Brook's Price eyes future with Lassen

T'breds' heavyweight contacted by wrestling's junior-college champs


February 06, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Mike Price's days of wrestling in obscurity may be over.

The Bowling Brook senior heavyweight has been contacted by recruiters for Lassen College about continuing his wrestling career at the Susanville, Calif., institution.

Price, a fifth-place finisher at the state private school tournament who is 22-1 and owns a 46-6 career record, said a recruiter approached Thoroughbreds coach Jim Tavenner and arranged a phone discussion between Price and Lassen assistant coach Alonzo Nalls last week.

"I thought it was all a joke," said Price, originally from Pittsburgh. "I was so happy that I told my mom and my sister and everyone."

According to Tavenner, the Cougars are interested in having the 235-pound Price wrestle at light heavyweight. Lassen has captured four consecutive national junior-college wrestling championships.

"He had never gotten a college letter before," Tavenner said. "Just the letter itself is a landmark."

More college plans

Some notable fall athletes who will be making their collegiate debuts next season include field hockey star Lisa Cavanaugh, The Sun's Carroll County Player of the Year and a first-team All-Metro defender for Westminster. Cavanaugh will play for Mary Washington.

Jackie Kram, a second-team All-Metro player at Francis Scott Key, has agreed to play for Ursinus. Jordan Blevins, a second-team All-Metro offensive lineman at Westminster, will play for Bridgewater College.

Three-sport athletes Michelle Allen and Jessica Roguski -- both of Liberty -- have accepted lacrosse scholarships for Cornell and Vanderbilt, respectively.

North Carroll gets firsts

After last week, Frederick probably views a trip to North Carroll as it does catching the flu: avoid at all costs.

That's because on Tuesday, the North Carroll boys basketball team earned its first win in the Central Maryland Conference with a 55-52 victory over the visiting Cadets.

Junior guard Ian Malcolm's three-pointer with 17 seconds left sealed the win for the Panthers (1-8, 4-12).

The following day, the North Carroll wrestling team also captured its first conference dual meet by edging -- surprise surprise -- visiting Frederick, 40-31.

Keith Viens' pin of Frederick's Charles Six at the 2: 55 mark of their 160-pound bout gave the Panthers (1-5, 1-10-1) an insurmountable, 22-point lead.

O'Connell heats up indoors

Westminster indoor track star Jesse O'Connell continues to dominate the local running scene.

O'Connell, The Sun's Carroll County Co-Runner of the Year in cross country this past fall, won the 500 meter race at the Hagerstown Invitational on Jan. 22. His time of 1 minute, 6.8 seconds was a metro-area best and the third-best time in the nation.

Last Wednesday, the senior helped the fourth-ranked Owls win their indoor invitational with a winning time of 1: 07.7 in the 500 and a fifth-place finish in the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches).

Clark returns to Cavs

A week after quitting the No. 5 South Carroll wrestling team, senior 145-pounder Kevin Clark has returned to the mat.

Cavaliers coach Pete Olson said Clark will be back in time to compete in the county championships at Francis Scott Key on Feb. 19.

"He had some personal problems, and we worked them through," Olson said. "He's been reinstated."

Mat rescheduling

Due to the countywide shutdown of schools last Monday, several wrestling meets were rescheduled.

North Carroll will travel to Frederick to meet Thomas Johnson tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Francis Scott Key will play host to Walkersville on Feb. 14.

And Liberty will welcome Urbana to Eldersburg on Feb. 16.

MACS tourney

Carroll Christian will be the host for the Maryland Association of Christian Schools state basketball tournament on Feb. 25-26.

On Friday, the girls semifinals are scheduled for 2: 30 p.m. and 5: 30 p.m. The boys semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the girls consolation will be 9: 30 a.m., and the boys consolation at 11 a.m. The girls championship is to begin at 2 p.m., with the boys championship at 3: 45 p.m.

The Patriots' girls team is the defending Potomac Christian Athletic Conference champions.

Baseball registration

The Westminster Babe Ruth baseball league will conduct registration for players ages 13-15 through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wilson Sports, 519B Old Westminster Pike.

The registration fee is $40, and new players must bring proof of their age. For more information, call league president Jim Lay at 410-857-3645, Kiwanis Club representative Cal Bloom at 410-848-6370, or coach Bob Owings at 410-848-6957.

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