River Hill field hockey team in line for first county title

Wins over Mount Hebron, Howard could wrap it up


October 16, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill's field hockey could be in for sweet time this week.

The fourth-ranked Hawks (10-0-2 overall, 6-0-1 league) could earn their first Howard County title with victories over Mount Hebron (8-4, 5-2) today and Howard (2-5-1, 1-4-2) on Thursday when the regular season ends.

"It's been a very fun season," said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness, who will be buying ice cream at Friendly's for the entire team on Sunday if it captures the title.

Long Reach (10-2, 6-1) hovers just behind River Hill in the county standings. The Lightning faces Atholton today, a team River Hill defeated, 3-0, and then gets a stiff challenge from Glenelg (6-4-2, 4-2-1) Thursday.

Erika Hyrowski leads the Hawks in scoring with nine goals and three assists.

Doolan won't return

Jeff Doolan, whose Mount Hebron lacrosse teams compiled a 71-18 record with four county championships and one state title over the past five seasons, has taken a job as an assistant lacrosse coach at Western Maryland College.

Doolan's tenure was highlighted by a 15-5 record and a state title in 1999.

Wilde Lake return

Mike Adams was the defensive captain on the first Wilde Lake football team in 1973, the same year that quarterback Tony Tsonis was the offensive captain.

Adams, 45, is a business partner with Tsonis and hasn't forgotten the values he learned while playing football at Wilde Lake.

He said those values are part of the reason he moved back here from Florida two years ago, so his two sons could experience what he did while playing football at Wilde Lake.

His oldest son, Mike Jr., is now in college and doing well. His youngest son, Tommy, is a junior and caught three passes in last Saturday's game against Long Reach. He didn't drop any.

"Doug DuVall teaches a lot more than football," Adams said.

Vikings win golf title

Mount Hebron won the Howard County Golf Club's fall championship with a 20-1 record. Howard finished second at 18-3. And River Hill was third at 14-7.

In the club's stroke play championship held on Turf Valley's south course, Ryan Shevland of River Hill won with a 74. Scott Spranklin of Oakland Mills and Jeff Castle of Mount Hebron tied for second with 76. Brent Kennedy of Howard scored a 77.

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