Before playoffs, F. Scott Key set for battle with Middletown

February 26, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The regional basketball playoffs start Friday, but the Francis Scott Key girls have some unfinished business to deal with first.

Tonight, the No. 19 Eagles (19-2) will travel to Middletown to take on the Knights with the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title on the line.

Both teams go into the season finale with 15-2 league marks. The Eagles won the first meeting in Uniontown, 56-46 on Jan. 15, and Key coach Alice Smith said her team will have to do a couple of things to come away with their first MVAL title in 19 years. Their other title came in the league's first season -- 1978-79 -- when they shared it with Linganore.

"Middletown plays excellent man-to-man defense with pressure always in your face so we have to be able to work our offense, getting the ball inside, along with getting back on defense. Those are our two goals," Smith said.

The Eagles' five starters all average better than eight points a game, led by senior guard Nicole Keffer (13) and senior forward Stephanie Stambaugh (12.5).

Carroll Christian

Following its second straight Christian schools state championship last weekend, the Carroll Christian boys basketball team plays host to the Mid-East Region Association of Christian Schools Tournament starting tomorrow.

The Patriots (24-4) are the top seed in the eight-team tournament, which also features state champions from Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.

They will open against Frederick Christian -- a team they've already defeated three times this season -- at 5: 15 tomorrow afternoon with the semifinals set for 7 p.m. Friday and the finals at 2: 15 Saturday afternoon.

It's the third straight year the Patriots have qualified for the region tournament. In the previous two seasons, they finished sixth.

With the top seed, playing at home and fresh off a convincing 81-57 win over Harford Christian in the state final, the Patriots look for better results this time.

"Our aim this year is to win it, but it's not going to be easy," said Patriots coach Randy Peterson.

College news

Junior Steve Smiddy became the first Western Maryland College wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in 12 years after winning the 134-pound class at the East Regional Tournament in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Saturday.

Smiddy, who improved to 39-6 on the season with three wins on Saturday, avenged one of his losses when he scored a 14-4 major decision over Delaware Valley's Jerrod Weida in the final.

Messiah senior Jeremy Myers (North Carroll) did not qualify after a 5-2 decision loss to Ursinus' Darren Torsone in the 118-pound final.

Lycoming's Jerry Boland, the third-place finisher, then pinned Myers in the challenge for second place and received a wild-card selection. The 10 weight-class champions and seven wild-card selections in each region advance to nationals, slated for March 7-8 at Ohio Northern University.

At the Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Haverford College this weekend, Western Maryland freshman Kerry Wilson and junior Donte Abron were named Most Outstanding Performers.

Wilson set new CC championship marks in the 400-meter dash (1 minute, .17 seconds) and in the long jump (17 feet, 5 1/2 inches), along with winning the 55 dash in a time of 7.65 seconds. Abron also set two new conference records with wins in the 55 dash (6.54) and the long jump (22-4 1/4 ).

In swimming, Green Terror senior Peter Fuller won his second CC title at the fourth annual CC Swimming Championships at Franklin & Marshall College over the weekend.

Fuller won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.47, a provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Division III championships.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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