N. Carroll seeks coach of future

After five in five seasons, football stability wanted


High Schools

December 16, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Carroll athletic director Troy Warehime is interviewing candidates to be the school's fifth football coach in five years, hoping to hire someone early next month and bring the program consistency.

The Panthers went 3-7 this season under Scott Currey, who won't be returning as the varsity coach. Warehime is considering applicants who work at the school first, as they can maintain daily contact with the players.

Warehime wants the new hire to stay a while and end the frustrating coach-per-year cycle.

"I want stability," Warehime said. "I want someone who will stay for the long haul. I think the last couple of years we've been on the verge of something. We're not getting close to the Linganores and Urbanas, but ... having a new head coach every year certainly will not allow that to happen."

Warehime wants the new coach to be in place by early January so he can start the players on a good offseason program to be ready for the 2004 season. The Panthers have a core of returning players.

"Whoever gets this job will have a nice senior class," Warehime said.

Eagles wrestlers respond

Francis Scott Key once again has one of the area's youngest wrestling teams, but coach Bill Hyson likes what he has seen in the first two matches.

The Eagles (1-1) routed young but improving Winters Mill, 50-26, and gave Westminster all it could handle. That match went down to the final bout before the Owls pulled out a 40-34 victory.

"We're very young and inexperienced," Hyson said. "But everybody's working hard in the room in practice. We challenged them a little bit after the Westminster match and they responded."

Freshman Shane Eyler (112) won his first two matches with impressive pins. Sophomore Reuben Gill (112) also came away 2-0, winning by a pin and a majority decision. Junior heavyweight Ralph Stambaugh, whom Hyson said is slowly emerging as a team leader, won both of his matches by pins.

The Eagles face some more tough early-season tests this week. They have to get through two tri-meets at home: tomorrow with Williamsport and Jefferson (W.Va), and on Friday against North Hagerstown and Century.

Francis Scott Key finished with an 8-6 record last year against a difficult schedule, and the Eagles hope to use another tough schedule to have a strong season.

"I think this is a group that's going to improve throughout the year," Hyson said.

Winters Mill surprises

A very young Winters Mill team was a pleasant surprise at the 37th annual Ray Oliver tournament at McDonogh, finishing fifth in a tough 14-team field on Saturday.

The Falcons had 125 points, and seven wrestlers finished in the top six - one more than Westminster - led by champion Tim Crocken at 103 pounds. Crocken came away with a pin in the first minute. Chuck Crocken (171), his brother, took second, and Juan Feliciano (215) finished third.

Ron Rose (215) ended up fourth and Sean Henn (160) took fifth. Andy Fisher (145) and Sean Smithson (112) both were sixth.

Also in that tournament, which host McDonogh won with 231.5 points. North Carroll took second with 223 points, and Westminster finished fourth (156).

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