Three years ago, when Gary Wrenn became High Point High School's girls track coach, he opted for long-range development. That strategy nearly paid off last month as the Eagles just missed winning the state Class AA indoor track championship.
Rather than dwell on the near-miss, though, Wrenn couldn't wait for this spring season, when his team's depth, experience and strength might merit the title.
Built around talented seniors Kathy Raisbeck, Hawa Dramay, Toyin Fadope and Yaa Obeng, the Eagles are fast, versatile and confident.
Raisbeck finished second in the state this winter in the mile (5:05) and 2-mile (11:15) and could win both at next month's state meet.
There is also rare depth. Sophomore Jackie Waldron, who might have the most potential on the team, will score very well in the 200- and 400-meter races. Karen Kennedy is returning from knee surgery, but finished third in the state in the 100-meters last spring. If healthy, she will contend in the sprints and relays. Tracy Ivory high jumped 5-2 at the Falcon Invitational two weeks ago and might be the squad's most versatile athlete. Shot putter Kim McKenzie returns after a winter of basketball.
"This team is better suited for outdoors rather than indoors," said Wrenn, who also assists John Voight with the High Point football team. "In the spring, events like the triple jump, long jump, shot put and 400-meter relay aren't included and we expect to do very well in those events." Gene Fletcher pitched a perfect game last Tuesday in Capitol Christian's 12-0 victory over Flint Hill. He also was three for three at the plate and drove in three runs . . . Bowie shot putter/discus thrower Tom Mattras has accepted a track scholarship to Maryland. The 6-foot-6, 243-pounder won the Class AA indoor shot put title this winter (52-3 3/4). He has a 3.8 grade point average and will study pre-med.
The Montgomery County Recreation Department will sponsor a baseball camp at Seneca Valley High School this summer. Besides the usual drills, There will be training films, daily games and guest speakers, including some from the Baltimore Orioles. Open to players from 8 to 16, the camp will be conducted by local scholastic and college coaches and will feature two one-week sessions beginning July 1 and July 29. Each session will cost $85. Call the recreation department's Northern area office for additional information. Richard Montgomery High's Dana Elliot continued to pound Montgomery County softball pitchers last week. She was three for four last Thursday, with a homer and a triple, to lead the Rockets past Rockville, 10-2. She leads the county in hitting (.800), runs (19), RBI (19) and home runs (7).
She's stolen 12 bases in six games, but that's only good enough for fourth-best in the county (and only ranks only third on the Rockets; Sheila Brady has 16 and Kathy Snyder 12. Snyder is the county's second leading batter with a .682 average.