DuVal High School's Bruce Ford and Tim Fitzgerald collaborated on the season's second scholastic no-hitter last Wednesday, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Duval beat Crossland and its ace hurler, Paul Ludwig, 1-0, in the Prince George's AA League game. Ford provided the run with a homer in the fifth inning.
Ford, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander, pitched six complete innings, struck out nine and walked three. After he walked the leadoff man in the seventh, Fitzgerald relieved. Ford's brother Victor caught the no-hitter.
Ludwig pitched a complete game, striking out nine, while allowing two hits and two walks.
Central's Noel Harrison and Anthony Medley held Suitland hitless two weeks ago in an 11-1 opening-day victory. Harrison pitched the first three innings, striking out six and walking three. Medley struck out four and got the victory.
The first softball no-hitter of the year also required two pitchers as Karen Baczynski and Suzy Demme of Eleanor Roosevelt did not allow a safety in a 19-0 victory over Parkdale.
Reports of the extinction of three-sport scholastic athletes have been greatly exaggerated. Just ask DeMatha's Pat Moylan, who will be splitting time between pitching for the Stags' defending champion Metro Conference baseball team (he had a 3-1 record last season) and playing on his school's golf team, the best prep team in the East the past two years.
Also a starting guard on DeMatha's basketball team, which played Spingarn for the city title, Moylan worked even harder last year as a junior when he lettered in cross country as well.
Also a standout in the classroom, Moylan maintains a 4.0 average, despite taking several advanced placement courses in mathematics and science.
The son of DeMatha Principal John Moylan, Pat has been offered golf scholarships at Virginia and Maryland and a basketball scholarship to Presbyterian College. Not surprisingly, this jack of all trades is leaning toward schools like Bucknell and Furman, which would allow him to play both sports.
Southern High of Harwood is seeking a football opponent Oct. 4 or 5. It wants a two-year contract and would prefer to play the first game at home. For further information, contact the athletic director, Tom Albright, or the football coach, Buck Gardiner, at the school . . . Seton's softball team started impressively as Maggie Criss struck out 14 batters and limited Pallotti to one hit in an 11-1 victory over Paul VI last Thursday. In Seton's previous game last Tuesday against St. Mary's, Lisa King won a one-hitter, 11-3 . . . The Catholic Girls Athletic Association named Susie Steffes of Holy Names the Western Division basketball player of the year and Linda Jenkins of Seton the Eastern Division's most valuable player . . . After six years, coed volleyball is fast becoming one of the most popular interscholastic sports in Montgomery County. A junior varsity league was started last season and already all but two of the county's 21 high schools field teams.
Jerry Vanesse has replaced Bob Wipfler as Landon's baseball coach and Brian O'Neill has replaced Rich Seel at Good Counsel. O'Neill had been junior varsity coach there. Seel remains as athletic director and basketball coach. There were no changes among Montgomery County's baseball coaches and only three among the softball ranks: Dave Skaggs (Woodward), Charlie Johnson (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Bill Offutt (Northwood).
There were several changes in Prince George's County. Bill Siebert replaced area-legend Bumps Vaughan as Bowie baseball coach. Other new baseball coaches include Ron Henderson (Bladensburg) and Red Fahey (Crossland). In softball, Joe DeVille is the new coach at Bladensburg. Among Prince George's private schools, Al Stevens is the new baseball coach at Pallotti and Wendie Seiler will coach softball at Grace Brethren.
Georgetown University's Girls Basketball Camp will offer two sessions this summer, July 7-12 and July 14-19. Cheryl Thompson, who coaches Georgetown University and coached W.T. Woodson High's 1982 Virginia Group AAA championship team, will be director. Open to girls from 8 to 18, this overnight camp will include swimming and weight training, as well as the gamut of basketball drills, lectures and scrimmage games.