Centennial picks up where it left off -- winning Howard notebook

December 10, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Despite graduating its entire starting team from last season's county basketball champ, Centennial started the new season by winning its opener.

Andy McShane scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, made four steals and had three blocked shots in the Eagles' 61-48 season-opening victory against C. Milton Wright last Friday.

McShane, Howard County's tallest player at 6 feet 6, hit several outside jumpers and scored off cuts from the wing through the middle of the lane.

"It wasn't pretty early," Centennial coach Jim Hill said. "We made 11 turnovers in the first half. But we played a good second half."

Even though C. Milton Wright started two players who are 6-10 and 6-8, and had three more who are 6-4, the Eagles and the Mustangs were even in rebounding.

"They were a lot better than I thought, and their height could have been a problem," Hill said.

College call

Seth Willingham (Wilde Lake) was honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference after switching from quarterback to tight end at Eastern Illinois this season. A 6-3, 257-pound sophomore, he ,, started all 11 games and caught 26 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. Eastern Illinois tied for second place in the OVC with an 8-3 record.

Ron Gamble (Hammond), a 6-2, 268-pound sophomore, played 11 games and started the last four at defensive end for Connecticut, which went 7-4. He made 34 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss.

DaLawn Parrish (Howard) started all 11 games for Wake Forest (5-6). A 5-11, 200-pound sophomore defensive back, he made 37 unassisted tackles and 14 assists, intercepted a pass and caused two fumbles.

Aaron Perkins (Centennial), a 6-1, 250-pound first-year guard, started every game for Randolph-Macon (8-2). The school was ** tri-champion of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. It was its best season since 1984, and after seven games it was ranked No. 20 in Division III.

Matt Stephenson (Centennial) scored three goals in eight games as a reserve for the No. 5-ranked South Carolina men's soccer team. Stephenson, a freshman, was the Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in 1996. The Gamecocks went 16-3-1 and lost to Clemson, 1-0, in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Ben Stephenson (Centennial), a freshman defender, played in five games and did not score.

Matt Laycock (Centennial) started 18 of 19 games for North Carolina's soccer team and was third on the team in scoring with three goals and three assists. He played the first third of the season at midfield and then switched to sweeper.

Chris Dodson (Howard) scored three goals and had two assists fTC for Brown's soccer team. Brown went 11-6-1 and won the Ivy League title before losing to defending national champ St. John's, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Kumi Walker (Centennial) played in 17 games and started nine as a defender for Brown. Doug Ulman (Centennial) played in six games and had one assist for Brown.

Ted Lawler (Oakland Mills) of UMBC was named Big South Soccer Player of the Year, as voted by the league's coaches. Lawler ranked second on the team in scoring with five goals and two assists. He compiled 52 points throughout his career, and is ninth on UMBC's all-time scoring list.

Howard Community College coach Steve Musselman was named All-JUCO Cross Country Coach of the Year as the men's and women's teams captured Region XX titles. Chris Oxford was the first men's Express finisher, placing sixth in 29: 02. Nathan Hornburg (seventh, 29: 11), Marc Baron (12th, 30: 07), Seth Geoghegan (14th, 30: 50) and Jeff Bailey (15th, 31: 20) rounded out the top five. Carrie Braun, second overall (21: 04), led the Express women, followed by Dawn Strait (sixth, 23: 00), Amanda Lipscomb (11th, 25: 15), Bonnie Meritt (16th, 30: 42) and Maggie Krummenoehl (17th, 30: 50).

Yonel LaRose of Howard Community College was named first-team All-Region in soccer. He led the team with nine goals. ,, Express midfielder Wayne Chin-Sue and sweeper Chris Lane were named second-team All-Region.

Steve Petro (Oakland Mills) of Haverford finished third (28: 23) as his team won its fifth straight Centennial Conference cross country championship this fall.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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