Reservoir nickname: Gators

`Overwhelming' pick in vote vs. Retrievers


High School

April 26, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

And the winner is ... Gators.

That will be the nickname of Reservoir High, the county's 11th high school scheduled to open in Fulton in the fall of 2002.

Students from feeder middle schools were asked to vote between two mascots -- Retrievers or Gators. It wasn't close, according to Suzanne Kershner, the administrative secretary to coordinator of athletics Don Disney.

"It was an overwhelming majority," Kershner said.

Reservoir will open with grades nine through 11 and field varsity teams. It's colors will be blue and orange, the same used by the University of Florida, which just happens to have the nickname Gators.


Ninth-ranked Howard entered yesterday's game at Glenelg without three starters, including pitcher Kristin Gormus, and the Gladiators took advantage for a 14-5 victory. The loss knocked the Lions (10-2 overall, 10-2 league) out of a first-place tie with Atholton (13-1, 11-1).

Beside Gormus, the Lions were without third baseman Tee Dronenburg, the team's leading hitter, and center fielder Megan Allen. The girls are on a school-sponsored trip to California.

"I didn't expect to lose 14-5, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy for us," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi.

Glenelg (7-7, 7-5), which lost to Howard, 5-3, earlier in the season, has won three of its past four games.

Wilde Lake senior center fielder Debbie Capelle would rather stay away from pressure situations.

"I usually don't handle pressure that well," she said.

But yesterday Capelle came through in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Wildecats to a 2-1 victory over visiting River Hill.

The Hawks (9-5 overall, 7-5 league) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth when Megan Mitchell's one-out single over the third-base bag scored pitcher Shanon Jackson from third.

River Hill threatened again, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Wilde Lake pitcher Kristy Kaiser got the next two outs.

The Wildecats (10-4, 9-3) started the bottom of the eighth with Arielle Karp on second base. Jackson stuck out Nicole Arkin, but Megan Lucks singled to center on the first pitch. Karp stopped at third, and one pitch later Lucks took second base.

Up came Capelle, who recently was moved up to No. 2 in the batting order.

Jackson got ahead 0-1 on the count. But Jackson's next pitch was in the dirt and got past Tara Fadrowski. Karp scored on a close play at the plate, and Lucks moved to third.

Capelle fouled off the next pitch to fall behind 1-2. A foul, a ball and another foul followed. On the seventh pitch, Capelle grounded to the right side of the infield and Lucks easily scored the winning run.

"I was very nervous," Capelle said. "I just knew that everybody wanted to win so badly. I'm very happy."

As was Wilde Lake coach Sal Milio for Capelle.

"She's a great kid," Milio said. "I'm glad to see her have success in that situation."

Kristy, who allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two against River Hill, has allowed one earned run in her past 22 innings.

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