Howard girls show winning tennis touch

After 30 straight losses over two seasons, Lions roll past Oakland Mills

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April 29, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

They screamed. They hollered.

After 30 consecutive losses, Howard's girls tennis team won its first match in two seasons with a 4-1 victory Thursday over visiting Oakland Mills.

"They were so excited about winning," said Howard coach Kevin Hendon, who will treat the team to pizza after Tuesday's practice.

Since Howard County switched its tennis format last season to separate boys and girls matches, every team except Howard's girls had won. The Lions had come close this season, losing four times by 3-2 margins.

Against the Scorpions, No. 2 singles player Ozgle Bilge, an exchange student from Turkey, won, 8-0. Howard swept the three doubles matches - No. 1 Jordan Klaff and Lauren Strange won, 8-3; No. 2 Emily Sharpe and Meredith Marr, an alternate subbing for April Douville, won, 8-4; and No. 3 Lubov Abraham and Ashley Reed won, 8-5.

The boys tennis title could be decided Friday when Hammond and River Hill, both 12-1, meet at Hammond. The Golden Bears defeated River Hill, 3-2, earlier in the season, but lost, 3-2, April 19 to Wilde Lake.

While Glenelg (13-0) is headed toward the girls title, second place is up for grabs between Mount Hebron, Wilde Lake and Centennial. All are 10-3 with five matches remaining.

Softball

Defending county champion Atholton is 27-4 against league teams since last season. Three of those losses have been to River Hill, which last season won, 5-4 and 6-3, and on April 3, 1-0. The two teams meet tomorrow at Atholton.

River Hill senior pitcher Shannon Jackson is 9-4 with 102 strikeouts and 16 walks in 80 innings this season. She has a 0.78 ERA. Jackson, who struck out 12 and limited Atholton to three hits earlier this season, leads the Hawks with a .500 average.

Mount Hebron pitcher Jessica Lewis dislocated the pinky finger on her left (glove) hand Thursday trying to catch a line drive against Centennial. She will be out at least a week.

Girls lacrosse

Glenelg has given top-ranked Mount Hebron its toughest in-county test over the past two years, losing, 16-5 and 18-3. The 12th-ranked Gladiators will try again Tuesday against the visiting Vikings, who are 104-1 against county teams since 1988.

"You have to go into the game thinking that you're not losing to lose," said Glenelg junior Lindsay Lewis, who has 24 goals and nine assists this season. "They are very quick, so you have to use every part of the field. And you have to be patient."

Senior Erin Edell (24 goals, seven assists) said "it's so much more fun" playing against a team like Mount Hebron. "I love playing against a better team."

Senior goalie Heather Young agreed. "I like the intensity. I get energized for a game like Mount Hebron."

Glenelg played well against third-ranked Bryn Mawr in the Liberty Tournament before losing, 11-6. Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid said that game "gave us a real boost in what we know we're capable of doing."

Stephanie Scurachio leads Mount Hebron with 36 goals, and Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Waagbo each has 31.

Mount Hebron's game against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, the Washington area's second-ranked team, has been moved for a second time to May 9, the last play day before the playoffs. The game was postponed March 21 because of rain to Wednesday. But St. Stephen's/ St. Agnes asked that the game be moved again.

Glenelg Country will play host to Chapelgate on Tuesday in a first-round Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference playoff game. Third-seeded Glenelg Country finished 5-2 in the league, including a 14-2 win over Chapelgate in the opening game of the season. Sixth-seeded Chapelgate, which was 2-4-1 in the league, ended the regular season with three straight wins.

Golf

Here are the club golf standings: Mount Hebron 15-0; Howard 11 1/2 -3 1/2 ; Oakland Mills 10 1/2 -4 1/2 ; River Hill 8-7; Centennial 7 1/2 -7 1/2 ; River Hill II 4 1/2 -10 1/2 ; Wilde Lake 2-13; Glenelg 1-14.

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