Pulley packs punch for 5-1 City College

Senior has 500 yards and seven touchdowns as Knights gear for Dunbar


High schools

October 17, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As a 110-pound freshman, Kevin Pulley used to bang on the drums as a member of City College's band. Now a hard-charging senior running back on the Knights' 15th-ranked football team, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder is banging on the opposition.

Pulley is the top rusher and scorer with 500 yards and seven touchdowns for the Knights (5-1), who take on ninth-ranked Dunbar (6-0) tomorrow in a nonleague Baltimore City game.

Only a third-year player, Pulley was a tight end and defensive back as a sophomore on the junior varsity and was a "scrawny, 145-pound defensive back" last year before a weight-training regimen turned him into the muscular player he is today, said coach George Petrides.

His dedication in offseason workouts has him bench-pressing 270 pounds and running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, according to football team strength coach John Sarantinos, who also coaches track.

Pulley's best game was a 104-yard, two-touchdown effort in a 14-0 shutout of then No. 7 Patterson. A 4.0 student who scored 1,060 on his SAT, Pulley also wrestles and runs track.

"Our fullback and leading rusher had graduated, so we needed another one," Petrides said. "Kevin has filled in very nicely. He's a great player and an even finer young man."

County soccer chase

Due to inclement weather and the sniper shootings that caused rescheduling, exactly which teams will be playing in Wednesday's Baltimore County boys soccer championship might not be cleared up until as late as Monday or Tuesday.

Unranked Parkville (7-2-1 overall, 5-1 in Division I) is in front in Division I, with 13th-ranked defending champ Eastern Tech (7-2-1, 4-1-1) and 11th-ranked Perry Hall (7-2-1, 5-2) hot on its heels.

Fifth-ranked Dulaney (8-2 overall, 5-0 in Division II), last year's county runner-up, leads its division, followed by Dundalk (5-1-2, 4-0-2) and 14th-ranked Towson (7-1-2, 4-1-1).

Yesterday's rains caused the postponement of 10 games, one of which - Dulaney at Dundalk - will be played today.

Despite recent adjustments, Baltimore County coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko said he is not worried that the games can't be made up. "So far, we've been right on course," he said.

MIAA restructuring

There will be a seven-team A Conference, along with a B Conference featuring as many as 10 teams when the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's football leagues undergoes its restructuring in November.

The league's format has four-time champion Gilman, Calvert Hall, Loyola, McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph playing in the A Conference, with five teams each in the Silver and Gold Divisions of the B Conference.

The adjustment, which takes place every two years according to executive director Rick Diggs, will move up two teams from the Silver Division - considered the stronger of the two - up to the A Conference.

The leading candidates to graduate into the A Conference are Curley and Severn - last year's division co-champs - or St. Mary's and St. Paul's, Diggs said. The other two teams will combine with Boys' Latin, Spalding, Pallotti, John Carroll, Friends and Gibbons in the B Conference.

The B Conference could also include St. John's Prospect Hall of Frederick and Lutheran, the latter of which is playing a junior varsity schedule this fall. Their membership in the league will be determined by a vote of coaches and athletic directors at the fall sports meeting on Nov. 11, Diggs said.

Maxing in lacrosse

There will be 22 high school teams and countless players descending on St. Paul's School this weekend for its inaugural Warrior Bacharach Boys' Fallball Lacrosse Tournament.

The event, also sponsored by Inside Lacrosse, will feature teams from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, said event organizer and St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley.

Games will begin at 9 a.m. "and run all day, ending with semifinal and championship games," at approximately 5 p.m., Whiteley said.

Whiteley anticipates the playing of more than 70 games on six fields. Games will be played in accordance with NCAA rules - 10 players to a side - with 25-minute halves. There will be an A-level competition for the more advanced teams, in addition to a B-level, Whiteley said.

Teams will be represented locally by St. Paul's, coached by Whiteley's assistant, Scott Conklin, as well as St. Mary's, Liberty, South River and Linganore. The Griffins, a team comprised mostly of players from Loyola, also will participate.

Georgetown Prep of Rockville, one of the nation's top-ranked programs last fall, will be sending a team. The Eastern Shore will be represented by an all-star team, as will Syracuse, whose squad will be coached by former three-time All-American Rick Beardsley of Syracuse University.

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