Owls, Eagles take aim at region titles

February 12, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Owls will play host for their dual-meet regional tournament today while the Francis Scott Key Eagles will take to the road to try and win their third straight region title.

The No. 5 Owls (11-1) are the clear favorites to come out of the Class 3A-4A North region. They will meet Franklin in the semifinals with No. 12 Eastern Tech taking on Dulaney in the other semi. Both get started at 5: 30 with the finals set for 7: 30.

The Owls have seven wrestlers with 20 wins or more led by senior Ray Henry and junior Bobby Biden. Henry is ranked first in the state at 189 pounds with a 21-2 mark. Biden, ranked sixth at 112, is 22-12 on the season.

The No. 13 Eagles, who travel to Northern-Garrett, figure to have a little tougher time getting out of the Class 1A-2A West region.

After a 2-3 start, the Eagles have won their past eight dual matches -- including a 40-30 win over Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Middletown, who they will see in the semifinal at 5: 30.

Host Northern-Garrett takes on another on of Key's MVAL rivals, Catoctin, in the other semifinal. The finals are set for 7: 30.

Regional winners will advance to Saturday's state dual-meet championships at North Carroll.

Carroll Christian

The Carroll Christian boys basketball team clinched its first-ever Potomac Christian Athletic Conference regular-season championship with its 72-30 win over Calvary last week.

Next, the Patriots (19-3) will try to defend last year's conference tournament title this weekend at Broadfording Christian Academy in Hagerstown.

The top-seeded Patriots will take on the undetermined fourth seed -- either Calvary or Frederick Christian -- at 5: 30 on Friday with the finals set for Saturday.

The Patriots are coming off a 76-40 win over Heritage on Monday. Senior guard Josh Belcher went 12-for-14 from the floor for 24 points and added six rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocked shots.

Coach Randy Peterson said the the Patriots perimeter game is always the key.

"We're playing some good team ball," he said. "The outside shots are starting to fall and when they're going in it opens things up in the middle, so we can use our quickness driving to the basket."

The Carroll Christian girls will take on Granite Baptist in their tournament opener at 4 p.m. Friday. The Patriots (12-10) split two games with Granite during the regular season.

Western Maryland

The fourth annual Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships will take place Saturday at Western Maryland's Gill Center.

Ursinus, which has won two of the first three titles, is favored with host Western Maryland and Gettysburg also in the hunt.

The Green Terror closed out its dual-meet season with a 55-0 win over Gallaudet on Friday to finish with a 15-10-1 record.

At 126, Green Terror freshman Julian Tai (24-12) will look to avenge a loss to Ursinus freshman Bucky Johnson. Junior Steve Smiddy (33-6) is the favorite in a demanding 134-pound class. With two former champs moving up in weight, sophomore John Wert (27-9) can come away with a medal at 142.

Freshman Charlie Conaway (South Carroll) will have to get past two-time CC champ Jake Dell of Gettysburg to win gold at 167. Conaway is 21-13 for the season with a team-high 10 pins.

Ursinus was 6-0 in conference dual-meet action with the Green Terror second at 5-1. The quarterfinals will get things started at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the finals tentatively set for 3: 30 p.m.

In women's basketball, Senior center Heidi Snyder was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two Green Terror wins.

After posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-52 win over Lebanon Valley last Monday, Snyder scored a career-high 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the floor in a 66-61 overtime win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

The same night, the Western Maryland men's team enjoyed its first win against F&M since 1985, a 71-64 decision at home. Freshman forward Brian Billman scored 18 points, pulled down 15 boards and had four steals.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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