New role for Bowling Brook's Ferguson

Senior returns from injury to be defensive leader


High Schools

January 16, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It didn't take long for Bowling Brook's Vince Ferguson to regain his starting power forward position.

Ferguson, the Thoroughbreds' lone returning starter from last season, missed the team's first eight games after he broke his left ankle during a flag football game in November.

The 6-foot-2 senior made his return to the lineup against Jefferson High at the Martinsburg, W.Va., tournament on Dec. 15.

Since then, Ferguson has developed into a reliable inside presence for Bowling Brook, which is 9-7 overall and 1-1 in the Beltway Basketball League. Last night, the Thoroughbreds played Montrose Christian, the No. 17 school in the nation according to USA Today.

But more importantly for coach Daryl Jackson, Ferguson is the floor general.

"He's able to communicate to the guys what I'm trying to communicate to them," Jackson said. "He's the one who, if I need something done, can get the guys to do it before I begin to say anything."

Ferguson averaged 12 points a game last season, but Jackson has asked the team captain to concentrate on the defensive end of the court.

Ferguson, who said he is relieved to be hustling and sweating on the court instead of sitting on the bench, said he accepts his new role.

"We've got plenty of scorers," he said. "On defense, I think they thrive off me, and if things need to be done, I can stop the team and get it done."

"He leads by example," Jackson said. "He goes to the weight room and he tries to lift a house. He's definitely one of the guys I call on to get things done."

Liberty's Carr suspended

Liberty guard Andrew Carr has been suspended for the rest of the season for allegedly violating a Carroll County conduct policy.

The violation apparently stemmed from a New Year's Eve party at the home of a school counselor. Carroll County prohibits athletes from drinking alcohol or being in situations where underage drinking occurs -- on or off school premises. The penalty is ineligibility from sports for the entire season or 45 days, whichever is longer.

Lions coach Scott Kohr would only confirm that the senior was dismissed from the team and would not return this season.

From bad to worse

Every week seems to bring a new challenge for North Carroll wrestling coach Bryan Wetzel.

The Panthers lost two more varsity wrestlers in a tri-meet with North Harford and Northeast on Jan. 7. Senior Cash McHargue broke his right arm in two places in a bout at 145 pounds and is out for the season. Senior 160-pound captain Matt Bezanson twisted his ankle and will be walking in a cast indefinitely.

Over the holidays, 125-pounder Jesse Aguilar quit the team to find an after-school job, and 135-pounder Tony Watson was dismissed for undisclosed reasons.

Add the five wrestlers who were suspended before the season began, and only Tyler Graham (103), Ross Bell (119), Kevin Chrest (152), Kyle Lettau (171), Ryan Dell (189), and Zach Crisler (heavyweight) started the season on the varsity roster and are still wrestling.

Even Wetzel is injured. He sliced his index finger open trying to cut some chicken on New Year's Eve.

Wetzel, who had visions of a possible Class 3A regional championship, can only shrug at his team's 0-6-1 record.

"We were looking at going 13-0 or 12-1," he said. "Now we're worrying about winning a match."

Zeros too much for Lions

It's not uncommon for high school basketball teams to go scoreless in a quarter, but how about repeating the feat in two of four games?

The Liberty girls basketball team, which has captured the county championship the past two seasons, accomplished that dubious distinction when it didn't score a single point in the fourth quarter of a 53-25 loss to South Carroll last Tuesday.

On Dec. 30, the Lions went without a bucket in the third quarter of a 31-30 loss to Broadneck in the Lady Lions tournament at Queen Anne's on the Eastern Shore.

In between, Liberty defeated Westminster, but lost to Urbana.

Lion coach Dave Trumbo was at a loss for words.

"It's kind of unexplainable," he said. "I was shocked at how badly we played. We were embarrassed out there, and this is a step backward for the program."

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