Showdown time in cross country BTC


November 02, 1994|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Tomorrow's 4A North Region girls cross country meet at Oregon Ridge shapes up as a terrific event, with No. 1 Western, No. 2 Dulaney and No. 4 Perry Hall going head-to-head.

Perry Hall won last year's meet, followed by Dulaney and Western. Perry Hall and Dulaney wound up finishing 1-2 in the 4A state meet.

The Doves, coached by Jerry Molyneaux and assistants Larry McCoy and Carlos Manning, were winners of the 15-team North County Invitational.

Their only losses were a runner-up finish to Richard Montgomery of Montgomery County in the Spiked Shoe Invitational and a third-place effort behind Linganore and North Penn (Pa.) in the Harford Invitational.

Western is led by freshman Lolita Manning, last weekend's City meet champ, sophomore Kimya McCoy, the City champ two years ago, seniors Somaree Taru and Tamara Clark and freshman Elizabeth Johnson.

Dulaney's top five runners -- Meghan White, Suzanne Sclafani, Erin Cecil, Melissa Wilson and Marjorie Bollinger -- beat Perry Hall's top three runners -- county champ Krissy Jost, Heather Edwards and Megan Makowski -- for last week's Baltimore County title on the strength of their depth.

"The incentive for us is that they're [Western] the No. 1 team and Perry Hall's the defending state champ," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean. "We've beaten Perry Hall and so has Western. We haven't run against Western this year, but I hope we can make it interesting for them. It should be a great competition because you have three outstanding teams in there."

Poly-City game announced

The 106th annual Poly-City football game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Morgan State University at 1 p.m. Poly leads the series, 51-48-6, including last year's 21-20 decision on a 24-yard touchdown reception by Greg Kyler with 25 seconds left.

Tickets went on sale Monday at each school. For more information, call City at (410) 396-7422 or Poly at (410) 396-7023.

Fit to be tied

There is a strong chance, according to league director Ricky Diggs, that there will be football co-champions in this year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Entering this week, defending champ and No. 4 McDonogh (6-2, 3-1), No. 6 Mount St. Joseph (7-1, 3-1), No. 8 Gilman (5-2, 3-1) and No. 9 Loyola (4-2, 2-1) all had a shot at the title.

"If two teams end in a tie, then they are co-champs," said Diggs. "We're in the process of developing rules for that [tie-breaking criteria], but when it's changed, it'll be for next year."

McDonogh, Mount St. Joseph and Gilman each have beaten St. Mary's and Calvert Hall, with the Dons playing their season finale against Calvert Hall on Thanksgiving Day.

McDonogh has beaten Mount St. Joseph, 21-18; lost, 38-33, to Loyola, and plays its final game at Gilman Saturday. Mount St. Joseph has beaten Gilman, 43-39, and on Saturday plays at Loyola, a 32-30 loser to Gilman last weekend.

A Mount St. Joseph win on Saturday would leave the McDonogh-Gilman winner tied with the Gaels for the title. But even with a victory on Saturday, Loyola would have to beat Calvert Hall to secure a tie.

Area teams rank nationally

In the latest Umbro High School National Girls Soccer rankings, which appear bimonthly in USA Today and is conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, McDonogh is ranked No. 5, Fallston No. 16 and Dulaney No. 23.

In the metro area, McDonogh (19-0-2) is ranked No. 1 by The Sun, Dulaney (13-0) No. 2 and Fallston (12-0) No. 4. Good Counsel of Wheaton (16-0-1), ranked No. 1 in the D.C. area by the Washington Post, is ranked No. 12 nationally.

Harrison a hit

With 29 goals and five assists, Jeff Harrison was the spark in the turnaround of Sparrows Point's Baltimore County runner-up boys soccer team (10-3). Harrison scored both goals in last week's 4-2 loss to then-No. 8 Perry Hall, bringing the Pointers to within 3-2 after trailing, 3-0.

Cullen catches on

Victor Cullen, a disciplinary school for boys in northern Frederick County, is 7-1 in Class 1A football and, with 50 percent of its players from Baltimore, is on the verge of reaching the playoffs in its first year of varsity competition.

"The work ethic that comes along with football does great things in terms of developing these kids in the program," said coach Dave Dolch, a Northeast graduate. "For many, it's their first time playing varsity football, so I'm real proud of what they've done in their inaugural season."

The Colts, whose only loss was to 1A playoff leader Beall (8-0), 40-28, have scored 212 points and recorded two shutouts.

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