Meade's Lee will miss county meet

Competition to be tough for Hammond Invitational

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January 17, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham and Edward Lee | Glenn P. Graham and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

When the Meade boys indoor track and field team attempts to win the Anne Arundel County title on Jan. 31, the Mustangs will have to do so without standout Anthony Lee.

The senior will graduate from the school just days before the county championship meet and will not be able to participate because he will no longer be a student.

"I'm disappointed," said Lee, who made up credits lost during his sophomore year. "I never like to start anything I can't finish."

Meade coach Amy Krusinski said she estimates the team will lose at least 20 points with the departure of Lee, who competes in the 55 and 300 meters, and the 800 and 1,600 relays.

"It's heartbreaking, but there's nothing you can do. It's just what happens," she said.

Elsewhere in indoor track, South River senior Steven Plummer set a school record in the 1,600 when he crossed the finish line to win in 4 minutes, 32.7 seconds at Tuesday's 12-team meet among Anne Arundel and Baltimore County schools.

The previous mark of 4:36.2 was held by Chris Clarke, who registered the time at last year's Class 4A-3A state indoor track & field championships.

Also, Northeast senior Ryan Williams broke the 10-minute mark in the 3,200 for the first time when he clocked in at 9:54.6.

Big-time competition

Stacked.

Plain and simple, that's the only word to describe the eighth annual Hammond Invitational.

The 16-team wrestling tournament, set to start at 4 p.m. today and continue at 10 a.m. tomorrow, features seven of the top 11 teams in the Baltimore area, three other area teams with longstanding wrestling tradition and representation from Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.

Defending Class 4A-3A state champ and No. 6 Chesapeake, No. 10 Old Mill and No. 11 Severna Park will get the chance to see where they stand among some of the finest talent in the state and beyond.

"This will be the toughest thing we go to all year," Old Mill coach Jim Grim said. "My young guys are looking forward to stepping up to the challenge -- this will be better than states."

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph will be among the favorites to win the tournament, which also has out-of-state power St. Mark's from Delaware and Herndon (Va.) High.

Chesapeake's hopes will largely rest on Corey Bowers (12-0 at 119 pounds), Steve Yaruta (8-4 at 130) and Chad LaPlanche (12-0 at 189). A balanced Severna Park lineup is led by Steve Smith (14-2 at 152), and Old Mill is counting on Doug West (13-2 at 125), Josh Baynham (13-1 at 130) and heavyweight William Bell, who is 14-1 on the season.

"I just look for us to go out there with the same intensity we've been wrestling with all year," said Grim, in his second season at Old Mill. "We can do nothing but learn from this. It may hurt some of our records, but it's going to make us better for the county, regional and states, which is our ultimate goal."

Also on the mat, the South River Tournament will get started at 4 p.m. today and continue at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Among the county teams participating along with the host Seahawks are Annapolis Area Christian and Southern. Owings Mills, ranked second in the metro area, is the favorite.

Swim meet on tap

The 11th annual Anne Arundel County Swim Meet will take place at noon Sunday at the Severna Park Swim Center.

In all, 178 swimmers from 13 schools will take to the pool in two different classifications. Competing in the large-school division will be St. Mary's, Severn and Severna Park. The small-school division is comprised of Annapolis Area Christian, Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck, Archbishop Spalding, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Key, Old Mill and South River.

Rebounding in a big win

As for rebounds, lucky 21 was the prominent number for both Annapolis High basketball teams Tuesday.

Josh Johnson pulled down 21 rebounds to go with 25 points to lead the sixth-ranked boys to a 69-49 win over No. 20 Meade.

For the Lady Panthers, Samantha Sydney finished with 21 rebounds and 15 points in a 60-48 upset over No. 13 Meade. It was their first win against a ranked opponent in three tries this season.

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