Curley gives track coach 2nd straight MIAA title

Girls tennis champs make up for losses


May 23, 2007|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporters

Archbishop Curley's track and field team members promised their coach, Gene Hoffman, that they'd win their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title in his honor.

Two weeks ago, the Friars kept their word.

Unranked in The Sun upon entering the event, the Friars scored 109 points, leaving behind teams such as then-No. 2 Gilman, then-No. 3 Loyola, McDonogh, Mount St. Joseph and Calvert Hall.

It was the second straight year the Friars won the MIAA's Gene Hoffman Trophy.

"Last year, the track coaches in the MIAA voted to name the championship meet trophy after me," said Hoffman, who praised his four assistants, Curley alumni Tony Diem, Adam Siripoonsup, Brandon Dantoni and Dave Lumsden.

"This is the second year for it, and we have won it both years," Hoffman added. "My athletes have assured me they plan to keep on winning it. I would like to think that will be true."

MIAA titlists for Curley were Basile Nkere (discus) and Eric Franklin (110 high hurdles). Runners-up were Steve Waldt (pole vault); Oumar Ballo (triple jump); the 400-meter relay team of Tyler Cuomo, Ryan Hemphill, Kevin Franklin and Ray Ridgeway; and the 800 relay squad of Franklin, George Chambers, Malcolm Jones and Cuomo (in order).

Among this season's highlights for the Friars are a first-place finish in the 400-meter relay at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.; a number of event titles at the Jack McDonald Invitational at Towson University; a discus relay crown at the Annapolis Invitational; and a team championship from among 19 entries at the Lock Haven University Bald Eagle Invitational.

Hoffman's 33 years of coaching includes "pulling double duty when, for five years, I was at Essex Community College as its indoor coach," he said. "I also for the last 19 summers have either coached the Baltimore Ed Waters Track Club or the Freddie Hendricks Track Club."

In all, Hoffman has coached 28 Maryland Scholastic Association or MIAA team champions at Curley in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

Bouncing back

The girls tennis champions in Baltimore County and Baltimore City rebounded from losing in the finals last year to taking the titles this spring.

Hereford's Katherine Charchalis defeated defending champion Lolita Kachay of Pikesville to take the county championship, and Western's Shatera Kimbrough defeated City's Lily Friedman, 6-2, 6-2, to take the city crown.

In the county, Charchalis (19-1) won a 2 1/2 -hour, 3-6, 6-3, 5-1 match from which Kachay retired. The title victory avenged a regular-season 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kachay, a sophomore, a week earlier.

Charchalis went on to defeat Julianna Biondo of Carver A&T, 6-2, 6-1, in the District VI regional final to make this weekend's state tournament at the University of Maryland. A tournament tennis player, the junior is ranked No. 9 in Maryland girls 16-and-under singles.

Kimbrough, a senior, went unbeaten through the city league this spring, and her victories included two over boys, because the all-girl Doves team plays in the city's coed league.

An All-City volleyball player bound for Gettysburg, Kimbrough hasn't spent a lot of time on her tennis game, but she attended Claude England's weeklong tennis camp at Chestnut Ridge last summer.

"She's a talented athlete, and she brings that to the game. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for with her athleticism and her smarts," Doves coach Shirley Williams said.

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