With girls on rise, Loch Raven runners crowding finish line

Both teams captured East regional crowns

Gibbons' Ripley resigning

High Schools


November 08, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Two years ago, Loch Raven cross country coach David Kreller had only one girl running for his Raiders team. Last year, there were two girls. This year, the Raiders won the Class 1A East regional championship.

The Raiders girls, however, are still trying to catch up with the boys, who are ranked No. 9 and look to battle Oakland Mills for the state Class 1A title Saturday at Hereford.

The boys swept the top five spots in winning last week's regional final despite losing No. 4 runner Chris Mantz to a stress fracture a few days earlier. Paul Hugus won the race, followed by Robbie Dauses, Tyler Miles, Matt Mora and Dan Boyle.

The girls finished with 21 points. Diana Aremo was second followed by Lauren Bragg (third), Jill Hugus (fifth), Amy Blair (11th) and Lauren Williams (12th).

Kreller, who was the No. 1 runner on Towson's last state championship team in 1988, has helped the Raiders improve each of his three seasons as head coach.

In 1999, the boys finished seventh in Baltimore County and qualified for states for the first time in eight years. Last season, they were third in the county. This season, they finished second in the county behind No. 3 Dulaney.

Gibbons' Ripley to resign

Cardinal Gibbons football coach Scott Ripley, who led the Crusaders to last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference Gold Division co-championship with Curley, is resigning after four seasons.

The Crusaders were 3-27 over a three-year period before Ripley's arrival, and are 4-5 heading into Friday night's game with visiting C Conference champ John Carroll.

"I'm resigning to pursue other opportunities as an assistant coach, which wouldn't be as time consuming," said Ripley, 32, a full-time Baltimore City police officer. "Being head coach takes a tremendous amount of time, and I would like to pursue a degree in criminal justice with a minor in law. I think that's something I could handle while still being an assistant coach, but I'll miss being a head coach."

Bad news gets worse

The news just keeps getting worse for Dulaney volleyball as the No. 4 Lions go after their third straight state title.

After losing second-team All-Metro middle hitter Jen Wylie for the second time this season with the same broken left foot, the Lions have now lost freshman middle Sarah McKinley with a stress fracture in her back.

That brings the Lions' original varsity roster down to seven players, including setter Bruna Fonseca, who continues to play with a sore right wrist after jamming it in the county title loss last week to Towson. Four players from the county champion JV have been added to fill out the postseason roster.

Lions coach Ian Blanchard also is on the injured reserve list, following surgery for cartilage damage in his left knee.

"Our goal is just to get to the state final four and do the best that we can, because at that point, anything can happen," said Blanchard, whose team won the last two state Class 4A titles and now competes in Class 3A.

Four in semifinals

With Perry Hall, No. 6 Dulaney, No. 1 Eastern Tech and No. 12 Sparrows Point, Baltimore County has state semifinalists in all four boys soccer classifications.

Moreover, if all four teams win, the county will have qualified that amount of teams in the finals for the first time in county history - surpassing the record of three finalists in 1995.

Perry Hall (13-3) is competing in Class 4A, followed by Dulaney (13-4-1) in 3A, Eastern Tech (15-1-1) in 2A and Sparrows Point (13-3) in 1A.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Perry Hall meets High Point (13-1-1) at Magruder of Montgomery County, and Eastern Tech plays Bethesda-Chevy Chase (10-4-1) at Liberty in Carroll County. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sparrows Point takes on defending state champ Oakland Mills (7-6-2) at Arundel, and Dulaney meets Northern of Calvert (13-4) at Westlake of Charles County.

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