Glenelg faces S. Carroll challenge

No. 14 field hockey team has 8 straight shutouts

River Hill looks for repeat


High School

October 16, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

They're almost impossible to score on. They're breaking school scoring records. And they're one of only three unbeaten teams in the Baltimore area.

So Glenelg field hockey coach Ginger Kincaid can't figure out why her team isn't getting more attention from the media.

They're ranked 14th in The Sun poll, and when they won the county championship by beating defending champ Mount Hebron on Friday, 1-0, the accomplishment merited hardly a mention.

Today, Glenelg hopes to lay all doubts aside as to just how good its team is. The Gladiators play host to No. 6 South Carroll in their toughest game of the season.

Glenelg (12-0-1 overall, 10-0-1 league) has eight straight shutouts and has outscored its opponents 61-3.

With junior second-team All-County goalkeeper Aly Blum, the Gladiators have matched last season's mark of 10 shutouts.

Two school scoring records might fall this season.

Forward Terri Coover has 15 goals, just two away from the school record of 17 set by Martha Cockrell in 1989.

Junior forward Amanda Yanulevich is right behind Coover with 14 goals this season, and Yanulevich's 23 career goals is closing in on the school mark of 30 set by Julie Heneberry in 1980.

"We have a lot of other girls who have scored," Kincaid said.

Ashley Levering has nine goals, for instance.

Today's game might be a preview of more important things to come. Glenelg and South Carroll could meet again in the playoffs if each wins its respective region.

River Hill, Glenelg meet

Today's game between No. 5 River Hill and No. 15 Glenelg will go a long way toward deciding if the Hawks can repeat as regular-season champions in girls soccer.

River Hill (9-1-1, 8-0) would clinch the title with a win or a tie. A Glenelg win would put the Gladiators (9-0-1, 7-0-1) in the driver's seat as both teams have just one more game left.

Both teams have lived off defense this season. River Hill has allowed just one goal - in its 1-0 loss to No. 10 St. Mary's in the season opener. The Hawks blanked their next 10 opponents.

Kara Lewis (seven goals, two assists) has sparked the River Hill offense. Jackie Stromberg and Erika Theisen have helped give the Hawks some more offensive punch while Megan Branthover anchors the defense.

Meghan Haspert (six goals, three assists) leads Glenelg in scoring with help from Sonja Boras (four goals, six assists). Glenelg holds a 32-4 advantage in goals scored this season.

Kelly Glackin and Samantha Braun are pacing a defense that has posted six shutouts and allowed only four goals.

"All we have to do is work hard for 80 minutes at both ends of the field," Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan said. "Our defense is very, very good, but our offense is strong also."

Said River Hill coach Willie Ibarra: "It should be a nice match."

Mount Hebron on a roll

Mount Hebron had not won four straight football games since 1987, but the team won its fourth straight game last weekend by defeating Hammond, 14-8.

Mike Cutelle caught a 7-yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left to give the Vikings the win. He also led in tackles with six unassisted and three assists.

Quarterback Kyle Barnett completed 14 of 21 passes for 162 yards. Jeff Morales caught five passes for 69 yards and Brian Dribben caught six for 41 yards.

On the season, Morales has 18 catches for 178 yards. Barnett is 37-for-67 for 488 yards. And running back Chris Eccleston has 48 carries for 439 yards. Jeff Rekart leads in tackles with 24 unassisted and 26 assists.

Glenelg nears title chance

Top-ranked Glenelg appears headed for a chance at repeating as the Howard County volleyball champion.

The county championship match is set for Oct. 29 between the first- and second-place teams. The Gladiators are 10-0 overall and in the county, and they are in the lead with three matches left, just ahead of No. 4 Centennial.

If the standings remained the same, Glenelg would play host to Centennial in the title match. Glenelg handed Centennial its only loss in a four-game match two weeks ago.

Glenelg has lost just three games in its 10 matches and is in the midst of a 30-match winning streak. The Gladiators were 20-0 last year while winning the county, region and Class 2A state titles.

"I'd be excited to play Centennial again," Glenelg coach Jennifer Beall said. "It usually ends up being a very good match."

Bright future

The Board of Education gave its approval last Thursday for the construction of lights at county high school fields, and Coordinator of Athletics Don Disney has scheduled a countywide organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Long Reach.

"It s open to the public and we will inform them of the guidelines and procedures that need to be met," Disney said. "We will lay out the infrastructure."

Three subcommittees will be formed including finance, hearings and educational/promotional.

Disney said that the most important committee for now will be the hearings committee, which must set dates for public hearings at each of the high schools.

The educational/promotional committee will be delivering fliers to the surrounding communities informing them of the hearing dates.

"We hope to get a good turnout," Disney said.

Contributing writer Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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