At 8-0, Harford Christian recalls last year's lessons Notebook

October 01, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Harford Christian's boys' soccer team is rocking and rolling at 8-0, with four shutouts.

The Eagles' wins include a 3-2 victory over last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference champ Chapelgate and a 1-0 victory over Wilmington Christian School, which is ranked No. 10 in Delaware.

The victory over Wilmington, secured by junior Ryan Parkes, avenged a 10-0 loss of a year ago. An earlier 2-1 win over Joppatowne avenged a 5-0 loss.

The Eagles, coached by Harley Parkes, play an independent schedule with eight games left. They are led by senior sweeper Jason Brooks and twin brothers Curtis and Craig Ingram.

"I call this my second-generation team, because I've coached some of their fathers, coaches and uncles," said Parkes, 48, who has coached 25 of 28 years at the small, northern-Harford County school in Dublin.

"When you're a small school with only 50 boys, it's hard to get on people's schedules," said Parkes, who lives near Conowingo Dam in nearby Cecil County.

Harford Christian also will play MIAA C Conference runner-up Mount Carmel next week.

Bobcats crack Top 15

Bel Air has broken into the Top 15 girls soccer teams after a 2-1 upset last week of then-No. 6 River Hill. Adrienne Justis and April Madden scored the goals on penalty kicks.

The No. 15 Bobcats started out 0-1-1, losing to No. 2 Mercy, 2-0, and tying Sparrows Point, 1-1, but they have won six straight since.

After graduating nine seniors, including five three-year starters, the Bobcats' resurgence has come on the strength of their defense.

Sweeper Nikki Hentz, stopper Jess Levy, wingbacks Jen Chumley and Emily Nubeck and keeper Lindsay Bugda have developed into a solid unit that has three shutouts. Anne Clark, Jen Wilkinson and Jen Parker have provided help from the midfield. Kristi Eyler also plays on the line.

"With so many new people, I wasn't sure where our strong points would be," said Bobcats coach Bill Zimmerman. "I can't foresee us scoring a lot of goals, but our defense has come together very well."

Probably the biggest game of the Bobcats' season comes up at 6: 45 p.m. Monday, when they play host to archrival, No. 5 Fallston. That game could decide the Harford County champion.

Patriots moving up

John Carroll's girls soccer team received its highest-ever national ranking -- No. 12 -- in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American Top 25 poll. The Patriots (9-0) are The Sun's No. 1 team and are rated No. 1 in Maryland ahead of Wheaton's Good Counsel, second, and Mercy, third.

Mallard leader

Patapsco's field hockey team took over sole possession of first place in Baltimore County's Mallard Division with a 2-0 victory over Kenwood Saturday.

Ashly Fishell and Julieta Politi scored and Fishell had an assist. Becca Woods, Norah Baublitz and Jamie Vandervander anchored the Patriots defense while Jenn Sobczak had 10 saves.

The two-time defending division champ Patriots (5-2 overall) moved to 5-0 in the Mallard Division; the Bluebirds (4-3) dropped to 4-1.

Gridiron Gator

Marquis Dwarte, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound running back, rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns in Perry Hall's 34-15 homecoming victory over Woodlawn, last year's Baltimore County Class 3A-4A League tri-champion.

Dwarte raised his totals on the year to 718 yards with 12 touchdowns, and the Gators improved to 2-1 in the league (3-1 overall) against the Warriors (1-3), who also lost close games to No. 11 City and No. 2 Eastern Tech by a combined seven points.

The Gators visit league rival Parkville tomorrow.

Honor roll

Patterson's Melissa Reinhardt had seven points last week as the Clippers beat Poly, 6-2, and Southern, 5-4, in girls soccer. The senior striker had three goals and an assist vs. Poly and a goal and two assists against Southern. She had two more assists Tuesday in a 2-1 win over City as the Clippers remained unbeaten in the Baltimore City League.

Mercy's Ashlee Courter had 22 kills, six aces and seven digs in volleyball victories over Catholic and Institute of Notre Dame last week. A first-year player, the senior middle hitter had a kill ratio of 52 percent and served at 91 percent.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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