Cavaliers football tops off big week

School boasts volleyball, cross country winners


November 08, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

It was a big week for Archbishop Spalding, as the Cavaliers football team completed an undefeated regular season, the volleyball team won its first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and Rob Wetzel won a cross country title.

Coach Mike Whittles' football team routed Pallotti, 42-19, to finish with the school's first unbeaten regular season at 10-0 on Friday. The Cavaliers are just the 13th county team with at least a nine-game schedule to accomplish the feat and only the third county private school team to do so.

Spalding's 10 wins are the most by a county private school team. The 1978 St. Mary's team went 9-0-1 under coach Michael E. Busch, the current speaker of the House of Delegates, and the 1980 Severn squad went 9-0 under Peter Dewald.

No. 5 Spalding, 10-1 last season, defends its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title against Cardinal Gibbons (9-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Johns Hopkins University.

"I asked [Whittles] after last season how he could top what they did, and he told me, `Go 11-0,' " Spalding athletic director Lee Dove said.

Dove was on hand Saturday at Goucher College to watch his volleyball team upset defending champion St. Paul's in five games for its first A Conference title.

"This was our last chance and shot at winning a championship," said Brittany Born, the Cavaliers' four-year starting setter who had 41 assists in the final.

Born was one of eight seniors on a team that had good chemistry.

Wetzel won the MIAA A Conference cross country title last Wednesday after finishing as runner-up in 2005. Wetzel set a course record at Oregon Ridge Park with a time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds.

Bruins dominant

Broadneck defeated South River for the county volleyball championship for the second year in a row Thursday at Old Mill.

The Bruins swept the Seahawks, 3-0, as they did in the regular season and last year's final.

"I don't think we have beaten them in the past seven, eight years," Seahawks coach Maureen Carter said. "It's been a very long time. I don't think I've ever beaten [Broadneck coach] Romonzo Beans. But we played them better [in the county final] than we did in the [regular] season."

The Seahawks are hoping to get another shot at Broadneck in the Class 4A East regional playoffs.

Blake honored

Anne Arundel County volleyball coaches voted Glen Burnie senior hitter Adrienne Blake as the Player of the Year. Blake is the first player from an unranked team to be so honored.

Quick hits

Matt Centrowitz, Broadneck's distance runner who will go after his third state cross country title this weekend, committed to

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