Patapsco tries a title-bound track in field hockey

October 03, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patapsco's field hockey team appears headed for a return trip to the county championship game.

After defeating Carver A&T, 3-0, on Tuesday, the Patriots (6-1) remain the only team unbeaten in Baltimore County's Mallard Division. At 6-0 in the division, the Patriots are a game ahead of Carver A&T and Kenwood (both 5-1) with three league games left. They have already beaten Kenwood.

Last year, the Patriots lost 3-2 to state semifinalist Hereford in the county title game, and they want another shot.

On Tuesday, Shannel Holloway crossed two balls to Ashly Fishell for goals in the first 10 minutes.

The Patriots sat on that lead until Holloway added the final goal early in the second half.

Holloway, the only senior, now has 15 points, including nine goals. Fishell has 14 points, including 10 goals.

The Wildcats have a top scorer of their own in Kerri Shipley (10 goals, four assists), but a strong defense led by Norah Boblitz, Becca Woods and keeper Jenn Sobszak (five saves) shut her out.

Still, the Wildcats are enjoying the best season in school history. After finishing 3-8 last season and scoring just eight goals, they are 5-3 and have amassed 17. They bettered last season's scoring record in just four games.

"It's been exciting, because we can play with these teams," said Carver coach Christine Folden, who has a strong defensive trio in Becky Fewster, Emily McFarland and goalie Jessie Mangual.

The Mount

In his third season coaching Mount Carmel's boys soccer team, Gary Schneehagen may have built a mini-juggernaut in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference.

Mount Carmel is 7-1 overall and 5-1 against league competition, entering Friday's league game against Glenelg Country School.

"My goalie, Derrick Muchla, never played that position before this year," Schneehagen said. "But he's a good basketball player and a third baseman in baseball. He has good hands."

Mount Carmel has out-scored opponents 27-10 behind Bernie Danilowski (nine goals, four assists), Lee Harris (five, three), Brandon Lookingland (five, three) and freshman Daxton Bury (six, two).

Freshman midfielder Evan Williams (two, three) has scored both goals off headers, and Eric Augustine, Chris Steck and Ryan Deady anchor the defense.

Running Wildcats

Northwestern assistant coach Doug Robertson said during the preseason his Wildcats would "get after people," and it appears he was right.

After dropping their first two non-league games, 22-6 to No. 11 Patterson, and 14-6 to No. 3 Lake Clifton, Northwestern -- coached by Leroy McKenzie -- has beaten Northern and Douglass by a combined 44-6.

Northern, of the city's more difficult East Division, was 2-0. The Douglass win made the Wildcats 1-0 in the West Division. Northwestern (3-7 last year) visits Carver (1-0 league, 3-1 overall) Friday.

Creeping Up

Mercy's volleyball team has crept up to No. 12 in the rankings this week behind the stellar combination of Stephanie Hansen and Michelle Russell.

Hansen, a second-team All-Metro outside hitter, had 10 kills in a 15-11, 15-0, 15-7 victory over St. Mary's yesterday. Russell, a junior setter, had 14 assists.

For the season, Hansen has 138 kills and Russell, 224 assists as the Magic stand alone atop the Catholic League standings at 7-0. Overall, the defending Catholic League Tournament champs are 12-2, having lost only to No. 3 Dulaney and No. 7 Lansdowne.

They took over first place with a 15-6, 15-8, 9-15, 15-4 win last week over Archbishop Spalding, the only team to beat them in 1996. However, the Magic already had avenged that loss in last year's tournament final.

Mercy also has gotten solid contributions from Kelly Jefferson (99 kills), Chris Jagielski, Kristy Lutz, Tara Singleton, Brandi Wietscher, Maria Kelly, Heather Valunas, Kellie McKee and Desiree Cassidy.

In addition to seven seniors, coach John Singleton has five club players -- Hansen, Russell, Jagielski, Tara Singleton and Cassidy -- who have improved the level of play.

Norris is back

Rod Norris has been hired as basketball coach at Dulaney High school, bringing a 12-year, 151-36 record from his past programs at Woodlawn and Perry Hall.

A Dulaney graduate, Norris played point guard at Towson University in 1976-77. He earned The Sun's Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year honors in 1993 at Woodlawn.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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