Centennial's Harrison makes commitment to Holy Cross

February 26, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Chip Harrison of Centennial verbally committed to Holy Cross last Wednesday and will receive a $10,000 per year grant-in-aid to play football.

Harrison, a second-team All-Metro wide receiver, caught 33 passes for 594 yards and seven touchdowns. As a defensive back, he made 20 solo tackles, 27 assisted tackles and had two interceptions. His 70-yard touchdown catch set up a winning two-point conversion against Oakland Mills.

"My size [5-foot-8, 160 pounds] turned off some schools, but Holy Cross liked my quickness and my ability to make people miss [tackles] and break a big play," Harrison said. "Bridgewater offered me more money, but I liked Holy Cross. I was impressed by the academic part. I was just fortunate to have a 3.0 [grade point average]."

Harrison said he'll play an inside slot position in Holy Cross' multiple I offense.

"I played running back my junior year, and that really wasn't my position, so all my recruiting was done based on this season," Harrison said.

Holy Cross is Division I-AA and plays in the Patriot League with Colgate, Lehigh and Lafayette. Towson State joins the league next season, so he will play against Sean Jefferson, who signed with the Tigers Feb. 7.

Wilde Lake's Jefferson, Dain Lewis (Southern), Josh Vanderwagen (Columbia), Kyle Leibe (Shepherd) and Tony Jackson (Maryland), and Oakland Mills' T. J. Smith (Florida A&M) and Fardan Carter (Marshall) have also received financial aid to play football.

Wrestling notes

Notes from last weekend's county championships:

Hammond's Josh Zillmer, four-time county champ, wore all four of his championship medals on the victory stand.

Hammond's Tim McGrail had to beat former teammate and practice partner Wade Zancan of Atholton at 147 pounds to claim his first title on his third trip to the finals. "It was weird. I wanted to win, but I didn't want to beat him."

Howard's Brian Neal dyed his hair blonde for his defending championship heavyweight match against Centennial's Aaron Perkins -- and barely held on for a 3-2 victory. Neal has had a sore knee.

Glenelg's Jeremy Lignelli waved four fingers, indicating his fourth county championship, after defeating Hammond's Tony Dakis in the finals. "This was very special for so many reasons. It's an unbelievable feeling."

Cable 8 will show a tape of the tournament finals March 7 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Basketball notes

Glenelg's hopes against Lackey on Friday dimmed when defensive stalwart Kendell Stewart withdrew from the team Monday for academic reasons. The Gladiators are already minus Justin Benoliel (knee injury) and 6-foot-8 center Nick Barnes (foot injury).

Wilde Lake drew the only No. 1 seed among the 10 county teams. Wildecats coach Lester Clay said: "I'm ecstatic for us. We get a first-round bye and a chance to scout the teams we have to play. With a sub-.500 team like ours, under the old system we'd be lucky to be an eighth seed. There's something wrong with this system. I got rewarded for nothing."

Most coaches think the top two or four teams should be seeded.

* HCC indoor track

The Howard Community College men's distance medley relay hTC team qualified for nationals March 7 in Blaine, Minn., by winning a Tri-Region championship in Long Island.

The team, composed of Mike Brosenne (Wilde Lake), Ben Rhode (Atholton), Ali Motamedamin (Atholton) and Paul Bourg (Glenelg) won the race in 10 minutes, 49 seconds.

Bourg also placed fourth in the 5K, third in the 3K, fourth in the mile and sixth in the 1K during the two-day meet. The men's team placed sixth out of 12 teams.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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