Annapolis stands out in Montgomery track

SIDELINES

High Schools

January 15, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The fourth-ranked Annapolis boys indoor track team fared the best among Anne Arundel County teams that competed in Saturday's 150-team Montgomery Invitational at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover.

Male and female athletes from Maryland and nearby states competed, and Annapolis had a second, third and two fourth-place finishers in the boys in addition to a runner-up and fifth-place finisher in the girls division.

"It was a pretty successful day considering the level of competition," Annapolis coach Mike Ballard said. "The only negative was losing our sprinter/hurdler Mike Brown for a while to a leg injury when he slipped and fell."

Ballard said he expects Brown to be back by the county relays Jan. 23.

Shot putter Kareem Reed placed second Saturday with a toss of 52 feet, 1 inch. Reed had thrown for 53-4 on Thursday at the Prince George's complex in an eight-team county meet won by the Panthers.

Demario Harris, an All-Metro defensive back in football for the Panthers, was third in the long jump (20-11) and fourth in the triple jump (43-11).

Tim O'Brien, who won Thursday's high jump at 6-4, was fourth in the Montgomery meet at 6-0.

On the girls' side, high jumper Maleka Diggs took second with a leap of 5-4, topping Thursday's winning 5-0 at Prince George's.

Rachel Dalby, a double winner Thursday in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, placed fifth in the 300 dash Saturday.

Hockey slap shots

Arundel made its trip to the Eastern Shore to play Easton a profitable one, defeating the Warriors, 4-3, in an Eastern Conference game. The Wildcats accomplished the feat with only seven players.

"We started the year with a roster of 16 players, but several players have jobs and others have been sick," said Arundel coach Roy Backman. "We have the third lowest penalties per game in our division, and it really helped that night."

The Wildcats took a 4-1 lead on two goals by Dave Rau, and single goals by Ryan Atkinson and James McVey.

"They had plenty of opportunities, but we were able to hold them off. It was a big win for us."

Severna Park, in its second season, gained another impressive victory. The Falcons used a hat trick by David Spohn and goals by Bryan Sweeney and John James to record a 5-2 win over Boys' Latin.

Derek Brutger had 23 saves on 25 shots in net to lead Severna Park.

The Lakers, contenders for the MIAA B conference crown, got their goals from Drew Peace and Dan Good.

The Falcons are now 17-1-1 overall.

Sideliners

With Friday's 39-34 victory at Broadneck (7-5, 4-2), the Annapolis girls basketball team is gaining a lot of respect at 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the county league. The Panthers face a big test tomorrow when 14th-ranked and defending county champion Arundel (8-4, 4-2) comes calling at 5:15 p.m. ... A trio of county girls lacrosse players have committed to Virginia Tech - defenders Stephanie Jones (Broadneck) and Ashley Puckett (Severna Park) and attack Lindsay Wooten (Severn). ... St. Mary's lacrosse goalie Katie Finnegan has signed with American University.

Nicole Bernaix has burst on the scene as a sprinter on the best Chesapeake girls indoor track team in at least 15 years. And she's only a freshman. ... Anne Arundel County has the third-leading scorer in the metro area in both boys and girls basketball - Theo Brown (Severna Park) at 26.8 and Essence Greer (Glen Burnie) at 19.3. ... South River's Tim Sheleheda is the only county player to lead the area in a major category. Sheleheda leads in assists (7.6)

Clay Brown, a 5-10 sophomore guard at Annapolis Area Christian School, scored 38 points to lead the Eagles (9-5) to an 88-81 victory over Glenelg Country School Friday in an MIAA C Conference game. Brown's 38 points are second only to the school-record 47 by Severna Park's Theo Brown so far this season. ... No. 3-ranked Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball victory over No. 12 Mount St. Joseph (10-6) on Sunday will be shown on Comcast Channel 8 tomorrow and Friday at 8 p.m.

Mark Friday, Jan. 25 on your calendar - that's the night Spalding (16-3, 5-1) travels to No. 6 Calvert Hall (15-3, 5-0) in the first of two games between the two teams considered to be the best in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference. ... Kelsey Hunter (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke), Kate McHenry (100, 200 freestyle) and Meaghan Mohr (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) continue to be the top swimmers at Archbishop Spalding. ... High school age tackle rugby for boys and girls (18 and under) is being organized by the Andover Apaches with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. For more information, call Pat Walsh at 410-691-9970 or e-mail walshpj@erols.com.

Have a note for Sidelines? E- mail patomalleysports@aol.com or call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.(Mike Frainie contributed to this article)

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