Wilde Lake left short of playoffs

HOWARD SPORTS

November 16, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get out of bed on Sunday morning.

Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVal said that when he was told Sunday his football team hadn't made the state playoffs, he thought someone was pulling his leg.

Bohemia Manor of Cecil County beat out Wilde Lake by 1.2 points for the eighth and last spot in the Class 1A bracket.

"If you had asked me Sunday morning, I would have bet you a million dollars that Bohemia Manor couldn't make it," he said. "I was sick about it Sunday."

DuVal hadn't known that Bohemia Manor had scheduled a 10th game against Riverdale Baptist and had won it.

"Bohemia Manor's program said it was playing only nine games," DuVal said. "And all season in the state rankings, they've used a divisor of nine for them."

After checking into it, DuVal was told that there was a signed contract for the 10th game, and that it was dated Sept. 9, one day before the season began. Any game not scheduled before the season doesn't count toward the playoffs.

"It's a shame because I thought we could have made the finals or won it," he said. "Riverdale Baptist should have beaten them, but their starting quarterback got an E in one of his courses, so they sat him out. And their top running back had a death in the family so he didn't play."

Laycock plays in El Salvador

When Centennial's boys soccer team defeated Whitman in the state semifinal Saturday, a couple of players were missing.

Matt Laycock of Centennial and Matt Gormley of Whitman were both in El Salvador playing for the U.S. under-17 team at the Confederations of North, Central America and Caribbean Tournament.

Laycock, didn't play in the first round, but after a player was injured, he was called upon to join the team for the second round .

"You could say I was the first alternate on an 18-man team," Laycock said.

The U.S. team won four of its six games overall and finished second. The top three teams -- the United States, Costa Rica and Canada -- earned spots in the under-17 World Cup in August in Ecuador.

Laycock, a 6-foot-3 midfielder, played 25 minutes in a 1-0 win over Canada, and the second half of a 2-1 loss to Mexico.

"They only allow two subs per game so I was happy to get a chance to play," he said.

He will participate in training with the national team until August when a new team will be picked.

Laycock, 15, has scored three goals and has one assist for No. 1 Centennial this season -- also playing in a substitute roll for the Eagles.

How did he like El Salvador?

"It was pretty scary," he said. "We stayed in an Olympic Festival place and had army guys with machine guns guarding us. You had to use ID cards to get into the stadiums and the Olympic Festival place. The food was not good and you had to drink bottled water."

An Atholton first

Dana Strickland, who won the state Class 2A cross country championship last Saturday, is the first Atholton girl to win a state cross country title.

Soccer players shine

Derek Phillips (Atholton) ended up as UMBC's third-leading scorer in men's soccer this season. Phillips had four goals and seven assists.

Ted Lawler (Oakland Mills) was fourth best with five goals and four assists. The Retrievers finished at 9-8-1.

Bachman makes second team

Seth Bachman (Howard) of Goucher earned second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors for the second time.

The senior midfielder scored seven goals and had three assists. He had 17 goals and 14 assists for his career. The Gophers finished 7-10-1.

Spruill second best

USA Today reported Monday that Hammond High quarterback Tim Spruill had the second-best offensive day of any high school football player in the country last weekend.

The junior ran for 273 yards, passed for 169 yards and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

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