Curley wrestles way to more than No. 1

December 24, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Curley's recent ascension to No. 1 in the area wrestling rankings is among several firsts the Friars are enjoying this season.

Not only did Curley (6-0) win its season-opening Maryland

Catholic Invitational, which it hosts, but in that event it beat defending National Prep and private schools state champ DeMatha and MIAA rival and league champion Mount St. Joseph -- each for the first time in the school's history.

The Friars, who also downed No. 2 Calvert Hall in the Catholic Invitational, followed that up with an impressive third-place finish at the North East (Cecil County) tournament behind St. Mark's of Delaware, ranked No. 7 nationally, and Hodgson, Del.

It was the highest the Friars have finished at North East, and their 221 points were the most the program has scored there.

No. 1 Mike Boettcher (140, 14-0) and No. 3 Brian Bricker (112, 11-0) each won titles at Curley and North East, while No. 2 Paul Boettcher (135, 7-1) was a runner-up at Curley and -- like Bricker -- won the North East crown for the second straight year.

Going through the lineup, No. 5 Mike Frey (125, 12-2) was second at both Curley and North East, while J.D. Mislak (189, 13-2) won at Curley and was third at North East.

Antoine Lide (119, 14-3) was fourth at Curley and third at North East, Brad Charvat (Hwt., 11-3) was third at North East, P.J. Kirhagis (130, 12-4) was second at Curley and fourth at North East.

Pat Curran (152, 13-4) was third at Curley and Shawn Calhoun (145, 13-5) fourth at Curley.

Curley travels to No. 4 Arundel, the defending 3A-4A duals state champ, for a tournament this weekend.

The Friars also will see No. 3 Hammond in its tournament, and -- at the South River tournament -- both defending 3A-4A state tournament champ Sherwood of Montgomery County and defending 1A-2A dual meet and tournament champ Lackey of Charles County.

Curley's coach is Alan Gebhart, with Tim Schoen, Kirk Salvo, Scott Osborne and Dan Robinson listed as assistants .

The 1,000 Club

In only the sixth game of her junior year, Eastern Tech guard Elisha Carter scored her 1,000th career point.

The 5-5 point guard reached the milestone Monday with her first basket in a 46-42 loss to Northeast of Anne Arundel County. Carter went on to score 22 points, giving her 1,020 to date.

Eastern Tech coach Dave Scrivener said Carter is believed to be the all-time leading scorer at the school, although records are not available. If she continues at this pace, there won't be any question by the time she graduates.

Carter scored 910 points in her first two seasons with the Mavericks. As a freshman, she averaged 21.8 points and earned second-team All-Baltimore City/County honors. This season, she averages 18.3 points as well as 4.0 assists and 6.2 steals.

"Most people look at her scoring and her career average," said Scrivener, "but Elisha allows so many other people to get points. TC Other teams double- and triple-team her and she gets them the ball. I don't know how many times she's gotten the ball to a forward underneath and we get a basket because there's nobody there. She does so much for us."

With Carter in the lineup, the Mavericks have gone 39-15, including 21-3, the best record in school history, in her freshman year and 17-7 last year. Before that, the Mavericks girls had posted only two winning seasons in 25 years.

New Generals coach

Jill Altshuler, a two-time collegiate All-American at Lehigh, is the new Towson High girls lacrosse coach.

A three-sport standout at Catonsville High, Altshuler went on to become one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA women's lacrosse during her four years at Lehigh. The 1996 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year led the NCAA in total points in her junior and senior years and set six conference records, including career goals (242) and career points (308).

Altshuler takes over for Wendy Kridel, who moved to Bryn Mawr. The new coach inherits a county champion team that won its first state title last spring.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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