Tracey Carrington was also special off the basketball court
Having never seen LaRhonda Garrett play, I can’t say for sure Tracey Carrington is the best girls basketball player in Dundalk High history. But she’s definitely one of the top two to have ever played at Dundalk.
But that’s not why Tracey’s death last week really, really hurts.
Tracey wasn’t just a great basketball player. She was an awesome young woman: smart, funny, talented.
Yeah, she had something of a temper on the court during her freshman and sophomore years and occasionally lost her composure when she thought a call had been missed (leading to some entertaining tantrums). Like you’d expect from a 14, 15-year-old.
By her junior and senior years, however, she had matured into a team leader and continued to be an unstoppable presence on the court.
Tracey didn’t need basketball to be a success, but when you’ve got a talent for something, you should take advantage of it. So she continued playing professionally after she graduated from Morgan State University with a degrees in sociology and criminal justice.
In the decades I’ve been writing about high school athletics, I’ve met thousands of student-athletes. Only a comparative few stick in my memory so that I still recall my interactions with them years later. Tracey (and her twin brother, Charles) is among the memorable ones.
It was a joy seeing Tracey whenever she came back to visit Dundalk High after she graduated in 2011, and it was a pleasure following her success at Morgan State and beyond.
When she began playing for Morgan State, I was concerned because for all her talent, Tracey was railthin and I was afraid she would get outmuscled and pushed around by the bigger players in NCAA Division I basketball.
Obviously, that concern was misplaced.
Now, I’m just trying to understand how two murder suspects came to be released on bail, in a metro area where witness intimidation has been a problem for some time.
A couple of columns ago, I complained about the incessant rain and how I should finally break down and get rain gear for the fall season.
Since then, it has been oppressively hot, so much so that un-air conditioned schools had to delay their opening. Except, of course, for two days: when I had to be outside for football games.
And now it seems it will never stop raining.
After two games, the Patapsco and Sparrows Point football teams have yet to score a touchdown on offense.
The problem for the Pointers has been obvious: a young squad whose best weapon on offense transferred to Dundalk, and two strong opponents in Catonsville and Hereford.
Against Dundalk, Patapsco was handicapped by the loss of its starting quarterback Dontaz Wilson.
“Losing Dontaz restricted us because he is the smartest player on the field at all times for us,” Patriot coach Tyler Clough said. “Sean Yoon stepped up and played well, but we were working with a third of our playbook at our disposal.”
On the other hand, Patapsco hasn’t scored on Dundalk since losing 13-10 in 2014. This is the fourth straight time the Owls have blanked the Patriots. That’s an entire generation of Patapsco football players who have never scored against Dundalk.
“They have a great defense and are coached very well,” Clough said. “Our biggest problem right now is pre- and post-snap penalties. We rarely get a first and 10, second and six, third and two type of series. Instead we shoot ourselves in the foot.”