Twelve straight losses after the holiday break left the final record at 3-18, but no one is complaining about the first men's basketball team to represent Goucher College in the NCAA.
Goucher accepted its first male students in 1986, and gradually has added various athletic teams for the men. This winter it took the plunge in basketball, and coach Leonard Trevino was pleased with the results.
"The school fielded a club team last year, but none of those players were around this year," said Trevino, a native of San Antonio who before this year was an assistant at the University of South Dakota. "Considering we played nothing but freshmen and a couple of junior college transfers, I'm excited about the way things went.
"It was trying at times, and we struggled. Every time we went to a gym, it was a new experience for the kids, and I couldn't really help, because it was new for me, too. The season gave us a sense of where we need to go, what we need to do."
The home opener was a 68-point loss, but the Gophers won three of four before the holiday break. Leading scorer Corey Garner, a guard from Deerfield Beach, Fla., injured a shoulder, however, and Goucher floundered the rest of the way without his 20.4 points a game. Robert Zmarzly, a 6-foot-6 freshman out of Archbishop Spalding, averaged 15 points and 9.4 rebounds.
A new, $7 million sports and recreation center will be dedicated March 2. That and the chance to make history are part of Trevino's recruiting spiel.
The Goucher women, meanwhile, had a splendid season for Katy Grenewalt, another first-year coach, going 11-10 for their first winning mark in 47 years. Jennifer Kammueller, a senior forward from St. Paul, Minn., finished her career with 1,015 points and 825 rebounds. Renie Amoss, a sophomore guard from Chadds Ford, Pa., already has 1,071 career points.
* Nick Zoulias was another first-year basketball coach who had a successful winter.
His Western Maryland men finished 12-12, the first time in five years they didn't have a losing season. A senior class that under-achieved through a 5-19 season in 1989-90 performed considerably better.
Forward Mike Sherlock averaged a team-high 14.5 points. Ed Krusinski, a guard from Middletown, finished his career with 1,045 points, and backcourt partner Eric Watkinson, who's from Parkville, upped his average to 10.1. Towson's Eric Miller and Mount St. Joseph's Rob Howell also made contributions.
* Several conferences will be conducting indoor track and field championships this weekend.
The Atlantic Coast Conference meet will be held at Johnson City, Tenn. One of the top marks recorded by the Maryland women thus far came from Dana Colligan, a Centennial High graduate who has dipped to 2:12.23 in the 800 meters. Delaware is the site for the East Coast Conference meet, and UMBC has one of the top pole vaulters. Jeff Rajaski, a junior, topped 15 feet, 6 inches when he was at Southern Illinois.
Navy will be part of the Heptagonals field at Cornell.
* Ron "Fang" Mitchell said he'll be on the bench when Coppin State plays UMES at the Wicomico Civic Center Saturday.
Mitchell had a benign tumor removed from his back eight days ago, and he was discharged from Union Memorial Hospital Sunday. He briefly considered traveling with the Eagles to last night's one-point loss at North Carolina A&T.;
"I didn't realize how much pain I was going to be in," Mitchell said.