Fall full of wins for Hereford


November 15, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Hereford athletic director Mike Kalisz reports that the Bulls had their best fall since 1979, when state titles were won in volleyball, field hockey and girls cross country.

This year's girls varsity soccer team, anchored by keeper Kate Macfarlane, is playing for the 1A-2A state title Friday after being semifinalists last year. It is the first state title appearance for a program that is just 7 years old.

The field hockey and boys soccer teams were regional finalists, and the boys soccer team was a state semifinalist last year. The boys cross country team was a state runner-up, and junior varsity boys soccer and field hockey each won county titles with unbeaten seasons, the boys badminton doubles won the county title, and the volleyball team went 13-3.

At 5-5, the varsity football team maintained a respectable level of play, coming off last year's 6-4 record -- its first winning season in 25 years. And it should improve next year with players up from J.V. team that finished 9-1 and tied Overlea for first place.

"Collectively, we've won over 85 percent of our games in those sports this fall, and we have a solid program that fields a team in all of the sports," said Kalisz. "This can be attributed to the great student athletes and the very dedicated coaching staffs. We have strong community support and our booster club is fantastic. We're real encouraged with the direction of our programs."

Baltimore connection

Montgomery College-Rockville's football team, ranked No. 15 nationally among junior colleges, has 14 players from the Baltimore City-County area.

They include former All-Metros John Sauer (linebacker-safety) and Stacey Plater (wide receiver) of Patterson and Chesapeake's Lamar King (linebacker).

LTC Others on the roster are: from Randallstown, John Foreman (tight end), Derrick Brown (line), Marion DeVaux (defensive back) and Adam Hocker (defensive back); from Patterson, Melvin Braxton (defensive back) and Charles Anderson (wide receiver); Forest Park's James Heath (defensive back); Mervo's Tremaine Neal (safety); Calvert Hall's Nick Muro (defensive back); Mount St. Joseph's Darrell White; and Southwestern's Terrance Wheeler (wide receiver).

Update on Matt Smith

Loyola running back Matt Smith rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns in last weekend's 37-21 upset of then-No. 1 Mount St. Joseph before leaving late in the second quarter with a knee injury. He now has 11 touchdowns.

"It was a deep bruise to his right knee, but we hope he'll be back for Calvert Hall [on Nov. 23]," said 28th-year coach Joe Brune, who notched his 177th victory on Saturday.

Brune also reports that linebacker-tight end Ryan Burch (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) becomes only the area's second player to orally commit to a Division I-A program -- C. Milton Wright's Duane Fisher was the first -- as he accepted a full football scholarship to play at Boston College. Burch, who carries a 3.0 grade point average and scored 1100 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, expects to sign during the NCAA's early signing period for football players in February.

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