Knights may make history in volleyball

Chance for playoffs is within reach

Notebook

October 18, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

North County's volleyball team is making history in the school's 17th year of the girls sport.

When this season began, the Knights had had only four winning seasons, the last in 2005 at 9-8, the first in 1999 when they had their best year at 11-5.

And since the school opened in 1990 with the merger of Andover and Brooklyn Park, they had never beaten perennial power Severna Park.

Last week, the Knights broke the 16-year drought against the then-No. 10 Falcons with a 3-2 win by scores of 21-25, 25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 15-13.

The school has had only two coaches, Amy Williams the first 14 years, and Greg March, who assisted Williams for several years. March is in his third season and was 23-20 starting this week, including this season's 8-2 mark, which has vaulted the Knights into The Sun's poll for the first time at No. 14.

The Knights entered this week in second place in the county at 5-1 behind No. 6 and defending champion Broadneck, which is 6-0 in the league with five games left. The Knights have a shot to play in their first county championship on Nov. 2 at Old Mill.

Against Severna Park, senior Cynthia Windesheim, a second-team All-County hitter last year, led the Knights along with sophomore hitter Myranda Poynton. Windesheim had 10 kills and four blocks and was 9-for-13 serving with three aces against the Falcons, who fell out of the rankings for the first time in more than 25 years.

Poynton had a match-high 14 kills and was 19-for-19 serving with three aces. Senior Jessica Dembinski had 13 kills.

Pitt fund update

More than $50,000 has been raised for the Jimmy Pitt Foundation.

Jimmy Pitt, the 22-year old son of former Severna Park coach and athletic director Jim Pitt, was left paralyzed after an auto accident earlier this year. The foundation was formed to help the family with medical expenses.

"We wanted to help them out in some way," said Larry Sells, president of the Falcon Boosters, who spearheaded the formation of the foundation.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Jimmy Pitt Foundation can do so by mailing it to Falcon Athletic Boosters, Pitt Foundation, P.O. Box 1341, Severna Park, 21146, calling Sells at 410-987-6239 or e-mailing him at larry.sells@comcast.net.

Quick hits

The county field hockey championship game is scheduled for 6:45 Monday night at South River, although the matchup has yet to be determined. ... The boys and girls soccer finals are scheduled for a week from today at Broadneck, with the boys at 5 p.m., and the girls at 7. The final regular-season games are tomorrow and the teams are to be determined, although Severna Park figures to be in both games. The Falcons host Arundel tomorrow in key boys and girls games.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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