Pikesville's peak: winning county title

Golf crown wrested from Dulaney, champion for 23 straight seasons

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September 27, 2001|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Pikesville's golf team had waited a long time for this.

"We've beaten Dulaney in [regular-season] matches before, but we could never beat them in the county tournament," said Pikesville senior Jordan Steinfelder. "This is pretty big." The Panthers won the Baltimore County golf championship Tuesday at Rocky Point Golf Course and in the process ended Dulaney's streak of 23 consecutive titles.

Pikesville finished with a 326 score, followed by Towson (330) and Dulaney (334).

Steinfelder shot 3-over-par 75 to win the individual county title, and senior Ira Cohen was sixth with an 80. Accounting for the total team score were sophomore Kevin Rosenberg (85), junior Joey Eaton (86) and sophomore Adam Foreman (86).

"I played great on the front nine [34], but I was struggling on the back nine with my swing," said Steinfelder. "But it came around."

The defending 2A-1A Panthers, coached by Jerry Miller, are unbeaten this season, including victories over Dulaney and Towson.

Pikesville ended Towson's 30-year regular-season unbeaten streak in 1999, but Miller said the Panthers never had defeated Towson and defending 4A-3A state champion Dulaney in the same year.

"Just to show you how competitive these guys are, Ira came in disappointed that he shot a 70 once when Jordan shot a 67," said Miller, who is in his seventh season. "They've pushed and encouraged each other all the way. Ira was elated for Jordan in winning the counties."

The Panthers complete the regular season with a match against Carver-Baltimore County next Thursday before taking aim at the Oct. 11 district tournament at Longview in Cockeysville. The state tournament is Oct. 22-23 at the University of Maryland.

Southern ties up City

Southern's girls soccer team was the most improved in Baltimore City last season, but the Bulldogs weren't able to break the barrier between themselves and the city's Big Three - Western, Poly and City.

On Monday, the Bulldogs put a crack in that barrier with a 0-0 double-overtime tie against defending city champion City. Rookie keeper Alison Hlafka made 26 saves and Kelly Smith, Jackie Smith and Megan Upperman anchored a strong defense.

"To us it's as good as a win," said Bulldogs coach Bob Keaton. "When you come away with a tie against City, a team we haven't beaten or tied in nine years, it's a win for us."

This is the first time the Bulldogs have not lost this season. Their record is 0-3-1, with losses to each of the other city league foes - Western, Poly and Patterson.

The Bulldogs, who have been notoriously slow starters the last couple of seasons, are especially encouraged because Monday's game was the first of two meetings with City.

"We just have to get used to playing against certain teams," said Bulldogs senior striker Joi White. "We get a feel for what each team has to offer once we play them and then we see what they can do and what we can do and that gives us more confidence."

Raiders rally

Loch Raven's volleyball team is enjoying a resurgence, winning five of its first six matches, including an upset of then-No. 8 Catonsville.

"I have three starters who are seniors and these kids play really well together," said coach Carol McPherson, who led the Raiders to state titles in 1987, 1988 and 1994. "The kids have played pretty consistently and they work really hard on defense."

Monday, the No. 15 Raiders swept St. Mary's-Ryken, 15-7, 15-11, 15-10, to run their overall record to 5-1. Celeste Longwell, who leads the team with a 3.5 per-game kill average, had 11 kills. Setter Heather Funk contributed 28 assists.

On Sept. 12, the Raiders enjoyed their first victory over Catonsville in five years, 15-6, 15-5, 12-15, 8-15, 15-1, paced by solid passing and a 96 percent serve rate.

Two days later, they suffered their only loss - to four-time defending county champ Dulaney. If the Raiders can get past Hereford tomorrow , they likely will finished second behind Dulaney in Baltimore County's Division II.

Lax commitments

With more than a month to go before the early signing period opens, three local lacrosse players have orally committed to colleges.

Mount St. Joseph's second-team All-Metro attackman/midfielder Newton Gentry said he is headed to Virginia. Teammate Chad Holmes has committed to Delaware. Towson's Emily Clinton has committed to play for seven-time defending national women's champion Maryland.

Also of note

In Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association volleyball action, Calvert Hall will visit Boys' Latin on Monday at 4 p.m. in a battle of unbeaten teams, each of the squads being 6-0.

Owings Mills' field hockey team is the only undefeated team in Baltimore County's Mallard Division. The Eagles (5-0) defeated Eastern Tech on Monday, 2-0, led by Alexandra Sviridova's 10 saves.

Weaver out for year

Glen Burnie junior Jessica Weaver, who was hospitalized in the Shock Trauma Unit Thursday night after injuring her spine against Severna Park last week, has been released but will not return to the girls soccer team.

Weaver has a spinal contusion and swelling of the spinal column. She must wear a neck brace for at least a month and cannot attend school for two weeks.

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