Spalding sophomore driven to succeed on golf course

Notebook

April 09, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Kaitlyn Rohrback is the No. 1 golfer on the Archbishop Spalding golf team, and she further distinguished herself last week in two matches at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park.

Rohrback, a sophomore, won the maximum three points with a 2-under-par 34 against Gilman on April 1. She followed that with 2 1/2 points by shooting a 40 in rainy conditions Thursday in the Cavaliers' first win ever over Mount St. Joseph.

"Kaitlyn is going to be a Division I player," Spalding's coach Pete VanZant said. "The [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] does not have boys and girls teams, just a golf team for each school, and very few females have ever played with the boys. Kaitlyn wants to play on the men's white tees to prepare her for college."

A former state amateur champion in the girls division, Rohrback played last summer with the Maryland women's team in USGA national competition.

St. Mary's girls lacrosse -- Injuries have inspired St. Mary's All-Metro midfielder Caroline Cochran to study nursing in college. Cochran plans to take up the profession at the University of Virginia, where she has accepted a lacrosse scholarship. "I've had [anterior cruciate ligament] surgery and a bunch of different injuries and been in physical therapy," said Cochran, who has a 3.9 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "Being in physical therapy so many times, medicine really started to interest me. So, I thought if I could help people, then, I wanted to do it. And I like science, and I'm in anatomy physiology right now, and I love that."

Tennis -- The season is under way and a trio of familiar names are trying for repeat Anne Arundel County championships: Broadneck's Michelle Jordan and Arundel sisters Amy and Jenny Olson. Jordan is after her third consecutive county singles title and fourth straight state tournament appearance. The Olsons look to repeat as the county's girls doubles champs under new coach Wes Baker and assistant Krista Swetz. Amy, a senior, and Jenny, a junior, took an 11-0 record into last year's county tournament.

Quick hits -- Severna Park senior shortstop Cory Jensen has committed to play baseball at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. ... Junior Lauren Gibson, last season's Metro Player of the Year and pitcher for Chesapeake's top-ranked softball team, started this week with a .500 batting average and a 4-0 pitching record for the 6-0 Cougars. ... The 10th and final Pop Trot (5K run and 1 mile fun walk) in honor of late Northeast and Chesapeake baseball coach Dave "Pop" Warner is set for 9 a.m. on May 10 at Downs Memorial Park in Pasadena. To pre-register or for more information, contact wendy_warner@hotmail.com or call 410-437-3981 or 410-207-9502. The third annual Bay Hoops summer basketball camps for boys of all skill levels, ages 7-16, are set for June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 14-18 at Old Mill Middle School. The camps are run by Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick and Greater Glen Burnie youth coach Wiley Baker. For more information, call 410-760-9453 or go online at CoachGlick.com.

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