King part of an improving Rhode Island team


Denise King made a bold prediction Monday night from her University of Rhode Island dormitory room in Kingston.

"We're going to be a powerhouse real soon," said the 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard who was a three-time first-team All-Metro choice at Seton Keough. "We've lost some games we shouldn't have this year and we're still 14-9 and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10."

King, who lives in Catonsville, averages 21.7 minutes a game, 4.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists, and struck for a career-high 21 points in a 76-64 victory over Kent State on the road this season.

The win over Kent State on Dec. 1 was significant because it stopped a 43-game home-court winning streak.

"I wish every game could be like Kent State," said King, who hit five of seven three-pointers that night. "Everything was falling, and I could do no wrong."

But most games King is content to pass the ball.

'The ultimate game for me is getting 10 assists,' she said.

But her coach Belinda "Boe" Pearman keeps insisting that King shoot more in order to force opponents to guard her more closely. Pearman, a Hagerstown native who played at Maryland, also wants King to become more adept at handling the ball.

"I really don't handle the basketball that well for a point guard," said King. "I don't look very fluid like most point guards. I have a lot of drills to work on in the off-season and all through the summer."

Pearman used her old Maryland contacts to discover King, and the rest was fairly easy.

"I like this school because it reminds me a lot of Seton Keough," said King. "And my mom and dad [Phyllis and John King] can drive here. They've been to every home game since I've been here and they go to all my games in the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh area."

Et cetera

Chesapeake-AA grad Jeff Eveleth, a sophomore, played an important role in Penn's 2-0 wrestling start in the Ivy League, winning two 133-pound bouts in victories over Columbia and Cornell. Eveleth recorded a thrilling come-from-behind 8-7 decision in the last 30 seconds over Cornell's Alejandro Alvarez. Eveleth improved his record to 7-13. Penn sophomore Mike Faust (Gilman) split two bouts has a 15-8 record.

Antonio Thomas (Woodlawn) is one of three freshmen on the Long Island University indoor track and field team. He is ranked No. 5 in the 200 meters in the Northeast Conference, although his specialty is the 400. Thomas is one of the main reasons LIU is expected to improve on its eighth-place finish in last year's indoor NEC championships.

University of Massachusetts freshman Dylan Smith (Loyola) has been named the swimming Rookie of the Week twice in the Atlantic 10.

Sophomore Christopher Zuk (McDonogh) has been chosen the Most Improved Player on last season's University of Richmond soccer team. He played in three games as a freshman, but started 15 and played in all 21 last season for the 13-6-2 Spiders. Richmond competed in the Atlantic 10 for the first time last season.

Freshman Trevor MacMeekin (Dulaney) is expected to be the No. 1 place-kicker for the Cornell football team next fall. MacMeekin was a first-team All-Metro football and baseball choice his senior year.

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