Success and enthusiasm mark the return of high school golf

October 23, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The revival of high school golf in Harford County met with overwhelming success this fall, although resolution of minor details forced a later start than had been expected.

The efforts of several coaches, combined with support from the school system and area courses, resulted in more than 70 candidates for the nine teams. Now, with the program firmly in place, other students have expressed an interest in participating next year.

The traditional season-ending state championship tournament is scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park. The field will include three county players who qualified at a district tournament two weeks ago -- Katie Hale of North Harford and Matt Pilcher and Jon Smith of Bel Air.

All three did well in last week's county championships at Geneva Farm GC, as Hale won the girls title, and Pilcher and Smith helped Bel Air win the team title.

Mark Belcastro, a Bel Air sophomore who generally had been No. 3 behind Pilcher and Smith, picked the right time to beat his teammates, as he took the boys title, posting a 4-over-par 40 for the back nine.

Pilcher had 41, followed by Andy Reanrungroch of C. Milton Wright, and Merrell Dougherty of Havre de Grace at 42; and Smith, and North Harford's Jason Bach and Jesse Collins at 44. Bel Air's remaining scorers were Jerod Kuhlman, 46, and Ralph Ingerson, 47.

Four girls were among the players during the season, but only Hale and Bel Air's Erica Maciag (69) entered the county tournament.

Bel Air, coached by Mike Ennis, totaled 218 points. C. Milton Wright had 233 to edge North Harford (234) for second, trailed by Fallston (248), Joppatowne (293), Aberdeen (301), Edgewood (333) and Harford Tech (365). Havre de Grace, with four players, did not field a full team.

Ennis is working on next season, as he loses only one senior, Ingerson.

"This was a very enthusiastic group," Ennis said. "We started talking about it last spring. I sent postcards to the candidates over the summer, and even though there was a delay in getting started, they hung in there and stayed with it rather than trying out for other teams."

Joppatowne

The boys and girls soccer teams finally are reaping some of the benefits of rebuilding with young players two years ago. Each is 7-4, with Bel Air left to play -- the girls tomorrow night at home and the boys Tuesday night at Bel Air.

"We are playing as well as expected now," said boys coach Tom Dove, "and we've seen steady improvement over the last three seasons. Those sophomores are now seniors, and we're competitive."

The key players include four seniors -- midfielder Steve Tsamoutalis, backs Jonathan Eckman and Matt Graustein, and goalkeeper Mike Durdock -- and junior midfielder Aaron Szager, the top scorer.

Thursday's 4-2 decision at Aberdeen gave the Mariners a 6-0 sweep of their Edgewood-Aberdeen-Havre de Grace circle. "Our defense keeps us in games, and the midfield scores a lot of our goals," Dove said.

The girls had a senior-dominated state championship team in 1991, and the next season, coach Chris Myers began a rebuilding process with underclassmen.

Now, there are six starters, and a seventh player who sees equal time, among the nine seniors. The other starters are a junior and four sophomores.

The group includes seniors Natalie Majerus (line), Eva Pierorazio (midfield) and Erica Adams and captain Kris Voit (backs), and sophomores Sara Biggs (midfield), the team's leading scorer, plus sweeper Carrie Gorsch and goalkeeper Nicole Duval.

Biggs got the goal as the Mariners defeated favored North Harford for their first win over a northern-area school in the past three years.

"We had hoped to beat two of the four 'northern' schools, and we will do that if we can get can get past Bel Air," Myers said. "From the start, we thought we had a legitimate shot at 8-4."

Fallston

Before Thursday night's football game against Aberdeen, school officials conducted a dedication ceremony for a memorial to former teacher/coach Garry Lee Trott (1949-94), "In loving memory of his selfless contributions to Fallston High School students, athletes, and the community Sept. 1977-Jan. 1994."

Highly regarded as a teacher and a coach, notably in cross country and track and field, Trott died of cancer in January.

Cross country

The county championships will be run Friday at Harford Glen.

C. Milton Wright, led by defending champion Jen Englehart and Amy Altman, goes for its fourth straight girls title, and the boys team, led by Dave Warnick and Eric Benjamin, goes for its eighth straight title.

Other top individuals include Bel Air's Michelle Apland and North Harford's Megan McNew (girls) and Fallston's Chris Parkinson (boys).

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