Centennial on course for meet title repeat

HOWARD SPORTS

October 27, 1993|By RICK BELZ

Last year's boys team winner, Centennial, is favored to repeat as champion at the county high school cross country championships tomorrow at Howard Community College.

The meet starts with the boys race at 3:35 p.m. The girls will run at 4, and a combination boys/girls B race will follow at 4:30.

Last year's top three boys finishers -- Glenelg's Ed Hogan (16 minutes, 24 seconds), Atholton's Bryan Townsend (16:38) and Centennial's Mark James (16:38) have graduated.

But the Eagles return Stephen Olenick (16:39), who finished fourth, and Robert Van Allen (16:43), who was fifth. Centennial's Kevin Hill, a transfer, is favored to win this year.

Centennial also won the girls team championship last season, but will be challenged to repeat by Atholton, which lost to Centennial by four points in a quad meet last week.

Glenelg's Alicia Adams is favored to win her third straight county title. She holds the course record of 19:24.7.

Atholton's Dana Strickland (fifth last year) may offer a strong challenge, although she has lost to Adams three times this season. Centennial's Kari Meyer, who finished third in the county last season, is also a threat.

McKenney breaks 1,000

Senior running back James McKenney's 171 yards rushing last Saturday against Mount Hebron made him only the third Glenelg player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in one season. He has 1,001.

The other two were Paul Brosenne, who gained 1,442 yards last season, and Greg Miles, who passed the 1,000 mark in 1979.

Unmatched soccer streak

With state soccer playoffs beginning next week, it is worth noting that Howard County's high school teams hold a distinction.

At least one county team has won a state soccer championship every year since 1979. Oakland Mills has won seven, Wilde Lake five, Centennial four, Atholton one and Glenelg one during those years. Wilde Lake has won six state titles in all, since the Wildecats also won in 1976.

All five of those teams were in the playoff picture through Monday's games, as was Hammond.

Wall's record to fall

Wilde Lake's Raphael Wall holds the state career rushing record of 5,095 yards -- but not for long.

Riverdale Baptist running back Olandis Gary has 5,059 yards with three games left to play.

And Towson's Tex Deleon is 140 yards away from the record.

Wall, who is playing at the University of Maryland, graduated from Wilde Lake in 1991.

Shea wins 200th

Oakland Mills boys soccer coach Don Shea didn't make much fuss about it, but on Oct. 8 with a 2-1 victory over Howard, he recorded his 200th career coaching victory.

Winning close ones

Two years ago, Glenelg's boys soccer teams played six overtime games and won just one of them.

This year, they've played three overtime games and won them all.

The Gladiators (6-4, 4-1) have won six games by one goal this season, although one was forfeited.

"We've had some good luck but we've worked a lot harder this year and won a lot of 50-50 balls," Gladiators coach John Bouman said.

Through Monday, they had won four straight one-goal games and were in second place in the league, in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

This four-game streak began when Bouman gave Scott Bryan a starting fullback job.

"We now have four fast defenders and he's the fastest of them all," Bouman said. The others are Chris Schaefer, Andrew Williamson and Mikael Soderstrom.

Glenelg is still in position to defend its state Class 2A title. One Gladiators victory this week or one Hammond (4-5-1, 2-3) loss would ensure Glenelg a spot in the playoffs.

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