Special day for Chesapeake coach

Wrestling's Slichter enjoys birthday, 100th win


High Schools

January 27, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake wrestling coach Tom Slichter made the most of a special Monday.

With his No. 11-ranked Cougars completing an impressive tri-match sweep against county foes South River and Severna Park, Slichter notched career win No. 100.

Monday also happened to be Slichter's 43rd birthday. The match, originally slated for Friday, was postponed due to bad weather.

"It couldn't have worked out any better," said Slichter, in his 15th season. "The only thing I asked them to do was win two matches and get me 100 for my birthday. We always emphasize the team first, but I was a little selfish [on Monday]."

And the way the Cougars (4-2) went about their business added to the night, winning all but four bouts in each of the matches against two quality teams.

Highlights included Matt Eveleth's 6-2 decision over South River's Steve Darr in a battle of unbeatens at 112 and Melvin Guthrie's third-period pin against Severna Park's Dan Seger at 189.

Snow makeups

After a winter free of postponements, the snow picked an inopportune time to arrive on the girls basketball scene.

On Monday, Arundel and Glen Burnie met with identical 10-1 records and 6-0 county marks, both having last played on Jan. 14.

Final exams wiped out the early part of last week's schedule and snow took care of the rest, postponing the game originally scheduled for Friday.

The rust was evident on Monday, particularly in a first half dominated by turnovers and poor shooting, before Arundel came away with a 62-59 win.

"There was a definite letdown because everyone was so ready to play on Friday. It was hard for them to get back up for it on Monday," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers.

Which brings us to Tuesday's storm, which has already disrupted Arundel's next showdown set for tomorrow against Severna Park, also 7-0 in the county.

There's a busy week ahead for county public school teams.

Tuesday's games are rescheduled for Monday, giving the public schools three games next week.

"You don't like it, but it's something you have to live with," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin. "All you can do is talk to [the players], make sure they're not out skiing or anything like that and try to have them focused when they step on the court."

The Falcons (9-3) are coming off a 62-23 win over Southern on Monday. Senior forward Kim Lawton scored a career-high 25 to surpass 1,000 points for her career.

Private schools Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary's, which compete in the new Independent Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference, are having difficulty finding makeup dates with the majority of the league competition coming from outside the county.

The Cavaliers have makeup games against John Carroll and St. Frances with no dates set yet. All regular-season games must be completed by Feb. 12.

Running indoors

The Old Mill Patriots, who have won eight of the last nine county boys indoor track championships and 17 since their start in 1976, will try to continue their dominance at this year's championships.

The No. 5-ranked Patriots are led by senior standout Victor Thillet, who won the 800, 1500 and 3200 meters at last year's championship.

Thillet's most impressive win this season came at the National Guard Meet on Jan. 15, when he captured the 1500 meters.

Old Mill senior Dan Liden, the defending county champ in the pole vault, has the best vault in the county this far with his 12-feet, 6-inch effort.

Arundel, on the strength of its sprinters, is the favorite on the girls' side with a considerable push coming from Broadneck.

New Chesapeake coach

Don Bishoff will replace Chesapeake's longtime softball coach Dennis Thiele this spring. Thiele stepped down after 15 seasons.

The Cougars finished last season 15-5, losing, 3-2, in eight innings to eventual Class 4A state runner-up Severna Park in the East region semifinals.

Pub Date: 1/27/00

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