After a lawn mower severed a large portion of his right foot four years ago, doctors told Nathan Estabrook that he would never walk normally again.
"But Nathan didn't think that was God's will, so he never sat down in a wheelchair -- never sat down, period," said his father, Jay Estabrook. "A month after the accident, he was back on the basketball court for opening day."
At 9 p.m. Saturday, at Loyola College, the 6-foot-1, sharpshooting junior point guard will lead Greater Grace (9-5) against a Talmudical Academy basketball team led by University of Maryland-bound Tamir Goodman, also a junior who recently was featured in Sports Illustrated.
The game was originally scheduled for earlier Saturday at Talmudical. Tickets are $1.
Estabrook averages 20 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals for Greater Grace, a Christian school with 400 students. But that's just part of his story.
The 3.8 student spends his Friday nights in the inner city speaking to young people about various topics.
"Nathan's played basketball all his life, and one coach at a recent summer camp told him he's Division I material," said Jay Estabrook. "But it's a real miracle that he's even walking, let alone playing basketball."
Track and field stuff
Entering today's Baltimore City Indoor Track Championships at 5th Regiment Armory, Mervo senior Odell Taylor is undefeated in Maryland at 500- and 300 meters and ranked third and sixth nationally in the events, respectively.
At last weekend's Super 8 Invitational at Virginia Tech, Taylor was among the nation's best again, among 2,700 entrants. He was third in the 500 (1: 04.75) and fourth in the 300 (34.97). The Trinidad native also did a 48.96 split on the Mustangs' mile relay team.
Teammate Norman Forrest, a junior long- and triple-jumper, was fourth (46-2) in the triple jump at Virginia Tech. He ranks No. 8 nationally in that event.
Track and field becomes a sanctioned sport in Harford County this spring, but Fallston and Havre de Grace got an early start, competing in some indoor meets. The athletes and coaches had to pay their own way and scramble for transportation.
"The big payoff for our efforts," said Dave Fender, assistant coach at Fallston, "is we will be able to compete in the regionals and state championships."
Joel Brown, Woodlawn's versatile hurdler-sprinter, has only one loss this season over the 55-meter fences -- to High Point's Mike Thomas in 7.3 at the National Guard Meet. Thomas won the 55 dash in that meet, too, in 6.4.
Wally Dietrich, a former long-distance standout at Calvert Hall, knocked off a 14: 58.1 metric mile for Bucknell recently as his team belted Delaware, Towson, Mount St. Mary's and four other schools.
Archbishop Curley's No. 2-ranked Darien Kess (103) and top-ranked Paul Boettcher (152) are coming off excellent weeks in wrestling.
Kess, a sophomore, scored 21 takedowns to raise his single-season school takedowns record to 144. He went 5-0, beating Chesapeake-AA's fourth-ranked Matt Eveleth and McDonogh's sixth-ranked Zak Johns.
Kess won his fourth junior-league state title last season after having finished second and third on other occasions.
Boettcher, a private schools state runner-up last season, had a pin, two technical falls and two major decisions last week.
He won three bouts at the Aberdeen Invitational, routing the host Eagles' sixth-ranked John Ishibashi, 15-4, in the finals to become a four-time champion.
Boettcher, who earlier this season became a four-time Arundel Tournament champ, improved to 28-1 (14 pins) against Ishibashi (20-1), who was fourth at states last season.
Lansdowne senior guard Sarah Grimes recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career while scoring 18 against Owings Mills. She has since played in five more games for the Vikings (9-6) and stands at 1,059 going into tomorrow's game at Franklin.
Catonsville junior 130-pound wrestler Won Hill ended the regular season at 21-0, getting his ninth pin -- to go with two technical falls -- in Tuesday's night's 48-24 victory over Western Tech. Teammates Wayne Wilson (119) and Leonard Jovenal (160) are 21-2 and 21-1, respectively.
In victories over Class 1A state champ Forest Park and Northwestern, Northern junior Joseph Miller scored 51 points, grabbed 36 rebounds, had three steals and blocked two shots. Against Forest Park, Miller led 19th-ranked Northern with 30 points and 24 rebounds.
In wins over Patapsco, Loch Raven and Overlea last week, Perry Hall point guard Robert Johnson scored 70 points, had 18 assists, 11 steals and grabbed 10 rebounds. Against Loch Raven, the senior had his best game, getting 30 points, seven assists, five steals and three rebounds.
Mount Carmel High School needs a girls lacrosse coach. Practice begins March 1. Contact athletic director Mike Naunton, 410-686-1050.
Western needs varsity lacrosse and badminton coaches and a JV badminton coach. Call athletic director Victoria Knuckles, 410-396-7035.
Phil Jackman contributed to this article.
Pub Date: 2/04/99