Several county titles undecided as regular season winds down Centennial, Mt. Hebron in field hockey showdown

October 19, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

County champions will be decided this week in field hockey, soccer and cross country.

fTC Region playoffs in field hockey start Wednesday and on Friday and Saturday in soccer. The draw for region tournaments will take place today at Anne Arundel County's North County High School. It's open to the public

The field hockey draw begins at noon, followed at 1: 30 p.m. by volleyball. The boys and girls soccer draw starts at 3 p.m. To get to North County, take Interstate 695 South (toward Glen Burnie) to Exit 5 (Route 648). Turn right onto Route 648. Turn left at the second light (First Avenue) to the school.

Here is a look at the championship races:

Field hockey

Mount Hebron already knows it is a county champion. The question that will be answered tomorrow is whether or not the Vikings will have to share the title with Centennial.

Mount Hebron (7-0-1) plays host to Centennial (6-1-1) at 3: 15 p.m. as the regular season concludes.

A Mount Hebron win or tie will earn the defending county champions the title outright. A loss would result in a co-championship.

Centennial is coming off a 4-0 win at River Hill and Mount Hebron a 4-0 victory at Howard.

"We're going in at the top of our game," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell, whose team has scored nine goals in its last two games.

"Centennial is getting stronger and stronger," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. "We know what we need to do. We know where their strengths are and know where we can attack. It will be an interesting game."

The two teams played each other last year in the season finale with the county title on the line. Mount Hebron needed a tie or win for the title. The Vikings tied the game at 1-all with 22 seconds in regulation and that's how it ended.

Girls soccer

River Hill rallied twice to beat Centennial, 3-2, Friday to secure at least a tie for the county championship. The Hawks are 7-0 in the county with two games remaining. Oakland Mills, Centennial and Hammond are tied at 5-2.

A win tomorrow at Atholton (0-6-1) will earn River Hill the title outright. Atholton has struggled offensively this season, scoring six goals against county teams.

River Hill coach Cynthia Odell was happy to see her team come back from a 2-1 halftime deficit at Centennial.

"They showed a lot of character in the second half," Odell said. "They said they wanted to win every ball and they did. I'm really proud of this team."

Boys soccer

Four teams are alive for the county title, but River Hill is the only one that controls its own fate.

The Hawks lead the county standings with a 6-1 record. Wilde Lake and Centennial are at 5-1-1 and Mount Hebron is 5-2. Two regular-season games remain.

Tomorrow's schedule features Wilde Lake at Hammond (4-3), Mount Hebron at Centennial and Atholton (1-6) at River Hill.

On Wednesday, Glenelg is at Centennial, Oakland Mills is at Mount Hebron, Hammond plays host to River Hill and Howard visits Wilde Lake.

The Hawks, who handed Centennial its first league loss since 1990 earlier this season, can end the Eagles' seven-year string of county titles with victories against Atholton and Hammond. River Hill's only loss this season was a 2-1 decision at Oakland Mills.

Cross Country

The county championship will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Howard Community College.

Glenelg's Beth Santilli is the girls defending champion, and should be challenged by Centennial's Suzy McCullogh and Wilde Lake's Michelle Smith.

Centennial's girls team is the two-time defending county champion. Wilde Lake, the defending state champion, and Mount Hebron, led by Kate Frande, are expected to threaten.

Boys defending county champion Atholton is strong again and is favored to repeat. Wilde Lake and Atholton are expected to challenge.

The individual favorites include, Atholton's Mike Zaron and Nick Barresi, River Hill's Mike Prada and Zach Heidepriem and Wilde Lake's Ben Coffman amd Aaron Blum.

Volleyball

The league championship match will be played Oct. 29.

Top-ranked Centennial leads its division with a 10-0 record. In the other division, Hammond (7-3) is in first, followed by Oakland Mills (6-3). The Golden Bears, who beat Oakland Mills in their first meeting, will play host to the Scorpions on Thursday.

The two division winners will play for the title at a neutral site.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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