Numbers problem for S. Carroll track

Depth becomes concern

wrestling picture clears


High School

January 17, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fresh off a victory last week in the Frostbite Invitational indoor track and field meet, a meet that included four of the county's five other teams, the South Carroll boys could be considered the favorite heading into the county meet Wednesday at Hagerstown Community College.

To South Carroll coach Rob Pennington, however, it's a question of depth.

Because of the large number of teams at the Frostbite, the Cavaliers needed only to enter two competitors in each event. At the smaller county meet, however, they'll need to enter three, forcing them to dig deeper into their roster.

"I've got kids, but I don't have the quality depth that Westminster may have," Pennington said. "That scares me."

South Carroll won the Frostbite with 62 points, followed by Clear Spring (50), Westlake and Calvert (47 each). Westminster, Winters Mill, Liberty and North Carroll finished fifth through eighth.

"I'd love to come out of there with a county title," Pennington said. "They ran their hearts out Friday night. For the first time since we've had the program, it actually gave it some legitimacy.

"I've always approached it as just getting ready for outdoor, but the kids finally bought into the idea that, `Hey, we may be training for outdoor, but we're not too bad.' "

Leading the way has been high jumper Jonnie Jenkins, who recently set a personal best with a school-record jump of 6 feet, distance standouts Dan Reedy, Phil Diven and Darren Arbaugh, and hurdler Brendan Grant.

Century, which finished fifth last week in the Dickinson Invitational, also could be a dark horse in the county.

On the girls' side, Century goes in as the favorite after walking away with the team title at Dickinson, led by Allison Austin's win in the 400.

The Central Maryland Conference meet, which originally was to take place today, has been switched to Jan. 25 at Hagerstown because of a scheduling conflict. It will start at 1 p.m.

Two unbeatens left

A pair of key matches last week began to bring some clarity to the previously cloudy county wrestling picture.

First, South Carroll defeated Francis Scott Key, 44-25, on Tuesday. A day later, No. 12 Westminster edged North Carroll, 30-27.

Now, Westminster (8-0-1 overall, 3-0 county) and South Carroll (9-0, 4-0) are the lone unbeaten teams in county competition. Francis Scott Key and North Carroll's losses were the first in the county for each.

The Owls will play host to the Cavaliers Jan. 31 in a meet that could decide the county title. Westminster is trying to repeat as the county in-season champion. The Owls won the title last year before North Carroll captured the county tournament.

Ticklish spot

The Bryn Mawr squash team's 6-3 upset of Roland Park on Tuesday put Mawrtians coach Joe Lacy Jr. in a precarious position.

The second-year Mawrtians coach posted his first victory over a Reds team that includes his daughters, Erin and Alli, as well as his niece, Betsy Griffin. Another Lacy daughter, Liza, plays on the Reds' JV team.

In December, the Reds, coached by Lacy's brother-in-law Clarke Griffin, dispatched the Mawrtians, 7-2, for a sixth straight victory over their neighborhood rivals at the Roland Park Racquet Club.

"The girls' energy level was at an all-time high," said the Mawrtians' second-year coach. "They spend a lot of time hitting with each other. They call each other and get together to hit. I think that's the main factor in their improvement."

The Mawrtians picked up wins from No. 2 Sarah Hawkins over Erin Lacy, No. 3 Libby Brown over Alexis Paskert, No. 5 Mandy Mahle over Ginny Wich, No. 6 Tara Rubenstein over Betsy Griffin, No. 8 Sarah Gilarksi over Lawrie Peck and No. 9 Carrie Himmelrich over Laura Brent.

The Reds' No. 1, Kendall Anders, defeated Ashley Campbell, while No. 4 Amanda Ortell won over Drayden Peters and No. 7 Alli Lacy over Lindsay Moore.

The Lacy girls could have one more chance to get back at their dad: The two teams likely will meet again in the Mid-Atlantic championships on Feb. 15 at Potomac School.

Jeff Seidel and Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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