Kenwood honors 1978 state baseball champion team
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.