Charm City Challenge set next Sunday

Baltimore, U.S. All-Stars to meet in featured game


High Schools

March 28, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph center Will Thomas, The Sun's co-All-Metro Player of The Year, will be among seven All-Metro selections who will lead a Baltimore team against the U.S. All-Stars in next Sunday's fourth annual Marines Charm City Challenge at Towson University's Towson Center.

The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., following a 3 p.m. game featuring a group of Baltimore City all-stars against a Suburban all-star team.

Contests for dunking and three-point shooting are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dunbar.

Joining the 6-foot-7 Thomas, who is headed for George Mason, are All-Metro first-team members Mitch Guest (Glen Burnie), Darnell Harris (St. Frances), Jamal Smith (Towson Catholic) and Leon Williams (Cardinal Gibbons), as well as second-team picks Brandon Albert (Glen Burnie) and Jerell Green (Southern-Baltimore).

Glen Burnie's Mike Rudd will coach Baltimore against the U.S., which is led by 6-7 Maryland recruit James Gist (Good Counsel), Joakim Noah (Lawrenceville [N.J.] Prep) and Greg Manning Jr. (Alpharetta, Ga.).

Noah, who is headed for Florida, is the son of former tennis star Yannick Noah. Manning, of Chattahoochee High, is the son of the former Maryland guard of the same name.

Baltimore holds a 2-1 series lead over the U.S. in an event organized by Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

In the preliminary game, Dunbar coach Eric Lee and Southside coach Dana Johnson will guide the Baltimore City All-Stars.

The team will be led by All-Metro player Jermaine Bolden of Douglass and second-team All-Metro performers Barry Jenifer of Dunbar and Kenny Hasbrouck of Cardinal Gibbons.

Randallstown's Kim Rivers will coach the suburban squad, which includes first-team All-Metro performer Lance Fuller (Woodlawn) and second-team All-Metro picks Barry Cornish (Lansdowne) and Mike Smelkinson (Long Reach).

Tickets will be $25 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission and $10 for students. A limited number of courtside seats can be purchased for $50. They are available by calling 410-605-9381.

Bulls beat Mavericks

Pete Feldmann went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and David Dix went 3-for-3 with an RBI as unranked Hereford (2-0) recorded a 7-4, nonconference upset of ninth-ranked, Class 2A state runner-up Eastern Tech.

Right-hander John Cummings went the distance, striking out five, walking two and giving up nine hits. The Bulls and the visiting Mavericks (1-1), who were 18-1 last season, will meet again at Eastern Tech on April 26 in a game that will count toward their Baltimore County 2A-1A league record.

Wrestling vote

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's nine-member state wrestling committee is expected to consider a proposal for a 12-wrestler regional tournament bracket - up from the current one of eight - at its annual meeting on Tuesday in Laurel.

A majority vote is required to approve the plan, which, if passed by the committee, would be reviewed by the MPSSAA's Board of Control at its April 30 meeting, according to state association executive director Ned Sparks.

Many coaches and wrestlers do not like the present system in which wrestlers accumulate points toward earning one of eight bids per weight class for the regional tournament. The top four finishers at regionals qualify for states.

Change of scenery

After 10 years covering the NCAA lacrosse playoffs as a commentator for ESPN, Baltimore resident Quint Kessenich got his chance as a sideline reporter for last weekend's collegiate wrestling championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

A former two-time Long Island champion at Lynbrook High in New York, Kessenich "was recruited for wrestling by Army, Navy and some Ivy League schools," but chose lacrosse at Johns Hopkins.

"I convinced [ESPN] to give me a shot. I was a wrestler long before I was a lacrosse player," said Kessenich, 35, a four-time All-American goalie.

Also in St. Louis was Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin, 53, who refereed the tournament for the 13th consecutive year, completing his 26th season as an NCAA official. An evaluation committee rated him as the event's top referee for the eighth straight time.

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