2nd place at Georgetown excites River Hill coach Notebook

October 22, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Even though the River Hill boys cross country team finished second to Whitman in the seeded division of the Georgetown Invitational last Saturday, Hawks coach Earl Lauer was happy.

The reason? The Hawks defeated three other teams that are nationally ranked, including Gaithersburg, Jefferson and Oakton, Va., which had won the A division of the William & Mary Invitational. River Hill won the B Division in that Williamsburg race.

"I'm excited about Georgetown," Lauer said. "Whitman is the best team in the state, but they are Class 4A."

The Class 2A Hawks accomplished their runner-up finish despite not running their best. Top runners Mike Prada and Zach Heidepriem went out too fast and dropped back to 29th and 41st places, respectively, behind teammate Mike Styczynski, who was 28th. Steve Chu finished 51st, and Shane Stroub was 53rd.

Neha Amin of Centennial won the Big School Division girls race at Georgetown.

On Tuesday at Howard Community College, River Hill's boys team continued its dominance by crushing Wilde Lake, Centennial and Atholton in a quad meet.

The Hawks scored 17 points by taking five of the first six places. First was Heidepriem (16: 27), followed by Prada (16: 28), Styczynski (16: 37), Chu (17: 04) and Michael Fleg (17: 12).

Wilde Lake was runner-up with 48 points. Ben Coffman finished fourth (16: 45), Thuan Tran was ninth (17: 43), Matt Daddio 10th (17: 47), Ayaz Hasan 12th (17: 55) and Dave Wilson 13th (18: 04) for the Wildecats.

The River Hill girls also won easily, scoring 27 points to runner-up Wilde Lake's 51.

River Hill captured four of the top five places, including another victory by Lee McDuff (19: 04), followed by Centennial's Amin (19: 21), and River Hill's Kelli Bloch (19: 59), Staci Mallare (20: 42) and Anna Lucas (21: 01).

The Howard County Championships are next Thursday at Howard Community College.

People

Tony Jackson (Wilde Lake), a safety, has made 10 tackles, with four assists, in six games for Maryland's football team. He has returned 13 punts for 50 yards. He sat out last week's Clemson game with a sprained knee.

DaLawn Parrish (Howard) has played six games for Wake Forest's football team and made 31 unassisted tackles, with six assists. He also has an interception.

Ted Zingman (Atholton) has scored nine goals and made six assists for Johns Hopkins' men's soccer team. The Greyhounds, ranked 10th nationally among Division III teams, and are 11-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the Centennial Conference. Four of Zingman's goals were game-winners.

Matt Smith, a 1984 Oakland Mills graduate, is Hopkins' all-time winningest coach at 83-20-6, and took a team to the NCAA championship finals in 1994, where it lost in overtime to Bethany.

Scorps balance scoring

Oakland Mills, which at 11-1 is off to its best boys soccer start in many years, has benefited from balanced scoring.

Jeremy Catlin leads the team with eight goals and five assists. Next is Trevor Shea with seven goals and five assists. Third is Kyle Farmer with seven goals and three assists. Brian Grund has one goal and 11 assists.

The Oakland Mills-Howard game Friday has been moved to 7: 30 p.m.

Hawks break records

River Hill set several school records during its 39-0 football victory over Mount Hebron last Saturday.

It was the most points ever scored by the third-year school. And Jason Fawcett rushed for 211 yards and scored three touchdowns -- both school records.

River Hill broke the game open early on special teams mistakes by Mount Hebron. The Vikings fumbled the opening kickoff and Jeff Kuczynski recovered and ran 25 yards for a touchdown -- the first defensive touchdown in school history.

Mount Hebron also fumbled on the next kickoff, and Mike Hatcher, who had caused the first fumble, recovered, leading to a touchdown. Mount Hebron made six turnovers.

Football

Zack McQuigg of Glenelg completed 16 of 27 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday and earned himself a spot on Monday's USA Today's list of top performances.

Luke Vanderwagon, an All-Metro defensive player for Wilde Lake, finally returned to action Saturday after missing three games with a knee injury.

Hammond has signed a two-year contract to play Western Maryland football powerhouse Fort Hill. The Bears will travel to Cumberland for their first game next season.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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