Berman twins select different college, soccer paths Howard notebook

January 23, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's Amanda Berman, The Sun's Howard County girls soccer co-Player of the Year, has accepted a scholarship offer from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

"I loved my visit. It was a beautiful campus," said Berman, who took her official visit during the football team's homecoming weekend in November. "Once I got there, I felt this was somewhere I could see myself being."

Berman, who had 19 goals and 13 assists last season, will face some former local players next fall when Wofford plays Southern Conference rivals Furman (Sara Tollick, 1997 graduate of Seton Keough) and Davidson (Ginny Dye, 1996 Oakland Mills graduate).

Wofford, which is in its third year of NCAA Division I play, was 12-7-3 overall and 5-2 (second place) in the Southern Conference last season. It also was second in the conference tournament.

Wofford is a small college, with fewer students (1,100) than Wilde Lake (1,426).

"It's small enough that by the end of the weekend of my visit I knew practically everyone," Berman said. "I love the fact that it's small. You get more individual attention from your teachers."

Berman, who wants to go into sports medicine, said Wofford coach Josef Lorenz and assistant coach Amy Burns made strong impressions on her. Berman said that Burns gives her inspiration because, like Berman, she stands only 5-foot-1. Burns had a successful career playing at the University of North Carolina.

Berman, an All-Metro selection and one of the top finishers in the area, said Wofford is losing some forwards and with hard work feels she will get playing time.

"I really loved it there," Berman said. "I'm really excited. I want to go right now."

Abby Berman, Amanda's twin sister and second-team All-County selection last fall, will attend Division III Marymount in Arlington, Va. Abby will play soccer and plans to study elementary education.

"I didn't want to play Division I soccer. I wanted to concentrate on school first," said Berman.

Karen Kelser, who coached Amanda on an Olympic Development Program team, coaches at Marymount. "She's a very understanding coach and easy to get along with," Berman said. "She was really helpful. I like her as a coach and a person."

Indoor track

The Ivan Walker Championship to determine the county indoor track titles will be held at 3: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fifth Regiment Armory. A $4 admission will be charged to spectators 8 and up.

Wilde Lake, which has never won a county indoor title, is a strong favorite in the boys division. The Wildecats have dominated all four county meets, winning by an average of 37 points.

"Wilde Lake in a walk-away," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, whose boys team has finished second in each county meet this year.

"We should win, but we're not going to underestimate anybody," said Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker. "We're going to try to make as few mistakes as possible and prepare ourselves for the bigger meets coming up."

The Wildecats have very good depth, led by Ben Coffman, Aaron Blum and Nkem Ohia.

Shoemaker said his team has had its eye on the county title all season. "It's real important," he said. "When you do something you've never done before it's a big thing."

Two-time defending girls champion Glenelg will be tested by Long Reach.

"It's going to be an extremely close meet," said Glenelg coach Mike Selmer.

Beth Santilli, who won all 12 events she entered at last year's county, region and state indoor meets while at River Hill, will lead the Gladiators.

Long Reach is led by the dynamic duo of Teyarnte Carter and Thema Napier. Carter will be favored in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter run, and Napier in the 55-meter hurdles. Carter and Napier will both run the 500.

Long Reach coach Pete Hughes said his team can win "if we do the things we're capable of doing." He said taking the first three spots in the 55 hurdles -- behind Napier, Cynthia Nichols and Cindy Maxfield -- will be important. "We need to sweep the hurdles, and we're capable of doing that," Hughes said.

Day picks Minnesota

Oakland Mills runner Amber Day has signed a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

"My No. 1 reason was because they have a pre-med program and a hospital on campus," Day said. "They also offered me a full scholarship."

Day, who also looked at Maryland, Georgia Tech and Ohio State, added: "I don't know what I want to do yet, but I know I want to go into the medical field."

In last year's outdoor season, Day, who has a 3.0 grade-point average, finished second in the 100 (12.29) and 200 (24.92), and third in the 400 (58.48) at the state Class 2A meet. At the county championships, she was second in both the 100 (12.5) and 200 (25.4) and third in the 400 (58.1). She also ran on the county championship 800-meter relay.

Saturday game times

County basketball games originally scheduled for today have been moved to tomorrow so teams can practice today. Teams were not allowed to practice this week during exams.

All JV games will begin at 1 p.m., and varsity games at 2: 30 p.m. -- except for the Hammond-River Hill matchup.

Both boys and girls games involving Hammond and River Hill will be played at River Hill. The girls games will be at 10 a.m. (JV) and 11: 30 a.m. (varsity). The boys will go at 6 p.m. (JV) and 7: 30 p.m. (varsity).

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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