Fitzgerald enjoys the ride with Villa Julie

Alumni Report

March 08, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Anthony Fitzgerald, the senior power forward from Poly, lifted Villa Julie to new heights this season, as the Mustangs became the first men's team in school history to get an NCAA Division III tournament bid.

"I couldn't put myself into a better situation right now than I am with my team," said the 6-foot-5 Fitzgerald, whose 14.4 rebounding average leads the nation among Division III schools. "I guess it was meant for me to be here. The team has jelled so much. Not even just on the court, but off the court. In fact, we're all best friends. ... It's like a big team effort.

"It's [the tournament bid] a huge step for us. Something that wasn't there when Coach [Brett Adams] started [the program 12 years ago]. It's something we've been building and working on since I've been here for my four years."

With Fitzgerald going for 25 rebounds and 10 points, Villa Julie rolled to an 86-71 victory over Baruch in a first-round NCAA Division III tournament game on Friday night. Then on Saturday night, Fitzgerald's collegiate career ended with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-48 second-round loss to William Paterson

Fitzgerald finished his career with a team-leading 17.2 scoring average in addition to his rebounding.

"I can score," he said. "But I wanted to do something that would set me apart from others."

Faust repeats

Virginia Tech fifth-year senior Mike Faust (Gilman) captured his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight wrestling championship last weekend, scoring an overtime, riding-time victory over North Carolina's Spencer Nadolsky.

Faust was top-seeded and ranked No. 6 in the country. He automatically qualifies for the NCAA wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City on March 16-18.

Also qualifying for the NCAAs with tournament championships were Maryland sophomore Andrew Schlaffer (Dulaney), who defeated Virginia's Drew Dipasquale, 10-4, for the ACC's 149-pound title, and UNC-Greensboro senior Kevin Artis (Curley), who took the Southern Conference's 141-pound title with a 4-3 decision over top-seeded Sean Markey.

Sheridan on list

Georgia Tech senior shortstop Christine Sheridan (Archbishop Spalding) is one of 50 players in the nation who have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2006 USA Softball National Player of the Year award. Sheridan led the ACC in hitting last year with a .380 average and was a 2005 ACC Player of the Year finalist.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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