Win or lose, the Western Maryland College men's basketball team will make the record books when they open their season in the Rotary Tip-Off Tournament at 8 Friday night.
The Green Terrors will be the first-ever opponent for the newlyformed Goucher College team in the second game of the tournament.
Lycoming meets Philadelphia Pharmacy in the opener at 6 p.m.. Friday's losers meet Saturday at 6 and the winners meet for the tournament championship at 8.
"We're pretty excited," said Leonard Trevino, Goucher's first men's coach, who has been an assistant at the University of South Dakota and Texas A & M. "It's been a lot of fun and the kids have been working hard."
Of course, the game will have some meaning for WMC coach Nick Zoulias, a longtime assistant who is getting his first permanent head coaching job after applying for several vacancies in the region. Zoulias did serve as interim coach in 1983-1984 when then-head coach Alex Ober was on sabbatical, and was appointed head coach earlier this year when the coaching load of several WMC physical education professors was cut.
Zoulias coached the Green Terrors to a 6-18 that year.
He'll hope for better this season, with 11 letter winners and three starters returning from last year's 5-19 club. The two players not back are forward Dave Barnes, who graduated and averaged 7.6 points per game, and Marc Rudolph, who did not return for his senior year. Rudolph scored 8.3 points per game.
Anchoring the team will be three senior returning starters -- center Mike Sherlock (10.4 points per game and an 82 percent free-throw shooter), guard Ed Krusinski (7.6 points) and Rob Howell (5.7 points).
Other contenders for starting slots are Eric Watkinson (injured in practice last week and questionable for the tournament) and Scott Lyon in the backcourt and Paul Pawlowski and Scott Roth up front.
The Green Terror women also open up this weekend at Lady Spartan Invitational at York (Pa.) College, but lacking the experience of the men's team. Only four letter winners and one starter -- guard Angie Alfano -- return from last year's 18-5 team.
Gone are the trio of center Claire Thevenoux, forward Barb Wolf and win Caitlin Monroe, who led the Green Terrors to a two-year mark of 38-10.
Supporting Alfano will be returnees Alice Smith, Rhonda Small and Jonelle Leith at guard, but the 10-player roster includes only one center and one forward.
Western Maryland plays at 8 p.m. Friday against Jersey City State while York tangles with Misericordia, Pa., at 6. The consolation game is at 1 p.m. Saturday and the championship at 3.
In other sports this weekend: * The Carroll County Football League finals are Saturday -- in Baltimore County. League member Perry Hall is the host for the event, which rotates between CCFL franchises.
Action begins at noon Saturday at Perry Hall Middle School with the C Division cheerleading competition, followed by the title game between Westminster and North Carroll.
The B Division cheerleaders square off at 3 p.m. and Sykesville faces Perry Hall in the finals.
The final pairings for the A Division game had not yet been decided as of press time early Tuesday. Westminster, Perry Hall and Reisterstown all finished tied for first, and Westminster advanced to the finals by virtue of a coin flip.
Perry Hall was to play Reisterstown last night at Christmas Tree Park in Manchester, with the winner facing Westminster Saturday at 7 p.m.
The A Division cheerleaders meet at 6 p.m.
* Football of a different sort will be played Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
at the old Montrose School site in Reisterstown, when the Westminster Pit Bulls battle Perry Hall for the Northwest Area Flag Football League title.
Perry Hall defeated the Pit Bulls, 12-0, in last year's championship game, and Westminster advanced to this year's finals with a 20-16 victory over Monahan's Pub of Baltimore County, 20-16, last week.
* One last form of football -- at least, that's what the rest of the world calls soccer -- is involved in championships this weekend.
Semifinals were rained out Saturday, so semifinals and finals will be played this weekend in most divisions of the Carroll County Soccer League.
Semifinals are slated in all seven divisions Saturday at scattered sites, with championship games scheduled for three sites Sunday.
All of the girls finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Oklahoma Park in Eldersburg, with the under-14 game at 12:30, the under-12 game at 2 and the under-10 game at 3:30. The under-12 tournament is double-elimination format, and a second championship game, if needed, is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Deer Park.
The boys senior league game is at 1 p.m. and the middle league game is 2:30 Sunday at South Carroll High, while the boys intermediate league is at 1 and junior league at 2:30 at Deer Park.