D. Storr steps down as coach of Wilde Lake girls basketball


Don Storr has resigned as girls basketball coach at Wilde Lake, but will continue to coach the Wildecats' baseball team.

Storr and his wife, Kelly, a teacher at Glenwood Middle, have two young children, and he cited "family obligations" as his reason for stepping down.

Kelly coached the Wilde Lake varsity from the 1991-92 season through 1998-99. Don served as Kelly's assistant the entire time before taking over last season. Wilde Lake, which won the Class 1A state title in the 1994-95 season, finished 13-11 overall and 9-9 in the county last season.

Wilde Lake, which has not filled the vacancy left by Storr, will be one of four schools to have new coaches this season. Kevin Broadus takes over at Long Reach, Tierney Ahearn will be at Centennial and Maureen Shaecrew takes the position at Atholton.

River Hill senior Keiko Miller-Tate took unofficial visits to Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Furman and Notre Dame before she orally committed to a basketball scholarship from the Wildcats.

"I was impressed with what Kentucky had to offer," said Miller-Tate, a 6-foot-1 all-county and all-metro forward who led the county champions in rebounding (7.4 average) and blocks (21) and was second in scoring (13.2). "The campus is beautiful and the coaches and players were great. I just felt this was the school for me."

Kentucky coaches will visit Miller-Tate at her home later this month, and she plans to take an official visit to Lexington in the future. Miller-Tate plans to sign during the early signing period in November.

Field hockey

Atholton's field hockey team ended its 27-game losing streak Monday, but lost, 1-0, yesterday at Southern-Anne Arundel.

"I'm not thrilled we lost, but the girls played really hard," said Atholton coach Beth Pressler. "They were happy after the game even though we lost because we're playing better as a team. It's a totally different attitude."

Pressler said goalie Alliene Olson, a returning starter, was sharp against Southern. "It was the best I've seen her play," Pressler said.

On Monday, Atholton beat Glen Burnie, 3-1, scoring more goals than it did in the past two seasons combined.

Atholton has three seniors, 16 juniors and one sophomore on its roster, and it was three juniors, all of whom played JV last season, who scored against Glen Burnie. Margaret Distler gave Atholton a 1-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Liz Bartlett broke a 1-1 tie and Michelle Levin added an insurance goal.

"Everybody screamed, 'The streak is over! The streak is over!' " said senior Megan Reynold. "We were jumping up and down on the field and the parents were going crazy. It was a lot of fun."

Cross country

Today's Howard County Invitational Cross Country Championships at Centennial High will feature two outstanding matchups. The first varsity race is set for 3:30 p.m.

In the boys division, No. 1-ranked South Carroll and No. 2 River Hill will race for the top ranking. Last season the Hawks won the Class 3A state title, one that South Carroll had claimed the previous two seasons.

The top Cavaliers runners are Matt Adami and Bobby Mead, and they will face top competition from Glenelg's Jon Goldsmith and River Hill's Shane Stroup.

In the girls division, defending Class 3A state champion Walter Johnson will test a Class 3A River Hill squad that coach Earl Lauer has called perhaps the most talented ever from Howard County, led by All-Met county champion Lee McDuff.


River Hill's third-ranked girls team will be tested this weekend in the Pioneer Tournament at Anne Arundel Community College.

The defending Class 3A state champions play seventh-ranked South River at 5 p.m. today in the opener. River Hill downed the Seahawks, 2-1, in the East region final last year.

Should the Hawks advance, they likely will meet top-ranked St. Mary's in tomorrow's 3 p.m. championship. St. Mary's plays Arundel at 7 tonight.

Howard's boys team will play host to the 2000 Ulman Cancer Fund Soccer Festival tomorrow featuring three Howard County teams against three from Montgomery County.

Howard opens against Springbrook at 8 a.m., followed by Oakland Mills vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase at 10 and River Hill vs. Kennedy at noon.

A 90-minute youth soccer clinic will be held at 2 p.m. Oakland Mills will face Springbrook at 4, Howard goes against Kennedy at 6 and River Hill takes on B-CC at 8.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students.

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