Honors due all-around performers


Attention student-athletes who go beyond the academic requirements to play.

Each year we look for those players who excel in the classroom while participating in at least one varsity sport, and the application for our 13th Academic-Athletic Team soon will be running on these pages.

We're looking for student-athletes who are involved in not only sports, but school activities and the community. Those selected won't necessarily be All-County-type athletes, although some have been, but rather more well-rounded youths.

Ten boys and 10 girls will be chosen as the county's top student-athletes from among those who apply for the team. All high school students who reside in the county are eligible.

The final team will be featured here in June, so if you earn good grades while playing sports, make applying a priority.

Home opener No. 28 for Lentz

After a rough fall and winter battling cancer, coach Harry Lentz is expected to be in the dugout at 3:45 p.m. today at Northeast for his 28th home opener as head coach of the Eagles. Bel Air (0-2) of Harford County will provide the opposition.

The dedication to Northeast baseball and the coaching profession displayed by Lentz should be an inspiration to not only the Eagles but everyone throughout the county. Lentz loves the game and the players, and it's for those reasons he is out there this spring while many others would not be.

Lentz won't be in his familiar third-base coaching box, but his presence in the dugout will be felt.

Stick highlights

How about the total game by Chesapeake's Laura Hemmings in the Cougars' 17-3 season-opening romp over Archbishop Spalding in girls lacrosse Friday? Hemmings had five goals and assisted on four.

* Severna Park's boys lacrosse team made it a winning debut for coach Greg Manley with a 7-3 victory over Queen Anne's. Baltimore Sun All-County football center Matt Hart, a senior attackman, scored five goals to lead the Falcons.

Indoor excellence

Old Mill's indoor track team won the county championship while also scoring big in the classroom. Ten of the Patriots had weighted grade-point averages of 4.0 or better to receive Scholar-Athlete Awards from the school, and another 17 qualified for the Minds in Motion Certificates with GPAs of 3.25 or better.

The elite 10 featured seniors Ron Chapman, Meghan Emery, Martise Moore, Eric Voss and Kristin Wimbrow; juniors Amy Kulesza and Carina Sonberg; sophomore Jessica Cohen, and freshmen Ryan Boetig and Kelly Voss.

Patriot Minds in Motion athletes were seniors Erica Davis, J.D. Lester and Chris Long; juniors Natalie Durrett, Sara Kirby, Sara Kurzontkowski and Richard Queen; sophomores Renita Collins, Sorya Dada, Jennifer Davis, John Hoyt, Rene Johnson, Michael Rafferty and Brian Zeigler, and freshmen Mark Hlavinka, Sonya Kim and Anthony Snukis.

Another seven Patriots had GPAs of 3.0.

Recruiting department

Severna Park's outstanding senior outfield duo of Steve Neuberger and Matt Griswold may be headed south. Neuberger, an All-Metro outfielder as a junior, is leaning toward Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, while Griswold is considering Radford (Va.), East Tennessee State and James Madison.

The University of Maryland has landed North County pitcher Mike Wooden and Arundel shortstop Casey Trout.

Coaches' clinic

A free clinic for coaches sponsored by the Youth Baseball Association of Anne Arundel County is set for April 8 at Annapolis High. Broadneck coach Mark Stover and his staff will conduct the clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information, call Mike Prokopchak (410) 798-5952.

Early bird

A men's Class C and D slo-pitch World Series qualifier sanctioned by the National Softball Association will be conducted April 8-9 at the Randazzo Softball Complex. For information, call ASA Regional Director Tom O'Hara at (410) 437-4360.

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