On center stage, 6-9 Boone adjusts to being South Carroll's leading man

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January 24, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll center Josh Boone spent last season playing a supporting role to All-Metro point guard Marshall Strickland. This year, however, because Indiana-bound Strickland was declared ineligible to play, Boone has taken center stage for the Cavaliers (10-3).

The 6-foot-9 senior, currently being recruited by several Atlantic 10 and Big East schools, enters tomorrow's key county matchup at Westminster averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds, both county bests.

And he's doing that despite constant double- and triple-teams that would leave most other players statistically impaired.

With many opposing teams making him the focus of their defensive efforts, Boone credits his teammates for keeping him on the attack."[Being the focus] changes the way I'm defended," Boone said. "I've seen a lot more double- and triple-teams this year. The way we handle it is just other people have to step up and fill some holes."

Two of them have been forward Jimmy Dahlgren and guard Bryan Lowry. While Dahlgren has served as an inside complement to Boone, often able to post up in the paint, Lowry's nearly 40-percent shooting from three-point range has helped lure sagging defenders toward the perimeter.

South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said Boone's natural selflessness on offense has been a boon to the team.

"It's not a problem for him adjusting because he's always been so unselfish in the first place," Carnes said. "We have to yell at him to shoot. He'd just as soon pass the ball as score, and he's a good passer. He doesn't get frustrated because points aren't a big thing for him. I think the thing that turns him on more than anything is the blocked shot."

Boone has had plenty of those, including 13 against Liberty and 15 against North Carroll in back-to-back games.

He had another good game against Central Maryland Conference leader Thomas Johnson on Tuesday, scoring 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five blocks. Though Dahlgren added 14 points, however, it was the Cavaliers' inability to hold onto the ball that cost them in a 76-49 defeat.

Now, they must gear back up for Westminster in a game that will have an impact on the standings and their psyche.

"It will be tough because, physically, we're really drained right now," Carnes said. "Westminster is our big rival, though, so we won't have to worry about getting the kids fired up. Westminster plays a similar type game, so it will be very intense defensively."

N. Carroll records CMC win

Buoyed by record-setting performances from sprinter Katie Riley and distance standout Cheryl Williams, North Carroll on Friday captured its first ever Central Maryland Conference girls indoor track championship at Hagerstown Community College.

Riley tied a meet record by winning the 55 hurdles in 8.5 seconds, while Williams captured the 3200 in 12:10.6, eclipsing the mark of former teammate Colleen Lawson by one-tenth of a second. Together, the pair helped North Carroll rack up 79 points to edge Thomas Johnson (76) and Urbana (61).

Westminster was the top county finisher on the boys side, placing third. The Owls had won the title each of the previous three years.

Led by Riley's four gold medals, the Panthers scored top-three finishes in six events, with the combination of Riley and teammate Aislinn Sowash finishing 1-2 in the 55 hurdles and 1-3 in the 55 dash. North Carroll also picked up important points from pole-vaulter Lindsay Winter, who cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to finish runner-up in that event, and the Panthers claimed victory in the 800 relay.

"Honestly, we didn't expect our 4 x 200 relay team to come in first, and Katie [Riley] just ran an awesome anchor leg," Panthers coach Jim MacDonald said. "The girl had about 30 meters on her and she ran her down. It was just amazing. That was just a special race for everybody. Getting that win really put us over the top."

The team victory was the second straight for North Carroll, which surprised a top field to win the Loyola Relays the previous weekend.

It was also a big day for two other county standouts, as Laura Wilson of Liberty won the 500 (1:24.6) and took second in the 300 (44.5), while South Carroll's Zoe Murray won the shot put (32-8.5).

Wrestling rankings

Five North Carroll wrestlers are ranked No. 1 in their weight class, according to the latest All-Maryland Local Wrestling Rankings for Carroll County.

Seth Knights (119), Tyler Graham (130), Kyle Smith (140), Fran Jackson (152) and Cash McHargue (171) are all top-ranked, helping the No. 13 Panthers to the top spot among county teams, followed by Westminster and South Carroll. Westminster beat North Carroll, 35-29, last week.

Other top-ranked county wrestlers include South Carroll's Andrew Gold (103), Andrew Winfield (160) and Jake Creech (heavyweight). Also No. 1 are Westminster's Jason Brown (135) and Travis Mohlhenrich (145), and Francis Scott Key's Jimmy Weishaar (125) and Dustin Wiles (189).

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