Seton Keough's Walsh plays leading basketball role for Colby



January 29, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Sarah Walsh was once described as a role player before she headed to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, to play basketball.

Certainly, the 6-foot-1 senior from Seton Keough must be playing the leading role for Colby.

"There is no doubt that Sarah will go down as one of the top players ever here," said Colby coach Patricia O'Brien. "I've never had a player in my 12 years of coaching who was such a dominate player inside who had the instincts, quickness and work ethic to go outside and defend so well. And I've never had a player play as hard in practice against the second team as she does against the top teams we play."

Walsh is likely to become the first Colby women's player to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. She already has 1,241 points and needs only 97 rebounds to reach 1,000.

Walsh has at least 10 games left in her career and is averaging a team-high 11.5 rebounds. She also leads the team in scoring (18.5 points a game) and steals (2.7 a game).

Making Walsh's record-setting more enticing is that Colby is 11-4 and could gain the school's first NCAA Division III tournament berth out of the tough New England Small College Athletic Conference.

"It's been said that our league is the toughest D-III conference in the country," said Walsh, who is easily the league's top scorer and rebounder. "My high school coach [Jim Stromberg] said I was a role player. My job was to rebound. I never looked at rebounding as being that hard. It was just a matter of who wanted it most."

Walsh is already the school's all-time steals leader with 215. The career rebound mark of 956 is expected to fall next. And, Walsh is fourth on the all-time scoring chart and figures to be No. 3 before departing.

Stretch run

Tennessee senior swimmer Nicole Brannock (Mount Hebron) concluded her home-meet career Saturday against the nation's No. 3 team, Georgia, finishing second on Seniors Day in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 24.10 seconds.

Brannock also was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley.

The No. 24 Volunteers (4-3 overall, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) lost to Georgia, 142-99, and will close their dual-meet schedule Saturday at No. 2 Florida. Brannock then will prepare for the SEC championships Feb. 19-22 at Auburn.

Sauer sparkles

Freshman Beth Sauer (McDonogh) captured the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races last week, as the Washington and Lee women's swim team defeated the University of The South, 126.5 to 114.5.

It was the first victory for the Generals (8-3) over the Tigers in the past eight meetings.

Sauer's time of 1:14.17 in the 100 breaststroke was a team best this season, and her clocking of 2:38.11 in the 200 breaststroke was second best for the Generals this season.

Et cetera

Senior guard Sarah Grimes (Lansdowne) has averaged only 8.9 minutes in 13 games for Roanoke (9-5, 7-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) this season, but she has 11 steals and two blocks. The 5-8 Grimes is averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Freshman sweeper Kelly Thomas (Wilde Lake) played an important role in the Messiah College soccer team's drive to second place in the 2002 NCAA Division III tournament. She is the daughter of Jack Thomas, former Towson High and Johns Hopkins lacrosse All-American.

Senior co-captain Anne Mobley (Loch Raven) completed her Emory University soccer career with six goals and 12 assists. Mobley played a dramatic role in the team's late run (6-1-1) to the round of 32 in the NCAA Division III tournament, switching from midfield to defense and leading a defensive charge that allowed just two goals in seven games as opposed to nine in the previous 11.

Penn State freshman Mike Marley (Mount St. Joseph) scored one goal Friday in a 4-1 ice hockey victory over Maryland.

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