N. Carroll's Wunderlich a do-it-all track star

Winters Mill girls take first Carroll title

four wrestlers top their classes


Sports Beat

Carroll County schools

February 27, 2005|By Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr | Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Tim Wunderlich has done a little bit of everything for the North Carroll indoor and outdoor track and field teams during his varsity career.

That was the case again in Monday's Class 3A-2A indoor state meet, where Wunderlich scored all 24 of the Panthers' team points, good for a tie with La Plata for fifth place. Wunderlich showed his athleticism by taking second in the high jump, third in both the shot put and pole vault, and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.

His versatility has been well-known throughout his North Carroll days. He was The Sun's Performer of the Year in Carroll County for both indoor and outdoor track last year and is the reigning junior-national decathlon champion, a title he won in Eugene, Ore.

Wunderlich will be working in the decathlon in college, starting this fall. He's deciding from among Dartmouth, Penn, Cornell and a few others.

"I'm not really stellar at any one event, so I trained for the decathlon," Wunderlich said. "That's why I like the decathlon, because I can compete in all the different events, and it's a challenge."

Wunderlich's ability in the different events is something he realized as a freshman.

"He's a product of hard work," said Rob Johnson, who works with the North Carroll sprinters. "Tim came in as a freshman, saw an opportunity and has worked hard in seizing it. He's a decathlete and can do so much."

Confidence boost

Coming off its first back-to-back losses all season, the Winters Mill girls basketball team got a much-needed boost of confidence on Wednesday by claiming its first outright county title with a victory over Francis Scott Key.

Coach Bernie Koontz said his team's 56-39 triumph helped soften the blow of losses to Monocacy Valley Athletic League powers Linganore and Middletown.

"We played two good teams, but we weren't able to step up to the challenge," said Koontz. "[Beating Key] gives us some confidence going into the playoffs."

The Falcons feature three of the top five scorers in the county - guard Sieara Saunders (14.1 points per game), forward Caitlin Byrne (13.3) and guard Allie Drechsler (11.1).

After a first-round bye, the Falcons (17-5), who finished 10-14 a year ago, play the winner of North Hagerstown-Fort Hill in the Class 2A West region quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Gearing up

With the state wrestling tournament set to take place next weekend in College Park, several county competitors could be positioned for title runs.

The latest Maryland State Wrestling Association public school rankings have four county wrestlers No. 1 in their weight classes among teams in their division. They include South Carroll 103-pounder Cam Hobin (2A-1A), North Carroll 160-pounder Seth Knights (4A-3A), Liberty 189-pounder Brandon Gervie and Francis Scott Key 215-pounder Tommy Rush.

All four claimed titles at last weekend's county tournament at North Carroll.

Third year a charm

Capping a strong indoor season, the Winters Mill boys finished second in the state Class 2A-1A indoor track competition last week while the girls took sixth.

Jim Shank coaches the Falcons with Paul Burnside. During the school's first year in 2002-03, Shank was optimistic about the future because he had a number of talented underclassmen - and his feelings proved correct.

The upperclassmen helped Winters Mill at the state meet. Junior Jordan Wilke (11 feet, 6 inches) and classmate Bethaney Perna (9-0) won their respective pole vault titles. Wilke had a harder time because his pole broke after a 10-foot vault. He borrowed another pole and, despite having no practice, made it to 11-6 to win the state title.

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