Greater Grace's Christian title reflects the work of two friends


High Schools

November 11, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Derek McElligott got a favor from a friend, then returned it to teammate Ben Brown.

The result, last weekend in Dayton, Tenn., produced the second straight national Christian title in boys soccer for Greater Grace Christian Academy (17-1-2), which shut out Elkton Christian, 2-0, in the championship game.

McElligott scored the first goal early in the first half, assisted by Brown, then assisted Brown's goal with 15 minutes to play.

The four-time Maryland Christian Athletic League champs out-scored their four opponents -- from Florida, Illinois and New York, in addition to Elkton -- by a combined 11-1.

McElligott's five goals raised his season total to 47, and he earned his second straight tournament most valuable player honor.

McElligott; goalkeeper Jon Levy, one of the squad's two seniors along with midfielder Matt May; midfielder Cooper Brightman; and defenders Jesse Norton and Ben Tanguay made the All-Tournament team.

Car wreck injures Kunkel

Matt Kunkel, twice an All-Metro wrestler at Aberdeen, sustained a fractured pelvis and a fractured left femur in a car accident near Carson's Run on Oct. 23.

Kunkel will apply for a medical withdrawal from Lock Haven (Pa.) University, where he had planned to wrestle but was redshirting. His rehabilitation is expected to last six months, said his father, Larry Kunkel.

Kunkel, 18, was fitted with a metal rod in his leg, but doctors said his slightly fractured pelvis will heal on its own, the elder Kunkel said. His son was an unbeaten 189-pound state champ in 1998-99 and was a state runner-up as a junior.

Teaching sportsmanship

When it comes to sportsmanship, few can matched the effort shown last week by Tammy Mundie and Holly West, field hockey coaches at Hereford and Towson, respectively.

While the players lined up before their regional championship game at Towson on Thursday, the coaches opened a box of red roses. As each Hereford player was introduced, West presented her with a single red rose. Mundie then gave one to each Towson player.

Think that example doesn't rub off on the players?

After the game, the Bulls were loudly celebrating a 3-0 victory while standing in line waiting to shake the Towson players' hands, but Bulls senior Molly Adams stifled the celebration momentarily, urging her teammates to "be respectful" as they shook hands.

Bugarin's back

Bryan Bugarin led Calvert Hall to its second straight soccer championship as a senior striker in 1991, earning All-Metro honors for the second straight season.

Last weekend, Bugarin won his first title as a coach.

Senior midfielder Eric Augustine scored the lone goal, assisted by sophomore striker Chris Daniloski, as Mount Carmel edged Lutheran, 1-0, for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference crown last Saturday.

Back for baseball

Doctors said Hereford All-Metro linebacker-running back-defensive end C. J. Feldheim, who suffered a season-ending broken femur in the first half of the Bulls' win over Pikesville two weeks ago, "should be 100 percent" as the result of a surgery and subsequent physical therapy, said his mother, Erica, on Tuesday.

"They're going to put a plate in to hold it all together. Then it's six to eight weeks in a cast, two more weeks in a boot, and four to six weeks in rehab," she said. "They say he should be 100 percent ready to play baseball."

Erica Feldheim said her son, who is ranked 65th among the nation's top 100 defensive-end prospects by The National Recruiting Advisor, got a call from Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden "assuring him that he still had the scholarship if he wanted it."

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