Bowling Brook again plays a heavy favorite

State bench-press host has won event past 2 years


High Schools

April 13, 2003|By Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel | Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

So far this year, Bowling Book Prep has traveled to West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania to compete in powerlifting competitions.

Soon, however, the 22nd Annual Maryland High School Boys Bench Press Championships, the state's largest high school showcase will again come to the western Carroll County school.

It's a competition the Thoroughbreds, now in their fifth year as hosts, have won the past two years.

"The way the meet is set up, you can bring as many kids as you want, and we usually have a pretty high representation," said Mike Sunday, Bowling Brook's executive director and athletic director. "I think it's been a good public relations thing for the school. We've historically had powerlifting here. Our kids so far this year have participated in five or six competitions."

Last year, the event drew about 135 competitors from across the state, with Westminster's Jake Zentz winning Outstanding Lifter honors for benching 320 pounds in the 180-pound weight class.

Competitors, divided into 12 weight classes, get three lifts during the competition, which will be conducted and judged by an official from the Natural Athlete Strength Association, a national governing body for drug-free powerlifting. After declaring an opening lift, the athlete must increase by at least five pounds each additional try.

"Generally what kids will do is start with a lift that's 85-90 percent of their max, then go up from there," Sunday said. "As you get into the third round, kids are missing as many lifts as they're making."

Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each class, the top three teams and the individual who presses the highest percentage of weight above his actual body weight.

The event, open to any high school student in Maryland, is scheduled for June 7 at the Keymar school, with an entry fee of $10 per person. For an entry form or more information, e-mail Sunday or Mary Lou Pechart at

Falcons hire Lowe

Just a day after stepping down as the head wrestling coach at McDaniel College, John Lowe signed on as the new coach at Winters Mill High School, taking part in the first coaching change at the school that opened in September.

Lowe, who guided his teams to four Centennial Conference titles in his nine seasons, will take over for the duo of Jeff Kent and Randy Biden. Kent, also a teacher and assistant football coach at the school, decided to step down after the season, leaving Biden, who's not a teacher, seemingly in charge of the program.

When Lowe, who teaches Spanish at Winters Mill, became available, however, athletic director Bill Rumbaugh said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

"He's got the great combination of having a tremendous amount of coaching experience, plus he's already a high school teacher who teaches in the building," Rumbaugh said. "It was too perfect for me not to take advantage of. It's nothing against Randy and his coaching ability, but I have an opportunity to have someone in the building who knows the kids and has college experience."

Knights to take field?

The Century softball team may once again enjoy a home-field advantage.

Following weeks of melting snow and rains that turned the Knights' field into a muddy mess, athletic director Craig Walker and softball coach Sarah Carr are hopeful to finally play on it tomorrow against South Carroll.

Carr said the team hasn't so much as practiced yet on the field - which sits at one of the lowest points on the school's property and drains poorly - and already has had to play two home games at Mayeski Park.

Last weekend, Walker said three dump-truck loads of ball mix (30 square yards) were brought in to try to get the field into playing shape. Workers spent two days raking and tamping.

"I am just thankful for the people who have put in so many hours helping us get our field ready," Carr said, noting the work that assistant coach Gary Davis did. "It's been quite an ordeal, but we're ready."

The Knights are 1-3, but the win was a big one. Sophomore Stacy Davis struck out 10 in a 1-0 no-hitter over Thomas Johnson.

Two for one

Longtime Westminster tennis coach Fran McCullin has a new role this season. He's running both the boys and girls teams, which each stood in first place in the county through last week.

The Westminster boys are 7-0 (4-0 county), while the girls have started 6-1 (4-0 county).

"It's working wonderfully so far," McCullin said. "I have a very good assistant in Ray Hollinger, and the kids are doing a really good job of cooperating with each other and doing everything I could ask of them to make it easier for me."

Strong play in doubles is helping both teams. Mike Sirian and Rob Flora have been solid at No. 1 doubles, while Ryan Beaver and Corey Stevens are strong at No. 2. At No. 3, Matt Pearl and Sebastian Kaminski are playing consistent tennis.

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