Annandale High School and athletic success have been synonymous for decades, but even Athletic Director Bob Hardage, who has been at Annandale for 25 years, was hard-pressed to recall a single day such as Saturday, May 18.
On that day, Annandale's boys gymnastics team won the Virginia AAA state championship; its girls soccer team defeated Jefferson, 3-2, to win the Potomac District title; the boys soccer team, which had not been over .500 all season, defeated Jefferson, 3-0, in the Potomac championship game, and the baseball team, which finished sixth in the regular season, upset Falls Church, 9-5, in the first round of the district tournament.
"The whole day was really remarkable," said Hardage. "Coach (Bob) Lamons expected the gymnastics team to do well -- they have been pointing toward the state championship all season -- and everyone expected the girls soccer team to do well. But we generated a lot of spirit throughout the school because of that day, and it's funny, because much of it was due to the baseball team and the boys soccer team. Both of them figured to be down and out, but they ended up getting on hot streaks at the right time."
The gymnastics title came without an individual champion, but seniors Jim Duby and Robert Snow were outstanding. Senior fullback Elizabeth Stassinos provided the leadership for the girls soccer team, but the two surprise teams were led by unexpected figures.
Sean McCann, a junior who did not score in the regular season, was the offensive catalyst for the boys soccer team. The baseball team's emergence was due to the play of shortstop Steve Caro, a natural second baseman who played out of position because the Atoms had no other viable candidate, and sophomore Emilio Velesz, who played admirably at second.
The baseball team went on to upset Wakefield, 4-0, in the semifinals of the district tournament as Bobby Herd hit a two-run homer to back Bobby White's pitching. Annandale advanced to this week's Northern Region tournament by defeating Jefferson in the title game.
In the Northern Region soccer tournaments, the Annandale girls defeated Fort Hunt, 4-0, in the first round and the Atoms' boys were 1-0 first-round winners over Hayfield. Unfortunately, the boys lost, 7-0, to Herndon in the semifinals, and the girls lost in the finals, 1-0, to Lee.
Hardage is quick to point out that the constant factor in Super Saturday was the coaching.
"Bob Lamons, Don Henretty (boys soccer), Cindy Hook (girls soccer) and Ron Klingensmith (baseball) are not fly-by-night coaches," said Hardage. "They all have been here a long time."
All-Met basketball player Gus Hill of Flint Hill Academy has announced he will attend the University of Richmond on an athletic scholarship.
Hill, a 6-foot-3 swing player who will probably end up as a guard for the Spiders, averaged 22.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in his four years as a starter at Flint Hill. His 66 percent shooting from the field established a school record.
Sports medicine, a constantly growing field, is reaching out this summer to coaches and trainers at all levels as the Sports Medicine Center of Annapolis will host a clinic Aug. 10.
The program, directed by Dr. Marshall Steele III, will cover strength training, conditioning, treatment of athletic injuries, stress testing, nutrition and fitness.
Coaches and trainers interested in attending the clinic should contact the center at 104 Forbes St. in Annapolis.
The Gus Williams Basketball School, directed by Potomac (Md.) Coach Taft Hickman, is accepting applications for its July 14-19 and July 21-26 sessions at Bowie State College.
Besides Williams and several Washington Bullets teammates, guest clinicians will be NBA stars Buck Williams, Adrian Dantley and Dominique Wilkins . . .
The first annual Forest Village Park Mall/United Cerebral Palsy 10-kilometer run through Forestville and District Heights in Prince George's County will be Sunday, June 9, starting at 8:30 a.m. Entry forms are available from the Forest Village Park information office.