Westminster's Biden aiming for perfection

Carroll notebook

January 28, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Right now, Bobby Biden, a four-year standout for Westminster's wrestling team, is focused on Josh Wampler, tonight's expected opponent at 119 pounds when visiting Liberty provides the opposition.

His long-range goal figures to be a little more demanding -- a sweep of county, regional and state titles.

Certainly there is experience on his side. In the previous three seasons, he swept county and regional titles, but there is a hole in that resume he would like to fill. In three trips to the state tournament, his best finish was a third last year.

"I had one bad match and it cost me," Biden said earlier this week of a semifinal loss last March. Along with improving his state standing each year, he also has improved his number of wins each year.

He was 28-6 at 103 pounds as a freshman; 34-7 as he made what is considered a difficult transition to 112 his sophomore year; and 35-3 at 112 a year ago.

This year, a regular at 119, Biden has gone 23-1, including the last 21 wins in a row.

"I've gotten better on my feet, and I've gone away from moves I used in the past, and am able to switch off to others," he said.It means, too, that he is not as predictable as he might have been in the past.

Against Owings Mills on Monday night, the Owls lost at 103 before Chris Reiter started a strong of eight successive wins by the home team. Biden was one of four to register a pin in that span.

"I figured we needed a pin there to keep us going, and I was able to get it," he said of his 55-second match.

The victory pushed Westminster to 11-1 on the season, including three wins in a row since losing at North Carroll last week.

Shooting eye

Sean Davis showed an early talent for shooting the basketball by winning a foul-shooting contest when he was in the fifth grade.

Now, as a Westminster senior, he has that same shooting eye working, making 38 of 40 attempts. Davis has no special pre-shot routine for free throws -- "spin the ball in my hands and shoot, that's all" -- but the way he has been sinking them, it doesn't make a difference.

Going into last night's game at Liberty, the 6-foot-2 forward had two separate stretches of making 12 in a row.

"As a starter this season, I have more confidence in my shooting," he said at a recent practice. "Last year, when I wasn't playing much, I had no confidence."

Coach Dave Byers simulates game conditions, stopping a scrimmage to have a player (who may be tired and/or out off breath) make free throws. "We have to do several sets, and if you miss, everybody has to run."

Now, that's pressure.

State duals

The latest state dual-meet rankings (with power ratings): Class 3A-4A North -- South Carroll, 6.72; Westminster 6.22; Bel Air, 5.77; North Carroll, 5.50; Fallston, 5.20.

Class 1A-2A West -- Northern-Garrett, 6.00; Williamsport, 5.60; F.S. Key, 5.11; Middletown, 4.28; Walkersville, 3.75.

Since the rankings were released, Westminster has lost to North Carroll, and Key has lost to Middletown. Middletown's 34-30 victory marked the first time it had defeated Key in wrestling.

Coaching swap

John Piper, the boys lacrosse coach at North Carroll the last two years, has had a request for a coaching swap approved. Dave Dodson, a lacrosse assistant two years ago, and who helped with outdoor track last spring, will be the new head coach, with Piper serving as an assistant.

"It was a case of John going back to school to work on an advanced degree, and the fact his classes conflicted with lacrosse," said athletic director Bill Rumbaugh.

Western Maryland

Sophomore Barkley Dameron won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay that gave the women's swimming team its only lead of the meet, as it won for the first time this season, beating Ursinus, 50-44. Women's basketball coach Becky Martin for her 200th career win last week when the women's basketball team defeated Washington College, 67-55. In her 17th season, she got No. 201 two nights later against Swarthmore.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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