Unranked Oakland Mills boys anything but underachieving

October 01, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills' boys soccer team, which starts seven sophomores, two freshmen and two seniors, is one of the best unranked teams around.

After upsetting then No. 5-ranked Hammond 2-1 last week, the Scorpions took No. 4-ranked Wilde Lake into double overtime Friday before losing, 1-0, with five minutes left to play.

Then on Monday, the Scorpions (3-4) battled No. 11-ranked Centennial scoreless into double overtime before losing with 2 1/2 minutes left.

That's their second 1-0 loss after 1-0 wins over Elkton and Aberdeen. They've also lost to Mount St. Joe, 5-1, in the season opener and to Glenelg, 2-1.

The tough schedule doesn't let up. Oakland Mills plays No. 1-ranked River Hill Friday.

Centennial, meanwhile, also has surprised some people. The Eagles (4-2) have beaten Oakland Mills, Howard and Bel Air, all by 1-0, and Mount St. Joe 2-0. They've lost to Whitman, 4-3, and to River Hill, 1-0. That's excellent for a team most coaches thought was in for a long season.

Welsch's retirement party

Former Centennial athletic director Jim Welsch's retirement brunch will be held at Turf Valley Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Make checks payable to Centennial High School and send them to Al Dodds at Centennial. Dodds can be reached at the school at 410-313-2856.

DuVall's 200th party

County executive Chuck Ecker presented Doug DuVall with a congratulatory proclamation plaque at his 200th football victory party Saturday night.

State senator Chris McCabe also sent a proclamation to DuVall, who attributed his success to the many excellent assistant coaches and parent volunteers who have given their time and energy to help the Wilde Lake program.

"We couldn't do it without great coaches, parents and players," he said.

Many of DuVall's longtime friends were on hand, including Frank and Arlene Rhodes, and Pete and Flo Traber.

Cross country recap

Wilde Lake's boys cross country team finished third in the large schools division at the Hereford Bull Run Invitational Saturday.

The Wildecats found winner Westminster too much to handle. A Virginia team, Lake Braddock, finished second.

Aaron Blom led Wilde Lake by finishing ninth overall.

"We ran better times than in the state championships last season but still couldn't catch Westminster," Wilde Lake coach Charles Shoemaker said. Top Wilde Lake girls runner Michelle Smith was feeling ill and didn't run, so the girls team, led by Ashley Etue, finished seventh.

In the medium schools division at Hereford, the Centennial boys finished third, led by Aaron Spencer (11th) and Erik Forni (15th).

Centennial's Suzy McCulloch won the girls race with teammate Neha Amin fifth. The Eagles had only three of their top seven girls available due to homecoming.

The Mount Hebron girls finished second in the medium schools division led by sophomore Kate Frande, who was second behind McCulloch.

The Atholton boys won the Pallotti Invitational, and Oakland Mills finished fourth.

Atholton's Mike Zaron finished second and Nick Barresi was third. The Raider girls took second behind Episcopal.

In the swing

The Howard County Golf Club's stroke play championship, sponsored by Columbia Association, will be tomorrow at Fairway Hills. The state district tournament will be Monday at Wakefield Valley in Westminster.

Smith best ever?

Gerald Smith of Howard rushed for 225 yards against Glenelg last Saturday, his second straight 200-yard-plus week.

Veteran Centennial coach Ed Holshue said he thinks Smith, a sophomore, is the best running back ever in Howard County. He's not alone in that thinking.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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