team, was paralyzed in a December car accident.

Waagbo and her sister, Doris Makowski Harrington, both members of Mount Hebron's Hall of Fame, played in the first alumnae game three years ago. Harrington, 41, who graduated Mount Hebron in 1977, also will play tomorrow.

"We didn't expect to be invited back [because different players are asked each year], so this is such a special treat," said Waagbo, the Mount Hebron women's Athlete of the Year for the 1974-75 school year. "We had a blast the first game, seeing the girls we hadn't seen for years. It was a real privilege."

Waagbo is amazed how different the game is now. "The athletes are stronger, faster, and they train in the off-season," she said. "And there's much more body contact."

A three-sport athlete at Mount Hebron, Waagbo said basketball in her day was "a non-aggressive game. We were wearing jumpers and blouses and these little bloomers."

Waagbo played in a women's league until last year. A point guard for two seasons in college, Waagbo has coached Kristen's travel basketball team for seven years.

"When my daughter sees how I play I'm fearful I'm going to lose all my credibility in one night," Waagbo said.

Waagbo said she began working out Wednesday for tomorrow night's game.

"It wasn't pretty," she said with a laugh.

The alumnae game alone is worth the price of admission. Amy Mallon (Mount Hebron, 1988) has played professionally, and always comes up with a few amazing shots.

Mona Jackson (Howard, 1995) and Shanya Evans (Long Reach girls basketball coach) are among some of the new players this year. Shannon Grieve (Oakland Mills, 1990, and Howard girls coach) and Kacy Williams Valentine (Hammond, 1994) also are scheduled to play.

New lacrosse coaches

Gay Petrlik didn't spend a lot of time looking for someone to replace her as girls lacrosse coach at Hammond.

She went right to her daughter, Emily Walker, an assistant coach at Hammond the past three seasons.

"I didn't have to ask her twice," Petrlik said.

Petrlik, who has served as head coach since 1988, when the county began the sport, will become Walker's assistant.

"This is something we had talked about all along, and this was a good time to do it," said Petrlik, a physical education and health teacher.

"She feels ready, and I certainly feel she's ready. She's very talented and has a lot of energy. She'll do a good job and take this program another step."

Walker, 25, was an All-American lacrosse player at Howard High. She graduated in 1992 and played collegiately at UMBC.

A history and psychology teacher at Hammond, Walker said she is looking forward to running a varsity program and working with her new assistant.

"I may be the coach, but she's still my mother," Walker said. "There is a higher calling there."

Petrlik will continue coaching field hockey. Walker will coach the JV, something she has done the past two seasons.

Katie Marks becomes the third Centennial coach in three years, taking over from Michele DeJuliis.

Marks won two state lacrosse titles before graduating from Mount Hebron in 1995. She went on to Hofstra, where she became an All-American.

While at Hofstra, Marks played with a number of former Howard County players -- Tierney Clark (Mount Hebron, 1993), (Liz Sturm and Gina Dinisio, Centennial 1996), Kelly Dodson (Mount Hebron, 1997), and Kristin Marshall (Mount Hebron, 1998).

Marks, who will turn 23 on April 8, graduated from Hofstra last May and is teaching physical education at Centennial. She can't wait for practice to start March 1.

"They want to do well, and they know how to do it," said Marks of the Eagles. "They just need someone to guide them."

Off to college

Mount Hebron volleyball player Jacque Armstead, a first-team all-county setter, has accepted an athletic and academic scholarship offer to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

"It felt homey. It felt right," said Armstead, of the Division II school that has roughly 1,400 students. "Everyone was super nice."

Armstead will major in graphic design, and hopes one day to work in advertising.

Long Reach all-county and all-metro field hockey goalie Jaye Lance will sign a scholarship offer this week to attend the University of Maine.

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