Notre Dame Prep sinks Severn swim league a three-team race


January 22, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep's swim team pulled into a three-way tie for the lead in the Catholic League with a 99-71 win over Severn last week.

The Pirates, who have won two straight Catholic League titles, had slipped to second place with an early 50-44 loss to McDonogh. But after Severn beat McDonogh and NDP beat Severn, the three are deadlocked.

NDP coach Lisa Wiegmann has a lot of versatile, young swimmers on her squad, led by Amy Auerbach, Laura Nolan, Jasmine DeGross and Jen Austin.

At McDonogh, Denise Cinquegrana and Amy Hancock are unbeaten, while freshman Jinji Fraser has also been a force.

Despite their top individual swimmers, the Eagles are at a disadvantage.

"We are definitely the third-best team in the league, because we don't have the depth," said McDonogh coach Scott Ward, who carries 17 girls on his roster while NDP has 31. "We really got lucky the day we met them."

With only two regular-season meets left for each team, they likely will remain in a tie until the Catholic League championship meet on Feb. 21 at UMBC.

Tough act on the mat

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association looks like the state's toughest wrestling league. The argument is that the MIAA boasts four of the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top 10 teams, as well as six of The Sun's top 10 in metropolitan Baltimore.

The league also boasts 17 wrestlers who are ranked in the top six in their weight categories in the state by the MSWA.

Archbiship Curley and Calvert Hall are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 both in the Baltimore area and statewide. Mount St. Joseph is ranked No. 5 in Baltimore and No. 4 in the state. Gilman is No. 6 in Baltimore and ninth statewide.

Loyola, No. 11 in the area, and McDonogh, No. 13, round out a difficult MIAA schedule, on which the most heated battle begins with Saturday's Gilman-at-Curley match.

Loyola recently swept the Bullis Duals tournament, routing runner-up Churchill of Montgomery County, 40-22.

Sharpshooting Wolverines

Western T&E's girls basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in Baltimore County's Sharpshooters Division with victories last week over Hereford (44-30) and Pikesville (42-36).

Those wins, and yesterday's45-16 romp over Carver A&T, gave the Wolverines an 8-4 overall record. They are 5-0 and remain the only team unbeaten in the Sharpshooters Division.

Although young, coach Heather Wable's Wolverines present an imposing post game in 6-0 freshman Jack Pundt and 6-2 sophomore Tiffany Johnson. They also have 6-0 sophomore Jacqui Berry and 5-9 senior Jaime Harris.

Pundt, an Amateur Athletic Union veteran who averages 11 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks, had a memorable week with 19 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks vs. Hereford and 15 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Pikesville.

In the backcourt, the Wolverines have 5-4 sophomore Candace High, who averages five points and 3.5 assists but had nine assists in the Hereford game, and 5-4 junior point guard Jen Scalo. Bateya Jackson, a 5-8 sophomore swing man, averages 8.3 rebounds.

On the diamond

Mount St. Joseph seniors Mark Teixeira, a two-time All-Metro third baseman, and Michael Floyd (outfield), along with Calvert Hall seniors Greg DeBoy (infield) and Justin Nash (pitcher) have been chosen to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches' third annual preseason All-State baseball team. Teixeira has committed early to attend Georgia Tech, and Floyd, Virginia.

The players will be introduced at the MSABC's annual Lead-off Banquet on Feb. 20 at Camden Yards, when Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder will be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame. Tickets: Dave Norton of Mount St. Joseph, 410-646-6222.

On Feb. 21, the MSABC will conduct Youth Coaches' Clinics at River Hill High in Columbia, and at Boonsboro High in Washington County. Both events will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at fee of $30 per participant. Information: Terry Coleman, 410-795-6471.

Bel Air's best

Bel Air's girls soccer team maintained a cumulative grade average of 3.65, with 17 of its 19 players having been cited by Harford County's Minds In Motion, which recognizes athletes who maintain at least a 3.25 average or better during their seasons.

The Bobcats finished 11-5 and were tri-county champs with Fallston and C. Milton Wright.

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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