Western's Smith is honored as Big East's Rookie of Year

Kimberly Smith's strong performance in Big East games paid off as she was named the conference's Rookie of the Year for women's basketball, becoming the first Georgetown player to receive that award. Smith (Western), a point guard who started the last 13 games for the Hoyas, averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 3.1 assists in 18 Big East games.



Three collegiate wrestlers with local ties qualified for next weekend's NCAA wrestling tournament by winning their conference tournament titles.

Grant Johnson (171), a former Owings Mills three-time state champ and 1993 All-Metro Wrestler of the Year, was first in the North Atlantic Conference for Boston University, as were his former Owings Mills teammate, sophomore Greg Kessler (126), and Randallstown senior Mike Jenson, the 1992 All-Metro Wrestler of the Year. Kessler and Jenson wrestle for Rider College in the Northeast Conference. Kessler, riding a 15-bout winning streak, is a former three-time state champ, and Jenson is a two-time champ.


Men's basketball

Shepherd junior forward Chris Wilson (Calvert Hall) finished the season second on the team in rebounding (6.7) and fourth in scoring (9.6). He led the team in field-goal percentage (.610) and

also recorded four double doubles.

Indoor track

Freshman Krissy Jost (Perry Hall) earned All-America honors by running the fastest 1,200-meter split (3: 24.5) in the distance medley relay, leading Villanova to a second-place finish at the Division I Championships.

Eric Gay (Towson) won the 55-meter dash at the recent Southern Conference Championships. He won in a time of 6.38 seconds, edging the second-place runner by .01 of a second.


Pitcher Troy Walters (John Carroll) figured into both of York College's wins last week, recording a win and a save.


Pub Date: 3/17/96