Woodward ended its successful, illustrious athletic history in storybook fashion. Senior Hyung Kim pitched a no-hitter against Blair in the Wildcats' final home baseball game, concluding what had been a wonderful career for the Korean-born native, the school and three-sport coach Tom George.
"It was a good way to end a season and 21 long years of coaching," George said. "I started coaching when the school opened and Kim is one of the better athletes we've had here."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Kim, also an outstanding football player, batted .522 with nine extra-base hits among his 24. He also didn't strike out in 48 plate appearances this past season. As a pitcher, he had a 4-4 record (the team went 7-8) with a 2.14 earned run average.
"Pitching wasn't his forte; he did it to help the team out," George said. "But he is good outfielder and will probably sign with Virginia Tech. For his four-year career, he batted .356. He was tough at the plate and hit the ball hard."
Jair Lynch, who will be a junior at Sidwell Friends in the fall, finished third in the all-around gymnastics competition three weeks ago at Princeton to qualify for the national finals at UCLA June 25-29. Lynch, 15, the top black gymnast in his age group, is one of five boys who will represent Region VII (East Coast) in the national finals.
Lynch, 5-2 and 125 pounds, had some impressive scores at Princeton in his best showing so far. Out of a maximum point total of 20, Lynch finished first in vault with 19.05; first in floor exercises (18.90); second in pommel horse (18.50); fifth in the high bar (18.35), and third overall with 108.20 (out of 120).
"The top 10 gymnasts in the national competition will represent the U.S. in the international competition in August," said Lynch's father, Acklyn, a professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. "The way he is going now, we feel he has a good shot at it."
The rise to the top has been a steady one for Lynch, an honor roll student. For three straight years, he has won the Maryland championships in his age group. Last year, he finished second in the vault, fifth in the parallel bars and 38th overall (out of approximately 150) and was invited to train for the Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs last summer.
Two months ago, Lynch won the South Atlantic boys invitational competition in Wilmington, Del.
Lynch isn't surprised at his son's success. In fact, ifthe young Lynch had not become involved in gymnastics, he may have made his mark in swimming.
"He is a very good swimmer and for a while, we couldn't decide which sport to pursue," Acklyn Lynch said. "He actually got into gymnastics by accident. He was into swimming and diving and he saw the gymnastics team working out one day at a club and asked if could he try it. He did and decided he preferred gymnastics."
Lynch's daughter Pilar, 13, also is an honor roll student. She is a dancer for the Capitol Ballet Company.
By winning its third baseball title in the past four seasons, DeMatha finished the school year with five Metro Conference championships. The Stags won the league football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and slow-pitch softball titles. In the past three years, the Hyattsville school has won 13 conference titles.
Ida P. Johnson, a former captain of the swimming team at Cardozo, graduated magna cum laude from Johnson C. Smith University last week. Johnson, who swam the backstroke and helped Cardozo win the Interhigh League title, swam her freshman season at J.C. Smith before the program was disbanded. Last week, Johnson served as the clerk of the course at the annual D.C. Special Olympics Spring Games swim meet at Gallaudet . . . Latest basketball signees: Eastern All-Met David Williams with Auburn; Wilson All-Mets Joe Wylie with Miami and Stefani Thomas with Penn State; Seton All-Met Laurie Sanders with Towson State; DeMatha's Jack Ruppert with Colgate and Mike Manning with William & Mary . . . St. John's basketball coach Joe Gallagher, H.D. Woodson football and girls' basketball coach Bob Headen and Anacostia football coach Willie Stewart were named winners of the Franklin Life Select Circle Coaching Awards. They are among 3,571 coaches from throughout the country who were honored. Qualifying standards (victories) for the winners were established by Scholastic Coach magazine.