Becker takes Hebron girls basketball job

October 04, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Mount Hebron has a new girls basketball coach -- Howard's Pat Becker.

Becker, who coaches field hockey and girls lacrosse at Howard, will succeed Dave Greenberg, who transferred to Centennial last summer.

Before coming to Howard a year ago, Becker coached basketball and lacrosse at Bryn Mawr in Baltimore. In 1993, she guided Bryn Mawr to the Association of Independent Schools title as well as the third division title for the Mawrtians.

"I've been coaching basketball for a long time," said Becker. "It's a sport where the coach has a lot of impact during practice but also has a lot of impact on the game, and I enjoy that element of it."

Becker said she feels no pressure despite taking over one of the county's most successful programs. "I would feel as much pressure as I did taking over lacrosse. I want to get the best out of every group of kids I have."

On the road

No. 1 Centennial and No. 4 Mount Hebron will be on the road to Denton on Saturday for the eighth annual Bulldog Classic Invitational Volleyball tournament at North Caroline High School.

The Eagles, who won the tournament in 1992, finished second last year, falling to Severna Park in the title match. The Vikings (4-0) make their first trip to the 15-team tournament.

North Caroline coach Margie Knight has put together one of the premier events of the volleyball season, drawing some of the top teams from all over the state. For the past couple of years, there has been a waiting list.

Last fall, the Vikings were invited after another team dropped out, but coach Jeannine McCrumb could not rearrange her schedule to accommodate the trip. This time, McCrumb made sure her team could go.

"The competition there is great," said McCrumb. "We get competition in our county, but it's good to play somebody different. Margie tries to get the best teams there."

This year's lineup includes four teams ranked in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15. Teams are arranged in three brackets with the top two emerging for playoffs.

Mount Hebron's bracket includes No. 6 Severna Park as well as Western, North East of Cecil County and Richard Montgomery. Centennial (4-0) is in a bracket with North Caroline, Bel Air, High Point and Lackey. The third bracket consists of No. 8 Perry Hall, James M. Bennett, Queen Anne's, Bohemia Manor and Northern of Calvert County.

Bracket play begins at 9 a.m. with playoffs beginning about 6 p.m. The final match might begin around 8:30, but past tournaments have run an hour or two behind schedule.

A first for Scorpions

Oakland Mills' field hockey team debuts in the Top 15 poll for the first time ever after running up a 5-0 record.

Christy Stewart scored in double overtime to lift the Scorpions over Walkersville, 1-0, last Tuesday. Friday, Nicole Cousin scored on a penalty stroke to beat Franklin, 1-0.

The defense has allowed just one goal. Sweeper Whitney Sale, backs Mandi Weidener, Carolyn Schultz and Katie Combs and sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Hampshire get the credit for preserving four 1-0 victories. The only goal they allowed came on a penalty stroke in a 4-1 win over Lansdowne.

Flying Eagles

Centennial's girls teams have had a remarkable fall so far with all four holding down top-5 rankings until this week. The cross country team dropped out of the poll this week, but the volleyball, field hockey and girls soccer teams all remain unbeaten.

The volleyball team is No. 1 at 4-0 after wins this week over No. 7 Glenelg and Wilde Lake. The field hockey team is No. 4 at 5-0 with wins over three other ranked teams. Girls soccer is No. 5 and 3-0 after beating Atholton on Wednesday.

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