CND's do-everything Poppleton keeps her form in face of storm

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Colleges

February 20, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It was Monday morning in Camp Hill, Pa., and one of the worst snowstorms in recent history was threatening to leave College of Notre Dame point guard Amanda Poppleton marooned at her home near Harrisburg.

Poppleton, a 5-foot-6 senior, is one of the most gifted basketball players in Division III, and she had to somehow get back to Baltimore the next morning for a scheduled trip that day to Lancaster Bible for a 7 p.m. game.

The Gators would be lost without the leadership of a player who soared off the charts Jan. 15 against Hood, when she became the first D-III women's player this season to record a quadruple double (14 points, 12 assists, 12 steals and 10 rebounds).

Poppleton has averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 steals for College of Notre Dame (14-9 overall, 11-1 in the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference).

So what did she do?

The same thing she has done on the basketball court for four years.

She stayed cool.

Poppleton simply discussed the situation, and later discovered there was no need to panic because the game had been postponed.

Now, that's the attitude befitting a true point guard.

"I love to play the point," she said. "I like to see everything on the court, love reading defenses and passing the ball to an open teammate for a basket. There is no question that passing is my favorite part of the game."

Poppleton leads the country in assists and is second in steals, and has 548 assists and 534 steals in her career. She is only the second player in D-III women's history to total more than 500 assists and 500 steals.

Army calls up Falcom

Kareem Falcom's visions of a return trip to the Division III softball World Series with Salisbury have ended.

The senior outfielder from Chesapeake High in Anne Arundel County has been called to active duty by her Army Reserves unit, and will be reporting to Fort Dix in New Jersey next week for an expected six-month deployment overseas.

Falcom was the starting left fielder on last year's Sea Gulls team that finished 40-11 and took fifth place in the World Series. She hit .398, led the team with five home runs and had 10 doubles and 32 RBIs.

Salisbury is ranked seventh in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll, with eight starters returning, including two-time All-America third baseman Lisa Gentilella and third-team All-America pitcher Katie Mullinix.

`Face in the Crowd'

Johns Hopkins senior swimmer Scott Armstrong was honored last week in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section for breaking the NCAA Division III 1,650-yard freestyle record by more than five seconds at the Miami Invitational.

Armstrong was timed in 15 minutes, 20.62 seconds.

At the same meet, he captured the 400 individual medley in a Hopkins school-record time of 3:58.31, and took the 500 freestyle in 4:27.52.

It's official at Bowie

This season's Bowie State men's basketball team (21-3) is officially the best squad in school history.

The Bulldogs established the school record for wins (21) last week before the big snowstorm hit the Baltimore area, beating winless Columbia Union, 85-77, on Seniors Night at the school.

Bowie was scheduled to continue pursuit of first place in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's East Division Saturday night and Tuesday night, with road games against St. Paul's and Elizabeth City, but those games were postponed by the storm.

Campion's count

Salisbury senior women's basketball guard Amy Campion continues to dominate the Capital Athletic Conference, leading the league in scoring (24.8), rebounding (10.3), assists (5.4), steals (4.9) and free-throw shooting (78.6 percent).

She is second in the CAC in three-pointers made (47), and came within two points of her career high last Saturday night when she scored 33 points in a come-from-behind 77-68 victory over Goucher.

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