Band leaves R. Hill off-key

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

High Schools

April 27, 2003|By Rick Belz and Edward Lee | Rick Belz and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

You gotta play to win. That was the situation Wednesday when the River Hill girls tennis team lost its first match of the season to Hammond, 3-2.

The Hawks were missing their No. 1 singles player, Jackie Davidson, their undefeated No. 2 singles player, Sarah Pernick, and a No. 3 doubles player, Sandy Chon. They were all on a trip to Orlando, Fla., along with 200 other band members.

River Hill lost at all three of those spots as coach Matt Graves scrambled for replacements.

"We had to forfeit at No. 1, our No. 2 lost, 7-5, and our No. 3 doubles lost, 8-4," Graves said. The loss dropped the Hawks into a first-place tie with Glenelg at 6-1.

"The girls have been playing really well," Graves said. "We knew we had a good team after winning the regular-season title last year. But we were still a little skeptical because we were such an unknown last year."

In addition to Pernick being 6-0 at No. 2 singles, the No. 1 doubles team of Elizabeth Kenez and Katie Sheliga and the No. 2 doubles team of Jennifer Silber and Susan Monheit are unbeaten.

Unfortunately, because of a rainout, the Hawks will not face Glenelg in the regular season.

The Hawks' boys team is 6-0 and faces its toughest test Tuesday against Mount Hebron at River Hill.

Freshman Scott Burtzlaff is 5-1 at No. 1 singles. His loss was to Richard Tripp of Howard. Matt Langan is also unbeaten for the second straight year playing at No. 2 singles.

Siders is slider, too

Tim Siders of Glenelg put on a base-running display Wednesday against Centennial that kept his team in the game until the Eagles broke it open with a seven-run sixth inning. Centennial won, 11-4, to knock the Gladiators out of a first-place tie with Mount Hebron.

Siders, whose speed opened a lot of eyes on the football field last fall when he rushed for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns, is Glenelg's leadoff batter. He opened the game with a hit to left field that he stretched into a double with a nifty slide.

Then the 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior scored from second on a bunt by Jeremy Tosh that was fielded cleanly by pitcher Andrew Bechta and thrown to first base for an out. The throw from first baseman Jeff Miller to the plate didn't beat Siders' headfirst slide.

After walking in the third inning, Siders again scored from second base on a routine grounder to third. Beating the first baseman's throw, Siders hit his head on the catcher's shin guard.

"That hurt a little," he said.

In the sixth inning he was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single.

Siders is 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season.

"He struck me as one of their best all-around players," said Centennial coach Denis Ahearn. "He was very aggressive on the bases and at the plate."

Hebron to the defense

The Mount Hebron softball team delivered just what coach Sal Milio needed.

With four starters and a reserve on a field trip and unable to suit up until the fifth inning, the rest of the Vikings put together a sparkling defensive effort in a 4-1 victory over visiting Long Reach on Friday.

The Lightning had scored 47 runs during a five-game winning streak, but Mount Hebron allowed just one unearned run in the seventh inning in an effort that Milio called the team's best defensive game of the season.

Junior pitcher Karen Kreis improved to 6-2 by striking out four and scattering seven hits. Sophomore center fielder Ashley Francis went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

"The girls got hits," Milio said. "But it was critical we stayed in the game defensively."

With the victory, the Vikings (6-2 overall, 5-1 county) grabbed sole possession of second place.

No. 6-ranked Glenelg owns the top spot with an 8-0 county record and a 9-0 overall mark. The Gladiators haven't won a county title since 1995.

River Hill is third with an 8-3 county and overall record. No. 13 Atholton sits in fourth with a 7-3 county mark and a 9-4 overall record, while Long Reach resides in fifth with a 6-4 county mark and a 6-5 overall record.

No. 11 Pallotti, which plays in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, went 2-2 at the Grand Strand Guestmate Classic in South Carolina. The Panthers are 10-5 overall and 6-3 in the conference.

Sticking up for second

While No. 1 Mount Hebron appears to be a cinch to capture its 15th county girls lacrosse championship in the past 16 years, an interesting race for second place is shaping up.

No. 15 Glenelg is 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the county, with the Gladiators' lone loss coming at the hands of the aforementioned Vikings (8-0, 6-0) on Thursday.

But Glenelg shares the second spot with unheralded Centennial (6-4, 4-1), which beat River Hill and Wilde Lake last week.

River Hill (8-2, 5-2) owns the fourth position and gets its shot at Mount Hebron at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at River Hill.

Glenelg Country, which plays in the IAAM C Conference, owns the top spot after defeating two-time conference champion Oldfields Tuesday. The Dragons are 5-0 in the conference and 6-2 overall.

Chapelgate, which plays in the same league as Glenelg Country, is 2-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall.

Pallotti, which plays in the IAAM B Conference, is 0-9 in the conference and overall.

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