Dulaney ready to roar to another title MSA race sets up as 3-team scramble Golf preview

April 06, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

With Dulaney High seeking its 12th straight Baltimore County golf championships, there is little doubt who opposing teams will be shooting for this spring.

However, as with the fairways on area courses, the Maryland Scholastic Association race isn't that cut and dried. Calvert Hall, Gilman and Loyola all are capable of climbing to the top of the MSA.

Calvert Hall defeated Loyola for the championship last season, and Cardinals coach Jules Difries hopes his team can carry some of that momentum into its 1993 campaign.

"We have a very good team and if they play to their potential, we'll do well," said Difries, whose team is 2-0 heading into tomorrow's matchup with Loyola at Pine Ridge. "We're the defending conference champions and we're eager to maintain that status, but every year is a new year and you have to prove yourself all over again."

Senior Brian Luskey will represent the Cardinals in the No. 1 spot after playing No. 2 last season behind Serge Hogg. In Calvert Hall's first match of the season -- a 13-5 win over St. Mary's -- Luskey shot a 37 on the front nine, but lost to the Saints' No. 1, Matt Tengwell, a transfer from Broadneck.

John Rommell put away his baseball glove this spring and will play No. 2 for the Cardinals, while Mike Schimpf and Brian Bryson will fill the Cards' Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively.

Loyola coach Marty Stewart believes it was his team's reputation that helped the Dons get past upstart Gilman in last year's semifinals.

"Last year, we weren't the second-best team in the league, but we upset Gilman in the semifinals and I think a lot of that has to do with our tradition," said Stewart. "We have a nice team again this year and I think we'll be really competitive. Traditionally, we've been right there in the hunt."

If the Dons are to earn one of the four playoff berths, they are going to need consistent efforts from juniors Joey Chuasiriporn and Tim Walko, who are interchangeable at No. 1 and No. 2.

"They're both good kids and they do what they're told," said Stewart, who will have to find someone to fill the No. 3 spot, which was left vacant when Brendan Moag took his clubs to Mount St. Mary's College. "I don't really have to coach them that much because they know the game better than I do. I just try to help them keep their heads in the game and make sure they get to matches on time."

Gilman has both of those qualities as well, but Greyhounds coach Harvey Peterson remembers how far that took his team last season.

"We got tripped up and caught off guard last year, but I think we'll be right back there this season," said Peterson, whose team has won the conference championship two of the past three years. "I certainly hope so."

The Greyhounds are without last year's No. 1 man, Justin Klein, who is starting at Duke University, but the Greyhounds return their No. 2, Jerry Lee, who defeated Klein on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff last year at Mount Pleasant Golf Course to win the MSA individual title.

Despite his personal successes last season, Lee, now a senior, still finds himself in the No. 2 position, now behind junior Chris Carroll, a four-handicap out of Baltimore Country Club at No. 1. Peterson says Carroll is "playing some very consistent golf."

"It's nice to have two strong players scrapping it out for the No. 1 position," said Peterson. "It keeps them honest and keeps them competitive. They realize that it's not a given that they'll be No. 1. Most teams have one player who is clearly head and shoulders above the rest, but we don't. They keep each other going. Before it's all over, Jerry could be back on top or Chris could be No. 1 all year."

Senior Ted Russell will play No. 3 and senior Nick Adams and sophomore Chris Oh are likely to stage a weekly battle for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the Greyhounds' starting six is sophomore John Park.

"We're hoping to regain the title," said Peterson. "We have a strong team again this year and Calvert Hall and Loyola always field good teams so it's not going to be easy.

Things aren't going to be easy for Park School, which joins the MSA golf league for the first time. But that doesn't scare Bruins coach Sharon Pusin.

"Our team is very inexperienced but we have a lot of spirit and players are real interested in playing the game," said Pusin, whose daughter, Stacey, will play No. 1. It's hard to find anything negative to say about Dulaney's golf program, unless, of course you're one of the 20 Baltimore County teams that has bowed to the Lions for more than a decade.

Dulaney opened the season against Perry Hall last Monday and faced little resistance in a 16 1/2 -1 1/2 victory. Lions coach Chuck Klimek attributes his team's dominance to its ability to field six strong players, year in and year out.

Eddie Lipski is back at No. 1 for Dulaney, but "within a beat" from him are No. 2 Reid Wiseman, No. 3 Tim Moores, No. 4 Brendan McKinney, No. 5 Jon Steckler and No. 6 Paul Mayni. The Lions' No. 7 spot is filled by one of the area's premier female players in senior Kristen Dollenberg. Dollenberg is the two-time defending state champion in the girls division of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's annual golf championship, which is conducted in the fall at the University of Maryland.

"We have great depth," said Klimek. "We could go 10 deep this year if we have to. We have 10 good golfers, which makes for some pretty intense practice sessions. Everybody is playing for ladder positions.

"I guess everybody looks at us as the team to beat in Baltimore County golf. The people we have are used to playing under pressure so teams are going to have to whip us if they want to win the county championship."

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