Walbrook risks 9-1 mark vs. No. 4 Southwestern

Coming off 2 tourney wins, 18th-ranked Warriors face major challenge tomorrow


January 11, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Walbrook's 18th-ranked boys basketball team, 9-1 and coming off consecutive victories last week over Edmondson and Pennsylvania's Strawberry Mansion in the Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament, will face its stiffest test of the season when it plays host to fourth-ranked Southwestern tomorrow.

The Warriors, coached by Kelvin Bridges, got big efforts last weekend out of Daevon Haskins and Tavon Peters.

Peters had 17 points in a come-from-behind 80-50 victory over Edmondson in the academy tournament at Coppin State, and 16 in a 56-50 win over Strawberry Mansion.

The Warriors, whose only loss was to 12th-ranked Aberdeen in the title game of the Eagles' tournament last month, also got a game-high 27 points from Haskins against Edmondson, 25 of which came in the final period.

Against Strawberry Mansion, Walbrook had four players score in double digits, including 12 points each from Lamont Keaton and Tynell Dunkley.

Progress for Panthers

St. Frances' wrestling team, in its inaugural varsity season under coach Kenny Huddleston, a former Morgan State wrestler, had Derrick Creek (112 pounds), a sophomore, and heavyweight Devan Brown, the program's only senior, finish fifth in last weekend's 13th Aberdeen Invitational.

The Panthers spent the previous three seasons as a JV program. St. Frances, which practices at Madison Recreation Center, will become a member of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association beginning this fall.

Plienis breaks for training

Nebraska heavyweight J.R. Plienis, a former three-time All-Metro wrestling selection, has taken advantage of the NCAA's athletic activity waiver that allows scholarship athletes to take a year off from school to train for the 2000 Olympics without forfeiting their eligibility.

"I started training on Nov. 2 in Philadelphia at the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club, but I've also been going to Coppin State, like, twice a week," said Plienis, a 6-foot, 280-pound redshirt sophomore who still has three years of eligibility remaining.

Plienis hopes to raise enough funds to train in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Harford Tech wins

Wrestlers Brian Harrison (125), Todd Pershun (130) and Jon Comer (135) won titles, and Jermaine Wilson (112), Tom Conlon (119) and Brian Owens (145) took seconds, as Harford Tech won last weekend's Bohemia Manor Tournament.

The Cobras' James Brown (140) and Travis Crouch (171) were third, and Steve Sigmon (160) was fourth.

Fallston results

Loyola's Danny Natterman (125), who was bumped up from 119 pounds, scored a first-period pin over previously unbeaten Kip Fields (12-1) of host Fallston in their championship bout last weekend in the 14-team Gary Trott Invitational.

Also at Fallston, Perry Hall's Chris Pike (160) rebounded from a severe ankle injury to avenge his only loss with a pin of previously unbeaten Todd Yates (13-1) of Hereford.

Lacrosse coach needed

Cardinal Gibbons High is seeking to fill its vacant varsity lacrosse coach position. Applicants should contact the athletic department at 410-644-1781. The Crusaders participate in the MIAA C Conference.

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