Shooting For More Versatility

Hereford senior Stettinius a well-rounded pentathlete who also numbers riding, running, swimming and fencing among her sports



Suzanne Stettinius has been a versatile athlete since she was about 8.

Back then, the new Hereford graduate began competing in U.S. Pony Club tetrathlons, combining riding, running, swimming and shooting. Growing up on a farm in Parkton, she had been riding almost her whole life. She liked to swim and run, and with a former Navy Seal for a father, pistol shooting wasn't a problem either.

"My dad [William Stettinius] really wanted to do it," she said. "We didn't train. We only ran 500 meters or something like that, but as I got older, I really got into it."

Since she was 12, she has finished second in her age group at the U.S. Pony Club national competition. Then she started thinking about what's next.

Stettinius added one more sport, fencing, and became a pentathlete.

She started fencing competitively about five years ago and now considers it her best event. She also joined the Bulls cross country team to increase her speed, especially since running is the final event of the competition that is held all in one day.

In her first pentathlon last August, she won the junior competition, for ages 18-21, at the Canadian nationals. That got the attention of the U.S. national team coaches, Stettinius said.

In October, she went to the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was sixth in the senior women's competition and was the second American finisher. She won her first seven fencing matches and recorded the fastest time in the 50-meter swim.

This weekend, Stettinius will head for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where she will train six days a week over the summer. She'll remain at the center while attending the University of Colorado.

"Right now my goal is to get on the world championship team, which is where the top three in the U.S. go," she said of the Senior World Championships to be held in Guatemala City in December. "After that, if I can get there, I'd like to work to get on the Olympic team and, one day, compete in the Olympics."

Rivals' connection

Two interesting side notes to the Dulaney-Severna Park boys lacrosse rivalry involve Dulaney athletic director Mike Lafferty and Lions assistant Jake Reed.

Lafferty graduated in 1969 from Severna Park, where he starred as a defenseman. Reed, a Dulaney graduate, starred as a goalie for four years at the University of Maryland under then-head coach Buddy Beardmore, who serves as an assistant at Severna Park to his son, Jimmy Beardmore.

Dulaney lost the Class 4A-3A title game, 7-4, to Severna Park last Wednesday, dropping its series lead to 4-3 since the teams' first state final four meeting in 1999. Dulaney was 4-0 in title games against Severna Park, which had beaten the Lions twice in state semifinal matchups.

Sibling rivalry

This year's Region VI tennis tournament featured a unique case of sibling rivalry in the mixed doubles final - Towson's Cheslea and Hayden White vs. Dulaney's Jackie and Joe Tamburo.

The match, won by the Whites, 6-3 in the third set, drew a lot of attention at the CCBC-Essex tennis courts last weekend.

"It was the final match of the day, and other coaches from other schools were watching. They said they wouldn't have brothers and sisters play," Towson coach Stephen Green said. "Everyone was watching, because the dynamic between brothers and sisters playing is different than two friends playing."

The Whites spent the season as the Generals' No. 1 girls and boys singles players, but Green said they asked if they could play doubles together in the regionals. Dulaney coach Sharon Spangenberg said the Tamburos wanted to play doubles together, too, after playing in the regionals last year.

"If nothing else, they know each other and that's a big part of playing doubles," Spangenberg said. "They know each others' games. Jackie really holds her own in there. She likes the challenge."

Both teams played at the state tournament last weekend, with neither making the finals.

Davis honored

Catonsville left-hander Neal Davis has been named the 2006 Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year in baseball. Davis, a senior who has committed to Virginia to play baseball, is receiving looks from professional baseball scouts and is on track to be a high-round draft pick.

Davis is the second Catonsville athlete to earn the Gatorade honor, joining Chris Wilson, who was named Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year in football in 2001.

Tewaaraton update

Attackmen Chris Boland and Travis Reed and defender Brian Farrell of Boys' Latin, midfielder Bryn Holmes of McDonogh, and midfielder Brian Carroll of Gilman were named to the Tewaaraton Foundation's Baltimore/Washington regional high school team.

St. Paul's Caity Whiteley and Lidia Sanza, McDonogh's Brittany Mallory, Notre Dame Prep's Caitlyn McFadden and Roland Park's Brittany Kalkstein were named to the girls regional team.

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