Sturgeon's 9-2 mark sets hot pace for No. 5 Chesapeake wrestlers

Moyer, DeSautels lauded

Spalding faces challenge

Notebook

January 06, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham and Pat O'Malley | Glenn P. Graham and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake wrestling coach Rex Miller gave his No. 5 Cougars a choice this weekend.

"I told them: `We could practice in our cold wrestling room or go to a nice warm tournament,' " he said.

The Cougars chose the latter, competing in the Meade Invitational as a late entry, and they made themselves right at home on Saturday.

Getting titles from Josh O'Keefe (103), Corey Bowers (125), Shane Fraser (130), Craig Sturgeon (135) and Seppi Serio (160) and runner-up finishes from four others, the Cougars won the team title, 210.5-169.5, over second-place Severna Park.

Chesapeake also took second place at the Arundel Holiday Tournament last Tuesday.

The Cougars were originally scheduled to wrestle at the War on the Shore in Ocean City earlier in December, but snow canceled that tournament - leaving the unexpected opening.

While Bowers - who became the third wrestler to surpass 100 career wins at Arundel - has been the mainstay, Sturgeon has been the team's biggest surprise this season.

Finishing with a losing record in his first varsity season as a junior last year, Sturgeon is 9-2 this winter with quality wins over South River's Tom Allman, Old Mill's Nic Box and Severna Park's Bryant Walker in Saturday's final.

"He's a kid that didn't start wrestling until the ninth grade and he just keeps getting better and better. He's won a lot of close matches against some quality wrestlers," Miller said.

Moyer, DeSautels honored

Broadneck senior linebacker Tyler Moyer and junior place-kicker Chris DeSautels were recently named to the Associated Press All-State football team.

Moyer, the county's Defensive Player of the Year, finished with 86 tackles and four sacks for the Class 4A state runner-up Bruins.

DeSautels set a county record with 11 field goals and made 40 of 46 extra points.

Both players were first-team All-Metro selections.

Test time

The top-ranked Arundel girls basketball team (6-1) will get its toughest test to date when Washington-area power Riverdale Baptist comes to Gambrills for a 5:15 start today.

The visiting Crusaders have four Division I prospects, led by Duke-bound senior guard Wanisha Smith.

Tough road for Spalding

Taking over the No. 1 ranking in The Sun's Top 20 boys basketball poll today, the Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers (9-1) face a grueling schedule over the next two weeks.

Having knocked off then-No. 1 St. Frances (now No. 2) on Sunday, 79-67, to move up from No. 5, the Cavaliers play seven games in 13 days against ranked teams.

The grind starts tonight at home against No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons (12-2) at 7 p.m. Eleanor Roosevelt (6-2), No. 15 in The Washington Post and No. 9 Lake Clifton (5-2) follow Thursday and Saturday, respectively, in the Basketball Academy at Morgan State.

Sunday, the Cavaliers visit No. 12 Towson Catholic (10-3) in a Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. A week from today, they travel to No. 11 Calvert Hall (12-1).

No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (9-1) and St. John's Newman (Pa.) follow.

So, who's responsible for this schedule?

"You can blame me, " Spalding coach Mike Glick said. "It's the Denny Crum [former Louisville coach] philosophy of playing the best teams and taking on all comers. It's going to make us a better team."

Glick said playing in the Basketball Academy is good exposure for people in Baltimore City "who might not ordinarily see us play.

"It's also a great opportunity for Rudy [Gay] to play in front of a lot of his friends from the Baltimore area."

Gay, who had a triple double with a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in Sunday's win over St. Frances, resides in Baltimore County.

"Playing that kind of schedule is getting us ready for next year, I mean the seniors ready for college," said the 6-foot-9 Gay. "Basically, we have to take every game slowly because we don't have that much time to rest. Coach did a good job fixing our schedule."

Williams sets mark

When freshman Devon Williams started running for Towson Catholic this past fall, Owls coach Dion Hylton said she would be a runner to watch.

Williams left no doubt about that Saturday when she set a national freshman record for the 600-meter run at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress High School Classic indoor track meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York.

Her time of 1 minute, 30.22 seconds was the third-best time ever recorded at that distance by a U.S. high school girl. The record of 1:29.69 was set three years ago by Stacey Ann Livingston of New York.

Williams' performance looks more impressive considering that she had never run the distance.

"It was pretty surprising, the time I ran," Williams said. "I didn't think I would run that fast because I was a freshman and it was the first time I was running the 600.

"I was thinking these girls are ready to run. They were 12th-graders and 11th-graders and I was the only ninth-grader on the track. I wanted to run under 1:30 and break the record, but I think I ran a wonderful race."

Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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