Lansdowne football crowd was probable record for school Notebook

October 08, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Lansdowne's come-from-behind 37-30 football win over visiting Towson last Friday drew an estimated crowd of more than 1,500, which, county coordinator Ron Belinko said, had to be a school record.

Belinko, accustomed to arriving late and parking close to the field at schools where football is not a traditionally successful sport, said he "showed up a little late and wound up having to park at a far end of the school."

"It was the first time in Lansdowne history, I imagine, where homecoming was such a special occasion," said first-year coach Ted Bell, whose Vikings are 5-0 for what is thought the first time.

"The nature of the comeback made it even more so," Bell said. "We were down, 30-9, in the first half, and nobody walked out. Everyone stayed and supported us."

A 9-year streak ends

Notre Dame Prep's tennis team ended McDonogh's nine-year unbeaten streak in Association of Independent Schools competition with a 3-2 victory Friday. Although beaten occasionally in non-conference competition, McDonogh had not lost an AIS match since spring 1989, when it snapped Garrison Forest's five-year run of AIS wins.

The NDP winners against McDonogh were Kristen Strouse in No. 2 singles, Allie Gill and Lindsay Arenson in No. 1 doubles and Cary Chasney and Katie Laschinger in No. 3 doubles.

Last week, the Pirates (5-0) also beat another team they had never beaten before -- Bryn Mawr -- by 4-1. Strouse and Chasney-Laschinger won their matches vs. Bryn Mawr as did No. 1 singles Nikki Strakes and No. 2 doubles Ursula Gross and Annie Rockfort.

The Pirates' accomplishments are even more noteworthy, considering that coach Pat Groeninger's team just moved up from the B Division to the A this season.

Nothing's changed

Fallston's field hockey team remains on top in Harford County despite a rocky non-league start to the season.

Alice Puckett's Cougars, who have won every county title -- as well as four state titles -- in the 1990s, dropped early-season games to No. 1-ranked Roland Park, No. 6 Francis Scott Key and Wilde Lake, but they have won all their county league games.

Friday's 1-0 victory over North Harford left the Cougars as the league's only unbeaten team. Paula Priest's goal on a long hit from Jeanine Tyler with 8: 30 left in the game dealt the Hawks their first league loss.

The Hawks had beaten Bel Air 3-2 in double overtime earlier in the week. The Cougars can all but seal up the title with a win over the Bobcats Wednesday.

Field of dreams

Eastern Tech's football field has a brand new look -- and the No. 2 Mavericks got it for free.

The paint was donated by Sherwin-Williams Co. and the labor provided by a member of the same field crew that paints the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.

"Dale Wood is a Baltimore police officer who volunteered his services. He's a worker for the Ravens on their field crew," said Mavericks coach Nick Arminio, standing on the field after its unveiling during last week's 34-7 Baltimore County Class 3A-4A League homecoming victory over Catonsville.

Brightly painted white lines, along with an emblem which reads "Kickoff '98" adorn one end of the field. The blue-painted shape of Baltimore County adorns an embankment beyond one end zone. Against the shape's blue background, white painted numbers and letters read, "'97 champs," referring to the Mavericks' having shared last year's league crown with Woodlawn and Milford Mill.

Blazing Comet

Catonsville freshman Tricia O'Connell won the A2 girls race at the Anne Arundel County Invitational Saturday and led the Comets to the team title.

Teammates Katie Pfeifer (fourth), Rachel Hayes (sixth), Sandra Gallagher (12th) and Lauren Armstrong (21st) helped the Comets to their first team title in the annual event.

O'Connell, who sat out part of the early season with a sprained ankle, finished the 3.1-mile Anne Arundel course in exactly 20 minutes. She was second at Dulaney's Barnhardt Invitational last month.

Poly-City

Tickets for the 110th annual Poly-City game to be played at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Ravens' stadium will be on sale for $5 from tomorrow through Nov. 6 at the athletic departments at either school.

Tickets at the stadium on game-day will be $8. City won, 7-0, last fall, but Poly leads the series, 53-50, and six ties have been played. Information: Either Poly athletic director Mark Schlenoff or City AD George Petrides.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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