Supporting cast in stands for Ebersole

Former players see coach get victory No. 200

High School

January 04, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Westminster's Dick Ebersole picked up career win No. 200 last Thursday, the coincidence was not lost on the 15th-year coach.

The 90-34 victory in the first round of the North Carroll Holiday Tournament came against Francis Scott Key - the team he broke in with from 1977-79. What's more, among the crowd that day were Kim Duppins-Stanton, a dominant center on those teams, and Kim Jenkins, a former Eagles point guard whose daughter, Erin, now plays for Key.

"I thought, `How ironic, especially to have two of my really stellar players there at that game,' " said Ebersole (200-128), who coached three years at the Union Bridge school and spent nine years at Westminster before returning to coach the Owls three years ago.

His 1978 team at Key made it to the state semifinals.

Ebersole said much of the milestone can be attributed to "hanging around a long time and having some really good players."

"I am pretty proud of the winning percentage, though," he said, when reminded that his teams have won nearly 61 percent of their games over the years.

Ebersole shoots for win No. 201 tonight at North Carroll, where the Owls (4-4) will continue a brutal stretch that finds them playing nine of their first 11 on the road. A year ago, they lost just one game at home.

Owls flying high

The Westminster girls track team scored just one event victory at the recent Smithsburg Invitational. A dominant performance in the high jump, however, was enough to propel the Owls to a team win in the early-season meet.

Junior Julie Bright cleared 5 feet and sisters Steph Nilson (junior) and Jenn Nilson (senior) each cleared 4-10 to take 1-2-3 in the event, earning 24 team points as Westminster held off second-place Smithsburg by 15.67.

The finish wasn't a huge surprise after all three proved their metal last year, with Bright claiming an indoor county title in the high jump and Steph Nilson (high jump) and Jenn Nilson (triple jump) capturing county championships outdoors last spring.

"Each of those three has cleared 5 feet, and 5 feet is sort of the benchmark for a high jumper in high school," Westminster coach Jim Shank said. "We're lucky enough to have three of them."

Shank is quite familiar with having his girls dominate an event.

Two springs ago, throwers Katie Selby, Emily Hester and Jessica Hester finished 1-2-3 in the discus at the Class 4A state meet, while Kiara Adams, Mary Skal and Emily Hester took three of the top five spots in the shot put.

Shank said that while his current trio isn't yet as strong as either of those, it could definitely have an impact during the postseason.

"There will be other jumpers who jump 5 feet or 5-2, but the three of them could easily qualify for the state meet," Shank said.

Nine wrestlers ranked

Nine county wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes, according to the latest All-Maryland State Wrestling Rankings.

North Carroll's Fran Jackson (152) is ranked second, while teammates Seth Knights (119), Tyler Graham (130) and Kyle Smith (140) received honorable mention honors.

Also ranked second are South Carroll's Andrew Gold (103) and Andrew Winfield (160) and Westminster's Travis Mohlhenrich (145). Francis Scott Key 135-pounder Josh Kellemen ranked sixth in the Class 2A-1A class, while Westminster's Nick Burger received honorable mention honors at 160.

The poll also lists North Carroll as the 12th best team in the state, both in dual-meet and tournament competition.

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