Fallston claims ninth Harford field hockey title Notebook

October 29, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Fallston won its ninth straight Harford County field hockey championship last week with a 1-0 victory over C. Milton Wright in the regular-season finale.

Left wing Kelly Biedermann scored on an assist from Kellie Watts in the second half to give the No. 11-ranked Cougars (10-3) a 7-0 record against county foes. They swept through the county after starting out 2-3 with losses to No. 1 Roland Park, No. 4 Francis Scott Key and Wilde Lake.

Coach Alice Puckett said this was one of her least experienced teams when the season started.

"The key has been consistent improvement," said Puckett. "We've improved the fundamentals, and we've gained confidence, but we do have a lot of speed, which has helped."

Leading scorer Paula Priest and Jeanine Tyler control the midfield. Chrissy Brockmeyer, Lisa Walls, Ashley Foreman, Erin Nelson and goalie Ashley Staples handle the defense.

After Tuesday's shootout win over Bel Air in the Class 3A East regional playoff opener, the Cougars are trying to get back to the state final four for the 10th time. Puckett, whose team lost in the state final last year, has coached six state titlists since 1986.

Class act

After Thursday's Bryn Mawr-Roland Park field hockey game, the Mawrtians presented Reds players with a check for lupus research in memory of ex-Reds player Sally Nyborg, who died in May of complications from the disease. Ginna Novak, who led the Mawrtians' fund-raiser, was one of Nyborg's friends at Bryn Mawr.

A cut above

Football players Matt Layman (Patapsco) and Jon Brunelle (Lansdowne), Joshua Smith (Forest Park), Chris Barnes (Dunbar) and James Lowe (Northern) are among the best and the brightest on their teams, say their coaches.

Layman, a two-way lineman, and Brunelle, a kicker-punter-defensive back, are each ranked No. 1 in their class, academically.

Barnes, a wide receiver, carries a 3.5 grade average and has orally committed to a full scholarship to Boston College.

A four-year starter, Smith (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has a 3.4 grade average. Lowe, a wide receiver, has a 3.2 grade average and a 980 SAT score. Each is being courted by several colleges.

Most improved

If the Catholic League had a "most improved" award in volleyball, Mount Carmel would certainly take the trophy home.

After finishing 8-13 last year, the Cougars have soared to 12-4 and have their sights set on a bigger trophy -- the Catholic League Tournament championship.

"Every year, we've finished last or second-to-last, and this year we're up for trying to win the championship," said coach Debbie Hanley, whose team plays host to a tournament quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The Cougars closed out the regular season by winning four matches in seven days. Friday's finale, a 15-8, 15-10, 13-15, 15-9 win over Institute of Notre Dame, boosted their Catholic League record to 11-3, just one game behind regular-season co-champs Mercy and Archbishop Spalding.

The Cougars split with both co-champs. They pulled off a four-game upset of No. 13-ranked Spalding -- 6-15, 16-14, 15-6, 20-18 -- in the season's most exciting match on Oct. 21. Kirsten Herold had 15 kills in the match, and setter Stephanie Novak had 13 assists and nine aces. Sarah Dayberry served 18-18.

Hanley credits the dedication of senior veterans Herold, Novak, Amanda Dayberry, Marianne Narbut and Andrea Taylorson with turning the program around.

"It has a lot to do with having five seniors back," said Hanley. "Four of them have been together for four years, and there's a lot to be said for playing together all that time."

The Cup game

The Carver-Douglass football rivalry for The Cup, renewed in 1992 after an absence of several years, is tied at 3-3 entering tomorrow afternoon's City West Division game at Carver.

"I'm not sure what the name of The Cup is, but the game had been played for many years until the original cup was misplaced," said Carver coach Ron Frierson, whose Bears won last year. "When Carver won, I'm told, they used to put duck soup in it [for Douglass' namesake]. This year, there's certainly a lot on the line."

Both teams are 3-1 in the City's West Division, tied with Edmondson and Forest Park. While Douglass (6-2 overall) still has a shot at making the Class 4A state playoffs, the Bears (5-3) will not likely reach the Class 3A postseason.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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