With 1 year left, Rekart to walk away

Randallstown's Stukes standing out at Georgia

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December 30, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kim Rekart is ready to do what few college athletes can bring themselves to do these days.

The former Mount Hebron standout will walk away from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., with one year of eligibility remaining as a top Division II soccer goalkeeper.

"It's time to move on," said Rekart, who has a 3.86 grade-point average and will graduate in May with a computer information systems/finance double major. "I'm done with my undergraduate work. I obviously gave what was required of me [to the soccer program], and I always enjoyed [it]."

Said Bryant coach Chris Flint: "I think that at some point you have to make a decision as to whether you want to go through all the conditioning and training that's required to play that next year. She's one of three seniors this year, and they've been through a lot. I don't know that she wanted to come back and be that fifth-year senior all by herself."

Rekart, 5 feet 8, didn't play her sophomore season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, which occurred during an indoor pickup game.

"The year that I took off was probably one of the best things that could happen to a young athlete," Rekart said. "I got to sit on the sidelines and kind of be a coach and learn all my players and all the other teams. I became a better player because I got a better understanding of the game."

That season was listed as a redshirt year, and members of the coaching staff tried to persuade Rekart to stay around for a fifth year to complete her eligibility.

"I got some grief [from coaches]," Rekart said. "We've been discussing it ever since I [was injured]."

Rekart proved to be a catalyst for a program that had gone 10 years without winning more than three games. As a freshman, Rekart led Bryant to an NCAA tournament berth with a 13-8 record.

The knee injury wiped out her sophomore year before she led the Bulldogs to 14-5-2 and 13-5-2 records her last two seasons, the best two records in school history.

Rekart established all the school career goalkeeping records, including goals-against average (1.12), wins (37) and shutouts (17).

But the one accomplishment that Rekart said "verified everything" was her selection to the Verizon CoSIDA Academic District I first team.

Stukes leads Georgia

Sophomore Georgia guard Levi Stukes (Randallstown) is leading the Southeastern Conference team in scoring with a 16.9 average after he scored a team-high 23 points Tuesday night in a 100-69 win over Savannah State.

Stukes, 6-1, is also averaging 3.8 rebounds and shooting 40.7 percent from the field, but he has been beset by 22 turnovers compared with 10 assists for the 6-3 Bulldogs.

Scott helps Tar Heels

Senior guard Melvin Scott (Southern-Baltimore) is averaging 5.4 points in a little more than 15 minutes a game for No. 4 North Carolina (10-1).

Et cetera

Senior volleyball middle hitter Kelli McKee-Hurley (Mercy) finished third in Alvernia College (Pa.) history in kills (585), blocks (239), and aces (108). She helped lead the Crusaders to a 24-5 record this season and was chosen to the All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference first team. ... Four former Chapelgate basketball players - Donna Geiger (Lebanon Valley), Christi Groves (Messiah), Heather Landis (Rider) and Erica Lynott (Bridgewater) - are reserves on their college women's teams.

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