Cole a champ in ring again

Return from broken neck to equestrian ring special for McDonogh's Cole

High Schools

October 25, 2002|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh equestrienne Molly Cole thought just competing at the prestigious Washington International Horse Show Tuesday night at the MCI Center was triumph enough to complete her recovery from a broken neck suffered in an automobile accident five months ago.

Walking away as reserve champion in the Children's Hunter Class was more than she ever dreamed.

"I was excited just to get to the second round," said the McDonogh junior who celebrates her 17th birthday on Sunday. "My second round was really good and I've never gotten that high at a big show. It was great to end the season with a good ride and to go home with reserve champion."

On May 18, Cole broke two vertebrae when the car she was riding in hit a telephone pole and flipped over. She spent 10 weeks in a brace and didn't get back on a horse until mid-August.

But Tuesday night, Cole finished her first round, aboard 11-year-old thoroughbred Jake, in second place in the 30-horse field. She easily made the cut of 12 to advance.

Her second-round performance put her in first place temporarily. Only the final horse of the night nudged her back into second.

"It was so exciting for me," said her mother Joanne Cole, "and for the rest of her family to see her once again in her element. She felt comfortable and it's been a while since she felt that comfort level. To walk away with a prize and be so happy, she had such a smile on her face."

One's man's glory

Loyola senior offensive guard Chris Naylor fulfilled a lineman's dream and at the same time made a critical play at the end of the first half of the Dons' 28-25 victory over Landon.

Up 14-10, the Dons (4-3) had the ball on the Landon 21-yard line with seconds to play in the half. Quarterback Brady Smith connected with receiver Tim Kaiser over the middle, but when Kaiser reached the 1-yard line, he fumbled.

The ball bounced forward into the end zone and Naylor fell on it - his first career touchdown at any level of football - with no time remaining to give Loyola a 21-10 lead.

"My whole high school football career is set; I've done everything I want to now," Naylor said. "I was pretty psyched. I was running downfield, just trying to throw a block."

Cougars take 15th title

After her entire defense graduated, Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett knew that rebuilding in the back would be the key to the season.

Everything came together so well that the Cougars shut out every Harford County foe en route to their 15th county title in 20 years. Shea Abbott, Brandi Burdych, Lisa Shockley, Allison Stankis and rotating goalies Siobhan Eustace and Maddie Goetz have allowed only three goals all season - two in their only loss, 2-0 at Bryn Mawr.

Since that loss, the Cougars (13-1) have won eight straight games without allowing a goal.

The Cougars polished off the county title last week by sweeping their three toughest foes: C. Milton Wright, 4-0; Bel Air, 3-0; and, previously unbeaten North Harford, 1-0.

Forward Krissy Browning had three goals and two assists last week to bring her season totals to five goals and five assists. Riki Reuben leads the Cougars with 10 goals and two assists.

Irish ace

Roland Park freshman Sarah Crowley brought a little bit of the green to the Reds' tennis team, helping them polish off a perfect regular season.

Crowley, a transfer from Dublin, Ireland, went 11-0 and so did the Reds, who picked up four of five top seeds for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament that is scheduled to conclude today at McDonogh.

A tennis player since she was 4 years old, Crowley is ranked in the top three in the 14-and-under age bracket in Ireland. After winning the Maryland state 14's last summer, she is ranked No. 2 in Maryland and No. 18 in the Mid-Atlantic.

In addition to Crowley, coach C.T. Henry's Reds have top seeded spots in second singles with Krista Romita (7-1), first doubles with Christine Mathias and Katie Duncan (7-1), and second doubles with Amanda Patanaphan and Ginny Wich (9-2). The third doubles team of Caley O'Neil and Kate Brockmeyer (5-4) was seeded third.

CHEN earns top seed

Going into Wednesday's match against Annapolis Area Christian School, CHEN's volleyball team had plenty of incentive to avenge their earlier loss.

To clinch the top-seeded spot in the Maryland Christian Athletic League tournament that begins next week, the defending champion Bravehearts (12-1) needed a three-game sweep of Annapolis Area. The home schoolers got it in overwhelming style - 15-4, 15-5, 15-2.

Roberta Holehouse led the team with 11 kills. The outside hitter, who averages 4.6 kills per game, had 19 in each of the Bravehearts' last two matches.

Grace Lyon dished out 18 saves Wednesday, and Brittany Umetin and Christina Wotell had four kills each.

Perfect season

Dulaney's junior varsity field hockey won the Baltimore County championship Monday by shutting out Towson, 1-0, to finish the season unbeaten and unscored upon.

Three's the charm

It was reported that City won it's second straight Baltimore City girls soccer championship over Western last week, but the Knights have actually won three straight. Their 2000 crown snapped a run of seven consecutive Doves titles.

Nathan Max contributed to this report .

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