'A' newcomer Latin contends for golf crown Lovell, DiLonardo give team shot at division title

April 17, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Making the transition from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference to the A Conference can be difficult for golf teams that are "on the bubble," but newcomer Boys' Latin is an exception.

Many league coaches believe the Lakers have a shot at a title, as long as Wes Lovell and Mike DiLonardo are teeing it up for them.

Defending conference champion Gilman and perennial power Calvert Hall are still the favorites, but the presence of Lovell, a scratch golfer who finished second in the Individual Championships last year, and DiLonardo, another scratch player, make Boys' Latin an immediate contender.

"We're very strong in the first three spots," said Lakers coach Hugh Gelston, whose team went undefeated and won the B Conference title last season. "A lot depends on what we can get from our 4-5-6 guys."

Lovell and DiLonardo have flip-flopped at the top two spots in the Lakers' first five matches -- four wins and one loss to Gilman -- but junior Baron Scarlett has been a mainstay at the No. 3 position.

Gilman coach Harvey Peterson liked his team's chances of defending its title before Bart DeLuca (No. 3) decided to play golf instead of lacrosse this spring. Now, Peterson loves his team's chances.

"I hate getting too high off the bat, but I am very confident," said Peterson.

Sophomore P.J. Singh is Gilman's top player and Jake Rothwell, the team's lone senior, is at No. 2.

Calvert Hall, which lost an early-season match to Gilman "by a putt," has three consistent shooters in Alan Phillips, Chad Unitas and David Livermore.

Mount St. Joseph graduated four players from last year's team that lost to Gilman in the championship round at Caves Valley Golf Club.

One player who is poised to keep the Gaels competitive is senior Brian Patrick, who finished third in last year's MIAA Individual Tournament.

Kevin Dooley is playing No. 2 for the Gaels, followed by Jeff Kurtzman, Wade Eybel and Ryan Andrew.

With only one veteran on its squad, Loyola will be hard-pressed to make it to the championship round at Caves Valley GC. But, Craig Zabora, who had a hole-in-one in an earlier match with Mt. St. Joe, should be in one of the leading groups when representatives from the 13 MIAA teams make the turn in the final round of the 54-hole Individual Championships on May 13 at Mount Pleasant GC.

Freshman Mike Bosica is playing the No. 2 spot for the Dons and sophomore David Lavin is competing in the fourth position. The Dons' No. 5 man, Mike Sutphin, is starting in his fourth varsity sport this year. The multi-talented senior started on Loyola's soccer team, kicked for its football team and started on the Dons' basketball team.

McDonogh returns five lettermen, including No. 1 Pete Mitchell, No. 2 Mike Soliman and No. 3 Ross Geisel.

John Carroll will have a tough time replacing Miguel Rivera, last year's individual champ and now playing for University of Maryland.

Back for the Patriots, however, are seniors Michael Penrose and David Tobash and juniors Michael Peterson and Jason Reynolds.

With Boys' Latin out of the picture, St. Paul's is the team to beat in the B Conference. Sophomore Brian Toth is playing No. 1 for the Crusaders (5-1), followed by James Knott and Jason Creighton.

Curley coach Dave Ball has three four-year players on his team and another dozen guys fighting each week for the No. 6 spot.

The top of the Friars' lineup is loaded with experienced players, including seniors Kevin Asher, Don Adams and Ty Roberts.

Severn has more experience than it did a year ago but still boasts only one senior, No. 5 Aran Primrose. Brendan Gilbreath, John Hozik and Ted Kimmel are filling the 1-3 slots, respectively, for the Admirals.

St. Mary's coach Bob Fretwell has the best team he's had in 10 years, led by Kenny Barnard, Nick Rogers, Adam Johnson and Brian Miletech.

Gibbons' two top players are Colin Moorhouse and Brandon Rhinehart.

Spalding's first-year golf team is led by senior Rob Lenky, Mike Payton and Sean McMullen.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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