County indoor track champions Long Reach (girls) and Wilde Lake (boys) will try to continue their winning ways tomorrow at the Class 2A-3A West region championships at Hagerstown Junior College.
Mount Hebron and River Hill also will participate in the meet, which starts at 8: 30 a.m. The top six finishers will advance to the state finals Feb. 24.
Teyarnte Carter and Thema Napier will lead the No. 2-ranked Lightning. "They're carrying the load. They've been doing that all year," said Long Reach coach Pete Hughes.
"I refer to them as the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of our team," added Hughes, referring to the one-two punch of the NBA's Chicago Bulls. "Thema says she's Michael Jordan and Teyarnte says she's Scott Pippen."
At the regionals, Carter will run the 55-, 300- and 500-meter events -- she won all three at the county meet -- and also participate in the 800 relay. Napier will compete in the 55 hurdles, 300, 500 and 800. Napier won the 55 hurdles and 800 at the county and finished second to Carter in the 300 and 500.
Wilde Lake's boys team has dominated the county this season because of its depth. Ben Coffman, who won the mile and was second in the 2-mile at the county, and Nkem Ohio, who won the 500 at the county, lead the Wildecats.
The other county schools -- Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Howard and Oakland Mills -- will compete at the Class 1A-2A Central regional at 3: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the 5th Regiment Armory.
A victory tonight against visiting Glenelg will give Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr her 100th victory. Storr, in her seventh season for the No. 4 Wildecats (14-2 overall, 12-0 league), is 99-56.
Her first Wilde Lake team was 9-13, followed by seasons of 13-9, 10-11, 17-7, 15-9 and 21-5. The Wildecats' 1994-95 team won the Class 1A state title. Wilde Lake earned county titles the last two years, and last season was a state Class 2A semifinalist.
No. 15 Centennial, after an overtime loss against River Hill, has won five straight. "We've played very well over the last 2 1/2 weeks," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg. Senior forward Jessica Mentz has sparked the Eagles, scoring in double figures three of the five games.
Oakland Mills has had a roller coaster county season. The Scorpions began 1-3, then won five straight. Losses to Mount Hebron, Wilde Lake and Centennial followed, but the team evened its record at 6-6 Wednesday with a solid win against River Hill. Freshman Rayna BuBose had 18 points and Adrienne Butler 10 to lead the Scorpions, who had lost by 13 to the Hawks in December.
Glenelg, which lost to Centennial by three Jan. 24 to fall to 3-6 in the county, has won three straight. Lauren Martin and Kris Brust have averaged 23 points and 19 points, respectively, in the streak.
Mount Hebron did not score a two-point basket in the first half of its 52-36 loss Wednesday night at Wilde Lake.
Trailing 16-0, Mount Hebron's Annie Collins made a three-point shot with 1: 27 left in the first quarter. Mia Molfino made consecutive three-point baskets to cut the Vikings' deficit to 18-9 with 6: 49 left in the second quarter, but Mount Hebron scored only six more points -- all on free throws -- before halftime.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Wilde Lake-Mount Hebron game, the Wildecats had two pairs of sisters playing at the same time -- senior identical twins Toni and Lashon White and senior Jessie Roy-Harrison and freshman Nicole Roy-Harrison. Joining the sister act was freshman Sarah Hobert.
River Hill has lost three straight; Hammond nine straight.
Hall of Fame game
Lois Norman, the county's first black female physical education teacher at an integrated school, Debbie Paladino, a 1981 graduate of Centennial where she was a three-sport star, and Barbara Streaker, a county teacher and coach for 30 years, will be inducted into the Howard County Women's Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night at Centennial High School.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with an alumnae game. Among those playing will be Mount Hebron graduate Amy Mallon, now playing for the Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League, and two current high school coaches -- River Hill's Karen Saunderson (Wilde Lake, 1987) and Howard's Shannon Grieve (Oakland Mills, 1990).
Centennial plays host to Hammond in a girls game beginning at 7: 30 p.m. At halftime, Streaker, who died in 1983, Norman and Paladino will be honored.
Howard High hockey players Kalle Koski and Ron Spano will go against Wilde Lake's Josh Lester and Brian Strahl in a shootout between periods of tomorrow night's Washington-Tampa Bay game at the MCI Center.
Koski will challenge goalie Strahl and Lester will take on goalie Spano. Each shooter will have three chances.
Pub Date: 2/06/98