Sports People

Posted: April 26, 2001

Senior Paul Luongo, a Westtown School graduate, has become the ace of the Muhlenberg pitching staff. He played shortstop for the Mules his first two seasons before splitting time between the two positions last season.

In five starts, Luongo has posted a 3-1 record and leads the staff with a 2.76 ERA. He has pitched 49 innings, given up 50 hits and 21 runs, 15 of which were earned. He has struck out 26 batters and walked 10.

"I think being a pitcher full time settled me down," said Luongo, a Media resident.

Being a pitcher has meant no hitting for Luongo, who batted .380 as a freshman. He misses getting into the batter's box. Luongo said that Mules coach Bob Macaluso always uses a designated hitter to bat for the pitchers.

"I haven't picked up a bat this season," he said. "That's sad. I think I was on a pace for 100 hits in my career."

Whitehead chosen

Former West Chester East standout Maria Whitehead has been named to the United States Field Hockey Association's women's junior World Cup team.

The Wake Forest sophomore will play at the International Hockey Federation competition May 14 to 26 in Buenos Aires. The U.S. team is scheduled to compete in Pool A of the four-pool tournament along with India, New Zealand and defending champion The Netherlands. The United States will face New Zealand in its opening game.

Here and there

Spring-Ford graduate Laurie Bean had three goals and an assist as Drexel thumped Howard, 16-7, for its second women's lacrosse win of the season April 17.

Conestoga graduate Laura Snee was among eight Pennsylvania State University seniors on the women's softball team honored before the squad's final homestand of the season on Sunday.

Phoenixville graduate Kelly Clark of Marywood College made the softball honor roll in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference for the week ending April 16. Clark batted .333 with two runs scored as Marywood split two games.

West Chester East graduate Brian Moose shot a team-low 80 as the Cabrini golf team went 1-1 in matches for the week ending April 16. His effort put him on the PAC golf honor roll.

Gettysburg's Carl Savage won the hammer throw at the Christopher Newport Invitational meet in Newport News, Va., earlier this month. Savage's heave was 107 feet, 8 inches. The Spring-Ford graduate also was fourth in the discus (112-8) and sixth in the shot put (34-10 1/4).

Don Beideman's e-mail address is dbeideman@phillynews.com.

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