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Richmond takes act down the highway

August 20, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

A little less than two months ago, Stu Vetter came back onto the prep scene by taking over the basketball program at Montrose Christian, a small private school near Rockville, Md.

Already, the coach who brought a national championship to St. John's at Prospect Hall two years ago is making an impact in the Tri-State area.

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Domonique Richmond, a three-sport star at South Hagerstown High School as a freshman last year, has transferred to Montrose to play basketball for Vetter.

Richmond's departure from South creates a void that three teams - the most immediate being the Rebels' football squad - will struggle to fill in the upcoming school year.

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Football coach Greg Kellick had Richmond penciled into the starting quarterback slot and planned to run some plays from the option.

Kellick said he learned of Richmond's transfer just three days before the team's first practice Saturday. He addressed his players and said he wanted to put the situation behind them.

"I think it's probably had the opposite effect that you would expect," Kellick said. "The big thing is that we taked about it right off the bat, said 'Here it is,' now let's not talk about it anymore.

"No one person is bigger than the program," Kellick added. "I think they pulled together and realized they're going to have to work together."

Kellick will not be the only South coach to feel the loss. Basketball coach Bob Starkey and track coach Daryl Hayes will also have to find a way to replace Richmond's athleticism.

Richmond was the sixth man on the Rebels basketball team, helping South to its second straight trip to the state semifinals in March.

With three senior starters graduated from that team, Richmond undoubtedly would have cracked the starting lineup.

Last spring, Richmond won an individual title at the Class 1A state track meet, running the 800 meters in 1 minute, 59.61 seconds.

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