CHULTZ LEADS SPARTANS: Eight years ago Broad Run finished the baseball season with a 2-16 record. The team has made slow progress, according to Coach Wayne Todd, but his patience has paid off: The Spartans (16-5) are in the Virginia AA state quarterfinals for the first time.
"I don't know what the school's best record is, but it is definitely the best I had in my 13 years here. Last year we were 12-4-1 and lost in the region playoffs. We had six kids returning, so I thought we would be pretty good," said Todd, whose team beat Louisa, 11-3, to win the Region II title. "Four years ago we were .500. That is when we took off. We've improved each year."
A major reason Broad Run is contending for a title is junior Scott Schultz, who has a mid-80s fastball and a tough curve. He is 8-0 with an 0.47 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 59 innings. He has two one-hitters, and last week he pitched the final four innings of a 1-0 victory over Waynesboro -- striking out eight of the last nine batters he faced.
Pitcher Ian Paterson (5-2, 1.24 ERA), outfielder Larry Izzo (.395) and designated hitter Willie Caton (.347) also are having fine seasons.
Broad Run plays host to York on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Schultz is scheduled to pitch.
DeMATHA DOMINANT: If the Metro Conference gave a cup for athletic excellence, DeMatha would win it hands down for the 1989-90 school year. The Stags tied for first place in football and lost a playoff game to St. John's; won the basketball conference title; and were first in wrestling (also national prep champions), lacrosse, slow-pitch softball and ice hockey. They also finished second in the baseball regular season (tournament champion), conference golf, outdoor track and tennis; third in Metro-area team golf; fourth in soccer; and fifth in cross-country.
TRACK REPORT: Senior Stephanie Love, who signed with Temple, captured the 100-meter hurdles (15.40 seconds), 300 hurdles (45.17), 200 (25.93) and the 400 (57.95) to lead Central to the Maryland State Class 2A track title at Western Maryland.
In Class 4A, Ebony Robinson won the 100 (12.25), 200(24.47) and ran on the winning 4x100 relay (49.25) as Eleanor Roosevelt took team honors.
Marcia Lambert's victory in the 400 (57.51) helped Bladensburg earn the Class 3A title. Boonesboro took Class 1A honors.
In the boys Class 4A finals, High Point's Kevin Jordan won the high jump (6 feet 8), 300 hurdles (38.47) and was second in the 100 hurdles, but his team finished seventh. Champion Eleanor Roosevelt was led by Elgin Gordon, who won the 100 (10.64) and 200 (21.16) and ran on the winning 4x100 relay (42.62).
McDonough's Mark Mason also won the 100 (11.05) and 200 (21.54) as his team edged SMAC rival Leonardtown in Class 3A. Glenelg won the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay (3:29.83) to win the Class 2A title by two-thirds of a point over Central, and Francis Scott Key won the Class 1A crown.
In the Virginia State AAA championships in Newport News, T.C. Williams's Alaim Koukoui, Maxwell Massaquoi, Troy McNeil and Jesse Gipson won the 4x800 in a meet record time of 7:48.6, breaking the mark of 7:52.56 the school set last year. But the Titans didn't win another race and finished second with 40 points, six behind champion Heritage of Lynchburg.
Lake Braddock's Carey Foor, Kerry Newberry, Heather Schalber and Angel Carbone also shattered a meet record in the 4x800 relay, finishing in 9:31.6. The old mark of 9:32.45 was set last year by Lake Braddock. Bruins' all-purpose runner Leah Moore picked up points in the triple jump (second), long jump (fourth) and 100 hurdles (fifth) as her team edged Hampton, 36-34. T.C. Williams was third with 28 points.
Robinson's Meaghan McCarthy won the 1,600 (5:00.00) and the 3,200 (11:03.2).
Godfrey Hewlett won the 100 (11.02) and 200 (22.23) to lead H.D. Woodson to the Interhigh title. Spingarn was second.
Wilson's Keisha Caine won the 100 (12.14) and 200 (25.89). She stayed unbeaten in the 400, winning in 57.4 as the Tigers won the Interhigh title with 131 points, 14 more than Coolidge. Latarsha Garris won the 800 (2:22.06), 1,600 (5:40.64) and the 3,200 (12.27.74) for third-place McKinley.