Terror basketball teams open tonight in tourneys

November 18, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It's tip-off time for Western Maryland College's basketball teams.

Both open the season tonight with the men at the Susquehanna University Varsity Club Tournament, while the women travel to York College to compete in the Lady Spartan Invitational.

The men have three starters back from last year's 7-17 squad led by senior co-captains Pat Young and Andy Dziengeleski.

Young averaged 16.7 points last season at his two-guard spot before missing the last nine games with an ankle injury. Dziengeleski was just under 10 points a game with four rebounds at forward and is joined in the front court by junior Jeff Daniels, who averaged 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a starter last year.

The Green Terror will open against Manhattanville College at 6:30 with Wesley College taking on Susquehanna at 8:30.

The women will try to build on an 11-11 season of a year ago with three starters back.

Senior forward Denise Spangler, coming off a strong volleyball season, and sophomore forward Sandi DeJager are the team's co-captains with sophomore guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) also back in the starting lineup.

Coach Becky Martin also is expecting big contributions from sophomore guard Shelley Smith (Francis Scott Key) and center Heidi Snyder.

The Green Terror will play in the second game against Lycoming College at 8, with host York going up against Lebanon Valley at 6.

Cross country

Sophomore Greg Davis (Westminster) became the first Green Terror men's cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Division III championship when he took fifth at the Mideast Regionals at Allentown College last weekend.

Davis finished the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 59.3 seconds with 200 other runners competing.

Centennial Conference honors

The Green Terror placed 20 student-athletes on the All-Centennial teams in five fall sports. Four earned first-team status.

Senior wide receiver Alan Pietkiewicz was the lone Green Terror to make the first-team All-CC football team. He was second in the conference in receptions with 59 and finished his career at Western Maryland as the all-time leader in catches with 135 for 1,780 yards (second all-time) and 14 touchdowns (tied for second).

Earning second-team honors was senior offensive tackle Rob Nightingale, who started in all 38 games of his career. Senior wide receiver Butch Shaffer and junior quarterback Brian Van Deusen were honorable mentions, along with junior defensive lineman Joe Krcma. The Green Terror finished at 5-4.

Despite its 4-12-2 record, the Green Terror men's soccer team had four players earn All-CC status. Senior midfielder Chris Kaplan (Westminster) led the Green Terror with seven goals and one assist to make the second team along with senior goalie Matt St. Jean. Sophomore backs Mac Wilson and Matt Massey were honorable-mention selections.

Freshman goalie Julie Backof was a first-team choice in women's soccer after coming up with 180 saves in helping lead the Green Terror to a 6-9-1 finish.

Senior back Paula Moyer (South Carroll) joined senior midfielder Christa Mose on the second team with freshman forward Erin Kelly and sophomore back Missy Baldwin taking honorable mention.

The Green Terror volleyball team finished 28-14 overall and claimed a share of the Centennial Conference title with a 9-1 mark.

Spangler was second in the Player of the Year balloting and claimed first-team honors. She finished the season with 396 kills and was in on 82 blocks and 118 digs. Krista Shaffer was a second-team choice with Jen Jenson an honorable mention.

Sophomore Kellie Mitros led the 9-5 field hockey team with seven goals to place her on the All-CC first team. Junior Heather Seaburg earned second-team status, and senior Amy Grocki (Westminster) made honorable mention.

Nine Green Terror student-athletes were selected to the CC Academic Honor Roll. Amy Havener, Pauline McAlonan (Westminster) and Tim Collins from cross country; Amy Jo Sheriff, Toni Smith and Mitros from field hockey; David Miller and Derrick Ray from football; and Massey from men's soccer.

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