Mainland's Stone Excels On Special Teams At Wake Forest

Posted: September 27, 2000

The Wake Forest football team has struggled to an 0-3 start, but Mainland Regional graduate John Stone has done plenty to help the Demon Deacons.

A junior wide receiver and return specialist, Stone earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist of the Week award after his performance in a 20-16 season-opening loss to Appalachian State on Aug. 31. Stone returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.

In the first three games, Stone had two carries for 37 yards and five catches for 58 yards. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 305 yards. His 30.5-yard average ranked him seventh in the nation heading into play last weekend.

As a sophomore, Stone played in eight games, missing three because of a toe injury, and finished third in the nation in kickoff returns with a 29.9-yard average. His 99-yard return for a touchdown against Duke that season is a school record.

Also a track standout, Stone won the ACC's 100- and 200-meter titles in 1999.

The Appalachian State game also marked a first for senior Chris Blank, who is from Washington Township. The 6-foot-5 272-pounder started his first game as an offensive lineman for the Deacons after earning varsity letters in his first three seasons as a backup.

Sitting out this season after transferring from Iowa is another offensive lineman, David Walters, who is from Cherokee. Walters, who was redshirted last year by the Hawkeyes, will be eligible in the 2001 season.

Mike Koch, from Shawnee, is playing defensive back as a senior for the Deacons and has three tackles heading into Wake Forest's game on Saturday against Virginia.

WOOLLEY RETURNS

Abbey Woolley, from Ocean City, is back in the North Carolina lineup, and the junior helped the Tar Heels' field hockey team open the season with a 6-1 record.

The only loss for the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels through was to No. 1 Old Dominion, by 1-0 on Sept. 16, and that came on a goal scored with 25 seconds to play.

Woolley, who plays forward and midfield, missed 13 games last season after suffering a fractured bone in her skull when she was hit by a ball in a game with Wake Forest. Despite missing so many games, she led the Tar Heels with 11 assists. She also had four goals.

This season, Woolley had a successful trip to Philadelphia, leading her team to the championship of the Temple Invitational, held Sept. 9 and 10.

Woolley scored a goal to help the Tar Heels pick up a 3-1 win Sept. 17 over Virginia.

SOCCER SHORTS

Lauren Hickman, from St. Joseph, is a freshman for the West Chester women's soccer team. She scored the first goal of her collegiate career in a 3-0 victory Sept. 16 over Indiana of Pennsylvania. Siobhan McGonigle, a sophomore from Maple Shade, had an assist in that win for the Rams.

Through the first eight games for the Scranton women's soccer team, senior Amy Connolly, from Camden Catholic, led the Royals (5-3) in scoring with seven goals and three assists.

Jason Land, from St. James, earned the outstanding defensive player award at the Kiwanis-ESU Soccer Classic, hosted Sept. 16 and 17 by East Stroudsburg. A junior goalie for the host Warriors, he had nine saves in a 3-0 first-round win over Long Island-Southampton.

Katie Ludwig, from Lenape, had an assist as she came off the bench for Maryland in a 3-0 win on Sept. 12 over George Washington. A freshman who plays forward and midfield, Ludwig started on Sept. 15 against Santa Clara and scored both her team's goals in a 4-2 loss.

Christy Smith, from Gateway, started the first six games for Susquehanna (5-1) as a sophomore defender. Last season, Smith appeared in 15 games, starting 13, and scored one goal.

HOCKEY HIGHS

Jenee Doto, from Ocean City, and Kristen Kostka, from West Deptford, are starting as freshmen for the Ohio State field hockey team (7-3). Doto, who plays forward and midfield, has two goals and one assist. Kostka, a forward, has yet to score for the Buckeyes.

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