Mavericks grab hold of individual, team titles

No. 8 Eastern Tech shines at Edgewood Tournament

Notebook

January 25, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Last month, Eastern Tech's wrestling team won the Dundalk Invitational without a champion. The Mavericks had three individual champs at Fallston's Christmas Tournament, only to lose by a point to team champion North Caroline of the Eastern Shore.

The eighth-ranked Mavericks (9-1), however, put it all together at this past weekend's Edgewood Tournament. Eastern Tech had three champs and overcame tough runner-up Rising Sun of Cecil County, 190-170, for the overall crown in the 10-team event.

For Eastern Tech, Trent Dixon (103), Dave Wooden (189) and Josh Fortner (heavyweight) won crowns; Rob Sullivan (135), James Davis (140), Gary Eikenberg (145) and Billy Farmer (215) were second; Lenny Swiger (171), Kevin Cross (152) and Brandon Leyhe (119) were third; and Travis Shirkey (112) was fourth.

Dixon and Wooden, who were runners-up at Dundalk, improved to 19-1. Dixon defeated Perryville's defending tournament champ, Ryan Jackson, 13-8, and Wooden beat Havre de Grace's previously unbeaten Brian Slagle, 5-1.

Fortner pinned two opponents Saturday after winning his first match by forfeit.

"The team's working hard in practice and wrestling real well," said 28th-year coach Joe Gast, 52, whose Mavericks lost their season-opening dual meet to Class 1A-2A state champ Franklin by one bout.

"We're one match away from a perfect dual-meet season, and one point away from a perfect tournament season," Gast said. "We're getting better and gaining confidence."

Seton Keough records fall

Seton Keough guard Meaghan Allan broke her school single-game record for three-pointers in Friday's 70-37 victory at St. John's-Prospect Hall in Frederick. The senior hit seven on the way to a 23-point game.

Allan, who signed early with Fairleigh Dickinson, set the previous record two years ago with six three-pointers vs. St. Frances.

On Friday, Allan also helped the No. 2 Gators break a team record for most three-pointers in a game with 11, smashing the old record of eight. In addition to Allan's seven, Genevieve Olds hit two and Sara Franz and Keisha Blackwell, one each.

Squash championship set

The inaugural Maryland state high school squash championship for individuals will be held Feb. 4-6 at The Racquet Club of Roland Park at times to be determined.

The event, being organized and sponsored by the Maryland State Squash Racquet Association, is "the first attempt to determine a true Maryland state champ for boys and one for girls, and to begin a ranking system for high school players," said Roland Park coach Clarke Griffin, one of the tournament's organizers.

Clarke said a committee has been circulating tournament information and eliciting participants through the state's various organizations and distributing it to high school athletic directors.

"The tournament will be for high school boys and girls, and will be divided and bracketed according to age, for example, 15-and-under, 17-and-under," Clarke said.

For more info: call The Meadow Mill Athletic Club at 410-235-7000.

Weathers commits

Poly's Cory Weathers, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound tight end, has orally accepted a full football scholarship to James Madison.

Knights pull upset

Parkville pulled off the biggest upset this season in Baltimore County girls basketball Friday night, defeating then-No. 14 Randallstown, 54-43.

The Knights rolled up a 22-9 halftime lead en route to the victory, which boosted their record to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in the county's Division I. Down the stretch, the Knights won it at the free-throw line, hitting 26 of 45. In the fourth quarter, they scored just three baskets but went 18-for-28 from the line.

"My feeling is that the snow day [Thursday] affected them, but it really didn't affect us," said Knights coach Nancy Gross. "They just couldn't get going in the first half and their foul shooting was not good at all."

The Rams, who hit one less field goal than the Knights, went 17-for-43 from the line.

Parkville had some clutch performances -- especially from forward Kristen Habicht, who came off the bench to score seven points and grab eight defensive rebounds. Habicht also went 5-for-8 from the free-throw line, hitting most of those at critical points.

Senior point guard Stephanie Curnoles scored 14 points to go with eight steals, six rebounds and five assists. Michelle Manella led all scorers with 15 points.

Hereford on the rise

Hereford girls basketball coach Dave Schreiner would be hard pressed to pick a most valuable player on this year's Bulls team. A complete team effort has the Bulls sitting comfortably in second place in Baltimore County's Division II.

Only a 51-47 loss to No. 15 Catonsville keeps Hereford (12-2 overall) out of first place in the division. The Bulls get a second shot at the Comets on Feb. 9 at Hereford.

Although no one has huge statistics, four of the Bulls average between seven and eight points per game -- Gina Allen (8.0), Jessica Allen (7.7), Paige Nichol (7.7) and Tara Clarke (7.0). Jessica Allen is the top rebounder with 6.1, followed by Jodi Anderson with 5.9. The Allen sisters average 3.1 assists each.

"If we were still 1A, I'd be getting my tickets for states right now," said Schreiner, "but we're in 2A, so we've got some work to do."

The Bulls, who reached the state Class 1A semifinals last winter for the first time in 17 years, will have to get past the Comets and No. 5 Dunbar if they hope to return to the final four. Still, Schreiner and the Bulls aren't letting that deter them.

"The pressure defense we brought in this year has made a difference," said Schreiner, in his first season at Hereford after several at Woodlawn. "Catonsville beat us by four, but they had a heck of a time getting the ball up the floor. If we start shooting better, we're going to be hard to beat."

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