New Patterson wrestling coach revels with his champ

Towson Catholic sisters break track marks in Va.


High Schools

April 08, 2005|By Lem Satterfield and Edward Lee | Lem Satterfield and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

When Chris Stalker was hired last fall as Patterson's assistant football coach, the New York native had no clue he would lead wrestler Deshawn Barrett through one of Baltimore City's greatest success stories.

"I knew Chris wrestled in high school, but he didn't know I wanted him for that," said Roger Wrenn, Patterson's longtime football coach and athletic director. "I asked him to [coach] halfway through football season. He accepted, not knowing I already had him in mind."

Last weekend, Stalker ended his first head-coaching season in any sport by guiding Barrett to his 44th straight win and the 215-pound title in the National Coaches' Association Wrestling Tournament in Cleveland. A state 4A-3A champion and The Sun's All-Metro Wrestler of The Year, Barrett (42-0, 34 pins) raised his two-year record to 73-2 with 62 pins.

"It's magical. Everyone's calling, congratulating me. It's still sinking in," said Stalker, 23, The Sun's city wrestling Coach of The Year. "Deshawn's a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. He was all business - trained like a warrior. I'm just grateful I had the opportunity."

Unranked nationally at the season's outset, Barrett topped a field that included all of Amateur Wrestling News' top 10-rated 215-pounders. He will be part of a forthcoming edition of Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd.

A second-team All-Metro football tight end, the 6-foot-3 Barrett "has 30 scholarship offers for football and wrestling," said Wrenn, who calls Barrett "the best of all the tight ends we've ever had." Those include 1979 Patterson graduate Anthony Jones, who later played for the Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.

Track records fall

Meet records fell at the hands - actually, the more appropriate term would be feet - of sisters Rokesha and Devon Williams of Towson Catholic at the Northern Virginia Invitational at Oakton High School in Vienna, Va., last Saturday.

Rokesha Williams, a senior and three-time All-Metro selection in outdoor and indoor track, won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 44.64 seconds, eclipsing the meet record of 45.54 seconds established last year by Katie Rogus, of Good Counsel in Wheaton.

Devon Williams, a sophomore and two-time All-Metro Performer of the Year in indoor track, captured the 400 in 55.99 seconds, shattering the previous record of 58.4 seconds set in 2001 by Shehara Chitty, of Robinson High in Fairfax, Va.

Not to be outdone, Mount de Sales senior Ashley Duckett wrote her name in the record books by claiming the 100 high hurdles in 14.74 seconds. That mark nipped the record of 14.8 seconds established in 2001 by Alesia Hovatter, now at UMBC.

Woodlawn freshman Tyshia Oliver took the 200 in 26.99 seconds and was a runner-up to Devon Williams in the 400 (1:01.05).

A Dulaney foursome - seniors Armon Emdad and Peter Spencer, junior Matthew Bond and sophomore Vince Walsh - won the 3,200 relay in 8:35.53.

Woodlawn junior Justin Payne placed third in the 400 (53.06 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (24.03 seconds). His teammate, sophomore Dwight Parker, was fifth in the 3,200 (9:58.69) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:36.70).

At the Seahawk Invitational at South River last Saturday, Perry Hall senior Jesse Jaeger finished second in the 1,600 (4:43). His teammate, junior Megan DiGregorio, was a runner-up in the 800 (2:39).

Good day for a swim

Mount de Sales' girls lacrosse team had to reschedule last Saturday's Friendship Tournament, because there was so much rain that ducks were swimming on the Sailors' field.

Athletic director Gene Williams said the tournament will be rescheduled for April 16, likely with two other teams - Liberty and South River.

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