Helene Baroody, Lorraine Rimson, Liza Lank and Kas Allen--all Northern Virginia high school basketball stars--are headed to four different universities. But playing together for a local AAU team, the Virginia Vogues, they have begun a tradition that has already been handed down to the the next generation.
The 14-and-under Junior Vogues recently captured the bronze medal in the Junior Olympics, held near Kansas City, after winning the 12-and-under gold in 1982 in Baton Rouge. The older stars spent several hours a week practicing with the younger girls, and doing what Bob Schule, assistant coach for the 14-and-under team, termed "passing the legacy on."
Schule, a former assistant to the president for congressional liaison in the Carter White House and now a partner in the consulting firm of Wexler, Reynolds, Harrison and Schule, became involved in girls basketball when his 9-year-old daughter, Lisa, brought home a flyer from school advertising the league at the Braddock Road Youth Club. Lisa was an all-star her first two years, then advanced to the more competitive County League, and eventually to a tryout for the 1982 12-and-under Vogues.
The Vogues, organized by Larry Kirk and current 18-and-under Coach Tommy Orndorf in 1979, won the silver medal in the Junior Olympics' 15-and-under division in 1981 with Baroody, Lank and Rimson.
"Playing against them has helped me a lot," Lisa Schule said. "We'll do the same thing for the younger generation when it's our turn. Helene and the rest of them have left us a lot to carry on. They know we're the future."
This year, the Vogues edged Maryland, 44-42, for the right to represent the Potomac Valley in the Junior Olympics. With the addition of the allowable three players from the Maryland team that won the 1981 12-and-under title, the Vogues moved on to the tournament in Hickman Hills, Mo. The Vogues defeated Illinois, 47-36, and South Carolina, 67-61, before losing to the Dominos of Louisiana, 72-54.
In the losers' bracket, the Vogues beat California, South Carolina and Missouri Valley to earn a meeting with Tennessee for the right to advance to the final against the Dominos. Leading, 40-37, entering the fourth quarter, the Vogues ran out of gas, with 6-2 Christy Winters, an all-district center as a South Lakes freshman last year, in foul trouble. They lost, 61-45, and took the bronze.
"There was a lot of pressure at the Olympics, but we had fun," Lisa Schule said. "You know, ice fights in the hall and other stuff. It was more exciting this year because we played more games and the competition was better."
Winters started up front with '82 MVP Penny Moore, a 6-foot-1 freshman-to-be at Stuart, and 5-9 Robinson freshman Paula Schuler. Magruder sophomore Karin Badelund and Gretchen Bageant, daughter of Coach Judy Bageant, teamed in the back court.
Lisa Schule, who averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds a game as a Maret freshman last year, added depth up front, along with 1981 Olympic MVP JoJo Rein, a 6-3 National Cathedral sophomore, and 5-10 W.T. Woodson freshman Kendra Ruestow. Kerri Gilmore, Cory Shecter and sisters Shanna and Laurel Lewis round out the roster.
Moore, Schuler, Bageant, Schule, Ruestow, Gilmore and Shanna Lewis are all eligible to play in next year's 14-and-under tournament, and the division's age limit may be revised upward to 15.
The players, who all compete in summer leagues or camps, raised the $8,500 for the Junior Olympics trip by sales and donations.
"Northern Virginia is getting to be a hotbed for girls basketball," Lank said. "It's great to see the potential in these kids. Scrimmaging helps their game and ours, too. I was surprised they didn't win the gold. We're leaving Northern Virginia basketball in good hands."