More than a few football teams are kicking up a storm this season.
Just four weeks into the season, kickers are grabbing the headlines. Consider last weekend's news:
Keith Kormanik of Gilman converted field goals of 30 and 40 yards in the Greyhounds' 22-14 overtime loss to No. 1-ranked Poly. The longer one with nine seconds remaining tied the score and forced overtime.
Chris Ginter of Loyola booted a 20-yard game-winner with 38 seconds remaining to defeat Cardinal Gibbons, 23-21.
Nathan Kealey of Mount Hebron, who had kicked a 55-yard field goal earlier this season, had two more of 16 and 25 yards in the Vikings' 12-0 victory over Glenelg.
Calvert Hall's Tom Welsch (30 yards) and McDonogh's Brian Thanner (37 yards) each kicked a field goal in the same game, a 16-12 Calvert Hall victory.
Centennial's Brian Reid, who earlier had converted a 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to defeat North Carroll, 17-14, hit a 35-yarder in last week's 10-7 victory over Howard.
And Dundalk's Kevin Rexrode converted six of six PATs in a 42-6 victory against Kenwood.
Incidentally, Kealey's 55-yarder probably is the longest ever kicked by a state schoolboy. No official records are kept, but no one has stepped forth recalling a longer one.
* Speaking of records, has any girls soccer team surpassed Loch Raven's 20-goal output in blanking Owings Mills? Cindy Waire and Heidi Binder each scored five goals and Michelle DeJulius had three as eight Raiders scored. Owings Mills goalkeeper Amy Magaziner was credited with 40 saves.
When the two schools met in volleyball, Owings Mills topped the 1988 state champion Raiders, 15-7, 15-5, 9-15 and 15-4, behind setter Sheri Lichtenberg and hitter Kari Stockslager. The Golden Eagles, a .500 team only last year, are off to a 5-0 start.
Calvert Hall's J.J. Kremer has played his way to a second U.S. national soccer team camp in Colorado Springs later this month. Kremer is one of 26 vying for 18 positions on the national under-17 squad.
* Liberty defender Greg Phelps raised his assist total this season six with three more last week against Linganore, all coming on throw-ins.
* Patterson football coach Roger Wrenn said the Clippers' Charles Anderson had as good an all-around game last week as any player he has coached. Anderson caught eight passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, had another 92-yard catch called back by a penalty, made seven tackles, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and knocked down two passes.
* Dulaney's Eddie Lipski (75), Pat Coyner (78), Jason Moon (79) and Dave Patrick (82) combined to lift the Lions to the team title in the state District VI golf tournament at Rocky Point. Lipski (75) and Dulaney's Kristin Dollenberg (107) were the low boy and girl individual scorers.
* Joppatowne's B.J. Barnes, Harford County's top rusher and scorer in football, is out for the season with a broken foot. Barnes, who had scored 60 points and rushed for 405 yards, was injured in the third quarter of last weekend's 20-6 victory over Bohemia Manor. The Mariners are 4-0.
* Severna Park will hold a soccer alumni get-together following Saturday's 2 p.m. boys game against Montgomery Blair.
* The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches has lined up some dandy speakers for its Jan. 18-19 clinic at the BWI Marriott, including Tom House, the innovative pitching coach of the Texas Rangers, and new University of Maryland coach Tom Bradley. Applications ($35 for members and $45 for non-members) and more details are available from Roger Wrenn (396-9274) or Don Van Deusen (313-7080).
* Landon Prep of Bethesda is seeking a football opponent for Oct. 26-27, home or away. Contact Lowell Davis (301) 320-3200.
* Athletic directors and/or coaches are requested to forward varsity boys and girls winter schedules to High School Sports Editor, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.