After going 0-13 last year, Long Reach now unbeaten

September 18, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The second-year Long Reach Lightning made history with their first boys soccer victory Friday, a 2-0 triumph over 'u Chapelgate.

"The kids and parents were very happy," Lightning coach Shawn Smith said. "Chapelgate is not a strong team, but we'll take a win."

4 The Lightning went 0-13 in its inaugural season.

Long Reach also tied Palotti, 3-3, last week, giving the Lightning a brief taste of that rarefied air known as an unbeaten record (1-0-1).

Credit striker Marcos Rodrigues with a strong week. He scored four goals in all, twice as many as the entire team scored last season.

"We're definitely 100 percent improved," Smith said.

State Class 1A preview?

Hammond's boys soccer team got a first-hand look at its top state Class 1A competition during a tournament Saturday.

The Bears beat Pocomoke, 3-1, on Brian Pietryka's three goals in an 11: 30 a.m. game and tied Poolesville, 0-0, in the nightcap.

"Poolesville is going to be tougher than I thought," Hammond coach Rich Corkran said. "They outplayed us in the first half, but we dominated the second half and overtime. It was a good experience, but next year I'd like to play on separate days."

Hammond also defeated Glenelg Country School, 7-0, and Bel Air, 4-0, last week.

DiBella injured early again

Mike DiBella, who won River Hill's starting goalkeeper job as a freshman last season before a broken nose sidelined him after just two games, has run into early-season injury problems again.

Five minutes into the second half of River Hill's season-opening 3-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, he fractured a thumb while diving for a ball.

"I might not be able to play again until late in the season," DiBella said.

Luckily for River Hill, the Hawks still have senior Brad Breen, the highly capable goalkeeper who started last season after DiBella was injured.

"We're very fortunate to have Brad," said River Hill coach Bill Stara, who was still praising his team's first-half effort against Mount St. Joseph as the team ran through its Monday practice.

Eagle girls take second

The Centennial girls cross-country team finished second among 16 teams at the Goucher College High School Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Classic Saturday, losing to Ursuline.

Suzy McCulloch, who converted from volleyball to cross country this season, led Centennial by finishing second overall in 20 minutes, 34 seconds.

Sarah Ordaz finished fourth in 21: 37.4 and Neha Amin was sixth in 21: 50.3. Three more runners were bunched together with Melinda Long 32nd in 24: 05.3, Stacey Ausfresser 33rd at 24: 09.7 and Rebecca Kulak 41st in 24: 54.6.

In other cross-country action, Glenelg's Beth Santilli finished fifth (21: 09) in a 5K at the inaugural Mount St. Mary's Invitational in Emmitsburg. "There were a lot of strong private schools, like Mount St. Joseph, Gonzaga and DeMatha," said coach Roger Volrath. "It was a good effort for Beth because it was her first race since her injury [foot stress fracture] last spring." Volrath still doesn't know where his team finished.

"They just told us who the top three teams were and are supposed to mail the results."

Freshman Phil Selmer was Glenelg's top male finisher in 24th place (18: 25).

Wilde Lake boys and girls teams both finished third at the Linganore Lancer Invitational Saturday. Aaron Blum finished 11th and Jason Eichmiller 15th for the Wildecat boys. Westminster won the race. Michelle Smith finished sixth among the girls, and freshman Jessica Proser was second best for the Wildecats. Dulaney won.

Evans a medalist

Jim Evans of Centennial was the medalist with a 36 during Howard County Golf Club at Timbers of Troy play last week.

Centennial leads the team standings at 6-0 trailed closely by Mount Hebron at 5 1/2 - 1/2 . Wilde Lake is third at 4 1/2 -1 1/2 .

Baseball prospect camp

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches will conduct a prospect camp for juniors and seniors Sept. 28 at River Hill High School.

The camp is for anyone interested in playing college baseball at any level. For $50, pitchers will be videotaped, players will be timed running and throwing, and all pertinent data coaches are looking for, such as grades, will be gathered on a web site.

In addition, people involved in choosing the Crown All-Star team and Team Maryland will be working to assemble the data so it will be a chance to impress them.

Information: Terry Coleman, 410-795-6471.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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