Pikesville adds titles

Connelly qualifies

Metzger's 73 tops field, teammate Foreman is 2nd


October 10, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Pikesville golf team made a clean sweep last year, winning the Baltimore County, district and state titles. The Panthers now are one step away from doing it again.

Josh Metzger won the individual title with a 3-over-par 73, and teammate Adam Foreman took second with 75 to help two-time defending state champion Pikesville capture the District VI championship - its third in four years - yesterday at Longview.

The event also served as the Baltimore County tournament because rain cut short the official competition after just nine holes two weeks ago.

In addition, it was the district tournament for Northeast's Stephanie Connelly, who made it back to the states with a 71.

The sophomore missed her tournament (District V) while playing for the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in Ireland and needed a special ruling from a panel formed by state schools superintendent Nancy Grasmick's office to allow her to attempt to qualify.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association originally rejected her request to try to gain the state event by playing in another district.

But now, said Connelly, "I'm ready to go."

For Pikesville, this was a day to show the depth that coach Jerry Miller loves. The Panthers lost two key players from last year's team to graduation and senior Joey Eaton was injured in a freak golfing accident just before the season and was unavailable until recently.

However, Miller still has plenty of talent. Metzger, Foreman, Michelle Grilli (76) and Kevin Rosenberg (80) gave the Panthers the 304 that brought them the district crown again. Grilli also won the girls individual title.

This will be Miller's final year of coaching after 30 years guiding teams in different sports, and he'd love to go out with one more state title.

"A threepeat would be great," Miller said. "I've got a lot more depth with this team than I've ever had before."

Metzger had two birdies, five bogeys and 11 pars in his round on the cool, cloudy afternoon.

"It's the greatest achievement of my golf career," he said.

Pikesville and third-place Catonsville (327) will be the Class 1A-2A team representatives to the state tournament Oct. 21-22 at the University of Maryland. Second-place Perry Hall (312) is the district's lone Class 3A-4A representative.

The six individual boys qualifiers for College Park were: Kevin Parks (Dulaney), Bryan Goldsmith (Carver), Gordon Jakubowski (Patapsco), Len Mancini (Towson), Tony Jaffa (Franklin) and Kevin McCadden (Kenwood).

Marlowe Boukis (Dulaney), Kim Daniels (Dulaney) and Aubrey Nilsen (Perry Hall) were the individual qualifiers among the girls.

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