Woody Williams, who returned to area high-school sports this year as athletic director at Mervo, likely will coach the boys varsity basketball team this winter.
Williams said yesterday that "it's a strong possibility" he will be the Mustangs' coach when practice begins Nov. 15.
"We'll just to have to wait until Nov. 15 and see," he said.
Williams coached 16 years at Lake Clifton, compiling a 278-93 record before leaving to work as administrative assistant to former Maryland basketball coach Bob Wade from 1986 to 1989.
John Blake has been Mervo's coach the past seven years. Williams said he did not know whether Blake would remain a part of the basketball coaching staff.
Blake has compiled a 59-48 record at Mervo, including playoff appearances the past two seasons.
Archbishop Curley's Matt Ciarpella led his team to a 20-36 dual-meet victory over Loyola on Friday to clinch the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference cross-country dual-meet title for the Friars (7-0). He then came back Sunday to win the Maryland State Catholic High Schools Championships at Georgetown Prep in 16 minutes, 9 seconds.
Georgetown Prep won the team title with 33 points, followed by Curley (48) and Loyola (72).
Ciarpella, who finished first in all seven of Curley's dual meets this season, got a break Sunday when Georgetown Prep's Jama Bile, the meet favorite, was hampered by a bout with the flu. He finished fifth in 16:41.
Mount St. Joseph's Romero Wilson placed second in 16:13, followed by Georgetown Prep's Bogi Yohannes (16:19) and Calvert Hall's Chris Sisk (16:33).
Ciarpella and Wilson will be battling again Wednesday afternoon at Herring Run Park, as Ciarpella defends his title at the MSA championship meet.
Mount de Sales competed in the girls championship race, finishing second in the team standings with 50 points behind Good Counsel (37).
G; Krissy Hamilton was the team's top finisher at seventh.
A Halloween prank became serious for Hammond soccer goalkeeper Emily Minah, and proved costly for the Bears.
Minah, who helped Hammond win the state Class 1A-2A championship last year, was hit in the right eye with an egg thrown from a passing car on Halloween, the night before Hammond was to meet Patapsco in the Region I final.
The injury caused Minah's eye to swell, forcing her to wear an eye patch and miss the game, which Hammond lost, 2-1, in overtime.
Loch Raven's junior varsity football team won the Baltimore County title by defeating Pikesville, 16-0, Thursday.
Quarterback Mike Brammer and split end Aaron Bronson led the Raiders this season. Brammer passed for 14 touchdowns, and Bronson caught nine of them.
Although the Loch Raven varsity has struggled with a 4-25 mark since 1988, the junior varsity has compiled a 17-3 mark during the same period under coach Dave Scrivener.
Western's Johanna Bahr completed the swim team's regular season unbeaten in five meets in three events -- 100-meter intermediate medley, 50 breast stroke and 100 breast stroke. She and teammate Jenny Stewart, who is unbeaten in diving, will lead Western in the City-wide swim finals Thursday at Johns Hopkins.
Last week was a big one for Theresa Ross.
Friday, Ross drove from Annapolis to Charlottesville, Va., to root for her father, Georgia Tech head football coach Bobby Ross, in Saturday's 41-38 upset of top-ranked Virginia.
"It was unbelievable -- unlike anything we've ever experienced," Ross said. "We've been involved in a lot of big games, but never beating the No. 1 team in the nation. It was an unbelievable day."
But Theresa Ross had time for only a short walk and talk with her father before returning to Annapolis, where Sunday afternoon she was preparing for her first coaching position.
Last week, Annapolis High School athletic director Fred Stauffer named Ross and Patty Dages to revive his school's floundering girls basketball program.
Stauffer said that Ross will be the head coach, and Dages (Brooklyn Park, Auburn) -- the state's fourth all-time leading high school scorer -- will serve as the top assistant.
"This [Ross] is a very intelligent and very organized young woman," Stauffer said. "She's mature and caring, and I'm sure she will earn the respect of our girls. I think we have a good one. I'm anxious to get the season going."
Ross, a graduate of High Point High School (1983) and Loyola College (1987), is in graduate school at Johns Hopkins.
Brad Wilson, an assistant coach at Meade the past seven years, has been chosen to replace Dick Hart as boys varsity basketball coach at North County.
Wilson also is the defensive coordinator for the North County football team this fall.
Hart, who had been the coach at Andover for 29 years before Andover and Brooklyn Park merged this year to from North County, continues to receive radiation therapy for a cancerous brain tumor that was operated on last year.
Overtime: Howard County has the following coaching vacancies: junior varsity boys basketball (Mount Hebron), varsity wrestling (Glenelg) and junior varsity wrestling (Centennial and Howard). For information, contact the schools or call 992-0500. . . . The Chesapeake Bay AAU All-Star Basketball Camp for boys and girls 9-18 will be held Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arundel High.