Walbrook football team makes recovery after slow start Notebook

October 26, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After an 0-2 start, including a 15-0 loss to No. 10-ranked Woodlawn, coach Kelvin Bridges' Walbrook Warriors have won five straight games.

The Warriors (5-2, 4-0) have been especially impressive lately in shutouts of all four of its West Division opponents by a combined 172-0. Next up are West Division rivals Edmondson and league-leader Northwestern (6-2, 6-0). Last week's 26-0 rout of Forest Park came against a team that lost just 14-6 to Northwestern.

In last week's 52-0 rout of Southern, Northwestern running back Leroy Satchell rushed for 250 yards and scored 48 points, including a state-record tying seven touchdowns.

If the Warriors get by next week's game vs. Edmondson -- an overtime loser to Northwestern -- that will set up an exciting season finale for the division title.

Tie costs Cubs one spot

Catholic's tie three weeks ago with unranked Notre Dame Prep cost the Cubs only one spot in the most recent USA Today national girls soccer Top 25.

The Cubs (16-0-1) dropped to fifth after reaching their highest national ranking ever, a tie for fourth in the previous Top 25.

Ranked No. 1 in metropolitan Baltimore by The Sun since the second week of the season, the Cubs needed a goal from Becky Bieneman in the final five minutes to tie NDP, 2-2, on Oct. 2. Averting the loss prevented the Cubs from taking what could have been a big tumble in the USA Today poll.

The Cubs have won five straight since, including four shutouts, so their position should be secure when the next USA Today poll is published Tuesday.

The national poll, published every two weeks, is compiled by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Catholic is rated first in the Middle Atlantic region, followed by Good Counsel (a Wheaton team the Cubs beat 2-0), ranked 18th nationally, and Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), tied for No. 23.

'Flakie' Wade

What do Carol Wade and Poly football coach Augie Waibel have in common?

They're two of only a few people who can get away with calling Bob Wade, director of athletics for Baltimore City, by his nickname: Flakie.

"That was a name given to him because of his snowflake-like soft hands as a pickup-softball player in high school," Waibel recalls of Wade, a Dunbar High graduate.

"I still call him that, and so do a few of his close friends," Carol Wade said. "I didn't really know him back when he was playing, but it's just a name that has kind of stuck."

Twins split

Twins Alison and Hilary Polk-Williams, who also are St. Paul's field hockey teammates, have always played on the same teams. But on Thanksgiving weekend, they may be opponents for the DTC first time.

At the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Hockey Festival, Hilary will play for Team Maryland. Alison will play for a New York club team.

Hilary, a second-team All-Metro midfielder last fall, was selected for Team Maryland at tryouts on June 22. Alison, a Junior Olympian last summer, missed the tryouts while doing community service in the Dominican Republic. She hooked up with the New York Thoroughbreds when her Junior Olympic team coach sent out a letter looking for players to fill out the roster.

The twins won't know until they get to the festival in Palm Springs, Calif., whether Team Maryland will play the Thoroughbreds.

Lions win the hard way

Maryvale's girls soccer team clinched the Catholic League B Division regular-season championship last week -- but not the way the Lions had hoped to.

The Lions lost for the first time all season, 1-0 to Severn Thursday, but clinched the title anyway because Roland Park also lost, 2-1 to Bryn Mawr.

Maryvale (11-1-1 overall and in the league) can still lose its last game Tuesday at Bryn Mawr and still edge the Reds (11-3, 10-3) in the division.

"It's not exactly the way we wanted to do it, but we'll take it," said Maryvale coach Ben Neil, whose team beat the Reds, 2-0, Tuesday. "Our game on Tuesday was such an emotionally and physically intense game that both teams had down games on Thursday. I think both teams were drained."

Despite the letdown Thursday, Neil had nothing but praise for the Lions, who made a stunning recovery from a 1-12 season last year in the A Division.

"It's great for the kids. They earned it. They won 11 games. I'm very happy with what they've done. I've been blessed with some great players and they deserve what they have accomplished."

Twist of fate

Kelsey Twist, a Roland Park freshman, was named the Maryland Amateur Athletic Union Basketball 13-and-under co-player of the year.

A 5-9 forward, Twist averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists while leading General Die to third place in the Maryland tournament. After that, however, she was picked up by the second-place Waves, who advanced to the national tournament in Orlando, Fla. Twist had scored 22 points in General Die's first-round victory over the Waves.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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