Loyola vies for share of MIAA crown

Win in Turkey Bowl would forge 3-way tie


November 22, 2006|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,Sun reporters

In addition to trying to force a three-way tie with Gilman and McDonogh for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, No. 3-ranked Loyola goes after its fourth straight Turkey Bowl victory tomorrow against league rival Calvert Hall at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Dons (9-1, 3-1), who could tie Loyola's single-season school record for wins, lead the 87-year-old series 45-33-8. Loyola beat McDonogh, 34-28, in overtime earlier this year but lost, 18-10, to Gilman (6-3, 4-1). McDonogh (6-3, 4-1) beat Gilman, 22-16, but Gilman has secured a share of its eighth MIAA A Conference title in the past 10 seasons.

Loyola is led by quarterback Leon Kinnard, defensive back-receiver Mike Horne, and linebackers Emmit Kellar and Bubba Harris. Calvert Hall is 1-7 overall, 0-4 in the league.

Bravehearts grow

The Covenant Community School volleyball team finished fifth of 32 schools at the National Homeschool Volleyball Tournament earlier this month in Omaha, Neb. Coach Carol Green was happy with the outcome, considering that her team had just one senior, her daughter, Katie Rhein.

"We were the youngest team in the gold bracket," Green said. "We felt we did really well, considering our team was very young and inexperienced."

The Bravehearts (13-4) had only six varsity players and relied heavily on three: Amanda Rhein, Katie Rhein and Lillie Happel.

Outside hitter Amanda Rhein was named to the all-tournament team for the second year in a row. The 5-foot-11 sophomore finished the season averaging 6.1 kills and two digs per game.

Her older sister and team leader Katie Rhein, a 5-8 outside hitter, averaged 2.2 kills and 3.1 digs.

Freshman setter Happel averaged seven assists per game. Meredith Runkle, Katelyn Craig and Abby Williams also made key contributions.

"We felt our team did progress this season," Green said. "We would not have been ready to compete at a national tournament two months ago. We had so many weaknesses on the team with the inexperience we had. All our girls worked really hard."

Unsung drummer

Overlea tight end-defensive lineman Sean Copeland drummed up plenty of attention as a receiver (12 receptions, 152 yards, five touchdowns) and defender (74 tackles). The 275-pound senior also is an accomplished drummer whose older brother, Mark, 33, is a musician-producer who has worked with artists such as Regina Bell, Al Jarreau and Patti LaBelle, their mother, Theresa Copeland, said.

Coming to America

Franklin's two-way lineman Phil Arum, a second-year starter on a team bound for this weekend's Class 3A North regional title game against City, thought football was soccer when he arrived four years ago from his native Nairobi, Kenya, said his father, Jack.

Matching pair

The Franklin football team is in its first playoff since 1994, and New Town, headed for this weekend's Class 1A North regional final against Havre de Grace, is in its first in the school's three-year history. Franklin coach Anthony Burgos and New Town coach Rich Stichel were teammates for four years at McDaniel College, where they were members of three Centennial Conference title-winning teams before graduating in 1999.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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