Severna Park's Eisenbeiser taking all the right steps

Senior wrestler wins title at Damascus tournament

Notebook

December 23, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham and Pat O'Malley | Glenn P. Graham and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Look no further than last weekend's 12th annual Damascus Holiday Wrestling Tournament to see just how far Severna Park senior captain Nick Eisenbeiser has come over the course of an ever-improving four-year varsity career.

After taking fifth place in his weight class as a sophomore in the tournament, Eisenbeiser reached the finals last season and took an impressive last step on Saturday, winning the 119-pound class and being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. He became the first Falcons wrestler to win an individual title at Damascus.

"Nick has had a good work ethic since he first came in as a freshman - it's always go-go-go with him - and he's smoothed out his technique," said Severna Park coach Paul Joyce. "With him, it's not `Hey, look what I did over the weekend,' but always `What's next?' "

Up next for Eisenbeiser - 5-1 and ranked fifth at 119 by The Sun - and the Falcons is the Meade Tournament starting on Jan. 2 and then a huge county dual match against No. 7 Old Mill on Jan. 6.

Wildcats on top

The Arundel girls basketball team has taken over the No. 1 ranking in The Sun's metro area and done so in impressive fashion.

The Wildcats (4-0) have averaged 81 points per game, and their average margin of victory is more than 46 points in the four games.

Their typical pressure defense and balance on offense has keyed the success.

Three juniors - All-Metro guard Alex McGuire, point guard Ana Baker and forward Janae Butler all scored in double figures in each of the four wins.

Tougher tests for the Wildcats will come at the Holiday Hoops Classic at Washington Bible College, starting with Montgomery County foe Holy Cross at 2 p.m. Friday.

Special honors

Broadneck All-Metro center Ben Gabbard and Arundel All-County and second-team All-Metro quarterback Bobby Schram will be honored at the Annapolis Touchdown Club Banquet in February.

Gabbard, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound three-year starter, will receive the 15th Al Laramore Award as the county's top lineman.

Schram, who was the consensus Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 2,420 yards and 25 touchdowns, will receive the 45th Rhodes Trophy as the county's top player.

Quadruple double

Monica Bunts, a 6-foot senior center at Annapolis Area Christian School, put up one of the biggest games of the season in girls basketball last Tuesday.

Bunts, who led the Eagles in scoring as a junior, had a quadruple double in a two-point loss to Lutheran.

She had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals and 13 blocked shots for the Eagles.

"It's the first we've ever had at our school," said seventh year AACS coach Bob Topp.

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