L. Reach's Havrilla is heading to Navy

All-Metro place-kicker to sign letter next week

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January 26, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

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.

Havrilla is also an excellent punter, averaging 41.2 yards for 39 punts including one 65-yarder.

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

Vikings 2nd at Springbrook

Mount Hebron's wrestling team had only one champion but finished second at the Grapple at the Brook wrestling tournament Saturday at Springbrook High in Montgomery County.

Mike Mengel won the 145-pound championship.

Teammates Zack Porta (112) and Karol Gryczynski (heavyweight) captured second place. Andrew Benicewicz finished third at 125 pounds. And Scott Bissett was fifth at 160 pounds.

Mat showdown Monday

The Hammond-River Hill showdown for first place is rescheduled for 8: 30 Monday night at River Hill after being postponed for snow on Thursday.

The No. 13 Bears (6-3, 5-0) defeated No. 6 River Hill (11-0, 6-0) twice last season in close matches to win county and region dual-meet titles.

Both those matches were at River Hill, and the Bears are forced to wrestle at River Hill this season because the county has rotated its master schedule.

The Bears are led by Ryan Mackin (23-3), who is ranked No. 1 at 130 pounds in the metro area by The Sun, and Jason Freiert (20-5) ranked No. 4 at 112 pounds.

Hammond's losses were to No. 12 Calvert Hall, No. 5 South Carroll and No. 4 Old Mill.

The Hawks are led by unbeaten Brandon Lauer, the No. 1-ranked metro wrestler at 125 pounds; Mike Romano, No. 4-ranked at 135 pounds; Ryan Green, No. 5-ranked at 119 pounds; and Jason Fawcett, No. 5-ranked at 171 pounds.

Basketball

Jonny Norman, a 6-foot-1 power forward for Mount Hebron, is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Hugo Linares, whom Wilde Lake coach Lester Clay called his best defensive player, is sidelined indefinitely with a broken wrist.

Cyril Chesson, a 6-3, 190-pound post player for Oakland Mills, has averaged 15.3 points and nine rebounds. His high game was 27 points in a win over Hammond.

Darius Hammond of Howard averages 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Matt White of Mount Hebron, who scored a season-high 30 points against Hammond, is sidelined indefinitely with a "feather" tear of his Achilles'.

Impressing scouts

Severna Park's Gavin Floyd stoked baseball's hot-stove fires last weekend in Vero Beach, Fla. 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 a "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.

"I'm doing fine, but will be out of basketball for about a week," Floyd said yesterday. Floyd is also a member of the Gaels' 12th-ranked basketball team.

The scouts would prefer that Floyd let a designated hitter hit for him, but he doesn't feel that way.

"I love to bat and what happened is not going to change that," Floyd said. "I'll do whatever they need me to do this spring to help St. Joe win."

College scouts are not allowed to talk to Floyd until July, and at that time, he is likely to be besieged. His arm and loose, easy release, along with his overall frame that produce extraordinary velocity, are a rare package.

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.

Nearing the record

Western Maryland College 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.

Staff writers Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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