Workman becomes top Hammond scorer

Her 28 against Centennial make her first for career

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High School

February 22, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Melissa Workman scored 28 points yesterday to become Hammond's all-time leading girls basketball scorer and the 13th-ranked Golden Bears went on to a 66-49 home victory over 17th-ranked Centennial.

A four-year starter, Workman has 1,540 points. She scored 282 points as a freshman, and followed that with seasons of 361 and 422. She has 475 points this season, including a career-high 35 against Wilde Lake.

"It means a lot," said the 5-foot-10 Workman, who averages 21.5 points. "My goal was to be the best that I could be and I did it. It's very rewarding."

Rene Hines held the record at 1,519.

Here are the final regular-season girls basketball standings:

Mount Hebron 18-4 overall, 14-4 league; River Hill 15-7, 14-4; Hammond 16-6, 13-5; Centennial 15-7, 13-5; Glenelg 16-6, 12-6; Long Reach 14-8, 10-8; Wilde Lake 8-14, 6-12; Howard 4-18, 4-14; Oakland Mills 4-18, 2-16; Atholton 2-20, 1-17.

Long Reach earned its first winning record - both overall and league - since the school opened in 1996. The 10 league wins were twice as many as in the last two seasons combined.

Boys basketball

This marked the second straight season that Long Reach faltered at the foul line at the end of the last regular-season game against Glenelg.

Tuesday the Lightning missed two free throws with one second left and lost by a point, 64-63, dropping them to second place behind River Hill, which had lost to Howard on the other side of town.

A year ago, the Lightning missed three free throws with no time left and lost by a point to drop into a tie with Centennial for the county title.

The final regular-season standings:

River Hill 17-4, 14-4; Long Reach 17-5, 13-5; Oakland Mills 12-10, 11-7; Howard 11-10, 10-8; Mount Hebron 12-10, 9-9; Hammond 11-11, 8-10; Centennial 9-13, 8-10; Wilde Lake 8-13, 8-10; Glenelg 9-13, 7-11; Atholton 3-18, 2-16.

Indoor track

Shade Smith of Hammond won the state Class 3A-2A track championship in the 55-meter dash in 7.4 seconds for her first indoor state title.

"I should have done it in the past, but this year I got myself in better shape and stayed more focused," said the junior. She also ran the anchor leg on the winning 800 relay with Phylicia Buie, Colleen Tucci and Nina Perkins. The Bears finished eighth among 26 teams.

Alana Black of Wilde Lake won the 3A-2A state 1600 over highly-rated Cori Koch of Towson with a time of 5:20 to beat Koch by six seconds. Black also finished second in the 800 meters with a 2:25.2. The senior scored all 18 of Wilde Lake's points as the Wildecats finished ninth.

Jeanette Curtis of Mount Hebron was her team's only individual 3A-2A state champ as she captured the 55 hurdles in 8.40 seconds. Senior Melissa McCarthy finished second in the 3,200 and ran a leg of the Vikings' first-place 3,200-meter relay team along with sophomore Darya Fakory, junior Britt Faulkner and freshman Sarah Lancos. The Vikings missed a state title by 5 1/2 points to Milford Mill. Had their 1,600-meter relay team not been disqualified at the regional meet for an improper uniform, thereby making it ineligible for the state meet, the Vikings surely would have captured their first indoor state championship.

Matt Sanders of Mount Hebron won a 3A-2A state championship in the 3,200-meter run and was just happy he was able to run at all. The Thursday before the championship meet, he sprained his ankle - the same one he injured last fall. He missed six weeks of training with the first sprain, but said he kept his ankle in a bucket of ice for 10 hours so he could run Monday.

"Today is a happy day," he said with a big grin after winning.

Michelle Freda of Atholton was the lone 2A-1A state champ for Atholton, which finished fourth with 35 points. She also ran fourth in the 1,600.

Wrestling

River Hill's county wrestling title over Mount Hebron was certainly a team effort.

Jesse Fawcett's pin at 189 pounds may have officially given the Hawks a one-point victory in the biggest pressure match of the meet, but others contributed in their own ways.

Freshman Ryan Lauer, who hadn't wrestled since Dec. 20 because of an injury to his teeth, lost his first 112-pound match, 7-6, but won his next four matches, including a 12-7 consolation championship win over Brad Ortman of Centennial. Lauer dislocated his kneecap with a minute to go but finished the match and scored 13 team points. Lauer is done for the season because of the injury.

Mike Stromberg at 119 finished third despite being a No. 5 seed. He had to beat Mike Chesbro of Long Reach twice, including the consolation championship. Chesbro had beaten Stromberg earlier in the season. "No one thought that Mike Stromberg would finish third," said Hawks coach Earl Lauer.

Heavyweight Jimmy Corrigan lost by only 6-0 to Justin Neal of Mount Hebron in the consolation championship. He had been pinned and major-decisioned by Neal earlier this season.

Austin Sneeringer avoided a pin at 160 pounds in the championship finals against Mount Hebron's Mike Mengel.

Michael Dauberman became the second of Hawks coach Marshall Dauberman's sons to win a county title when he pinned Shawn Girch of Mount Hebron in the 145-pound championship match. Dauberman's older brother, Derek, won in 1997.

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