Eastern Vo-Tech has staked its claim as a team to reckon with in the Baltimore County Class 4A/3A boys basketball race. Coach Joel Bailey's Mustangs already have a victory over perennial contender Dulaney, and they played always strong Woodlawn into overtime before bowing by two points.
Senior point guard Jason Weyforth tossed in 47 points against Dulaney, hitting seven of eight shots from three-point range. He had 36 points in Tuesday's 103-84 victory over Franklin.
"Rick Tarburton has been a big plus for us," said Bailey. "He did it all himself, going to camps and working hard."
Tarburton, 6 feet 6, mans the low post. He had averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds before exploding for 31 points against Franklin.
Bailey said he has been getting a lot of help from the football players on the squad. Charles Davis (6-3) has helped on the boards, while Daryl Ray and Marquel Smith have strengthened the backcourt.
Bailey called senior Brian Collins the most pleasant surprise. "Brian has come off the bench to give us 10 points a game," he said. "And our outside shooting has been much better with first-year senior David Ritzell and junior Joe Leon. Both can hit the three-point shot."
The high-scoring Mustangs had six players in double figures in last week's 109-47 rout of an overmatched Kenwood team. Bailey liked the attitude of his starters, who rolled up a huge lead and, early in the second half, suggested he let the reserves finish up.
* Citing a scheduling snag, McDonogh has canceled its annual Christmas wrestling tournament set for this weekend. The 18-year-old tournament is expected to resume next year.
* North County's Steve Malone has been named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Malone is one of eight regional winners, and one of the eight will be chosen the nation's top coach at the NSCAA's convention next month in Atlanta.
* Gilman lacrosse defenseman Andrew Thut (6-4, 190) has signed a letter of intent to attend Dartmouth next fall.
* Meade's Jeff Miller became one of a handful of area pole vaulters to clear 14 feet indoors. Miller did 14-0 and 14-2 1/2 in
back-to-back efforts last week to set personal and school records. The top area mark indoors is 15-6, set at George Mason in 1989 by Old Mill's Matt Garvin. He remains the only area pole vaulter to top 15 feet indoors.
* Northeast-AA's Steve Strauss played in the shadow of high-scoring Andy Srebroski last year. He clearly emerged from that shadow in the fourth quarter of last week's basketball victory over North County, scoring 17 of his game-high 31 points.