Schlenoff on Poly's diamond

February 22, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

For the first time since ending a five-year stint at Forest Park in 1976, Mark Schlenoff, Poly's athletic director, will be on the diamond as the coach of the Engineers' baseball team.

"I'm as pumped up as a 22-year-old college graduate fresh on the high school scene," said Schlenoff, 48. "I don't feel rusty. I've played in an over-30 baseball leauge and I've played semi-pro ball. I haven't been away from it too long."

Charles Sullivan, coach of last year's district 9 champ, has decided to step down after taking on more responsibilities in the math department.

Last year's squad reached the 4A playoffs, losing in the first round to Patterson. But many stars from that squad have graduated -- a fact that doesn't concern a veteran like Schlenoff.

"I think we'll have to not worry about last year and do our own thing, prioritizing having fun and enjoying practice and the games," Schlenoff said. "I think the wins will come after that."

Great performances

Last week, there were several excellent efforts turned in by high school athletes on the basketball courts, on the mats and in the water -- and here are just a few.

Take for example, No. 2 Dunbar's 6-foot-7 Rodney Elliott, who scored 44 points and had 38 rebounds -- an average of 14.7 points and 12.7 rebounds -- over three victories against Douglass, 98-69; No. 5 Woodlawn, 64-40; and No. 16 Walbrook, 71-56.

Another student from Dunbar, sixth-ranked wrestler Bruce Pendles (119, 16-1) won his second Maryland Scholastic Association title, 12-9, over another sixth-ranked wrestler, McDonogh's Dave Trudil (17-3). Pendles (12 pins, two technical falls), who normally wrestles at 112 pounds, was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

Hereford's No. 2-ranked wrestler Roy Collins (189, 30-0) has 23 pins and three technical falls. Last week, he won five of his six matches by fall, with the other being a 14-2 Baltimore County title bout decision over Perry Hall's Jeff Taylor (29-3). Collins also has a 17-5 victory over Taylor.

In the swimming pool, Fallston's Brad Snyder was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.92) in the Harford County championships. A member of the 200 freestyle relay, which finished first in a school-record 1:37.46, Snyder also holds the school record (1:01.44) for the 100 breaststroke.

Gilman's Devin Balkcom won three medals at the MSA swimming championships, taking the 200 freestyle in 1:46.53, the 100 butterfly in a school-record 53:59 and anchoring the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

Eagles excel

A day before McDonogh's 12th-ranked varsity basketball team edged No. 13 Severn, 56-54, its junior varsity did the job on the Admirals.

Friday, McDonogh's junior varsity basketball team (13-2) completed an unbeaten season against Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference foes under second-year coach Lynn Badham.

The Eagles out-scored their opponents by an average of 61-47, winning the title game, 68-65, over Severn behind Mike Steller's team-leading 16 points. Steller was voted the team's Most Valuable Player.

Badham, in his 12th season as a junior varsity coach, also won five championships at Dunbar and consecutive crowns at Carver during the 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 seasons.

Badham was The Baltimore Sun's 1987-88 All-Metro Coach of the Year when he led Forest Park to a 15-2 record after having gone winless the four previous seasons.

Regional adjustment

The 4A North Region boys basketball semifinals and finals will be held March 3 and 5 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, according to Woodlawn coach Rodney Norris, region chairman.

Currently in the 4A North Region, Southern is the top seed, followed by Woodlawn, Southwestern, Lake Clifton, Perry Hall, Walbrook and Edmondson.

The top two teams will receive first-round byes, with the next four seeds meeting in the regional quarterfinal games beginning March 1.

Cheerleading champs

The sixth annual Catholic Cheerleading championships will be held on March 4 at Catholic High from 5 to 9 p.m.

Along with the team crown for varsity and junior varsity cheerleading, there will be individual dance, jump and All-Star competitions. Catholic High has won the varsity team competition every season.

For more information, call Carleen Kramer, development director, at (410) 732-2044.

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