Howard wrestlers try to regroup Team remains confident despite Oakland Mills upset

January 31, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Howard's wrestling team suffered a serious setback when it dropped a 45-18 decision to Oakland Mills last week, but don't let that fool you. The Lions are enjoying their best season in years, and they figure to have a major impact at the county tournament in three weeks.

Howard (6-2) already has equaled its highest victory total of the previous three seasons. The Lions got caught by an Oakland Mills team (2-6) whose record reflects its brutal non-league schedule. The Scorpions proved it by beating Wilde Lake, 33-23, two nights after dropping Howard. Still, it's hard to envision the Scorpions being 27 points better than Howard.

"Oakland Mills is a good team, and they matched up with us perfectly to beat us like that," Howard coach Fred Bullock said.

jTC The Lions rebounded last weekend by finishing third in the eight-team Edgewood Tournament.

Their lineup doesn't contain many weak spots. And their senior trio of Mark Grinspoon (125, 17-4), Jason Shefrin (145, 16-2) and John Wiland (152, 18-2) won't let the Lions slip.

Howard girls on rebound

Speaking of serious setbacks, Howard's girls basketball team aims to recover from the 64-25 walloping the Lions took at Mount Hebron last week. Howard's bench will be tested Wednesday (5 p.m.) at Hammond.

Coach Craig O'Connell will be depending on two players recovering from injuries. Senior point guard Camille Powell sprained an ankle in the opening minutes of the Hebron game and sat out the Centennial game Friday. She expects to start at Hammond.

And freshman guard Tresa Silcott, who missed the first 13 games with a hand injury suffered in a preseason scrimmage, hopes to see meaningful minutes against Hammond. During preseason, Silcott impressed O'Connell enough that he was considering starting her. That decision was made for him when Silcott fractured her hand against St. Mary's in Howard's first scrimmage.

Silcott was expected to make her first appearance Friday night at Centennial.

Knuppel excels for Hopkins

Sylke Knuppel made quite a name for herself at Glenelg High. She starred for three seasons, scored more than 1,000 points and led the Gladiators to the Class 2A finals in 1989.

Four years later, Knuppel is winding up her basketball career at Johns Hopkins in similar fashion. Thursday night, Knuppel scored 18 points to lead Hopkins (9-8) to a 75-55 victory over Lebanon Valley and become the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,216 points.

Knuppel, a 5-foot-9 forward, is going out in style. She leads Hopkins (9-8) in scoring (19.2), field goals (115), rebounding (8.2), free throws (75) and three-point shooting percentage (30.0).

Overall, she is shooting 42 percent from the floor and 77 percent at the foul line.

Coaching milestones

Now that Mount Hebron girls basketball coach Dave Greenberg has reached the 300-victory mark -- he is now 300-58 (.838 winning percentage) -- it's worth noting some of the performances of the county's other great coaches.

Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall has guided the Wildecats to four state championships in his 19 seasons. DuVall's career record is 169-35 (.828). That's an average of just under nine victories per season. At that pace, if he sticks around long enough, DuVall should hit the 200 mark in the fall of 1996.

Centennial volleyball coach Bill Shook is also on a tear. After nine seasons, Shook has led the Eagles to three state titles and a record of 151-24 (.863). That's an average of 16.7 victories a season, and since the Eagles have emerged as one of the top programs in the state, Shook could hit 200 victories in 1995.

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