Catonsville's Wilson commits to Penn St. on grid scholarship

Nittany Lions' program wins out over Stanford for All-Met running back


High Schools

January 15, 2002|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

All-Metro Chris Wilson of Catonsville said last night that he has committed to a full football scholarship to attend Penn State, which recruited him as a running back.

Among the five schools Wilson still was considering were Maryland, Michigan and Virginia, but Wilson said the two top programs on his agenda were the Nittany Lions and Stanford.

Wilson, who turned 17 in November, visited Penn State over the summer and said he attended three of the Nittany Lions' games. Wilson was named Gatorade's Player of the Year for Maryland.

"It was pretty much a dead heat between Penn State and Stanford, but the departure of coach Tyrone Willingham [to Notre Dame] put me over the edge in favor of Penn State," said Wilson, who carries a 3.7 grade point average and scored 1,420 on his SAT. "I met with an administrator in the honors college, and the dean of their liberal arts college. So I know the whole school."

Penn State coach Joe Paterno plans to visit Catonsville on Jan. 22, Wilson said.

"He surprised everyone by choosing Penn State because he so looked forward to going to Stanford," said his mother, Stephanie Wilson. "I'm glad he made the decision. Now he can concentrate on his school work without all of the pressure."

Wilson rushed for 1,000 yards for the second straight year, using his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash to cover 1,646 yards for 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, who bench-presses more than 350 pounds, also was recruited by Duke, Florida, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Princeton, Yale and Harvard.

Splashdown time

When it comes to private school girls swimming, nothing beats the annual splashdown between Notre Dame Prep and McDonogh.

The hottest rivals in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland both bring unbeaten records into this afternoon's 3:45 p.m. dual meet at McDonogh.

The Eagles (11-0) have not beaten NDP (8-0) in a dual meet since Dec. 16, 1997. That was the only meet the Blazers have lost in six years of Catholic League and IAAM competition.

The Blazers, two-time defending IAAM champs, have won six straight private schools titles.

At last year's IAAM finals, the Blazers so dominated the field that they won eight of 11 events and scored 455 points. McDonogh finished second with 365 points. No other team even reached 200.

Unbeaten Bridget Kimmel, who swept four events in last season's IAAM title meet, Katie Hopkins and Katherine Godwin lead another strong Blazers team into today's meet.

Liz Williams and Danielle Spearman, both unbeaten this season, along with Claire Hutchinson and Michelle Freeman lead the Eagles.

Off and running

Western's sprinters turned in some of the top performances at the Montgomery Invitational Indoor Track Meet Saturday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover.

Latosha Wallace, Mariama Gondo, Alicia Williams and Midchild Carter won the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays. Wallace and Gondo combined with Ashaley Davis and Ashley West-Nesbitt to win the 4x200 relay.

Other local girl winners: Dulaney's Tenke Zoltani in the mile, Dulaney's Kelley Fanshaw in the triple jump and Maryvale's Kelly Sullivan in the 3,000 meters.

In the boys competition, Mervo had a banner day with Frankie Wright winning the long jump and triple jump, Kelley Jackson winning the shot put, and the Mustangs taking the 4x200 relay.

C. Milton Wright's Pat Bailey won the 3,000 meters and the Harford County Mustangs took the 4x800 relay.

Ducks swim with Lakers

Top-ranked Douglass rolls into tonight's non-divisional Baltimore City game at No. 7 Lake Clifton (9-4) with an 11-0 record, but is facing its toughest test since gaining the school's first ever No. 1 ranking.

Scoring chief Tyler Smith of Douglass comes off an 88-52 victory over Edmondson, during which he scored 35 points and had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Douglass coach Rodney Coffield (1980) and Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried (1984) are both Dunbar graduates who were coached by Bob Wade, so expect the rivalry to ensure plenty of intensity between the two teams.

Arrive early, because the gym should reach capacity fairly quickly before the projected 5 p.m. start.

Liggett to return

Catonsville forward Ashley Liggett had been having a banner season until last Monday, when she rolled an ankle in practice. The injury sidelined the senior all week, but she should return for tomorrow night's game at Lansdowne.

A second-team All-Baltimore City/County selection last season, the 5-8 Liggett led the No. 7 Comets in all of their big victories this season, including a 63-57 win over Woodlawn that kept them unbeaten in Baltimore County play. She averages 14.8 points and nearly eight rebounds.

Against the Warriors, Liggett scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In the title game of the Comet Classic the week after Christmas, she scored a game-high 20 points in a 53-45 loss to then-No. 3 Seton Keough.

"She's really playing well and she's doing it not only by scoring but by rebounding too," said Comets coach Mike Mohler. "But her biggest asset to us is the strength of her passing. She can throw the ball three-fourths of the length of the floor, and that makes it difficult for teams to press you."

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