Pentz set to become Century AD

After eight years in position at Owings Mills, he will officially join his wife, coach of girls lacrosse, and children at Carroll County school



Randy Pentz has spent the past five years as an unofficial part of the Century athletic program. His wife, Rose, has been the school's girls lacrosse coach since its inception, and his son, Ryan, is a junior who plays three sports.

This summer, Randy Pentz will make his association with the program official when he takes over as the school's new athletic director. On July 1, he will replace Craig Walker, who will become the athletic director at Francis Scott Key, where his son Alex is a junior.

When Pentz, the athletic director at Owings Mills for the past eight years, found out about Walker's pending move, he jumped at the chance to be closer to his home base.

"When this opportunity arose ... I thought it would be pretty neat," said Pentz, a coach in Baltimore County for the past 22 years. "The idea of being able to be out in my community and teach in my community, and to be able to give back just really appealed to me."

Pentz said the transition should be an easy one, since he's already familiar with the program. His daughter Kaitlin also will be an incoming freshman at Century next year.

"Even though it may be my first official year next year, I've been around it for five years, and Rose was actually on the planning committee to open Century," Pentz said. "The more and more I thought about, it just really appealed to me. I'm going to be able to have a direct impact with my kids, as well as the other kids in Sykesville and Carroll County."

Baseball all-star game

Twenty of the county's top seniors have been chosen to play in the inaugural Mid-Maryland All-Star Baseball Classic on May 30 at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium.

Carroll players, all on the Big School, East team, coached by Westminster coach Bryan Harman, include: Century's Steven Rice (OF) and Jimmy Weisner (P); Francis Scott Key's Matt Angel (SS) and Joe Conway (P-OF); Liberty's Robert Hollasch (OF-C), Robbie Mathias (3B, P), Jason Rawlings (OF-P) and Jake Thompson (2B-3B); North Carroll's Dan Ditman (P-1B-OF), Spencer Hagan (OF) and Justin Hare (P-SS); South Carroll's Dan Gerjets (P-1B) and Scott Miller (SS); Westminster's Steve Krider (P-IF), Chris Maienshein (SS-P), Kevin Tehansky (OF) and Dan Stone (C) and Winters Mill's Ryne Bridges (P) and A.J. Vedrani (P).

Another local player, Carroll Christian shortstop Storm Blizzard, will be a part of the Small School, East team.

The event, organized by the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, will feature two games, with the small schools - mainly from Western Maryland - playing at 5:30, followed by the big schools at 7:45.

"I think it will be good, especially for our county kids," Harman said. "We've been playing against each other in county and conference games, and now it will be a chance for those kids to be teammates in a more relaxed situation."

Springing into soccer

As coach of the county's lone girls soccer team playing its season in the spring, Carroll Christian's Dan McLaughlin said he doesn't mind giving up the spotlight to more traditional spring sports such as lacrosse and softball.

Besides, the Patriots have performed well enough to garner plenty of attention of their own.

Despite ending their season Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Perry Hall Christian in the consolation game of the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic League (MACSAL) tournament, the young Patriots finished 10-5-1, and have several reasons to be optimistic about next season.

The team was led by sophomore Katie Blizzard, who for the second straight year came up just shy of the school's single-season scoring mark of 26 goals, but is expected to break its career scoring mark of 68 next spring.

She was complimented by Sarah Hahn, who showed a knack for finding the net despite being a freshman, while sophomore sweeper Brittney Becker anchored a rebuilt defense.

The team will lose just one player to graduation.

Carroll Christian is part of a league of small schools that play in the spring largely to avoid conflicts with sports such as volleyball in the fall.

"It's sometimes tough not to be noticed as much, because we're overshadowed by lacrosse and we're not playing when the other schools are playing," McLaughlin said. "But I really haven't noticed a lot of discontent with that."

Owls back on top

A career day by senior Jeff McConville last week helped propel the Westminster boys back to the top of the county's track and field heap.

McConville, a jumper and hurdler, scored 30 individual points, as the Owls tied Francis Scott Key for the title. It marked a triumphant return to prominence for Westminster, which took sixth last year after 23 straight championships.

"Those seniors fought and wanted it bad," Owls track coach Jeremiah Smith said.

Chief among them was McConville, who scored a victory in the long jump, took second in the triple jump and placed third in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

"I was expecting him to get us some points, but 30 points? No. I was expecting more around 22-25," said Smith, who believes McConville's strong work ethic is what sets him apart from the competition.

"When you put him up to anybody else, your first impression is, `Oh, that kid's not going to win,' because he doesn't have the body and doesn't have the strength," Smith said. "But he focuses on his technique, and he works it and he works it. He's just a fanatic."

So much so that Smith often uses him as an extra coach during practice, putting him in charge of the other jumpers.

"He'll put them through the most rigorous workout those kids have ever seen," Smith said. "They'll come begging for me to come back and take them the next day. They know Jeff will just push them, just as he pushes himself."

McConville, who is hoping to continue his track career at the University of Maryland, will lead his team into the Class 3A West regional meet today and tomorrow at Linganore.

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