Hundreds Mourn Ex-kennett Star Killed In Crash Renie Amoss Starred In Four Sports For The Demons In The Late '80s. She Had Just Graduated From College.

Posted: May 31, 1993

Kennett High basketball coach Ed Hoffman had planned to ask former Blue Demons standout Corene Amoss if she could help out with the program next winter. She planned to live at home while seeking a graduate degree in business at Villanova University.

"I knew that she'd be a great asset to our program. I just never got the opportunity to ask her," said Hoffmann, his voice cracking.

Renie, as she was known to her family, friends and sports fans, was killed Thursday morning when the car she was driving struck a tree in Kennett Township, a few miles from her Chadds Ford home. Jackie Schiavoni, a longtime friend and high school teammate, was seriously injured in the accident.

Schiavoni was taken to Brandywine Hospital and Trauma Center, where her condition was listed as stable. State police at Avondale were investigating the cause of the crash.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted for Amoss, 21, Saturday morning at St. Mary's Church in Hockessin, Del. She was buried that afternoon in Bel Air, Md.

Hundreds of people, including classmates from Kennett High and Goucher

College, attended the services. She had just graduated from Goucher May 16 with a degree in economics and management.

"It's a great tragedy," said Hoffman, who coached both Amoss and Schiavoni from 1986 through 1989 as they helped lead Kennett to three Southern Chester County League championships and three PIAA District 1 championships. ''Renie was the type of person who could light up a room. She was the one who would always calm me down when I got upset on the bench.

"When I would be bummed out from my regular work schedule and have to hold practice, she'd get me going again."

Hoffman called Amoss his coach on the floor at Kennett. And when the softball team, which Hoffmann also coached, was struggling, it was Amoss who turned up to pitch and give the team a boost. She also played field hockey and tennis at Kennett.

"She was my general," Hoffman said of her work on the basketball court. ''She could do it all."

At Goucher, Amoss was the epitome of the student-athlete. She left a sports legacy that will be difficult to match. In basketball, she helped turn around what had been a struggling NCAA Division III program.

She scored more than 900 points in her high school career, but she was not expected to carry the scoring load for the Blue Demons. It was just the opposite at Goucher, which had not had a winning program until she came. She responded by setting a state of Maryland women's collegiate scoring record of 2,220 points. She was selected Capital Athletic Conference player of the year this past season. She was ranked sixth in scoring (24.5), fourth in assists (7.3) and 17th in steals (4.1) among Division III players this season. She was the school's all-time leader in assists and steals. Goucher won a school- record 12 games this season.

In the fall, she was named a first-team Division III all-American field hockey player, setting school records of 23 goals and 10 assists in leading the Gophers to a best-ever 12-7 record. She led the team each of her four years in scoring, setting career marks of 56 goals and 28 assists.

In her last two years at Goucher, she was the tennis team's No. 2 singles player. The Gophers were 12-4 during the spring. Amoss' career record was 19-13.

Amoss accomplished of this while carrying a 3.67 grade-point average. She was named a first-team GTE Academic all-American.

"She had a lot in her future," said Sally Baum, Goucher's tennis coach. ''She was going to make her mark in the world. Renie never did anything less than 100 percent. Her death is more tragic because of that, but it is also helpful knowing that because she made the most of every day."

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