Cavaliers girls soccer team awarded academic honor Carroll notebook

January 07, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

The girls soccer team at South Carroll High School is one of 50 recipients of a national academic award presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The award, based on the academic performance of a team during the previous school year, went to 33 girls teams and 17 boys teams. Eligibility is based on a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for the entire year, and the calculation must include all players appearing on a varsity roster during the season.

South Carroll, coached by Jim Horn, had an average of 3.48. Salisbury-Parkside, coached by Michael Bievenour, had 3.88, and was the only other Maryland girls team honored. The leader was Blue Valley Northwest of Overland Park, Kan., 3.91.

Among the boys, Catonsville High School, coached by Dave Lane, was cited for its 3.31. The leader was North Mecklenburg in Huntersville, N.C., with a 3.92.

"Last year, at first I thought the award was just for the fall marking period, and made that a challenge, but later when I realized it was for the whole year, I made sure the players knew about it and continued to maintain their good averages," Horn said of South Carroll's recognition.

"The challenge was there for this year, too, and the girls have really responded. I included a half-hour study hall before practice, and for the first quarter our varsity players had an average of 3.76. All 19 made the honor roll, including 11 with 4.0's.

"They are still well aware of the competition, because I've had several of the players stop me in the hall to say how well they were doing, or how they had improved in certain subjects."

Cavaliers wrestling

At the start of the season, South Carroll had only two proven wrestlers, senior Jason Hamper at 171 pounds and junior Mike Muller at 152. A year ago, both reached the state meet, where Hamper was a quarterfinals loser and Muller placed fourth.

This season each is 12-1 -- the losses coming in the finals of the season-opening Meade tournament.

Judging from the first month, where the team dispatched nine dual-meet foes and placed third at Meade, there are some talented athletes sprinkled throughout the lineup. The proof will come in the next month, with meets against all the Carroll County teams, plus perennial power Frederick.

Last year, only two of the Cavaliers' 14 dual-meet opponents scored fewer than 24 points. This season, none has scored more than 25, and all but two have been under 20.

"Scott Wachter [130 pounds] and Brad Mann [152] have had big turnarounds for us, and they were the ones we needed for us to turn the corner," coach Pete Olson said following his team's latest victory, a 72-6 conquest of visiting Thomas Johnson Monday night.

Both wrestlers had non-winning records last year, but at this point Wachter, a senior, whose 11-second effort was the fastest of seven pins against TJ, is 10-3. Mann, a junior, is 11-2.

"He is pinning people, which is so different from last year," Olson said of Mann. Now, he is wrestling under control and not making mistakes."

The top and bottom weights have some impressive athletes. Heavyweight Tom Crown, the only other senior in the lineup besides Wachter and Jason Hamper, is 7-0 despite coming off a football injury. Freshmen Dan Patterson (12-2 at 103) and Bryan Hamper (13-1 at 119) have been able to get the team going with winning efforts.

Sophomore Kevin Clark, a solid performer last season when he won 21 matches, is 10-2 and poised for a similar effort this year.

South Carroll's next outing will be the Hammond tournament this weekend, an event that has drawn 15 state-ranked individuals from some of the area's top teams.

Sports medicine

A sports medicine clinic focusing on the female athlete is scheduled for Jan. 17 at Salisbury State University. Emphasis TC during the day-long program will be on knee injuries, lower-body biomechanical analysis and issues directly related to female athletes. Information is available from Patrick Lamboni, Salisbury State trainer, at 410-543-6355.

Western Maryland

The only women's/men's basketball doubleheaders on Western Maryland's home schedule will be this week. Tonight, the women (5-2), returning from a 24-day break, will play Lebanon Valley (6-1) at 6 p.m., with the men (4-5) following with a game against Catholic University (5-3). Saturday, it will be the women against Bryn Mawr at 1 p.m., followed by the men against Muhlenberg.

Catholic is coming off a loss to Division III Connecticut College, after having lost to Division I opponents American University and Stetson. Matt Laczkowski, a sophomore from Westminster, has seen limited action for the Washington, D.C., school.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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