Rarity: Two title-ties in girls basketball

February 21, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

It's a rare winter when county basketball teams can go through the league schedule without one postponment.

But it happened this season.

It's also rare that there's a tie for the girls varsity basketball title -- Centennial and Wilde Lake. The last time it happened was the 1978-79 season.

But that wasn't the only tie in girls basketball this season.

Mount Hebron avenged its only league loss with a 44-30 win over Centennial Wednesday -- the final day of the regular season -- to share the JV title with the Eagles. Both teams finished 17-1.

Courtney Lombard had 20 points and Kelly Mahoney nine, and Kim Burgess grabbed 13 rebounds for the Vikings, who had lost at Centennial, 50-37.

"It was a special season -- "one of those seasons where everything goes right, except for one quarter at Centennial," said first-year Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, whose brother, Scott, coaches the girls varsity.

"The victory [Wednesday] meant everything to them. It meant a share of the county title, it was against our archrival, and it avenged our only loss. I've never seen a group so excited in my life."

Robinson said one key to his team's win was holding Centennial's Maggie Via and Kim Paulus to eight points each. In the first game, Via had 17 and Paulus 11.

Centennial coach Mike Senisi, in his third season, called the season "real successful."

"The girls played tough every game," he said. "There was a lot of team unity. There wasn't one outstanding player on the team."

Among the leading scorers for the Eagles were Via, Donna Boccuzzi, Melissa Dugan and Paulus.

North American champs

The Columbia Phoenix won the under-18 division of the North American Indoor Soccer Championships last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

The Phoenix, coached by Dave Nesbitt, defeated three-time champion Ohio Premiere, 6-2, for the championship. Samantha Myers (Thomas Johnson) scored twice, and Shannon Ziegenfuss Liberty), Amanda Berman (Wilde Lake), Melissa Schreibstein (Centennial) and Cindy Wolf (Fallston) added goals. The

Premiere, who earlier in the tournament beat the Phoenix, suffered their first loss ever.

Lauren Molinaro (Centennial), Emily Bielefeld (Hammond), Julie Kapcala and Melissa Greczy (Atholton) and Columbia resident Sarah Tollack (Seton Keough) also play for the Phoenix.

Ford picks Radford

Oakland Mills soccer goalkeeper Nyiesha Ford, a four-year starter, has orally committed to attend Radford University in Radford, Va. She will received a three-quarter scholarship to the Division I school and expects to sign within the next two weeks.

"I liked the atmosphere of the school, the players I met and the opportunity to start," said Ford, who plans to major in computer informations systems.

Ford, who will be attending the same college as her Columbia United club coach, Mark Osterberger, also liked the university's small class size.

"I'm happy with the choice," said Ford, whose team won a Class 1A-2A state title in 1995 and was the 1994 state runner-up.

Columbia Challenge at UM

The ninth annual Columbia Challenge Women's Invitational Gymnastics Meet, one of the region's premier women's events, will be held tomorrow and Sunday at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. both days. More than 200 gymnasts from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will compete.

Columbia's Top Flight Gymnastics is the host team. For information and directions, call Top Flight, (410) 992-1600.

Field hockey camp

Long Reach field hockey/lacrosse coach Kelly Morano will conduct the Super Sticks field hockey camp June 23-July 25 at Long Reach High School. Equipment will be provided. Camp will be in session from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $30. Information: (410) 995-4934.

Hall of Fame

Six women were inducted into the Women's Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday night at Oakland Mills High School.

Donna Neale (Oakland Mills Class of 1982), Betty Lang (Howard High retired coach), Gail Purcell (Centennial coach), Carol Satterwhite (Wilde Lake athletic director), Rhonda Bates (Wilde Lake Class of 1986) and Amy Mallon (Mount Hebron class of 1988) were inducted during halftime ceremonies of the Howard-Oakland Mills girls basketball game.

In the alumnae game, Mallon had 18 points to lead her White team, coached by Centennial's Dave Greenberg, to victory. Earlier in the day, Mallon played in an alumnae game at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where she is an assistant coach, and led her team to victory and won the three-point shooting contest.

"She's the best there is or everwas," said Greenberg, who coached Mallon at Mount Hebron.

Basketball draw Sunday

The open draw for the state basketball playoffs will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at High Point High School. Take Interstate 95 south to Exit 29B (Calverton). Go one mile west. The school's on the left.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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