Belcastro comes full circle

Former Bel Air quarterback returns to school as head football coach

UCBAC releases its schedule for spring championship events

Notebook

May 03, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It shouldn't take long for new Bel Air football coach Tony Belcastro to get acclimated to the school.

After all, he served as an assistant coach with the Bel Air junior varsity and varsity and also played for the Bobcats under former coach Bruce Riley, who stepped down after the 2005 season.

"He was the starting quarterback for us when I first took over the program in 1993 and 1994, and he showed a lot of the characteristics of being a field leader," Riley said. "It's just been really gratifying because he was part of our program. It's just come full circle."

Belcastro is a former athletic director at Harford Tech and was a coach with the Cobras' JV team. He also coached baseball at Harford Tech.

Riley said bringing in a coach who's been with the program will make the transition to a new head coach smoother. Plus, he's very confident in Belcastro's skills.

"It's been great to watch him work with our young people," Riley said. "[The ability] to stay calm in a situation is [good], and his organizational skills are outstanding."

Riley remains at Bel Air as a guidance counselor and said he still might have some role with the football team. The Bobcats went 5-5 last year after losing a number of key players following a state semifinal appearance in 2004.

UCBAC championships

The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference released its schedule for upcoming championship events.

Both track and field division championships are set for tomorrow, with the Susquehanna Division at Havre de Grace and the Chesapeake Division at C. Milton Wright. The overall conference championship meet is scheduled for Rising Sun on May 11.

Baseball and softball will have their championships next Wednesday at Harford Community College.

Tennis is set for Harford Tech and Harford Community College from Tuesday through May 13.

There will be no conference championship for boys or girls lacrosse this year, which is being considered a trial season for both sports since the Cecil County schools are playing lacrosse for the first time.

Mustangs' struggles

The C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team is trying to regroup in time for the regional playoffs. The Mustangs, who had long been Harford County's dominant team, fell to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in UCBAC play after a 12-6 loss to North Harford last week.

Earlier this season, North Harford ended C. Milton Wright's 60-game county winning streak. In the second meeting with the Hawks, the Mustangs' defense had problems preventing North Harford from getting good shots against goalie Mary Waller.

C. Milton Wright doesn't seem to have the offensive firepower as in years past, either. The Mustangs will need to find a way to be more consistent at both ends, having lost a number of players from the championship team of two years ago, along with coach Carl Greenberg, who stepped down after last season.

The team's record can be deceiving, however, as the Mustangs have played a number of tough teams. And they still have the talent to possibly make some noise in the regional playoffs.

Tennis

The county tennis picture continues to be scrambled.

C. Milton Wright lost for the second time this season after having its six-year winning streak broken by Bel Air. Fallston edged the Mustangs, 6-5, last week. But the Mustangs paid back Bel Air for ending their streak with an 8-3 victory the following day.

Bel Air holds the lead in the county with one loss, while C. Milton Wright and Fallston both have two heading into this week.

A long trip

The John Carroll rugby team lost all three of its matches during spring break, but no one associated with the team was too upset.

Twenty players on the rugby team, along with a number of supporters and others, went to Argentina for a three-game, 10-day trip.

The Patriots lost to Centro Naval (39-19), St. Brendan's College (34-22) and Holy Trinity College (24-15), but had a lot of fun in doing so.

The trip was so enjoyable that team and school officials have started talking about heading back to the country in two years.

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