4 on way to county's Hall

Notebook

September 28, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

The Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame will induct four at its 15th annual banquet Oct. 19 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Those to be enshrined are former Duke basketball standout and current Blue Devils assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski; Eric Reid, a three-time All-America hurdler at LSU; fast-pitch softball standout Dickie Connolly and Pat Chance, Anne Arundel County's all-time winningest girls basketball coach.

The group brings the total number of inductees to 67 since the start of the county's Hall of Fame in 1991.

Wojciechowski, who has been an assistant coach at Duke since 1999 after playing professionally in Poland for a short time, parlayed an outstanding high school career at Cardinal Gibbons into a fine collegiate career with the Blue Devils.

A Severna Park native, Wojciechowski was named The Sun's Male Athlete of the Year in 1994 after being named to All-Metro teams in basketball and soccer his senior year. He led the Crusaders basketball team to the Baltimore Catholic League regular-season and tournament titles and was named Most Valuable Player in both.

After signing with Duke, Wojciechowski played in both the McDonald's and Capital Classic prep showcases before becoming a three-year starter at point guard for Duke, which went 74-26 in that span.

Wojciechowski helped Duke to a 32-4 record in his senior year as a tri-captain after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press that season.

Reid, an All-Metro selection in track and field at Annapolis, won the Maryland State state championship in the decathlon in 1983 before going on to a splendid four-year career at LSU, where he became a three-time All-American.

In 1987, Reid won the NCAA championship in the 110-meter high hurdles. Later, Reid, who set the world record in the pentathlon hurdles in 1990, reached the semifinals of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Olympic trials.

Reid also was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame this year.

After playing baseball and football at Andover in the early 1970s, Connolly began a brilliant career on the fast-pitch softball circuit.

Connolly began his career in the Double-A league with American Beer and went on to make his mark with Johnny's New and Used Cars and Carling Brewery. Considered one of the finest-fielding shortstops to ever play on the circuit, Connolly led various leagues in hitting and RBIs and was named MVP of the Maryland state tournament three times.

Connolly, who had a .350 career batting average, was inducted into the Maryland Softball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Chance, a native of Pennsville, N.J., finished a 26-year career of coaching girls basketball in 1997 with an Anne Arundel County-best 415-150 (.734) career record.

She coached at Glen Burnie before going to Old Mill, where she won her first of four state championships in 1986. Chance later became the only coach to win three consecutive Class 4A state titles (1991-1993). She led the Patriots to five regional and 11 Anne Arundel County titles.

Her three straight state championship teams were a combined 74-4 and were ranked No. 1 the last two seasons of the run. Chance was named The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 1986, 1991 and 1993.

For ticket information for the banquet, call Barbara Walter at 410-859-0151.

Et cetera

Damien Kinchen scored four touchdowns and ran for 126 yards on only 10 carries Friday to lead Annapolis (2-1) to its second straight win, 48-8 over Glen Burnie (0-3). ... Much-improved North County is now 2-1 after a 30-8 rout of visiting Northeast (0-3), as quarterback Tony Baldwin completed 13 of 20 passes for 189 yards and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Mack. The Knights were 3-7 in 2004. ... Chesapeake field hockey coach Melissa Page had lost to her alma mater, Severna Park, and her former coach, Lil Shelton, the two previous seasons by 6-0 and 5-1, respectively, before her No. 7 Cougars stunned the No. 1 Falcons, 4-3, Thursday.

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Numbers game

1 -- Touchdowns needed by Old Mill's Ryan Callahan to tie the county record for career touchdowns of 65, held by Severn's Dennard Melton (1994-1997).

2 -- Game-winning goals by Old Mill's David Engel last week, as the No. 5 Patriots (6-0) edged both No. 15 Severna Park and South River by 1-0 scores in boys soccer.

8 -- Years since Arundel beat Broadneck in football before the Wildcats' 34-13 win Friday.

55 -- Serves successfully made in 56 attempts by South River's Emily Creighton, Megan Pearson, Liz O'Dell and Paige Watson in a 3-0 volleyball victory Thursday over Old Mill.

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