Love at first sight: Virginia wins over Spalding's Dixon


October 04, 2001|By Pat O'Malley and Ed Lee | Pat O'Malley and Ed Lee,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding midfielder Kyle Dixon has orally committed to a full lacrosse scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Dixon, who led Anne Arundel County in scoring last spring with 120 points (57 goals, 63 assists) and Spalding to its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title, also considered Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Towson and Loyola.

"I fell in love with the campus as soon as I saw it, and the guys [players] down there were great, " said the 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior, an All-County and second-team All-Metro selection last season. "It's such a great atmosphere, and it's far enough away from home, yet close enough for my family to get down and see me play. "

Spalding coach Walt Blahut said Dixon, who has a 3.2 grade-point average and a 1,020 SAT score, should do well in Division I.

"Kyle does it all, offensively and defensively, up and down the field," said Blahut. "He can dodge and shoot with power and accuracy, dish off when he is double-teamed. He's fast and strong."

Dixon was one of 26 players to make the Maryland Free State All-Star team this summer. He also made the all-star teams at two camps -- the Top 205 at Loyola and the Champ Camp at Johns Hopkins.

Opening at South River

South River athletic director Jim Haluck said Tuesday that there are four applicants for the newly vacant varsity girls head coaching position.

Ed Corporal, a varsity girls head coach at Meade last season, was named to replace former head coach Dirk Rinehart in June. But Haluck said school officials learned a couple of weeks ago that Corporal was resigning and moving to the Midwest.

"We thought that when we had hired Ed, we would have several years with him," Haluck said. "He just indicated that he was not going to be able to take the team."

Haluck, who said Rinehart has not applied, said interested candidates should call assistant principal George Beaumont at 410-956-5600.

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