Sometimes, a simple change is the best change.
Liberty soccer coach Lee Kestler watched his team drop games to Glenelg and Mount St. Joe earlier this season and decided to move up Brian Ziegenfuss to striker to beef up the Lions' attack.
Ziegenfuss, a senior, has had two goals and five assists since then as Liberty raised its record to 8-2.
In Anne Arundel County, Broadneck coach Kevin McMullen began the season with Matt Wiemer at stopper back. The offense sputtered, so he shifted Wiemer forward to midfield.
Still the attack failed to jell, so McMullen pushed Wiemer to striker. Last week, in two key victories to keep the Bruins in the running for a postseason playoff berth, Wiemer had five goals and one assist. The entire team had scored only nine goals in eight previous games.
* Loch Raven's Melissa Compton is doing her part to keep the Raiders (7-1) tied with Hereford for Baltimore County's Class 2A/1A league lead. Last week, the four-year performer scored both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over Chesapeake and then scored again to beat Patapsco, 1-0.
She's a straight-A student for four years and did not play in the Raiders' lone loss to Hereford.
* In an Anne Arundel soccer showdown yesterday, Darren Mallinson scored with 3:18 left to lift No. 4 Severna Park over No. 6 North County, 1-0. Both entered the game unbeaten in county play.
In Howard County, No. 3 Centennial handed No. 11 Atholton its third 1-0 loss of the season, the school's only defeats this year.
* The McDonogh girls tennis program would bring a quick smile to Pam Shriver, its most illustrious alumna. The Eagles have won 68 of 70 sets this season and the junior varsity squad has lost only one set.
At No. 1 singles is Julie Diaz, who dropped those two sets to the defending AIS champion, Jennifer Mowbray of Garrison Forest. Everyone else at McDonogh has won every set. No. 2 singles player Shani Dilloff is only a freshman. Another freshman, Jessica Salsbury, is an alternate along with Shelly Seaman, and neither has lost.
The Eagles boast three perfect doubles teams: Kim Fox and Rachel Goldfine, Laura Follkemer and Becky Werhane, and Sloane Drapkin and Lauren Schultz.
Coach Diane Young, in her 11th year at McDonogh, has the Eagles gunning for a third straight AIS A Division tournament title. That opens Monday at McDonogh.
* Severna Park and Glen Burnie will collide tomorrow (4:15 p.m.) in an important Anne Arundel County volleyball match. The unbeaten and senior-laden Gophers have a shot to knock off FTC unbeaten Severna Park, which has not lost a regular-season match in its last 86 straight.
Stacy Gilligan leads Glen Burnie and Kim Allers is the lone senior and team leader for Severna Park.
* Think Calvert Hall's Tom Welsch had a big day last Saturday? In the morning he played in the Cardinals' 4-0 soccer victory over Loyola, then booted field goals of 29 and 36 yards and kicked one PAT in the Cards' 20-12 football victory over Mount St. Joe.
* Arundel's Gary Carpenter, a sophomore, won the Anne Arundel County golf championship last week, playing in a foursome with three seniors. Carpenter, who plays out of Crofton Country Club, took low individual honors with a 78. Arundel previously had qualified as a team to enter the state tournament, teeing off today at the University of Maryland.
* Among those with at least 10 punts, Poly's Albert Tyler (42.7-yard average) has edged ahead of Wally Lowery (42.1) of Cardinal Gibbons for the area lead. Lamar King (41.4) of Chesapeake-BC is third.
* The MSA has set its B Conference football championship at Poly, Nov. 17 (1 p.m.). Dunbar and Patterson, both unbeaten in Division I conference play, meet tomorrow at Patterson (3 p.m.). Lake Clifton and Mervo remain unbeaten in Division II. The division winners will advance to the championship.
* Mercy is the site of a free basketball clinic put on by Future Stars International for girls, grades 7-12, on Sunday, Nov. 11. Contact coach Mary Ella Marion (529-4716).
* The Maryland Scholastic Association is holding a retirement dinner for Patterson's longtime athletic director, Hy Zolet, who also served as MSA secretary. It's at Overlea Hall on Nov. 15. For tickets, mail a $25 check to Mark Schlenoff, Poly, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21209.
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