Powerful Old Mill rolls into regional

County champion Patriots set to defend East title


High Schools

February 25, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Coming off an impressive showing in winning its third straight county wrestling championship last weekend, No. 2-ranked Old Mill will try to defend its Class 3A-4A East Region title starting today at Meade High School.

The two-day tournament will start this afternoon at 4 and resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the finals tentatively set for 4 p.m.

The Patriots bring four top seeds -- Adam Decosmo (130), Dave Hicks (145), Antoine Cooksey (171) and heavyweight Dave Kim. All captured county championships last week, along with second-seeded Nick Liston at 140.

Chesapeake has a region-high five top seeds with four coming off county championships -- Steve Yaruta (103), Matt Eveleth (112), Jeff Eveleth (119) and John Mosca (160). Melvin Guthrie, 25-1 at 189, is the fifth Cougar to earn the top spot. Guthrie had his first setback of the season in the semifinals last week, losing a 6-5 decision to Old Mill's Adam Dayton.

Northeast heavyweight James Taylor will not be wrestling. The senior standout, who was declared ineligible on Feb. 11, didn't have his eligibility reinstated at Tuesday's Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitration hearing.

Taylor, who was 23-0 this season with 18 pins, repeated his senior season and was wrestling in his fourth season of varsity starting back when he was a sophomore. According to MPSSAA rules, student-athletes who begin their varsity careers in the 10th grade can only compete for three seasons.

Prior to the school year, Taylor, who also plays football and lacrosse, was informed by Northeast principal Roy Skiles and athletic director Roger Stitt that he had one more year of eligibilty remaining.

"Every adult let James down including me," said Northeast wrestling coach Al Kohlhafer. "I feel as responsible as any because I am his wrestling coach. His family wanted him to repeat a year because they felt as a senior [last year] he was very young and that his SAT and math scores were not as they should be. James accepted this and his parents went through all the lines they knew were proper for him to repeat his senior year."

Pre-playoff tune-up

After North County's 6-foot-5 Mark Jennings scored 16 points in the first half of the county championship game, Annapolis coach John Brady put 6-5 All-Metro swingman Marcus Johnson on him. Jennings scored only four points in the second half and Annapolis went on to the 80-74 victory.

"Marcus is a great defensive player and does so many things to help us win," said Brady, who agreed with Knights coach Mike Francis that the game was the perfect tune-up for the playoffs for both teams, Annapolis in 3A and North County, 4A.

"It was a great game going into the tournament because we had to respond to that kind of pressure."

Cavs looking for sweep

Derrick Snowden, who took Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year honors Wednesday at a luncheon at Michael's Eighth Avenue, leads No. 6-ranked Archbishop Spalding into today's BCL Tournament at Goucher College.

University of Maryland coach Gary Williams was guest speaker at the luncheon.

The Cavaliers (20-10, 12-3 league) took the top seed by winning the regular-season title in a 70-53 playoff rout of No. 5 Towson Catholic (26-9) and meet No. 8 seed Loyola (7-22, 0-14) at 7 p.m. The winner of that game meets the No. 10 ranked Calvert Hall (17-11, 8-6)/No. 15 Mount St. Joseph (21-9, 7-7) winner in Sunday's 6: 45 p.m. semifinal.

The BCL final is set for 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Goucher.

Snowden was named to the All-BCL First Team while fellow seniors Tremaine Robinson and Isaac Brooks were named to second- and third-team, respectively. Calvert Hall's Mark Amatucci, the former Anne Arundel Community College coach, was voted BCL Coach of the Year by his peers.

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