McDonogh's fast soccer start (10-0) is only a mild surprise to coach Bill Seal. The Eagles boast several seniors who have been playing since their freshmen season. But even Seal did not expect his team to outscore the opposition by a 33-2 margin entering today's contest against Friends.
Senior Nick Bershak and junior Dom Appolon are leading the attack with support from midfielder Zack Shamoo and stopper Josh Hantman.
Senior Sean Corcoran is in goal, supported by sweeper Spencer Rice and wing backs Tim Schauerman and Jordan Stellar.
Rice, a four-year performer, sat out Tuesday's 3-0 victory over Archbishop Curley with a sprained ankle and was not expected to play today. He is expected back for next Tuesday's showdown with Boys' Latin. The Eagles lead Division I of the MSA A Conference with a 5-0 record, just ahead of Curley (5-1) and Boys' Latin (4-1).
* North County of Anne Arundel County also is unbeaten (7-0) heading into tomorrow night's contest against Broadneck (2-1-4). North County's Jody Haislip picked up two more goals, an assist and a save in Tuesday's 6-0 victory over Arundel.
Jesse Haislip, Jody's brother, starts in goal for the Knights, but coach Steve Malone moved Jody into the net to "get him some work there, just in case we may need him later."
Despite the four ties, Broadneck still is clinging to the fourth spot in the point-rating system for the postseason playoffs, ahead of Arundel.
* St. Mary's football team is big . . . and tall. Eleven players top 200 pounds and 19 are taller than 6 feet. "They may be the biggest high school team in the country," said Southwestern athletic director Dave Lang, whose school dropped a 38-28 decision to the Saints (6-0) in an MSA C Conference game last weekend.
From Lang's perspective, there was a bright spot. Southwestern quarterback Diarra Davis completed 16 of 26 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. The Sabers (1-2 overall, 1-1 in the C Conference) went 0-9 last year, but are trying to turn that around under new coach Fred Kaiss.
* There are two cross country invitationals this weekend.
The Metro Invitational at Catonsville Community College tomorrow (4 p.m.) features Broadneck, Loyola and Mount St. Joseph on the boys side, with Dulaney, Liberty and Meade heading the girls field. On Saturday (10 a.m.), the Anne Arundel Invitational will be held at Annapolis.
* On a roll: Patapsco's Linda Bauer, a senior striker, has scored 15 goals in her last three games . . . Wendy Galandak, a junior for F.S. Key's field hockey team, scored game-winning goals last week in the Eagles' 1-0 victory over Thomas Johnson and 2-1 decision over Poolesville . . . Laura Taneyhill, a 5-foot-7 sophomore outside hitter, is a major factor as the Centennial volleyball team knocked off Howard County rival Mount Hebron Tuesday, 15-0, 15-8, 15-1.
* Renovations to Byrd Stadium at College Park will bump the state football championships to other sites on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Six sites are being considered: Montgomery College, Westminster, South Carroll, Friendly, High Point and Largo. Four will be selected once it is known which teams will play in the four class championship games.
* Lake Clifton's basketball team hopes to play in a California Christmas tournament, beginning Dec. 18. Coach Charlie Moore said his players have been raising funds with raffles and free-throw shooting contests since August to be able to make the trip. "I also am seeking corporate and private donations to help out," Moore said.
* Former Olympian Chris Campbell, the two-time NCAA champ from Iowa and three-time World Cup champion, will be the featured speaker at a wrestling clinic, set for Nov. 3-4 at Northeast High in Anne Arundel County. The clinic ($25 for one day, $35 for both days) runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4. For more information, call Al Kohlhafer (437-6400 or 969-8151).
* The Maryland Wrestling Officials Association will hold its first organizational meeting of the season, Oct. 22 (7:30 p.m.) at Poly. No previous experience is necessary, but a knowledge of wrestling is recommended. For more information, call commissioner Joe D'Adamo (483-2705).
* The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Board 261, wants applicants for the upcoming season. Call Terry Jessup (838-7924) or Bud Coakley (676-4348).
* The Baltimore County Men's Coaches Association will hold its annual bull roast on Nov. 2 (7-12 p.m.) at Libertini's on Harford Road. Contact Doug Eisenhauer (887-5241) for tickets.
* Call 332-6669 to nominate Athletes of the Week to The Evening Sun each Monday before noon. Report stats and updated
records any time before noon on Wednesdays.