Warriors moving ahead on the court

Once-stalled program is picking up steam

Notebook

February 18, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Reporter

The Havre de Grace girls basketball program has taken a few steps forward, but first-year coach Steve Fleshman realizes it still has a ways to go.

"We've basically started over again," said Fleshman, who has taken over a Warriors team that didn't win a game the past two seasons but has managed four wins this season against 16 losses. "We're starting with fundamentals and basically just trying to rebuild the program and get more girls interested. "The biggest problem with a small school where there's just 400-some kids here and they all play other sports, basketball for the most part is not their primary sport."

The coach said there are a lot of outstanding female athletes in school, but "if you keep losing, they find something else to do. But if we start winning a few games and our JV program is strong, we should have a chance to get better."

The Warriors were down to seven players at the end of the season due to injuries and academic problems, Fleshman said.

Seniors Danielle Hawkins and Olivia Torrance have been bright spots, providing leadership and basketball skills. Hawkins, the tallest player on the team at 5 feet 10, is the Warriors' leading rebounder (seven per game), and Torrance is the top scorer with eight points a game.

"The two seniors kind of hold it together for us," Fleshman said.

Mustangs look ahead

A young C. Milton Wright wrestling team is looking forward to next season after putting together a 16-11 dual meet record this season with just two seniors.

The Mustangs were led by 189-pound standout George Denton, a junior, and seniors Kyle Rate (152 pounds) and Chris Sullivan (145).

Other top wrestlers for the Mustangs were sophomore Kevin O'Brien (125), freshman Erich Wienecke (112) and Justin McCord (103).

"Look out next year," C. Milton Wright coach Mike Zachardo said. "I think we're going to be really, really good."

Rams have high hopes

Edgewood High's boys 400 freestyle relay is headed toward tomorrow's swimming regionals with high hopes of gaining a berth in the Class 2A-1A state championships.

The relay team of Rich Thomas, Steven Burns, Taylor Haupt and Sean Glover are prepared for a strong run, while Glover will also be competing in the 200 and 100 freestyle regional races.

Glover placed fourth in the county in the 200 free.

Thomas will be competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the regionals. Justine Feaster will be the Rams' lone girls regional entry, as she swims in the 200 and 500 freestyle races.

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