Catonsville rising as power in volleyball

Coach gets affirmation from sweep of Towson


September 20, 2006|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Coming into this season, Catonsville volleyball coach Dorothy Gill thought her team might challenge Baltimore County powers Towson and Dulaney.

The Comets proved her right Friday night with a sweep of then-No. 6 Towson, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19.

Lija Glemza, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, led the Comets with 21 kills and setter Amanda Perry dished out 22 assists. Teresa Daley added eight kills.

"I did see this as a possibility, but I'm not going to pretend I wasn't nervous going into the match," said Gill, in her first season as head coach. "They've worked really hard in preseason and stepped it up in practice, working together and being a complete team with our setting and front row and back row."

The Comets (4-0 going into last night's match at Dundalk) also rely on middle blockers Ebony Rivers and Brittany Maybin, hitter Paige O'Prey and defensive specialists Shannin Gunther and Christine Sellars.

Their biggest challenge likely will come when they travel to meet defending county champion Dulaney on Oct. 9.

Morrison doubles up

DuBois' Bryant Morrison made his second interception of the game inside the 20-yard line with no time left to secure Saturday afternoon's 7-6 victory over Southside Academy in a Baltimore City League Division II game at Poly.

In the first quarter, the Panthers (1-0) scored a touchdown on Tracy Jones' 11-yard pass to Randolf Shelton and followed with Joel Calo's extra-point kick to record their first win under coach Daryl Jackson. The Panthers next visit league rival Walbrook (2-0, 1-0) on Friday.

Railey's legacy

In being named football coach of his alma mater, Loch Raven's John Railey not only steps into the role his father held during the late 1980s, but he also continues his family's coaching legacy.

Railey, 48, is a 1976 Loch Raven graduate and the son of the late Guy Tarleton Railey, whose 50-year coaching career included stints in football at Poly, Patapsco, Dulaney, Perry Hall, Parkville and Carver A&T; in baseball at Loch Raven, Carver A&T, Poly and Johns Hopkins; and in wrestling at Edmondson.

"In 1994, when my dad was hired at Carver A&T to coach football, he asked me to come along as a volunteer coach," said Railey, whose father officiated for 25 years, serving as commissioner of the Maryland Board of Football Officials until he died of heart failure in December 2003. "We coached together in baseball at both Carver A&T and Loch Raven and basketball at Loch Raven right up to the end. I owe my dad, and I miss him."

John Railey's brother Jim, 41, coached lacrosse at Lynchburg (Va.) College in the late 1980s; his sister Kathy, 37, coaches women's lacrosse at Villa Julie; his sister Jeannine, 44, is Parkville's field hockey coach; and his sister Peggy Holcomb, 34, coached field hockey at Loch Raven.

A former running back-linebacker, John Railey is the Raiders' baseball coach and their junior varsity basketball and football coach. Last year's varsity football team went 7-4, losing in the Class 2A regional semifinals in its first postseason appearance since 1984.

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