2 Key sailors set sights on Olympic trials


Praley, Attridge to race in 470 qualifier tomorrow

High Schools

January 29, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

While most students are sitting in class and studying for exams this week, two Key School students will be taking a step toward competing in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Jimmy Praley and Jimmy Attridge, both juniors for the Obezags' sailing team, will pilot a boat in the Olympic Class Regatta race tomorrow in Miami.

Praley and Attridge, who will be the youngest sailors in the international 470 class, will compete against a couple of dozen boats for the right to participate in the U.S. Olympic trials next year.

The top five boats will be eligible for the trials. Of those, one will represent the United States in Athens in 2004.

"That would be very cool," Praley said. "It would be shocking because we haven't sailed the boat that long, but it would be great."

Praley and Attridge will be piloting a 470, which is the designation used for a 4.7-meter-long hull. The two sailed in a 470 race several weeks ago in Florida, where they finished 10th out of 13 boats.

Praley and Attridge have been practicing with a 470 since May. Their previous experience had been with 420s (4.2-meter-long hulls) as members of the Key sailing team.

With Praley and Attridge, the Obezags placed seventh out of 20 high school teams at the National Fleet Racing Championships and eighth out of 12 schools at the National Team Racing Championships.

Dina Kowalyshyn, the Key coach who is also competing in the Yingling Class race of the Olympic Class Regatta in Miami, said Praley and Attridge have few expectations.

"They're really worked up about it," said Kowalyshyn, who asked 2000 women's silver medalist Pease Glaser to tutor her two charges for two days. "Their experience on the boat is limited, but they're not afraid of the challenge."

One of their competitors will be a team headed by 2000 men's silver medalist Paul Forrester. But Attridge said he and Praley won't be disappointed if they don't finish as one of the top five boats.

"We're just looking for the experience," Attridge said. "At this point, it's not about where you finish."

Girls race heats up

The race for the county girls basketball championship is slowly beginning to become clearer.

No. 14 Severna Park leads all teams with a 9-1 record in the county (12-4 overall). The Falcons face a staunch opponent at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in No. 19 South River, which is in second place with an 8-2 county mark (11-4 overall).

Sitting in second place with the Seahawks is Chesapeake, which fell to 8-2 in the county (12-4 overall) after Friday's 71-66 overtime loss to Annapolis.

No. 16 Arundel, winner of the past four county crowns, is fourth with a 7-3 county record (11-5 overall). Annapolis (10-6 overall), Broadneck (9-7), and Meade (10-6) are tied for fifth at 6-4.

In Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference action, No. 3 Archbishop Spalding will get a chance to knock Seton Keough from the top spot in The Sun poll when the Cavaliers travel to Baltimore for a showdown at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Archbishop Spalding (14-6, 9-3) upset the Gators, 43-34, on Dec. 7. The Cavaliers are a game behind Seton Keough and two games behind No. 2 St. Frances.

Meade loses game to forfeit

The Meade girls basketball team had to forfeit a Dec. 7 win against Milford Mill because the team used an ineligible player.

Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley said the player was declared ineligible because she did not attend every class on game day.

Mustangs coach David Wylie, whose record was adjusted to 10-6, said the player scored a single point against Milford Mill in the 52-48 victory.

"I told the girls, `You know that you won that game on the court,' " Wylie said. "I told the team to drop it and move on."

Wrestling showdown

The road to the county wrestling dual-meet championship will run through Meade on Friday.

The Mustangs play host to a tri-meet at 5:30 p.m. that pits No. 7 Chesapeake against No. 8 Old Mill.

Assuming that the Patriots defeat Northeast tomorrow, Old Mill - which has captured the past three county dual-meet titles - will enter Friday's tri-meet with a 9-0 county record (12-0 overall).

Chesapeake, which has never completed an undefeated season, will be 9-0 in the county (11-0 overall) heading into the tri-meet.

Both Cougars coach Rex Miller and Patriots coach Jim Grim said the teams match up evenly.

"It's a matter of, `Here's my best and let's see what you've got,' " Miller said. "I don't think there's going to be a lot of bumping around."

Said Grim: "Every time I look at the lineups, I can tell it's going to be a good close match. It could be one of those things that whoever is more prepared and has the heart and desire is going to win the match."

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