Starting with four seniors, Stukes is learning a lot at Ga.



March 10, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Every night Levi Stukes walks on the court for the University of Georgia, he finds himself in a perfect situation.

The 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Randallstown High has the luxury of starting with four seniors in the basketball tradition-rich Southeastern Conference.

"They [seniors] can tell me to slow down a little or don't get down," said Stukes said from Athens, Ga., yesterday as the Bulldogs prepared to head to Atlanta for the SEC tournament. "I believe we can win this tournament if we all play the way we're capable of."

The Bulldogs (15-12, 7-9) will meet Auburn tomorrow in the opening round. Georgia is seeded fifth in the East division, while Auburn is the fourth seed in the West.

Stukes, a shooting guard, will take a 9.1 scoring average into the tournament along with a .357 shooting percentage on three-pointers, which is second best on the team.

"I like shooting the threes, but like I told Coach [Dennis Felton], I'll do anything to help the team," said Stukes, who is being groomed for the starting point guard position next season.

He is also averaging 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in addition to shooting 69.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Stukes said he is not concerned about his new-found acclaim from playing on national television.

"All I care about is what my family thinks about me," he said.

Garrett in NCAAs

Senior forward LaRhonda Garrett (Dundalk) has been a driving force behind West Virginia State College's first invitation to the NCAA Division II East region women's basketball tournament.

Garrett, 5-10, averaged 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets (22-8, 14-4) won a school-record 14 games in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the team's highest league finish (third).

Garrett shot 43.8 percent overall from the field, 20.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 59.2 percent from the free-throw line.

West Virginia State is seventh seeded in the region and will meet second-seeded Glenville State on Friday at California University of Pennsylvania.

Bengel is first team

Gettysburg College sophomore forward Jen Bengel (Roland Park) has been selected to the All-Centennial Conference first-team after leading the Bullets (11-14, 8-10) in scoring with a 15.2 average and rebounding with 10.2 a game.

Bengel, 5-10, was second on the team in assists with 2.56 a game and third in steals with 1.3 a game.

Bengel recorded 13 double doubles, was third in the Centennial in rebounding, fifth in scoring in the league, eighth in free-throw shooting (73.8 percent), and 15th in assists per game.

Et cetera

Kyle Schmid (Towson) anchored the University of Delaware 3,200-meter relay team that established a school freshman indoor record of 7:58.12 while finishing fifth in the New York University Last Chance Meet.

Washington & Lee sophomore Beth Sauer (McDonogh) finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships. It was one of three top-eight finishes for Sauer, who was sixth in the 200 breaststroke and eighth in the 400 individual medley.

Freshman midfielder Laura Hostetler (River Hill) made her first collegiate lacrosse start for George Washington recently and scored the second goal of the game on a free-position shot in a 9-6 loss to Towson. Hostetler came right back in the second game of her career to score two goals and hand out one assist in a 14-7 setback to Johns Hopkins. She had three goals and two assists in those first two games, earning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors.

Bloomfield (N.J.) College freshman guard Michelle Harris (Edgewood) averaged 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 of an assist for the Deacons (14-14), who are headed for the ECAC playoffs. Bloomfield is an NCAA Division II school.

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