Goodman's Capital performance puts him with `name' company

He, Bogues and Bright the only MVPs from city


High Schools

April 13, 2000|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Tamir Goodman, co-Most Valuable Player in Tuesday night's 27th Capital Classic, is believed to be only the third Baltimorean named MVP of the showcase basketball event.

Goodman's eight assists and three steals were game highs, and he was 2-for-2 in his only trip to the free-throw line in leading a game-clinching 12-0 run for the Capital All-Stars in their come-from-behind, 112-101 win over the U.S. All-Stars at Washington's MCI Center.

Goodman, who shared team MVP honors with Bernard Robinson (15 points) of New Hampton Prep (N.H.), joined former Dunbar stars Muggsy Bogues (1983) and Donta Bright (1992) as Baltimoreans with the game's MVP honors.

In the game's final six minutes, Goodman also had two defensive rebounds, four assists and two points. He sparked a sequence that ended with a dunk by Georgetown-bound center Michael Sweetney (Oxon Hill) for a permanent lead (97-96) with 4: 40 to play.

"All the bumps in the road, the downfalls, when you have a night like I had, you forget them real quick," said Goodman, who wore a small black support on his left ankle, which was operated on during the winter to repair torn ligaments.

"To be mentioned in the same sentence [as Bogues and Bright], that's unbelievable," Goodman said. "But I got a chance to represent God, my people -- and I hope I represented Baltimore well and made a lot of people happy.

"The coach told us all week to stick to the game plan. I stuck to the game plan and the basics that got me to that point, and he stuck to his word that whichever guard made the team better, he would play in the fourth quarter," Goodman said.

Goodman's injury sidelined him for three weeks at Takoma Academy, but he averaged 24.6 points, 8.7 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 5.7 steals as his team finished third in the Capital Beltway League.

Cruising Crusaders

After going 15-0-1 and winning last spring's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference title, St. Paul's golf team has built a 24-match winning streak (23-0-1). And at 6-0 in the league (7-0 overall), the Crusaders are tied for first place in the conference with 5-0 Calvert Hall, which they play April 24.

Under Rick Collins, in his 10th coaching season, the Crusaders have won four titles, three in the B Conference.

In a 14.5-to-6.5 win over preseason favorite John Carroll at Baltimore Country Club on March 29, team captain Billy Little used a 7-iron to hit a 165-yard hole-in-one.

Also, Ben Phelps shot a school-record 4-under-par 32. Phelps has not been beaten this season and averages par.

Phelps, Steve Colnitis, Rob Ellrich and Little, the only senior in the bunch, were fourth, sixth, 16th and 20th, respectively, in last spring's MIAA tournament. They, with teammates Mark Quick and Charlie Rubenstein, make the Crusaders tough to beat.

Colnitis was runner-up in last July's prestigious Maryland Open state tournament, a three-day, 54-hole stroke-play event at Mount Pleasant.

"It's very rare in the Baltimore area to have the juniors we have who are Division I [college] prospects," said Collins. "We've had Division I players come out of here occasionally, but Phelps, Colnitis and Ellrich -- they're recognized nationally."

Big wins for Franklin

Franklin's girls lacrosse team is charting new territory this week with the school's first wins over perennial powers Towson and Loch Raven.

Last season, the Indians lost twice to Towson, 22-10 in the regular season and 19-6 in the regional playoffs. On Tuesday, they beat the Generals, 13-8.

A year ago, they lost to Loch Raven, 12-4. On Wednesday, they beat the Raiders by the same score.

The Indians had plenty of success last season, finishing 12-5, but they've rarely come close to beating Towson or Loch Raven.

This season, a balanced young offense and a tighter defense have been the keys, said coach Dee Mullineaux.

Sophomores Casey Hazel, with 14 goals and four assists, and Betsey Priest, with 21 goals and five assists, are the leading the attack, followed by freshman Kendall Thrift with 10 goals and nine assists.

Katie Riesenfeld has moved out of the goal and emerged as the top field defender. Sarah Molinaro and freshman Meghan Higgins also have been keys to the defense along with new goalie Natalie Litofsky.

"Natalie had six saves against Towson," said Mullineaux. "Six saves, and they had eight goals -- that tells you how much we had the ball. Our offense is starting with our defense. We're getting an interception or a ground ball, zooming up field, and pass, pass, goal."

The Indians will go for a sweep of the county's usual Big Three with a trip to Dulaney for a 5: 15 p.m. game today.

Eagles in the hunt

McDonogh's softball team has jumped into the hunt in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference behind some excellent performances by freshman pitcher Mia Zappacosta.

The right-hander threw a no-hitter last week in an 11-1 win over Bryn Mawr. She also had a one-hitter as the Eagles edged No. 14 Catholic, 1-0, on Monday.

Going into yesterday's double-header at Seton Keough, Zappacosta had pitched every inning of all eight games, with a 1.72 ERA and 71 strikeouts. She also leads the team in batting with a .381 average and six extra-base hits, including a home run. Zappacosta is getting plenty of support from Jen Mishner, who has a .278 batting average; Megan McGuire, who is batting .227; and catcher Gabbi Dansicker, who has a .480 on-base percentage and a team-leading four RBIs.

At 4-4, all of the Eagles' losses have come to ranked teams, including one-run losses to Catholic and Mount de Sales.

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