Edgewood grad Worthington nears second 1,000 for Liberty

Lawrence Worthington (Edgewood) is on the verge of completing his second straight highly productive football season for Liberty University (7-2).

With two games left, Worthington needs 164 yards for his second straight 1,000-yard season and 54 to move into third place on Liberty's all-time list. Entering today's game against Georgia Southern, he is tied for seventh among NCAA Division I-AA scorers with a 10.0-point average.


* Kelvin Stevens (Hammond) caught nine passes in Shepherd's 40-10 loss to Glenville, one for a touchdown, tying the school single-season record of nine. His 56 catches rank as the second highest for one season in school history.

* Wesley's Brandon Steinheim (Chesapeake) was named ECAC South Region Co-Offensive Player of the Week after topping 100 yards for the ninth straight week with 147 in a 52-28 win over Alfred. The junior tailback also scored three times, setting a school record for touchdowns (18) in one season. Teammate Nate Casella (Wilde Lake) is tied for the team lead in sacks (nine) and is second in tackles (90).



Senior Reed Cordish (Gilman) became Princeton's first Rolex Eastern Intercollegiate Championships winner in the 17-year history of the event with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Virginia Tech's Aaron Marchetti. He thereby qualified for the indoor nationals Feb. 8-11.

Cross country

Jennifer Howard (Fallston) was sixth, one of four Wisconsin runners in the top seven, as the Badgers women won their first Big Ten title since 1991.

* Jennifer Meyers (Liberty) was York's Athlete of the Week after a fourth in the Cabrini Invitational that boosted the Spartans to second. . . . Krissy Jost (Perry Hall) was ninth to help Villanova finish runner-up to Providence in the Big East Championships. . . . A ninth by Mike Mamo (Milford Mill) helped Lubbock Christian capture its invitational. . . . Still another ninth, by Pat Rodrigues (Centennial), spurred William and Mary to the Colonial Athletic Association championship. . . . Kristen Nicolini (Annapolis) was seventh as Auburn finished second to Arkansas in the Southeast Conference Championships. . . . Freshman Renee Leach (Mount de Sales) was fifth to help the Lynchburg women capture their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference title since 1986.


New Hampshire College freshman Orlando Ranson (St. Frances), expected to challenge for the starting point guard job, was voted New England Collegiate Conference preseason Rookie of the Year. Ranson averaged 18.0 points in the last of his three years at St. Frances, then transferred to Winchendon (Mass.) High, where he led the team to the New England prep school championship game.

* As Newbury tries to repeat its third-place finish in last season's National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament, it will rely on freshman Ernie Evans (Southwestern) and returnee Shannon Fair (Carver), a guard who averaged 7.3 points and was second on the team with 114 assists and third in steals with 58.



Sophomore Kevin Morgan (Fallston), York's leading scorer with eight goals, was named the team's MVP. . . . In the second season of soccer as a varsity sport at Susquehanna, sophomore Christina Williamson (Mercy) had two goals and two assists in 14 games. . . . Lynchburg's Jennifer Bures (St. Mary's) was seventh among Old Dominion Athletic Conference goalies with an 81.6 saves percentage.


Entering today's wrestling opener at Georgia State, sophomore Chip Cochran (Annapolis) has the edge in James Madison's 142-pound class after going 13-7 in three classes as a freshman. . . . Sophomore Jen Conner (Severna Park) almost single-handedly won the fourth game of American's volleyball decision over Loyola, registering 10 kills.