Senior All-Stars' season goes into OT

Inaugural games for boys, girls Saturday to spotlight graduating county talent

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Carroll County Schools

April 03, 2005|By Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel | Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

More than 40 Carroll County seniors will get one last chance to shine on the basketball court.

In an event aimed at showcasing some of the county's top players, as well as raising money for scholarships, top seniors from Century, Liberty and South Carroll will take on counterparts from Francis Scott Key, North Carroll, Westminster and Winters Mill in the inaugural Carroll County Senior All-Star Games, to be held at Century on Saturday.

The girls will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7.

"We thought it would be a nice charity event and also a nice way for some of the seniors to showcase their talents, individually and collectively," said Century boys coach George Wunder, who teamed with Winters Mill boys coach Dave Herman to help get the event off the ground.

"Dave and I actually talked about this at the beginning of the season, but there were some questions about whether we could do it after the season because of insurance reasons. But we kind of pushed it again because we thought it would be a good idea - a neat idea for the kids."

Wunder said he and other coaches are putting in calls to local colleges, looking to bring some attention to players still hoping to continue careers.

Just as importantly, however, the event's $3 admission will go toward scholarship funds honoring three former Carroll athletes who passed away in recent months - Andy Hayes (Westminster track), Megan Taylor (Westminster softball) and Gretchen Brandt (Century basketball).

Hersh signs

Layton Hersh, a first-team all-county running back from Francis Scott Key, has signed to play at NCAA Division II Shepherd next fall, Key coach John Baugher said. He will receive a partial athletic scholarship.

Hersh's father, Larry, was an all-American at Shepherd in the mid-1970s and still holds school records for punts in a season (80) and career punting average (40.8 yards).

This past season, Layton ran for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns for the Eagles, who captured Carroll County and Monocacy Valley Athletic League (Piedmont Conference) titles.

He will most likely see action at safety next season for the Rams, who finished 7-3 last fall and captured the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.

Hersh is the second member of Key's football team to sign with a college. In February, lineman Dan Bridges, The Sun's Carroll County Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Towson.

Marathon match

Century and Westminster are locked in what seems to be a never-ending tennis battle.

The teams were tied at 2 when the final match - boys No. 3 doubles - was taking place 12 days ago. However, other matches had run long and forced the last one to start late and eventually be suspended because of darkness. That left the team score tied at 2.

Westminster co-coach Fran McCullin said the last match was to be completed and the overall match decided when the teams met at Century last Tuesday. But the five matches in that meeting ran so long that they weren't able to finish the suspended match.

As a result, the final result is in limbo.

"Right now, we're not sure whether we will finish it or not," McCullin said. "It could be difficult to make up. Century is going to be busy, and we're going to be busy."

The Westminster doubles team of Aaron Barnard-Luce and Mike Wilkins were just two games away from winning when the match was suspended. They hold a 7-5, 4-1 lead over Century's Tim Barrett and Kevin Toeneboehm.

McCullin said four of the five scheduled matches went to three sets in Tuesday's meeting at Century, wiping out any chance to finish the suspended duel.

Rosters

Carroll County Senior All-Star Games

Boys

NORTH - Coaches: Jeff Cook (Francis Scott Key) Dave Herman (Winters Mill), Brett Kanther (Westminster), Robbie Vaughn (North Carroll). Players: Matt Bergbauer (Westminster), T.J. Conner (Winters Mill), Jimmy Cotterman (Winters Mill), Cory Ditzel (North Carroll), John Forester (Francis Scott Key), Lewis Graninger (Westminster), Billy Hoover (Francis Scott Key), George Neville (Winters Mill), Kevin Newkirk (North Carroll), Pete Wolfinger (Westminster). SOUTH - Coaches: Steve Johnson (Liberty), Greg Mihalko (South Carroll), George Wunder (Century). Players: Zach Baker (South Carroll), Kevin Chapman (Century), Justin Cunningham (Liberty), Ryan Dantoni (Century), Aaron Gabrielian (Century), Andrew Martin (Liberty), Jimmy Mudgett (Century), Josh Schaefer (South Carroll), Frank Sisolak (Liberty), J.T. Tompkins (South Carroll), Dustin Walters (Liberty), Matt Weatherholtz (South Carroll).

Girls

NORTH - Coaches: John Brown (North Carroll), Jerry Georgiana (Westminster), Bernie Koontz (Winters Mill), Ed Williar (Francis Scott Key). Players: Melissa Bordner (Westminster), Steffney Georgiana (Francis Scott Key), Stacey Malarkey (Francis Scott Key), Lauren Myers-Bromwell (Francis Scott Key), Jenae Rinehart (Francis Scott Key), Whitney Schultheis (Westminster), Rosie Shover (Westminster), Kristina Skinner (Westminster), Jess Smith (North Carroll), Amanda Sorflaten (Winters Mill), Francesca Terrano (Winters Mill).

SOUTH - Coaches: Joel Beard (Century), Steve Dickinson (Liberty), Dave Spencer (South Carroll). Players: Suzy Bucher (South Carroll), Jess Chiaramonte (Liberty), Laura Del Giorno (Liberty), Ashley Dickinson (Liberty), Stacey Krebs (Liberty), Lauren Locklear (Liberty), Mandy Pizzillo (Liberty), Val Laatsch (South Carroll), Chelsea Loskarn (Century), Megan McGuire (Century), Stephanie Scurci (South Carroll), Katlyn Williard (Century), Britt Woodfield (South Carroll).

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