Ken­wood hon­ors 1978 state base­ball cham­pion team

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES [email protected]­

Forty years ago this past spring, the Ken­wood High base­ball team won the first and (so far) only state ti­tle in school his­tor y.

The school hon­ored that team ear­lier this fall by in­duct­ing the en­tire squad into the Ken­wood Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame.

Also in­ducted into the Hall of Fame dur­ing the Oct.12 cer­e­mony were Monique Cartier, Class of 1998; An­drew Gal­lagher, Class of 2004; Eu­gene Lind­sey, Class of 1968; Thomas Trafton, Class of 1968; and Jaime Wolf f, Class of 1998.

The Most Valu­able Player of the state cham­pion base­ball team, Tony Mag­gard, gave the open­ing re­marks at the cer­e­mony. Mag­gard cur­rently coaches base­ball and girls bas­ket­ball at Pat­ap­sco High.

Mag­gard went on to play col­le­giate base­ball at Coastal Carolina, where in 1981 he led the team in hit­ting with a .434 av­er­age, led the team in dou­bles (15), RBIs (52), slug­ging per­cent­age (.824) and tied for the team lead in home runs (9).

Mag­gard holds the sin­gle-sea­son record for slug­ging per­cent­age (.824) and his .424 bat­ting av­er­age is the sec­ond-high­est sin­gle­sea­son mark in Coastal carolina his­tory.

(For ref­er­ence, Coastal Carolina won the 2016 NCAA na­tional cham­pi­onship.)

Cartier ex­celled in soc­cer, in­door track and soft­ball while at Ken­wood and earned the Se­nior Ath­lete Award, was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and the Se­nior Class pres­i­dent.

Gal­lagher earned eight var­sity let­ters at Ken­wood in soc­cer, track and lacrosse. He cap­tained and was the lead­ing scorer for the 2003 Blue­bird soc­cer team that won the Class 4A state ti­tle and was named to the All-Bal­ti­more County team.

He went on to play soc­cer at Ly­coming Col­lege.

Lind­say played soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and base­ball while at Ken­wood. He was named to the Al­lCounty soc­cer team as a se­nior and was a four-year starter for the Western Mary­land Col­lege (now McDaniel Col­lege) men’s soc­cer team, where he is still fifth on the Green Ter­ror all-time scor­ing list (26 goals, 19 as­sists).

Trafton was on the soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, base­ball and track teams while a Blue­bird. He cap­tained the 1967 Bal­ti­more County cham­pion soc­cer team and was an All-County se­lec­tion.

Play­ing for the Es­sex Com­mu­nity Col­lege soc­cer team, Trafton was named a sec­ond team Ju­nior Col­lege All-Amer­i­can. Con­tin­u­ing his soc­cer ca­reer at Tow­son State Col­lege, he was the cap­tain of the team and was named to the Al­lMa­son-Dixon all-con­fer­ence first team.

Trafton went on to coach soc­cer at Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Havre de Grace High School be­fore be­gin­ning a long ca­reer as a soc­cer ref­eree.

Wolff played soc­cer at Ken­wood and was the team MVP dur­ing her ju­nior and se­nior years. An Al­lCounty se­lec­tion who played for a thee-time state cham­pion club team, she went on to play at Texas tech and Ge­orge Ma­son be­fore play­ing one sea­son of pro­fes­sional soc­cer.

The 1978 Ken­wood base­ball team hardly looked like even­tual state cham­pi­ons when it started the sea­son 0-4. But the Blue­birds ral­lied from the slow start to win 16 of their next 17 games.

Against West­min­ster in the re­gional cham­pi­onship game, Ken­wood came from be­hind to up­set the Owls 9-8. The Blue­birds then earned a spot in the state ti­tle game by de­feat­ing Old Mill 8-3 in the semi­fi­nals.

The Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game pit­ted Ken­wood (165) against Bowie (20-2) at Es­sex Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The Blue­birds won 5-2.

The mem­bers of the team were: Rob Bright (pitcher/out­fielder), Frank DeJohn (third base), Bruce Hollen (first base), Tim Kotroco (pitcher/short­stop), Tony Mag­gard (sec­ond base), Don Mag­gio (util­ity player), Jon Richard­son (pitcher/short­stop), Bob Rock (util­ity), Jim Schick­ner (catcher), Jerry Smith (pitcher/short­stop), out­field­ers Mark Spilma, Tom Trail, Mark Van­den­heuval, Stan Wil­liams and Tim Wil­liams, and Mike Wil­lis (first base/des­ig­nated hit­ter).

The team was coached by Car­roll Hess.


The mem­bers of the 1978 Class 4A base­ball state cham­pion team were all in­ducted into the Ken­wood High Ath­letic Hall of Fame dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Oc­to­ber. Front row, from left: Jerry Smith, Bruce Hollen, Bev­erly Hardesty Donofrio, Donna Halej Triplett, Tim Kotroco, Bob Rock, Rob Bright, coach Car­roll Hess (back row), Tony Mag­gard, Frank DeJohn, Jim Schick­ner, Mike Wil­lis, Mark Spil­man and Mark Van­den­heuval. Not pic­tured: Jon Richard­son Sr. and Tom Trail.

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