Gilman losing wrestling coach Harbold

January 28, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman wrestling coach Mark Harbold gave notice yesterday that he will leave the job at the end of this season.

"Mark hinted to me earlier in the season that he may be stepping down. He officially informed me this [yesterday] morning," said athletic director Tim Holley, who will begin his search for a replacement at season's end.

Harbold, who could not be reached, will remain at Gilman as a middle-school social studies teacher.

Harbold coached at Archbishop Curley before replacing longtime Gilman coach Chris Legg in 1995-96. His first team was 10-3 and fifth at National Preps. The fourth-year coach is 46-18 in dual meets and was third last year in both the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools state tournaments.

Gilman (7-2) is ranked No. 4 in The Sun and No. 5 in the state and has six wrestlers who placed in the state last winter, including state champs Mike Faust (heavyweight) and Damien Davis (189). The Greyhounds have clinched the league's Group A, which meets Group B winner Curley on Feb. 9 for the dual-meet title.

"Our team has won the MIAA's sportmanship award for the last three years," Holley said. "Mark's been a fine technician, gentleman and role model for our wrestlers and our entire student body."

Scott on top

Patterson senior guard Nicole Scott had 76 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals and eight assists in victories over Carver (62-56) and Douglass (72-42) last week.

Smoot to UConn

Calvert Hall linebacker Greg Smoot has committed orally to a full football scholarship at the University of Connecticut.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Smoot, who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash and had eight sacks last fall, earned first-team All-Metro honors in The Sun, and, later, consensus All-State honors by The Associated Press.

"I liked that fact that UConn is an up and coming football program, and they've got a new head coach from Georgia Tech, Randy Etzel," said Smoot, who also was offered a full scholarship to Penn State in the summer. "They're going to be a member of the Big East in two years."

As a junior, Smoot helped the Cardinals to a No. 2 area ranking along with a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference.

Pinning machine

Owings Mills' Drew Bowers, in his fourth season as a starting varsity wrestler, has 103 pins among his 118 career wins and 11 losses.

Bowers has won a Baltimore County title, two region titles, has twice been county runner-up and once a region runner-up. He has twice been fourth at states and sixth once.

Last week, Bowers' 100th career pin came at 135 pounds in 1: 13 over Northern's unbeaten two-time Baltimore City champ, Victor Ghee. On Tuesday, he decked Westminster's fourth-ranked Kyle Burger in 1: 07.

Bowers had four A's and a B on each of his last two report cards, scored 1,220 on his SATs, spent last fall hustling food and clothing to the homeless, and works part-time for his father's construction business.

Scholarship kick

McDonogh senior Cap Poklemba has played baseball and soccer since he was 5.

Tuesday night, however, Poklemba orally accepted a full scholarship to play football at Temple after only one season of high school football.

The scholarship, for a raw kicking ability that almost always landed the ball out of the end zone, will allow Poklemba to play baseball, as well. Mississippi, Clemson and Northwestern also expressed interest.

Several times last fall, the second-team All-Metro shortstop took time away from soccer and football to go on recruiting visits for baseball -- his initial focus.

Poklemba keyed the Eagles' winning their first MIAA A Conference soccer title and also the football team's second straight MIAA B crown.

Keyes to victory

Jake Keyes (160) pinned Gilman's Brian Lewis for the second time this season on Tuesday to clinch a 36-22 dual-meet victory for Mount St. Joseph over the state's fifth-ranked team.

Keyes has pins in four of his past five victories, including three straight en route to a runner-up finish in the Hammond Invitational Tournament two weeks ago.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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