In spring of upsets, can Gilman stay No. 1?

April 16, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When top-ranked Gilman faces off at No. 6 Loyola in a big Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game today, Greyhounds coach Dave Allen will be trying to evade "The Curse."

"Everyone who has been No. 1 has lost," said Allen, who has been affiliated with area lacrosse for 30 years. "The Nos. 1 and 2 teams, McDonogh and Gilman -- they got knocked off in the first week. It's some of the craziest stuff I've seen."

McDonogh lost to Boys' Latin the day the Eagles debuted as The Sun's top-ranked team, as Boys' Latin did to Gilman when the Lakers debuted as No. 1 the following Tuesday.

St. Mary's won on the day of its debut, beating St. Paul's, 16-10, last Tuesday. But in Bethesda four days later, the Saints were pummeled, 12-4, by Landon, the Washington area's No. 1-ranked team.

Now comes defending MIAA A Conference champ Gilman (7-1), winner of four straight games.

Loyola (7-3) has won its last two games against Gilman, handing the Greyhounds their only loss in 17 games last season and defeating Gilman a year earlier in the conference semifinals.

Coach Joe McFadden's Dons have won five of their last six games and are coming off a 15-6 rout at St. Mary's, an earlier 9-8 winner over Gilman.

"We were No. 1 when Loyola beat us at home last year, and they must feel that they've had Gilman's number recently," Allen said. "Loyola's certainly not intimidated, but everything's difficult in this league. You have to learn game-to-game."

Carver drops track

Carver, once a power among city high schools in track and field and host of the Carver Relays for the last 45 years, has dropped its outdoor team.

"You have to have at least 15 boys or 15 girls sign up and stay active in the program to have legitimate teams," said athletic director LeRoy Nichols. "We had enough to start out to field both a boys and girls team, but enough didn't stay. The rules say you can't have a co-ed team. We had about 15 total, girls and boys."

This does not affect the school's indoor track program.

Pikesville upset in tennis

When Dulaney's tennis team knocked off Pikesville just before spring break, it was the first time in 25 years of coaching that Pat Heil had a team pull the upset. Heil said she cannot remember another Baltimore County team ever beating the Panthers.

Lions singles players Adam Derrer, Alex Obaza, Melissa Harold and doubles team Irene and Debbie Ho were victorious in the 4-3 match on March 26. The Ho sisters won by default after a Pikesville player was hit in the eye with a ball, but at the time, they were ahead, 6-2, 4-2.

"It wasn't hanging on the fence with every point," said Heil. "It just kind of happened. I'm not even sure the players were aware history was in the making. It's always our ultimate goal to beat Pikesville. You don't expect to attain it, but you keep trying."

Derrer, Obaza, Harold and the Ho sisters are unbeaten this season as the Lions' record improved to 5-0 with Wednesday's 7-0 win over Parkville. Laura VanVeen and the doubles teams of Ed Lee and Walter Wilson and Melody Sheih and Matt Blauvelt also won their matches Wednesday.

The Panthers will get a chance to even the score a week from today when they play host to the Lions at 3 p.m.

Baltimore Select wins title

The Baltimore Select 17-and-under team reached the finals of the Squires Shootout basketball tournament for the second straight season, winning its first title, 74-36, over D.C. Assault.

The locals, in their second season, defeated teams from Virginia, Ohio, Washington and New Jersey to reach the finals. Pierre Tucker, of six-time state champ Dunbar, scored a game-high 19 points in the title game and averaged 9.8 points in the tournament.

Also playing well were his Dunbar teammate Dontaz Dean and Southern's Melvin Scott, who averaged 13 points and 11.6, respectively.

Other select team players were Lake Clifton's Brandon Haughton, Towson Catholic's Gil Goodrich and Keith Jenifer, McDonogh's David Lunn, Calvert Hall's Delbert Randall, and City's Todd Galloway.

Et cetera

McDonogh's Vicki Brick was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association. The Sun's two-time All-Metro Player of the Year and a four-time All-Metro first-team pick led the No. 1 Eagles to an unbeaten season and their first national ranking. She has signed with Maryland.

Poly senior right-hander Donald Arnold went the distance for a one-hit, 3-0 shutout over visiting Mervo on Tuesday. He struck out 13 and walked one for Poly (6-1). Arnold, who struck out 76 last season, improved to 2-1.

Edmondson's Carl Welch entered the week averaging .666, with two doubles and four triples. He was 1-1 as a pitcher with a save, having struck out 34 batters in 18 innings.

Nick Fleischer, Perry Hall's senior lacrosse goalie, is averaging 17 saves and has allowed fewer than five goals a game. He and the Gators have one shutout.

Poly's boys lacrosse win, 16-8, over Patterson last week ended a 31-game winning streak for the Clippers in the Bill Lewis Invitational.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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