Ex-Terp wrestling stars help two ailing programs

December 11, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Poly graduate Kevin Brown and Old Mill graduate Brian Layman, both successful as 190-pound wrestlers at the University of Maryland, bring their experience to struggling programs at Northern and Milford Mill, respectively.

Brown won three Baltimore City titles and one Maryland Interscholastic Association crown before graduating from Poly in 1990 and placed third, second twice and first in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Maryland over four seasons.

Before graduating from Old Mill in 1992, Layman twice earned All-Metro honors and placed third, second and first in the state tournament. With Layman in the lineup, Old Mill won four straight state titles -- a state record.

Join the club

Western volleyball coach Anna Gibbs knows first-hand how playing club volleyball can give a girl a chance to go to college.

"I know I couldn't have gone to college if I hadn't gotten a scholarship," said Gibbs, who attended UMBC on a volleyball scholarship after playing club ball in Calvert County and playing for the powerhouse Northern-Calvert high school team.

Now, Gibbs is trying to offer those same opportunities to Baltimore City girls by bringing the Starlings Volleyball Clubs USA to town. The Starlings operate successful programs in 15 cities and on several Indian reservations.

This weekend, the Baltimore Starlings will get up and running. Tryouts will be held for girls ages 12-18 Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Western High School.

Gibbs said girls need not have experience to try out. Two levels of play are offered, a local league for beginners and a regional club program for more skillful players.

Club teams will be formed at 18-and-under, 17-and-under, 16-and-under and 14-and-under. Those players will travel to tournaments throughout the Middle Atlantic states beginning in February. Gibbs said they may also travel to tournaments that are farther away if they can raise enough money.

"The aim of the Starlings is to give underprivileged girls an opportunity to play a sport which has become kind of a suburban, middle-class sport," said Gibbs. "It's become too expensive for them to play. We're trying to provide the same program for a lot less money."

Gibbs said the cost for the league will be $25 per girl. The cost of the club program will be about $150 each. However, she said, some of that $150 fee should be offset by fund-raising. The Starlings program is funded by the Abell Foundation, but Gibbs said she is looking for more money and will conduct fund-raisers over the seven-month course of the club season.

Gibbs said the commitment to a club team will require three practices a week, beginning next week. During the tournament season, February through June, teams will practice twice a week and play tournaments on weekends. Practices for the older girls' teams will be in the evenings, said Gibbs. Middle-school girls will practice in the afternoon.

In addition, girls will be required to attend 90-minute tutoring sessions once a week.

"The focus is on the complete student athlete," said Gibbs. "The ultimate goal is to get kids into college -- into a collegiate volleyball program if possible -- but first and foremost into college."

A couple of milestones

Not only did Archbishop Curley's wrestling team win the season-opening Maryland Catholic Invitational for the first time, the Friars also defeated both Mount St. Joseph and National Prep champ DeMatha of Prince George's County "for the first time in any manner," said coach Alan Gebhart. The Friars are ranked No. 3 in The Sun and No. 4 in the state.

Overlea wins

Jason Laubach (112), Derrick Oxendine (145) and Terry Lawson (171) won individual titles as No. 12 Overlea's wrestling team overcame an 18-team field at last weekend's Patapsco Tournament.

Joe Bena (160) was the sole winner for runner-up Patapsco, as was Matt Bulloch (135) of third-place Dulaney. Other winners were Towson's John Narlis (103) and Max Agee (125), Hereford's Pat Curtis (140) and Dan Comer (152), Dundalk's Rich Reesey (119), Kenwood's Bryant Mallory (189), Pikesville's Nathan Rosenberg (130) and Western Tech's Andrew Riley (heavyweight)

Coaches' stars

The Baltimore City coaches selected All-City teams for volleyball and girls soccer for this past fall.

Named to the volleyball team: Tiffany Silver and Tamara Ervin, Western; Akea Vaughan, Poly; Marquita McKnight, City; Melanie Eshenbaugh, Patterson; and Obi Rincidi, Edmondson.

Named to the soccer team: Faustina Dadson, Nicole Greeson, Dietra Moore, Autumn Wilkins and Jamaica Wood, Western; Kristin Kingsbury, Christina Kirkpatrick, Melissa Reinhardt and Julie Yates, Patterson; Heather Myers and Emily Shayne, Poly; and Anne Phillips, City. Wood was selected Player of the Year and Western's Paul Plott is Coach of the Year.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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