Regina, a private girls school in Hyattsville, was one of the area's athletic powers in the mid-70s. But now the Reggies are in a drought, a long drought. They have not had a winning season in any varsity sport in several years. A winless soccer season this past fall and a 1-13 start in the recently completed basketball season did little to break the trend.

But hope springs eternal in Athletic Director Karen Klemm, who hopes that the softball team she coaches can turn out to be a winner.

"This spring, we've got a chance to turn things around," said Klemm, who hopes to reverse last year's 5-9 record in the Girls Catholic League. "We've got several proven players returning and some younger girls who have potential."

Senior Nancy Norwood pitched every game for Regina last year and also batted .282. Her experience and fast ball could be the difference this season, according to Klemm.

"We're very young and still looking for a starting catcher," Klemm said. "We're playing hard and having fun while we're doing it. The outcome of the season will depend on how quickly new players fill in for the six seniors who graduated last year.

"We're going to play to win, that's for sure," said Klemm. "We're going to give it everything we've got. We'll need to keep our confidence up and begin thinking that we can win; that we will win.

"That attitude, our returning talent, some help from the new players and a little luck could turn things around. After trying so hard for so long, they deserve to win.''

Montgomery County nearly canceled its girls gymnastics program when only five schools fielded teams last season. But there's been a resurgence of the sport thisspring, with three new teams (Springbrook, Whitman and Rockville) joining the ranks.

There might be a Hayes-to-Hayes battery on the High Point softball team this year. Senior Jeannie Hayes, one of the Prince George's AA League's top hitters, returns for her third varsity season as a catcher, while her little sister Beth is one of several players hoping to replace all-Met Karen Kimmel . . . Former DeMatha basketball star Pete Strickland is the Stags' new golf coach. Strickland, now an assistant basketball coach and history teacher at DeMatha, replaces Ray Smith, who began the team 18 years ago. DeMatha has a 43-game match-play winning streak . . . Ron Milenko has been named to succeed Hugh Lynch as Churchill's tennis coach. Milenko's first job will be to replace Montgomery County singles champion David Kanstoroom, who decided not to play for the school this year.