8th Knights Invite attracts teams from 11 schools


April 08, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

They will be off and running at 3 p.m. today at the eighth annual Knights Invitational track meet at North County High in Ferndale.

Knights coach Ed Harte has assembled some of the area's top boys and girls squads from among 11 schools for what has become one of the spring's top outdoor events.

"It gives the teams a good idea of what is down the road for them in the spring," said Harte. "And we run a quick meet. It doesn't drag on."

Harte's North County boys team won the last two Anne Arundel County championships but lost a lot to graduation.

On the boys side, No. 3-ranked Old Mill, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph and No. 7 Oakland Mills will be among the competitors.

Saintly first

The 4-year-old St. Mary's baseball program claimed its first tournament championship last weekend, the Harry Lentz Memorial at Northeast in Pasadena.

Senior George Chmiel pitched and batted the Saints (4-0) to the title.

In a 12-6 championship victory over Perry Hall, Chmiel went all the way on the mound, striking out seven and yielding only two earned runs. Chmiel also tripled in a pair of runs.

"George made three stellar catches in center field that saved four runs in our first-game win by 6-5 over [Archbishop] Spalding, and he had the game-winning hit," said St. Mary's first-year coach Joe Sanchez, who is also the Navy women's basketball coach.

St. Mary's is expected to challenge defending champion Chapelgate along with Cardinal Gibbons (5-5), which is coached by Old Mill grad Lou Holcomb, for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title this spring.

Extra bases

No. 9 Broadneck (5-1) and No. 12 Old Mill (4-2) are set to settle their 1-1 series tie in baseball at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. The Bruins took the regular-season meeting, 7-5, and Old Mill captured the Lawrence E. Knight Memorial Tournament title, 5-4, over the host Bruins Saturday.

One other game is under the lights tomorrow: Struggling Chesapeake (1-4) visits top-ranked Arundel (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Familiar face in Florida

Former Old Mill All-Metro pitcher Mike Ziegler got a surprise at a recent game for Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College as he noticed a familiar umpire working the bases.

The umpire turned out to be former Glen Burnie resident Dave Harris, a popular Anne Arundel County high school umpire who recently moved to Florida and landed a job umpiring.

"I couldn't believe it," said Ziegler. "It was kind of neat to see Mr. Harris down here. Back home everybody really liked him, and they do here."

By the way, Ziegler, who committed to top-ranked Florida State this week, said he will major in sports administration.

He has put up dazzling stats on the mound (12-1, 0.90 ERA, 110 strikeouts in 101 innings) at Tallahassee and good numbers in the classroom (2.9 grade-point average), as well.

Sophomore throwing heat

Severna Park resident Gavin Floyd, a right-handed pitcher at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, is attracting attention from pro baseball scouts, because he has been throwing consistently at 90 mph. Floyd, 16, is a sophomore.

Bruins sports camps

Broadneck has set the dates for its annual summer sports camps: baseball, softball and tennis (June 21-25); boys and girls basketball (June 28-July 2); boys and girls soccer (July 5-9); field hockey and volleyball (July 19-23); boys and girls lacrosse (July 26-30); and football for seventh- and eighth-graders only (Aug. 2-6).

Information: Athletic Director Ken Kazmarek, 410-757-1300.

Jenkin pours in points

Sandy Jenkin, former Severna Park basketball and lacrosse player, is closing out a fine career at Susquehanna (Pa.) University.

Jenkin, a team captain in both sports for the Crusaders, finished her basketball career with 584 points (6.1 points a game) and recently set the school record for career scoring in women's lacrosse.

Through Wednesday, Jenkin had 117 career points on 94 goals and 23 assists. Her four goals in a 15-7 romp over Beaver (Pa.) College on Tuesday gave her the 94 career goals, which tied the school record set by Cheryl Irvine (1993-96). Irvine had held the points mark with 103.

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Pub Date: 4/08/99

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