Studious Catonsville boys achieve national honors

January 08, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Catonsville's boys soccer team was one of only three Maryland teams -- and only 17 nationally among boys -- to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Team Academic Award.

To receive the award, a team must have maintained a combined grade-point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for the entire 1996-97 school year. The Comets had a 3.31 average.

South Carroll and Parkside were among the 33 girls teams to earn the award, which is based on the grade-point average of every person on the roster, including managers.

Kai Degner's 4.0 led the Comets, while Paul Baader and Dave Bortz carried 3.88 averages and manager Jen Bloomer a 3.9. Other 1996-97 team members: Sam Adams, Nate Bowie, Ian Callanan, Rai Carey, Dan Carter, Matt Carter, Matt Clagg, Tray Hasen, Won Hill, Chuck Ice, Jack McLaughlin, Joshua Miller, Brennden Mohler, John Murrow, Nate Phillips, Charles Ross, Don Scott, Andy Scrivener, Shane Taylor, Kurt Uttenreither and manager Kim Wilford.

Catonsville coach Dave Lane will pick up the award at a Jan. 18 breakfast during the NSCAA convention in Cincinnati.

"This means a lot to the school and to the program," said Lane, who has coached the Comets for 14 years. "It shows a great deal about the quality of student athletes we're looking for today.

"So often, kids are honored for the number of wins on the field, and they get a nice pat on the back when their grades are good, but 'student' is always put before the word 'athlete,' and I'm a firm believer in that," said Lane. "To have this in our trophy case means as much as the biggest trophy in the case does."

Cubs running deep

After winning the first Catholic League indoor track meet, No. 7-ranked Catholic will try to stay on top at the second of three league meets Saturday at Essex Community College.

The Cubs, who ran ahead of No. 9-ranked Bryn Mawr and Mount de Sales in the league opener before Christmas, will face stiff competition from both. But Cubs coach Rob Torres said that with the addition of some cross-country runners, soccer players and newcomers, depth has been his team's biggest asset.

"I was a little worried before the first meet," said Torres. "I didn't know how we would do because we had so many new people and the times were not quite up to what we had last year. We're not necessarily a better team than last year talent-wise, but we've got a well-rounded team."

The Cubs have relied most on middle-distance runner Beth Frey, who holds eight school records, as well as sprinter Natalie Boulware, shot putter Kim Zakzewski, distance runner Kelly Hill and hurdler Amy Phillips.

Boettcher's best

With last weekend's title at the Aberdeen Tournament, Archbishop Curley's top-ranked Mike Boettcher (140 pounds) ran his career wrestling victory total to a school-record 114, including a personal-best 20-0 this year.

The two-time defending state champ leads No. 1-ranked Curley into this weekend's 20-team affair at No. 3 Hammond. The event will feature 15 state-ranked wrestlers along with opponents from No. 9 Francis Scott Key, as well as Lackey of Charles County and Frederick of Frederick County -- two programs that are ranked Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

AP football honors

All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year Loui Georgalas, of Calvert Hall, was selected for the same honors on the Associated Press Consensus All-State Football Team as a result of a poll of the state's high school sports newspaper writers.

Others chosen to the team were No. 3 Hereford's two-time All-Metro defensive back-running back Jason Wingeart and punter-linebacker Roger Evans, and state runner-up Dunbar's two-time All-Metro defensive back Dahnel Singfield and Maryland-bound linebacker Kirk Williams.

Loyola's Northwestern University-bound offensive lineman Blake Henry, Woodlawn back Tavon Mason, Eastern Tech wide receiver-safety Anthony Lawston and John Carroll place-kicker Scott Collins also were named.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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