Carver steps down, and up

Winless last football season, 5-0 Bears show move to Division II agrees with them

St. Joe milestone is near



Carver coach Ron Frierson thought his Bears would do well in moving down to Baltimore City's Division II this season, and his players have not let him down.

Last week's victory over Samuel Banks improved the Bears to 4-0 in the conference and 5-0 overall as they play host to Walbrook on Friday in a nonleague game.

That's the best mark for Carver in Frierson's 11 seasons as coach. It is also the best the Bears have done since 1988, when they went 9-1 and won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference Division II crown. Last fall, they failed to win a game.

With remaining games against Walbrook, Lake Clifton, Southwestern, Douglass and Digital Harbor, Carver has a shot at going unbeaten and reaching the Class 3A state playoffs for its first-ever postseason berth.

"The kids came back having worked hard in the offseason, going to various combines and camps," Frierson said. "We knew this team had a lot of potential, but they had to be pulled together and made to work as a unit instead of a group of individuals."

The Bears returned 14 starters from a team that went 0-10 in Division I of Baltimore City last season. The surprise of this year has been starting quarterback Christian Golder, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior who starred at safety last year and has become a proficient play-caller.

The Bears had expected to play junior Tyrelle Wyche at quarterback, but Frierson said Golder won the position during summer practice and has thrown six touchdowns with no interceptions. "At the same time, starting at safety on defense, he intercepted six passes," Frierson said.

Wyche is seeing action as a defensive back, wide receiver and running back, as well as on special teams. "He's acknowledged that Golder's the man for this season," Frierson said. "That kind of unselfishness is the main reason we're having so much success."

Closing in on 100

Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin, 36, can achieve career win No. 100 with a victory over visiting league rival John Carroll today at 4 p.m.

St. Martin, a ninth-year coach who graduated from Calvert Hall in 1987, has the Gaels riding a five-game winning streak. The Gaels are 7-2-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and 11-2-3 overall.

Rams moving up

Wins don't come any bigger for Digital Harbor's volleyball team than last week's upset of Poly.

At home on Oct. 4, the Rams edged the previously unbeaten Engineers, 25-21, 14-25, 19-25, 25-18, 16-14.

A year ago, the Rams struggled as a first-year varsity program while the Engineers reached the Baltimore City title match, where they lost to Western. In 2003, Poly won the city championship.

"The girls were so excited they didn't know what to do with themselves," Rams coach Beth Schwabenbauer said. "The fans just came rushing out on the court."

Schwabenbauer has only three club players on her team, but she said the players have dedicated themselves to improving.

Brittney Davidson, a 5-7 middle hitter, leads the team in kills and blocks while outside hitter/setter Brittney Billups, outside hitter Marjorie Detres and ace server Tierra White were also key to the victory over Poly.

The win improved the Rams' overall record to 4-3, but it also put them in first place in their city division - ahead of Poly.

However, Schwabenbauer doesn't want the Rams to celebrate too much, because they are only 1-0 in the division. While reinforcing that they're off to a great start, she reminds them that they're a long way from playing for the city championship.

"It's built their confidence 100 percent," the second-year coach said. "The next morning they came running up to my room so excited, but at practice we talked about ... what we had to do to keep that performance up."

Jones times 2

Cardinal Gibbons' Jones brothers, senior running back-defensive back Antwarn and junior defensive back Daron, have been setting a torrid pace.

Antwarn has rushed for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns, and is 383 yards off the school career mark of 3,137 held by Hassan Muhammad. Daron has intercepted four straight passes in as many consecutive games.

The Crusaders (6-1) are riding a four-game winning streak.

Basketball Academy

The Basketball Academy of Baltimore City, to be held Jan. 5-7 at Morgan State's Hill Field House, will celebrate its 10th anniversary by honoring "a few of those who were instrumental in getting it off the ground," city athletics coordinator Bob Wade said.

Among those to be cited are former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and former superintendent of Baltimore City schools Dr. Walter Amprey, Wade said.

The tournament also will have its usual field of competitive teams.

Returning among the boys teams are defending Class 4A state champ Walbrook and defending 1A state champ Dunbar, along with their city league rivals Carver, Lake Clifton, Mervo and Southwestern.

Also participating Owings Mills, Parkville, Woodlawn, Aberdeen and Prince George's County's Fairmont Heights and Gwynn Park.

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