Edwards is making his mark in NEC

Lake Clifton grad ranks in top 10 in 5 categories



January 23, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Corsley Edwards spends his summers working out at UMBC and his winters trying to beat up on the Retrievers in basketball for Central Connecticut State.

Saturday afternoon in New Britain, Conn., the 6-foot-9, 275-pound giant from Lake Clifton powered his way to 20 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of a 76-58 romp over the Retrievers.

On that same floor in New Britain last year, Edwards struck for a career-high 36 points against his hometown foes. Edwards and the Blue Devils are 6-4 against UMBC during his collegiate career.

"I love to go over to UMBC during the summer and play against the guys," he said yesterday before practice in New Britain. "They did knock us out of the Northeast Conference tournament last year, but I think we've got a good shot to win that tournament this year and go back to the NCAAs like we did two years ago."

Edwards said his biggest thrill in basketball was that trip to the NCAA tournament, where Central Connecticut lost to Iowa State. He said his father, also named Corsley, helped make him a complete player by stressing the importance of working on a different aspect of the game every year.

Edwards is ranked in the top 10 in the Northeast Conference in five categories - scoring (fifth at 18.0), rebounding (third at 9.4), blocks (third at 1.5), field-goal percentage (ninth at .498) and free-throw percentage (10th at .750).

Edwards is about to leave some gigantic footprints all over the conference record book. He has passed Rik Smits (Marist and Indiana Pacers) on the all-time rebounding chart. Edwards has a good chance to become the first player in conference history to score 1,500 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He has 1,526 points.

If he continues his current pace of 9.4 a game, he could seriously challenge Long Island University's Carey Scurry for the NEC's all-time rebounding lead. Scurry (1982-1985) has 1,013 career rebounds; Edwards is sixth at 839.

Olkowski boosts Penn State

Senior Ryan Olkowski (Calvert Hall) has been called the most valuable player on the Penn State indoor and outdoor track teams for his versatility.

He ranks in the school's top eight all time indoors in the 200-meter dash (third), high jump (second) and long jump (eighth), and is in the outdoors record book several times.

Olkowski, who was also a basketball standout at Calvert Hall, is off to a fast start indoors this season. He won the long jump (7.39 meters) Saturday in the Indiana University Tri-Meet in Bloomington, helping the Nittany Lions finish second (104.5) to Indiana (132.5).

Olkowski had one of three first-place finishes for Penn State.

Two weekends ago, Olkowski played a major role as the Nittany Lions dominated the U.S. Coaches Series meet at Penn State. He won the high jump with an NCAA qualifying leap of 7-1, and he took the long jump with a mark of 23-6 3/4 .

Drumgold comes home

Freshman Lillian Drumgold (Western) and her North Carolina-Wilmington women's basketball team came to the Towson Center Sunday afternoon and romped to a 66-40 victory over Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Drumgold, a 5-10 forward who was a first-team All-Metro selection last season, scored her first basket of the season against the Tigers in an 11-minute stint.

Drumgold hit one of three from the field and had two turnovers. She has played a total of 18 minutes in seven games this season for the 9-7 Seahawks, scoring three points and contributing one assist.

Launse is all-around

Junior Heather Launse (Severna Park) competed in all four events for the first time in her gymnastics career at the University of Pittsburgh two weeks ago, compiling a 37.75 score for first place in a dual-meet victory over Rhode Island.

Launse came back last weekend to gain a fifth-place tie in floor exercise (9.775 points) in a tri-meet that was won by defending East Athletic Gymnastics League champion West Virginia.

Launse finished behind four West Virginia gymnasts.

Et cetera

Freshman Conor Byrne (Calvert Hall) is the top 141-pound wrestler for Boston College. Byrne took second place at 125 last season in the Maryland Independent Athletic Association championships. He was student body president at Calvert Hall.

Kiara Adams (Westminster) took first place in the shot put for Rutgers with a toss of 45-5 3/4 last weekend in the Fordham/St. John's Invitational indoor meet. Adams is a sophomore.

Romas Krywonis is averaging 19.8 minutes, 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for The Citadel. He's a 6-7 junior forward from Dulaney. The Bulldogs are 13-5 under Baltimore native Pat Dennis.

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