Owls Track Teams Go On The Defensive

April 29, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer

The Westminster boys and girls track teams will try to defend their titles in the Central Maryland Conference Meet tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Linganore High in Frederick County.

The Owls' boys team should dominate the meet, while the girls squad could get a challenge from the host team, Linganore.

The Westminster boys are balanced in the running events and Matt Knights (long and triple jumps) will anchor the field events.

Stephanie Morningstar and Kenya Warfield will lead the Westminster girls.Morningstar will be favored in the middle-distance events, while Warfield will be tough to beat in the hurdles and high jump.

Liberty's Julie Cox will be strong in the --es, while Denine Henderson of South Carroll should do well in the long and triple jumps.

* It's Middle Atlantic Conference playoff time for Western Maryland, with two of its teams looking for titles and a number of athletes competing forindividual crowns.

The Western Maryland softball team will be competing in a double-elimination tournament against the three other MACsection champions. It all gets started Friday at the Skyline Softball Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Green Terrors, winners of the Southwest Section with an 8-2 mark, will take on Southeast champion Muhlenberg at 2 p.m. Scranton (Northeast champs) will take on Elizabethtown (Northwest) in the other first-round matchup at 4 p.m.

The tournament will conclude Saturday afternoon with the championship round starting at noon. The "if-necessary" game will follow at 2.

The WMCwomen's lacrosse team will travel to Ursinus today in a semifinal round matchup starting at 4 p.m.

The Green Terrors (8-3) finished second in the MAC West Division with a 4-1 record, while Ursinus earnedthe home-field edge by winning the East Division with a 6-0 mark.

In the MAC track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Franklin & Marshall, Kendra Weible qualified in four events on the women's side, while Derek Johnston and Kent Lightbourn will lead the men's team.

Weible and Johnston both qualified in four distance events, while Lightbourn will compete in three middle-distance events and a relay.

Three singles players and a doubles team will be in action for the Green Terrors in the MAC individual tennis championships.

Kelly Houghton will be the only WMC representative in the women's championship at Gettysburg, Pa. She will be competing in the No. 1 singles bracket, which starts Friday and concludes Saturday.

The men's championship will take place Friday and Saturday at Hereford.

ScottAquila and Chris Conklin will be competing in singles play, while Doug Raihall and Chris Radgowski will team in doubles play.

* The top two county baseball teams will face one another Friday when Westminster travels to Winfield to take on South Carroll.

The visiting Owls have been on a roll of late, entering the week at 9-3 and winning all three of their games last week.

The Cavaliers have been on a roll all season, boasting a perfect 10-0 mark (4-0 in the county).

The last time these two clubs met, South Carroll came away with a 5-4win at home.

Charlie Kuykendall (county-leading .559 batting average) and Joe Goodwin (.556 and county-leading three home runs and 21 RBI) leads the Cavaliers' attack, while the Owls are led by Bobby Taylor (.480, two homers and 20 RBI) and Todd Dorsey (.429).

The contest may come down to pitching and both teams have plenty of that. Goodwin is 4-0 on the season with a 1.64 earned run average. Steve Schulze and Mike Downs also are unbeaten for the Cavaliers.

Rob Ruhlmanis the workhorse of the Westminster staff, 3-0 on the year with a 2.48 ERA in 31 innings pitched.

* There are some good county tennis matchups early next week with the Westminster boys at North Carroll on Monday and the South Carroll girls traveling to Westminster on Tuesday.

The Westminster and North Carroll boys were both 8-1 at the start of this week, and next Monday's match could determine the countytitle.

Seniors Matt Sedlak (7-1) and Marco Fuggitti (7-2) lead the Owls in singles' play. North Carroll's strength is in doubles, where the teams of Eric Nowicki/Rich Cutair and Matt Lovetro/Keith Mayle have a combined record of 18-2.

In girl's action, the Westminster Owls (7-1) opened this week at 4-0 in the county with South Carroll (9-1) on their heels at 3-1.

The key matchups will likely come in the doubles, where both teams boast duos with perfect marks.

Carey Marschke and Angie Frizzell are 9-0 for the Cavs, while Staci Schmidtand Cindy Dieterly are 7-0 for the Owls.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(All times p.m. unless noted)

Today

Boys lacrosse: Liberty at Howard, TBA; North Carroll at South Carroll, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30

Girls lacrosse: Liberty at Westminster, JV at 5:30, varsity at 7; South Carroll at Glenelg, varsity at 3:30, JV to follow; WMC at Ursinus -- MAC semifinals, 4

Tennis: Francis Scott Key at Williamsport, 4:30; Frederick at South Carroll, 4

Thursday

Baseball: Francis Scott Key at Walkersville, 4:30; Liberty at South Carroll, 4; North Carroll at Linganore, 4

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