After snow, a flurry of makeup games

Francis Scott Key wrestlers save their best for last

Notebook

High Schools

January 26, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Because snow forced county schools to close yesterday, several basketball games have been rescheduled.

The North Carroll boys team will travel to Westminster and the North Carroll girls squad will be host to Westminster on Feb. 9. The South Carroll girls team will welcome Frederick and the boys will journey to Frederick on Monday.

Due to snow last Thursday, the Francis Scott Key boys basketball game vs. Boonsboro at home has been rescheduled for Feb. 16. And because Washington County schools were closed on Friday, the Key girls basketball game against Boonsboro has been changed to Feb. 7.

In every basketball game, JV starts at 5: 30 p.m. and varsity tips off at approximately 7 p.m.

Tomorrow's wrestling dual meet between Francis Scott Key and Liberty has been rescheduled for Feb. 3. JV begins at 5: 30 p.m., and varsity takes the mat at approximately 6: 30 p.m.

Key turnaround

Francis Scott Key knows how to make its wrestling fans squirm.

Down 33-9 after the 145-pound bout against Monocacy Valley Athletic League rival Middletown, the Eagles captured five consecutive weight classes to win, 35-33, and complete a stunning 26-point rally Monday night.

Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson, whose squad improved to 3-2-1 in the league and 3-4-1 overall, called the victory "satisfying" because he was on the opposite end of a similar outcome against Middletown two years ago.

In that meet, Hyson pulled then-sophomore heavyweight Greg Frech from the starting lineup for 189-pounder Gene Korn, who had more experience but was much lighter than the Middletown heavyweight, who defeated Korn and sealed the win for the Knights.

On Monday, Frech pinned Jason Kutsail at 3: 06 to return the favor.

"It's kind of neat for Greg to be in that situation and bring it home for us," Hyson said. "It's kind of an ironic twist for us."

Dale Kline began the comeback for the Eagles in the 152-pound division with a 15-0 technical fall of Middletown's Colin Blair. At 160, Jason Bloom pinned Tom Smart in 10 seconds, and Dan Holler decisioned John Bisnet, 7-6, at 171 pounds. At 189, Joe Brammer pinned Chris Dillon in 1: 09.

Nearing the record

In Western Maryland College news, senior 184-pounder Charlie Conaway is one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a career.

Conaway, a 1996 state champion at South Carroll, secured his 94th, 95th and 96th wins with two pins and a forfeit against Wilkes, host Delaware State and Howard in a quad meet in Dover Sunday.

Conaway could tie the record -- 97 wins held by assistant coach Steve Smiddy (1994 to 1998) -- at York tonight and break it at home Saturday in a quad meet against Ursinus, Washington & Lee and Swarthmore.

Freshman point guard Greg Hill broke the school record for three-pointers in a game by hitting all eight attempts from behind the arc in his first collegiate start, a 72-68 victory over Gettysburg last Wednesday.

Hill, a second-team all-state pick at Urbana last season, finished with 27 points to help the Green Terror capture its first Centennial Conference win in 361 days.

The previous record for threes in a game was six shared by assistant coach Pat Young, Eric Watkinson and Mike Schmall.

Headed to Navy

Long Reach All-Metro place-kicker Justin Havrilla will sign a letter of intent to play football for the Naval Academy next Wednesday, said Lightning football coach Pete Hughes.

Havrilla hit five of seven field-goal attempts this season, including a 42-yarder. He finished his career with 15 field goals in 20 attempts.

He converted 28 of 30 extra-point attempts this season.

And he is strong academically as well, with a 3.6 GPA and 1,230 SAT.

Floyd leaves mark

Severna Park's Gavin Floyd stoked baseball's hot-stove fires last weekend in Vero Beach, Florida. His arm and jaw were both on fire in Dodgertown when he left amid raves and pains.

Floyd, an All-Metro pitcher as a sophomore at Mount St. Joseph High, was in Vero Beach for the Baseball Factory High School All-American showcase, and the 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior right-hander had pro and college scouts drooling with a 94 mph fastball.

Floyd, who threw twice a week in preparation for the camp, also had the scouts gasping when he took an 87 mph fastball in the jaw while batting the final day. Luckily, he was not seriously injured.

"The first five pitches out of his hand were 94 mph," said Floyd's summer and fall coach Dean Albany of the Maryland Orioles.

Major-league scouting directors "flew in from all over the country to see Gavin, and believe me, he didn't disappoint anybody. He looks so much better than he did last year, but he gave everybody a scare the last game."

Albany, who coached one of several teams chosen to play in Florida, said the pitch Gavin took in the jaw was "really good shot."

"Luckily his dad [Rodney Floyd], who is a dentist, was there and got right to him when I did," Albany said. "Gavin was squatting like a catcher, holding back tears and telling us he could feel the cut with his tongue. It was a nasty cut under his nose to the jaw."

It took 30 stitches to patch up the cut, and there was no dental or other damage.

Three of Floyd's Maryland Orioles' teammates -- Mount St. Joseph All-Metro shortstop Allen Strick of Glen Burnie, pitcher Jeff Aikens (Fallston) and catcher Cody Wargo (Northern-Calvert) -- also attended the showcase.

Staff writers Rick Belz and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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