Long Reach's Franks commits to Towson


High Schools

January 30, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach field hockey player Brandi Franks, a first-team All-County and All-Metro selection, has verbally committed to a scholarship from Towson University.

The county's leading scorer (15 goals, 13 assists) last season, Franks said she wanted to "stay close to home" and that Towson has "a really broad range of majors I could choose from."

Franks said her mother, Donna, has watched most of her high school and travel-league games and that she looked forward to that continuing.

Franks played an important role in Long Reach reaching the Class 3A state final the past two seasons. After starting her career at forward, Franks moved to center-midfielder last season and contributed defensively as well.

A second-team All-State selection and a member of Team Maryland, Franks finished her varsity career with 31 goals and 17 assists.

Hammond tops Centennial

Hammond's girls basketball team avenged an early season loss with a 55-50 victory last night at Centennial.

The game was close the entire second half. Melissa Workman's two free throws with 7:19 left to play gave Hammond (9-6, 5-6 league) its biggest lead, 44-39. But Centennial's Ashley Evans made one of two free throws with 2:34 remaining to tie the score at 48.

With Hammond leading 51-50, the Golden Bears' Kelly Berger drove to the basket and was fouled by junior Melissa Andersen. Andersen didn't like the call and was given a technical when she bounced the ball hard off the floor.

Berger missed both her free throws, but Workman made both technical free throws for a 53-50 lead with 42 seconds. The Golden Bears took possession and Tara Zammichieli hit a short baseline shot with 23 seconds to put the game away.

Centennial (9-6, 6-5) was hurt by foul trouble in the second half. Starting forward Lisa Richardson picked up her fourth foul early in the second quarter and fouled out with three minutes left in the game. Starting guard Jasmine Hammond picked up her fourth foul earlier in the final period.

Indoor track

The Ivan Walker county indoor track and field championships will be held tomorrow at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. The meet will start at 4 p.m. Admission is $4.

River Hill junior Shane Stroup set two county records over the weekend in the Microtel High School Invitational at Virginia Tech, winning the 1,600 meters (4:16.62, sixth best in U.S.) and finishing fourth (1:05.86) in the 500.

In the 500, Stroup finished one spot behind South Lakes (Va.) senior Alan Webb (1:05.32).

Stroup will participate in only two events (800 and 3,200 relay) at the county championships because he is one of nine nationally selected runners who will run in the High School Mile at the Millrose Games on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Also at Virginia Tech, River Hill senior Lee McDuff broke a county record older than she is. McDuff ran the 3,200 in 11:25.1, breaking Carolyn Forde's 1982 mark of 11:27.6.

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