Mt. Hebron will be tourney tested

Coach gives No. 1 Vikings big tests for this weekend

Notebook

High School

April 10, 2003|By Edward Lee and Rick Belz | Edward Lee and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

No one can accuse Brooke Kuhl-McClelland of ducking the competition.

The Mount Hebron girls lacrosse coach invited two nationally ranked teams to the team's seventh annual tournament, which takes place Saturday.

The Vikings (5-0), who are ranked No. 1 by The Sun and share top honors with Moorestown (N.J.) in the US Lacrosse poll, will meet Great Valley (Pa.) - ranked 11th by US Lacrosse - in a semifinal at 10 a.m.

In the other semifinal, Shawnee (N.J.), No. 13 by US Lacrosse, will take on St. Paul's at 11:30 a.m.

The consolation starts at 1:30 p.m., and the championship should begin 90 minutes later.

Kuhl-McClelland said she tried to schedule games against Moorestown (N.J.) and perennial powerhouse St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.), but after finding little success, secured reservations from Great Valley and Shawnee.

"I'm really excited because these are two nationally ranked teams, and I don't believe in the history of this tournament that we have had teams ranked this high," Kuhl-McClelland said. "To pit us against some of these nationally ranked teams will show us how close we are to these rankings."

Richardson to Syracuse

Sharee Richardson will trade in her blue uniform for orange next spring.

The Howard senior midfielder accepted a half scholarship to play lacrosse at Syracuse.

Richardson, who chose the Orangewomen over American and Albany, joins three other recruits headed to a Syracuse team that is 8-2 and ranked eighth in the nation.

"It's pretty meaningful," she said of being one of four chosen to wear the orange. "I was pretty shocked to hear they wanted me. I mean, I'm from Howard. Mount Hebron is the hotbed here."

Richardson, who is undecided about her major but is leaning toward biology, has scored just four goals on a young Lions team that is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the county. She scored 31 goals last season.

Palm Springs bound

Two-time defending state girls tennis champion, Marianne Baker of Glenelg, flew to Palm Springs, Calif., early yesterday morning to compete in the Easter Bowl, one of the country's top tournaments.

Baker, who'll play for Maryland next fall on a tennis scholarship, is 5-0 in high school competition, and 53-0 for her career. She's never lost a set in high school and is ranked 77th nationally by the U.S. Tennis Association.

She'll be one of 128 girls competing in the 18-year-old division.

"Everyone seems to play in this tournament," she said. "It's great competition, a great location and the beginning of the season."

Rainouts hurting tennis

Some of the county's top tennis teams are suffering because of the rain.

River Hill, whose girls (6-0) and boys (5-0) teams are undefeated, was scheduled to play its only match of the season against Glenelg on Tuesday and that match is now canceled. It will not be made up. Glenelg's girls team is 5-1 and the boys team is 4-2.

River Hill's boys are led by No. 1 singles player, freshman Scott Burtzlaff, who is 4-1 with a loss to Howard's Richard Tripp.

River Hill also was scheduled to play its only match of the season against Mount Hebron yesterday and rain also washed it out. The Vikings boys, behind top singles players Rohan Nabar (6-0) and Kevin Norman (6-0), are 6-0. The Vikings girls are 5-1.

Today, the Hawks are scheduled to play Centennial. The Eagles girls are 6-0 with Whitney Edmonds leading the way at 5-1. The boys are 5-1 behind top singles player Jim Taylor (5-1).

Howard pulls surprise

Howard shocked Mount Hebron in boys lacrosse Tuesday, upsetting the perennial county power, 9-7.

"I was really proud of the way the team hung in there and overcame the Mount Hebron mystique," said Lions coach Wendell Thomas, whose team led 4-3 at halftime. "It was a really nice birthday present."

Patrick Murray made 23 saves for Howard, which won for the first time in six games.

Junior attackman Jim Dress scored three goals and had one assist for the Lions. Senior midfielder Dan Dupree had two goals and two assists, and junior attackman Mike Moss scored twice and had one assist.

Mount Hebron, winner of six of the past eight county titles and the defending Class 3A state champion, is 1-5.

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