29 from county in wrestling states Weekend tournament's top seeds include four from three local teams

March 06, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Carroll County will be well represented in this weekend's state wrestling tournament at Western Maryland College.

The county's five public schools qualified 29 wrestlers in all, with Francis Scott Key advancing a county-high 10 and Westminster sending nine. North Carroll has five entries, followed by Liberty with three and South Carroll's two.

Last year, 20 wrestlers from the county reached with four coming away with state titles. South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth (31-0 at 171) and Charlie Conaway (31-0 at 160) completed undefeated seasons, along with North Carroll's Tom Kiler (27-0 at 140). Liberty's Kevin Jeffress (27-5) was the surprise of the group, coming in as a second seed. That will be tough to top this year.

Junior Matt Yinger (29-2 at 130) is Key's only top seed in Class 1A-2A.

Top seeds in the Class 3A-4A are North Carroll's Joe Hughes (26-1 at 171) and heavyweight Ben Fleming (22-3), along with Westminster's Bobby Biden (31-2 at 112).

Arundel is among the favorites in the Class 3A-4A, and Lackey appears to be the Class 1A-2A team to beat. Westminster and Key should be in contention.

"We're definitely capable, but it's not something I'm counting on," said Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich.

"Last year, we finished eighth out of 68 teams. This year, if we finish in the top five or better, I'll be happy. For us to win it, we'd need two or, maybe, three champs, with three or four others all placing in the top four or five."

But then he added: "If we can go out and wrestle like we did in regions, who knows?"

The tournament starts Friday, with preliminaries from 2: 30 to 6: 30 p.m.

Saturday's action closes out with the finals scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Patriot boys 3rd in region

Carroll Christian closed out another fine boys basketball season with a third-place finish in the Mid-East Region Association of Christian Schools Tournament this weekend in Westminster.

The Patriots (26-5) shot only 19 of 66 from the floor in a 58-49 loss to Pilgrim Christian, New Jersey state champ, on Friday, but came back Saturday to post a 71-52 win over Victory, New Jersey's state runner-up.

Senior Josh Belcher and junior John Brunson made the all-tournament team for the Patriots.

2 Green Terrors in NCAAs

Two Western Maryland standouts will be competing in NCAA Division III championships tomorrow.

Freshman Kerry Wilson is headed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to compete in the indoor track and field championships, and junior Steve Smiddy is Ohio-bound to compete in the wrestling championships at Ohio Northern University.

Wilson will compete in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries and the long jump tomorrow, an on Saturday, the triple jump.

Smiddy (39-6 at 134) became the first Green Terror wrestler to reach the national tournament since 158-pounder Mike Martinovich qualified in 1985.

Green Terror lax, softball

The Green Terror spring season opens at 1 p.m. Saturday with the men's lacrosse team playing Villa Julie at Loyola College.

Fifth-year coach Keith Reitenbach has four of his top five scorers from last year's 10-5 team returning, led by senior Matt Hoppe (50 goals, 30 assists in 1996) and junior Bo Schrott (53 goals, 18 assists).

The softball team is scheduled to open Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against King's College at Westminster High. The Green Terror (22-7-1 last year) return five position players and two pitchers, led by second baseman Julie Backof (Westminster). Last year, the junior hit .356 with five homers and 29 RBIs.

Two college careers end

A couple of former Carroll high school standouts closed out fine college basketball careers.

Mansfield (Pa.) University 5-10 senior forward Michele Jeffery (North Carroll) finished her four-year varsity career ranked second in school history with 907 rebounds and seventh in scoring with 918 points. As a junior, she led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in rebounding averaging 11.1 boards a game. Jeffery, a special-education major, finished with 28 double-doubles in her career.

Tinah Houck (Westminster) led the College of Notre Dame Gators to their second straight Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference title. The senior forward averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds over four years and was just 42 points shy of 1,000 points. Houck, majoring in psychology, has a 3.2 grade-point average.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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