Manigo comes on for Bowie

Freshman QB from City helps Bulldogs to 6-2 mark



October 30, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The tough little quarterback from City College is doing just fine at Bowie State these days after a somewhat rocky start to his freshman season.

Lamar Manigo, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, appears set to lead the Bulldogs (6-2 overall, 5-0 in league) to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association East Division championship.

"He's a tough young kid from Baltimore who is very smart," said Bowie coach Henry Frazier. "He has good instincts and is making good decisions for us."

Manigo has been a relief for Frazier, whose search for a competent quarterback had virtually consumed him the past two seasons, and prevented Bowie from being a consistent offensive threat.

"Lamar liked to pass from the pocket," said Frazier, who was the Bowie quarterback in 1989 when the school won its last CIAA football title. "But we put the rollout [pass] in his package, and he's getting a better look at the whole field."

Manigo has completed 46 of 122 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns this season, giving the Bulldogs a chance to clinch the CIAA East crown Saturday in Richmond, Va., where they meet Virginia Union (5-3, 4-1 in CIAA East) at 1:30 p.m.

Based on statistics, all Manigo has to do these days to be a winner is put an average of nine points on the scoreboard, since he is backed by the nation's top Division II scoring defense, which has yielded just 8.5 points a game.

Bowie is also No. 2 in the country in both total defense (217.4 yards a game) and pass efficiency defense (73.8 rating), as well as No. 15 in rushing defense (88.8 yards a game).

That stingy defense is anchored in the middle of the line by two 330-pounders, nose guard Torrey Gaston and tackle Bruce Banks.

Gaston, who has been a bodyguard for top rappers 50 Cent and Missy Elliott, has spent most of his time taking on blockers and has just 14 tackles. Banks has 41 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

"They have to decide which one they want to run at," said Frazier.

Field hockey stars

Becky Arnold and Kim Camponelli, McDaniel's record-shattering field hockey pair, have been selected to compete in the 2003 STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association D-III North/South Senior All-Star game Nov. 22 at Lebanon Valley.

Arnold became the first goalkeeper to be named Centennial Conference Player of the Year last season, and she holds school records for goals-against average in a season (0.65 in 2002), career shutouts (21), single-season shutouts (nine), and consecutive shutouts (four).

She will also finish the season as the career leader in GAA; her current figure is 1.071.

Camponelli already has school career records for goals (33), assists (22) and points (88), and she has single-season marks for points (32 in 2002) and assists (10 in 2002).

Kelly Hewitt of Johns Hopkins has also been chosen to play in the all-star game after leading the Centennial Conference in assists with 0.53 per game.

Tigers' streak at 15

With Sarah Miller totaling 31 kills, 20 digs, seven blocks and three service aces in seven games in two matches last weekend, Towson's volleyball team defeated both William and Mary and UNC-Wilmington.

The victories ran the Tigers' winning streak to 15, overall record to 19-4 and Colonial Athletic Association first-place record to 9-0.

The Tigers will be out to tie and break the school record of 16 straight match victories this weekend at Towson Center, when Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison come to town.

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