Top teams to compete at Bull Run Invitational

Cross country event missing 2 from top 10

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September 27, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN REPORTER

Saturday's Bull Run Invitational cross country meet at Hereford will feature all but two of The Sun's top 10 boys and girls teams among the 115 competing schools ranging from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.

Among the local boys teams are No. 1 Loyola, No. 2 Francis Scott Key, No. 3 Archbishop Spalding, No. 4 Wilde Lake, No. 5 River Hill, No. 6 Dulaney, No. 7 Broadneck, No. 8 Mount St. Joseph and No. 10 South River.

The girls competitions will feature No. 1 Severna Park, No. 2 Dulaney, No. 3 River Hill, No. 5 C. Milton Wright, No. 6 Broadneck, No. 7 Seton Keough, No. 8 Towson, No. 9 Hereford and No. 10 South River .

Growing wild

If you were to ask Michael Woods' mother, Alyssa, his superstitious ritual has gotten more than "just a little hairy," she said.

Michael, a senior defensive back at Franklin High, refuses to shave his facial hair as long as the Indians continue to win.

Franklin averages 45 points and is coming off a 40-17, Baltimore County 4A-3A League victory over visiting Catonsville that raised its record to 3-0.

"He's starting to look a little wild," Alyssa Woods said. "Kind of like Grizzly Adams."

Grudge match

When you're talking volleyball in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's B Conference, lately you're talking Boys' Latin and Archbishop Spalding.

The two programs re-ignited their rivalry early last week, when Boys' Latin upended the defending champion Cavaliers in three games, 25-22, 25-23, 25-10.

The matchup was between the league's past two champions, as the Lakers went unbeaten to win the title in 2004 before being dethroned in last year's title match.

The Lakers (4-3 overall, 4-0 league) are led by senior hitter Matt Krastel, senior libero Murphy O'Neil, senior setter Ian Obligin and sophomore Tommy Bonn, a 6-foot-6 first-year player.

In the red

Pikesville's Darryl Bell, who went from third-string quarterback to starter, has been named The Old Spice Red Zone Player of The Week.

Bell was thrown into action after a season-ending injury to the starter and an illness to his backup. In the Panthers' 41-6 victory over Owings Mills on Sept. 16, Bell rushed for two scores as his team rebounded from a season-opening loss to Franklin.

The honor is in its fourth year of existence. Players are selected nationwide based on their leadership and their ability to raise their game and that of their teammates.

At the end of the season, one player from each school will be nominated to represent its team for possible selection as a national finalist for his state. The 50 finalists will be announced in USA Today in February to coincide with national letter of intent signing day.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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