Gilman's Goldberg skates third, then scores twice


March 28, 2003|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Even if rain hadn't postponed last Friday's Gilman lacrosse game, Greyhounds midfielder Zack Goldberg would not have suited up for the team's league-opening contest against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival McDonogh.

That's because Goldberg, a junior, was in Milwaukee, Wis., speed skating his way toward a third-place finish in a national 18-and-under competition.

"I had trained eight hard months for that [competition], so I was looking forward to it," said Goldberg, 17, a winner of four national speed skating titles since he began the sport at age 8. "It's a good thing Coach [Dave] Allan was being lenient."

Goldberg repaid Allan's generosity in Tuesday's 5-3 upset of top-ranked Boys' Latin (4-1), scoring twice as the third-ranked Greyhounds (2-0) got their coach his 100th career victory.

Goldberg's speed skating regimen involves practices at ice rinks in Laurel and Wheaton, as well as Baltimore's Northwest Ice Rink, where he usually divides his training over five days per week for as many as three hours a day.

For the past week, Goldberg has worked his skating schedule around Tuesday's game and lacrosse practices.

Goldberg skates from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 on Wednesdays and 7:30 to 9:30 on Thursdays. He practices from 6 to 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 8:15 to 11 a.m. on Sundays.

Goldberg has twice won North American speed skating titles in which he competed against rivals from both the United States and Canada.

Although Goldberg is "taking a break" from this weekend's North American competition, effectively ending his skating season with last weekend's nationals, his workouts will get tougher again this summer. Goldberg plans to make his initial run at January's junior world championships in Italy.

Crushing the competition

The Time Out For Sports Orange Crush 18-and-under club volleyball team enjoyed its best outing of the season last weekend, coming in second in the 116-team Hoosier Mid East Qualifier in Indianapolis.

Comprised of a who's who of local high school volleyball talent, the Orange Crush includes All-Metro players Tara Stradling (The Sun's 2003 Player of the Year) and Sarah Tursell, Glenelg teammates; Stephanie Kines and Emily Berman, Towson; Jen Wylie, Dulaney; and Kayani Turner, John Carroll.

Rounding out the team: Bruna Fonseca, Dulaney; Amanda Willey, Bel Air; Abbey Petrecca, Perry Hall; and Kristin McArthur, C. Milton Wright.

"Even though we finished in second place, the best teams in the country were there, and we played pretty darned well," said coach Ian Blanchard, whose team has won four smaller tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic area.

The team, which lost, 25-15, 25-19 to the Impact juniors from Nashville, Tenn., in the tournament final, has a few more chances to qualify for a return trip to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic National Championships in Atlanta the last week of June.

The Orange Crush, which finished 37th in the 17-and-under club division at last year's national tournament, can qualify by winning the Chesapeake regional championship April 6 or the Northeast qualifier April 18-20 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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