Hood's change doesn't alter Romaine's drive

Frederick school adding 5 men's sports for '03-04

State notebook

January 30, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Every morning, new Hood College athletic director Gib Romaine drives through the scenic Catoctin Mountains to reach his office on the tranquil campus of the Division III school in Frederick.

The ride is so inspiring he can't wait to tackle the task of implementing a five-sport men's athletic program for this fall, even if the timetable has been moved up a year.

That's right.

Hood is going coed in September and high profile athletically, with the unveiling of the school's first men's basketball team in the 2003-04 season.

The latest all-women's college to admit residential men will also field cross country, swimming, tennis and golf teams for men during 2003-04 and expand to include men's soccer and men's lacrosse in 2004-05.

The women's eight-sport program will add cross country and golf next fall.

"This campus is so beautiful and peaceful," Romaine said. "And just to think we're located in the second biggest city in Maryland. We're out there recruiting basketball players right now."

The man most responsible for handling that recruiting will be the school's first men's basketball coach, Tom Dickman. He has won seven state championships and is closing in on 600 wins at Thomas Johnson High in Frederick. Dickman will also be the assistant athletic director at Hood.

Romaine was once a top recruiter as an assistant to former Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne.

Hex on Hopkins

The McDaniel women's basketball team has won eight straight games, including three in a row over talented Johns Hopkins.

A different player is emerging as a star in nearly every game for the Green Terror (13-3, 5-2 in the Centennial Conference) and veteran coach Becky Martin.

Sophomore guard Kelly Cramp leads the way with 12.5 points a game. She is followed by senior guard Jen Piccolomini (10.3), senior center Kris Brust (6.8), freshman guard Kristy Costa (6.4), sophomore forward Jacqueline Pundt (6.3), senior forward Stephanie McPherson (6.0), sophomore point guard Toby McIntire (5.4) and sophomore forward Brooke Weimer (5.1).

Pundt is the leading rebounder (5.7 average), and McIntire is first in assists (3.7 average) and steals (2.6 average).

Et cetera

Amy Campion has become the No. 1 scorer in the country on the Division III women's level.

The Salisbury University senior guard has a 24.1 average, thanks to five 30-plus games and 14 games of 20-plus points.

UMBC senior women's basketball guard Shalayna Johnson is at the top of the scoring charts in Northeast Conference games this season, averaging 26 points in league games after missing the first month of the season with a shoulder injury.

Bowie State's Charles Alston has been chosen to the Black College All-America football team for the second straight year.

The Towson University men's swimming team (9-3) used two first-place finishes by freshman Justin Freedman and two each from freshmen Jimmy Morris and Brian Kimble to score a 103-102 victory over Duquesne last weekend.

For the women, senior Allison Paul captured three events and sophomore Jen Irby and senior Laura Gilliam each won two to lead the Tigers (7-6) to a 119-86 victory over Duquesne. Senior Kristin Weldon won the 200 butterfly.

Jenn Bauerlein and Kristen Presutti combined for five first-place gymnastics finishes and one second Saturday as Towson defeated Rutgers, James Madison and Ursinus.

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