Towson's Vinson named to Kodak I-AA 1st team


For Towson State senior running back Tony Vinson, the awards just keep coming.

Two weeks after earning Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team recognition, Vinson has been named to the Kodak All-American Division I-AA team.

Vinson closed out a record-setting career last month with a five-touchdown, 327-yard performance against Morgan State to set the single-season rushing record with 2,016 yards and lead Towson State to an 8-2 finish.

During his two years with the Tigers, he set 14 other school records and 10 other Division I-AA records. In 18 games for Towson State, Vinson had 15 100-yard games, six 200-yard games, and he finished his career with two consecutive 300-yard games.

Vinson, who has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 22 in Mobile, Ala., is also in contention for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the nation's top Division I-AA player. David Meggett, the Towson State alum who is now an All-Pro running back/kick returner for the New York Giants, won that award in 1988.

Winning potential

It's safe for Goucher College's men's basketball team to start dreaming about the first winning season in its fourth year of existence.

The Gophers, off to a 4-2 start -- their best -- made that statement last week with a surprising 87-73 victory over Johns Hopkins. That's right, the Hopkins team that had been ranked in the Top 10 in several preseason Division III polls.

"It was our first home game, and the kids really wanted to validate themselves as a team. By halftime, we realized that we could play with them," Goucher coach Leonard Trevino said.

The Gophers went on a 15-2 run to take an early lead, watched Johns Hopkins come back to take a one-point lead on the first basket of the second half, then ran off 19 unanswered points to stun the Blue Jays. Junior guard David Clark (Catonsville) scored a game-high 27 points.

The Gophers then took on Bloomsburg (Pa.), a Division II school, and led for most of the way before fading down the stretch in an 89-74 loss.

Clark and Gerard Garlic, another junior guard, have been catalysts. Clark is averaging 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Garlic is averaging 14.0 points and 3.9 steals.

But a key difference has been the versatile play of 6-foot-7 freshman forward Predrag Durkovic, a native of Croatia. He is averaging 13.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, and he has dazzled opponents with his outside shooting. Durkovic is 10-for-15 from three-point range. He hit three threes against Johns Hopkins.

"In basketball, one cog makes a big difference, and he [Durkovic] is what we've been missing," Trevino said. "We've always been good defensively. Now, we've really opened up on offense."

The Stoffey file

Patty Stoffey, the junior forward who is the fourth-leading scorer in the history of Loyola women's basketball, is off to a terrific start. She is averaging 26.3 points in four games for the Greyhounds (0-4).

At last weekend's Vanderbilt MCI Classic, she scored 57 points in losses to Purdue and Pittsburgh. After scoring 25 against Purdue, the nation's 22nd-ranked team, Stoffey came back with 32 in the consolation game against Pitt. In 60 games at Loyola, Stoffey has scored at least 20 points 26 times.

Record jump

Mount St. Mary's sophomore Annette Fitz opened her indoor track and field season in style. Last week at Navy, she shattered her long jump record with a jump of 19 feet, 6 1/4 inches. That qualifies her for the ECAC championships. Her old record was 19-1. She is the first person in Mountaineers history to jump more than 19 feet.

Soccer stars

UMBC had never had a men's soccer player named to the All South Atlantic Region first team. Now the Retrievers have two -- senior Bobby Wagner and sophomore J. J. Kremer.

Wagner, a fullback, finished his career third on the school's all-time scoring list with 77 points (31 goals, 15 assists). Kremer, a midfielder, led the Retrievers with 13 goals and 10 assists. Wagner and Kremer also were selected to the Big South first team.

UMBC player ineligible

The NCAA has declared UMBC sophomore forward Vladimir Milosevic academically ineligible for the 1993-94 year.

Milosevic received the required Scholastic Assessment Test score when he took a nonstandard (untimed) test at Milford (Conn.) Academy last spring. But the NCAA ruled that "a lack of proficiency in English does not constitute a learning disability or handicap that would qualify a student to use a nonstandard administration of the SAT to fulfill initial eligibility requirements."

Milosevic will be allowed to retake the SAT test next month. Should his eligibility be restored, the 6-9 native of Croatia will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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