Owls hope consistency plays through Carroll notebook

October 01, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

For a young squad, Westminster's golf team has been surprisingly consistent this season. It is a characteristic it hopes holds true Monday in the District V tournament at Wakefield Valley Golf Club.

Given county schools from Anne Arundel, Harford, and Howard, in addition to Carroll, the district tournament could draw representatives from as many as 36 schools. C. Milton Wright, from Bel Air, is the defending team champion.

With five scores counting from among six players in regular 9-hole matches, the Owls (11-1) averaged 211 in their first nine matches, with a low of 204 against Waynesboro, its only loss. Of the first five, a senior and a junior are joined by two sophomores and a freshman.

The makeup of the team was a preseason concern only because co-coaches Jeff Ibex and Guy Stull were not sure how their young players would respond to the challenge. As it has developed, the first five are pretty solid and three or four are challenging for the sixth spot.

Ryan Angell, the team's only senior, believes he should have a distinct advantage on the rest of the district field, but he wants to handle it wisely.

"It's my home course; I've grown up here," Angell said before practice Monday, citing the fact his father, Gary Angell, is the course superintendent. For tournament experience, he is a three-year regular for the Owls and has played on Wakefield's Junior Inter-Club team the past two summers.

"I've worked here the last four summers, and played as much as six times a week. Still, I'll try not to put too much pressure on myself," he said. "I want to go in relaxed and play the best I can. What I get is what I'll go home with."

No. 2 man Wade Shaw, a junior, has been playing for four years, having been introduced to the game by an older brother, Ken, a former Westminster student, and is in his third varsity season. He is another tournament veteran, having played a summer Junior tour in York County and the inter-club series.

"It's our home course; I'm confident we'll do well," Shaw said. Fueling that confidence is a 77 he shot in the state tournament at College Park last year. He'd like to play a return engagement.

Rounding out a likely five for the district event are freshman Jon-David Byers and sophomores Brett Woodson and Pat Buenger.

In regular matches, which will continue for the next 10 days, those battling for the sixth position include juniors Trey Buckingham and Phil Dickson, and sophomore Nick Hohenwarter.

"We've been pleased by our consistency, especially away from home," Stull said. "That's something we have not done in the past." For at least Monday, he hopes to be pleased by some consistency at home.

Scoring leaders

Francis Scott Key's Jason Zinkand, who did not score a touchdown in his team's first two games, has had six in his past two games, and taken over Carroll County's football scoring lead with six touchdowns and nine extra points for 45 points.

Adam Crowl of North Carroll, who has scored in each of his side's four games, has seven touchdowns and a two-point conversion for 44 points. The top two are trailed by Rick Brown, North Carroll, and Jason Tourangeau, South Carroll, 20 each; Steve Suter, North Carroll, and Lee Windsor, South Carroll, 18 each.

In boys soccer, senior Tim Chairs and junior Rick Wareham have five goals apiece, backed by teammate Nathan McCullough, Tim Betz of Westminster, and Tom Long, Francis Scott Key, four each.

Westminster's girls team has scored 18 goals in a 5-1 start, including five by Michelle Payne, and four by Kelly Cooper and Courtney Bierne. Melissa Merson of Francis Scott Key shares the lead with Payne with five, followed by North Carroll teammates Danielle Shearer and Emily Lopez, four each.

Five players are tied for the field hockey lead with four goals -- Stephanie Lawrence and Megan Straehle from Key; Mary Kaminski of North Carroll, and Katie Scuikas and Lisa Duke, Westminster.

Western Maryland

Brianne Bray, a 5-foot-9 freshman from Dallastown, Pa., has been named the Centennial Conference player of the week for volleyball. In a sweep of conference foes Bryn Mawr and Muhlenberg in Allentown, Pa., she had 23 kills and only one error in 33 attack attempts, plus four solo blocks, four assists, eight digs, and a service ace.

Miscellaneous

The annual county high school round-robin volleyball tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Liberty. Francis Scott Key won the title a year ago, beating North Carroll in a two-game final. Liberty and North Carroll will send teams to the annual Harford Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Bel Air.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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