Soccer camp beckons Eagles' Laycock

February 12, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For Centennial's Matt Laycock, a phone call Feb. 2 brought a sense of deja vu.

The fifth-ranked Eagles basketball team's leading scorer (19.2) and rebounder (8.5) was called unexpectedly to the U.S. National under-18 soccer tryout camp in San Diego.

He will be there through Sunday. Only 26 players are invited, and 18 will be selected to play in Italy in March.

Laycock, who has accepted a soccer scholarship to North Carolina and is a National Soccer Coaches of America All-American, also missed six games his sophomore season because of soccer committments.

"The camp was originally scheduled for March. I really have no choice but to go if I want to play in the Olympics someday," Laycock said. "I talked to them about coming a day late so I could play in Tuesday's game against Oakland Mills, but I couldn't find a flight and they frown on lateness. I think Andy [McShane] can step up for me."

Centennial coach Jim Hill said: "We'll miss Matt, no question. But we'll survive. We may not win, but we'll still be in every game."

Davidson reaches 1,000

Chapelgate Christian's Chris Davidson scored his 1,000th career point during a game against Gywnn Lake Monday.

The sophomore, who averages 19.1 points, needed 15 against Gywnn Lake and scored 26 during a 79-56 Flames' defeat. They had won six straight games, but the loss dropped them to 15-10 overall and 5-3 in the Christian School Athletic Association.

Davidson's best game was a 39-point effort vs. Perry Hall Christian. The 6-foot, 155-pound guard started playing for Chapelgate in the eighth grade.

Remembering a SAC coach

Soren Jensen, 41, a Soccer Association of Columbia coach, died suddenly Feb. 2 while playing soccer.

The gentle, beloved coach, who worked as a math professor at UMBC, left behind his wife, Pauline, and three young daughters, Serina, Elizabeth and Natasha.

A college trust fund for the daughters has been established. Contributions can be made to: Jensen's Educational Trust Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 247, Hampstead, Md. 21074. Inquiries may be made by calling (410) 796-1144.

Believe it or not

It seems impossible, but Oakland Mills played three straight basketball games that ended in identical 57-54 scores.

On Jan. 31, the Scorpions lost to Atholton. On Feb. 5, they defeated Glenelg. And on Feb. 7 they lost to Howard.

Bulldogs on the move

Five of the seven football players who signed letters of intent to play college football last Wednesday have one thing in common.

They all played for the Columbia Bulldogs 11- to 13-year-old team that won a regional title in 1992. They might have been national champs, but their age bracket lost a lottery to determine which age brackets would have national championships that year.

The former Bulldogs include Wilde Lake's Dain Lewis, Sean Jefferson, Josh Vanderwagen and Tony Jackson, and Oakland Mills' Fardan Carter.

Carter was the star on that team, kicking off, place-kicking and running back kicks in addition to being the go-to running back.

People in the news

Mike Stromberg (Mount Hebron) made a 15-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Vikings a 60-58 victory over Hammond last Friday night. The Vikings got him the ball on an inbounds play.

Brian West (Centennial) of the University of Virginia is in San Diego this week trying out for the U. S. national under-20 team. West scored five goals and had 12 assists, including game-winning goals against Duke and Old Dominion. The Baltimore Sun's 1995 All-Metro Player of the Year was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman team. The Cavaliers finished 16-3-3.

Chad Barr (Oakland Mills) scored 23 points Saturday in York College's 119-108 double overtime victory against Salisbury State. Barr's former Scorpions teammate, George Robinson, scored 10 points for the Sea Gulls.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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