Win 250 comes sooner than expected for Peterson

January 31, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Carroll Christian boys basketball coach Randy Peterson had an idea his 250th career win at the varsity level would come, but this soon?

After a 2-3 start, his Patriots rattled off 11 straight wins going into last night's game against Broadfording. Friday's 78-52 win over Grace Bible gave him No. 250 in his 16th season. He's now 250-127 overall and 50-37 in his fourth year with the Patriots.

The Patriots returned only one starter and 11 of their 14 varsity players are underclassmen -- including six sophomores.

In the win against Grace Bible, sophomores Matt Runkles and John Brunson each had 16 points with two others reaching double digits.

How far have the Patriots come this season? In their season opener on Nov. 28, they beat the same Grace Bible team by just seven points.

Peterson said this has been his most rewarding season with the Patriots expecting to go through a transition season. "It's been teamwork and balance," Peterson said.

Pivotal county action

A pivotal county boys basketball game takes place Friday night when Westminster travels to Liberty.

Westminster (4-8) opened its county slate earlier this month with a win over South Carroll, while Liberty -- the county's only team over .500 at 7-6 overall -- is 1-1 in the early going of county play.

Liberty is coming off a 64-62 win over No. 17 Centennial on Monday. Senior guard James Lee finished with 21 points, including two free throws with six seconds left to break a 62-62 tie. Senior forward Ed Ruch added 19 points and nine rebounds.

On the mat, the No. 6 Francis Scott Key Eagles (10-0, 3-0 in the county) clinched the county title on Monday when North Carroll (6-2-1, 0-1-1) tied No. 9 South Carroll (8-2-1, 2-1-1).

The Eagles can finish the regular season perfect with a win over visiting North Carroll tonight. Last season, Key, North Carroll and South Carroll all finished with 3-1 county marks to share the county's regular-season title.

Green Terror road warriors

Perhaps the most impressive fact about the Western Maryland women's basketball team's recent run of five straight Centennial Conference wins was that four of them came on the road.

The Green Terror is ranked for the first time this season in Division III's Mid-Atlantic region, coming in at seventh.

Last Saturday, the Green Terror (13-3, 8-2 in the CC) took the 2 1/2 -hour bus ride to Allentown, Pa., to take on CC East-leading Muhlenberg and came away with a 64-60 win.

Sophomore forward Katie Haley hit four straight free throws in the final 39 seconds and junior guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) was 10-for-10 at the line. Both finished with 18 points.

On Monday, the Green Terror saw its six-game win streak end at nonconference Messiah, 64-63.

Tomorrow, the Green Terror will travel to Gallaudet in another nonconference game before returning home Saturday afternoon for a conference game against Franklin & Marshall.

Tuesday, it's back on the road against Dickinson, which is also fighting for one of the two playoff spots in the CC West. Johns Hopkins is 8-1 atop the division with Dickinson, just ahead of the Green Terror at 7-1.

Terror run to records

A couple of school indoor track records went down with Western Maryland runners competing at the Buzz Sawyer Invitational at Hagerstown Junior College on Saturday.

Mike Cushwa finished the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 3.6 seconds to set a school standard, finishing fourth in the field. Kevin Wong took sixth in the 200 with a school-best time of 23.2 seconds.

Julie Cox (Liberty) led the women with firsts in the 55 -- and 55 hurdles.

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