N. Harford starts lacrosse showdown on a winning note

April 30, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The annual round-robin play of the county's perennial top three boys lacrosse teams, which began on a high note Friday, will continue at two sites this week.

Fallston (7-3), an 8-7 overtime loser to visiting North Harford Friday night, will be at C. Milton Wright (9-3) Tuesday night, and Wright will go to North Harford (9-3) Friday night. Wright and North Harford are unbeaten in the county league.

"As far as we are concerned, the playoffs start this week," said Wright coach Carl Greenberg.

North Harford has lost to Fallston in each of the last two regular seasons, although last year it bounced back from an 8-6 in-season loss to beat the Cougars in a regional final, 8-2. North Harford eventually lost to Towson in the state Class 1A-2A championship game.

The top girls match of the season will have C. Milton Wright (9-3) at Fallston (9-0) Wednesday night. Wright is unbeaten in Harford County League games the last two years, beating Fallston in a league game last season, 5-3, after losing a nonleague meeting earlier in the year. Each went on to reach the state semifinals, Wright in Class 3A-4A and Fallston in Class 1A-2A.

Cesky banquet scheduled

The 10th anniversary Al Cesky Scholarship Fund awards dinner, honoring one girl and one boy from each of the county's high schools, will be May 17 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. A video tribute to the former county coach and athletic administrator has been produced to mark the occasion. John Steadman, Evening Sun sports columnist, will be the guest speaker.

D8 Ticket information is available from (410) 838-6787.

Track and field fare

Ten days ago Bel Air's boys track and field coach Jeff DeMott thought his team had a chance to beat perennial county leader C. Milton Wright, but it didn't work out that way. The final score was 88-49, as Wright remained unbeaten, but Bel Air was missing two of its members who might have been able to combine for as many as five firsts, or at least made the score a lot closer.

As it was, the Bobcats placed second to Aberdeen in a quad meet last Tuesday, but that meet and the Wright outing saw the Bobcats thrust themselves into the county spotlight.

Senior Jay Vignola had the county's fastest 400-meter time of the year, 50.0 seconds, although opposing coaches had him in an unofficial 49.8, and the 400 and 800-meter relays produced the county's fastest times of the season.

The team of A.J. Johnson, J.D. Tarr, Brian Jeunette and Vignola ran 45.1, and the team of Johnson, Tarr, John Grimes and Jeunette ran 1:34.0.

Among the other current county track leaders for the boys are Mike Wood, Havre de Grace, 100-200; Andre Turner, Joppatowne, 800, and shares fastest 1600 with unbeaten Eric Benjamin, C. Milton Wright; Chris Parkinson, Fallston, 3200, and Joppatowne in the 1600 and 3200 relays.

Alumni action

Heather Heitz (Bel Air) contributed one goal in the final game of her college lacrosse career last week, as the University of Richmond (6-11) lost to UMBC, 17-7. Heitz finished the season with 10 goals and 20 assists. The assists tied her single-season school record, and currently has her tied for 10th in the nation.

One of the Spiders' top players over the last two seasons, she ended with career totals of 30 goals and 40 assists, and the 70 points place her sixth on Richmond's all-time list.

A 3.6 student majoring in leadership studies and biology, Heitz has been recognized as an outstanding scholar-athlete by the NCAA.

* Freshman shortstop Tom Walsh (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air) finished strongly for the Misericordia College (12-20) baseball team, hitting .307, and scoring a team-high 27 runs from the leadoff position. He led the team in stolen bases, 12 (in 14

attempts), and added five doubles and 11 RBIs.

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