Perfect Centennial, L. Reach set to meet today in softball


Sports Beat

Howard County schools

April 20, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Freshmen and sophomores are playing major roles in the emergence of Centennial and Long Reach as the county's top softball teams.

Centennial and Long Reach both entered this week unbeaten, and they are scheduled to meet today at Centennial at 4 p.m.

The Eagles (8-0) are led by a pair of young pitchers, freshman Katie Hobson and sophomore Alona Lawson, each of whom has thrown a no-hitter.

Senior second baseman Michele Bosserman and sophomore third baseman Jessica Olenick have been the key hitters.

"This is our best team in eight years," said Eagles coach Dale Huting. "We have a consistent defense and a lot of talented younger kids with travel team experience. It's a super group."

Long Reach (9-0) is led by the pitching of junior Amy Guyton (9-0), with 66 strikeouts, and the offense of freshman first baseman Sam Gajewski (.450 batting average), second-team All-County infielder Jessica Granek (seven RBIs), sophomore Caroline Peddicord (six RBIs) and Guyton, batting .462 with 15 stolen bases.

Unsung hero

Mike Condron of Centennial's boys lacrosse team is one of those players that coaches value highly, but that the average fan barely notices.

He's not noticed because the senior defenseman never accumulates fancy stats and lacks flashy speed.

He does all the dirty work, like guarding the other team's top offensive player, obstructing passing lanes, digging out ground balls and just being in the right place at the right time.

"I don't mind not getting any credit, as long as we win," said Condron, who was the same kind of player for Centennial's county championship basketball team. "At the beginning of the season we gave up 13 goals to Broadneck and it didn't look like we were going to have a good defense, but we're getting it together now and working as a team."

Long Reach excels

The Long Reach girls track and field program had a trio of individual winners at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival at Mervo High School on Saturday.

Junior Tiffani Long captured the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3 3/4 inches, and freshman Keri Wilson won the 3,000-meter race in 11 minutes, 33.9 seconds. Sophomore Alyce Harrell posted a victory in the discus with a throw of 109 feet, 4 inches.

Senior JaNay Woolridge placed second in both the 100-meter high hurdles (14.56 seconds) and the long jump (17 feet, 9 3/4 inches).

The No. 6 Lightning had 59 points, and finished third in the team standings.

On the boys side, Glenelg senior Tim Burt won the 3,000 in 9:45.3, and Oakland Mills senior David Howard won the discus (152-5).

Scorpions gem

She plays for an Oakland Mills girls lacrosse team that was winless (0-7 overall, 0-6 league) entering the week, but junior Grace Concannon is turning some heads with her play.

She has scored 19 goals and has 28 ground balls, and plays either midfield or attack.

"She's fabulous to coach," said first-year Scorpions coach Robyn Anderson, a 25-year-old Wilde Lake graduate who played college lacrosse for Lynchburg. "She's humble, willing to learn and doesn't get her feelings hurt. She's on a team that's rebuilding, and she's good enough to have the whole team revolve around her, but is still learning how to be the playmaker the team needs. ... She'll go someplace good in college."

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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