Hanzelka gives his all for Edgewood

Senior thrives on attitude, hard work

Notebook

May 13, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Reporter

Edgewood senior midfielder Craig Hanzelka compiled some impressive statistics this season. But his 95 ground balls, 18 goals and 13 assists are only part of what made him an asset for the Rams.

"I have never ever ever heard him in four years and two sports question a coach or back-talk a coach," said Edgewood lacrosse coach Jim Lamb, who also is an assistant coach in football. "He is `yes, sir' and `no, sir.' He never complains. He works, he hustles, he has heart, he has desire. Whenever we do sprints, he is always one of the first to finish. Whenever we need someone to drill, he always jumps in."

Lamb said he has been impressed with how far Hanzelka has come in four years.

"In football and lacrosse, from the time he was a freshman, everybody said, `He's too slow, he's not big enough,' and he keeps proving them wrong," Lamb said. "He's a great kid. He caught a big TD pass in our playoff game against Bel Air this year."

Edgewood (8-4) seems to be peaking for this weekend's state lacrosse playoffs, routing North East, 19-1, in the regular-season finale.

Hanzelka said the Rams' strategy is to control ground balls and take advantage of man-up situations, and he looked back on a victory over Leonardtown this spring as the highlight of the season.

The Rams' senior tri-captain is headed for Harford Community College.

Growing pains

Veteran Aberdeen baseball coach Charles Mortus knew this would be a rebuilding season for his young team, but that hasn't made a 5-12 campaign any less frustrating.

"We just can't get those runs," Mortus said. "We're leaving too many runners on base. We lose games - 4-2 to Bo Manor, and 9-6 to Rising Sun, and 6-5 to Edgewood. We're looking to the future. We're young. We only have two seniors."

Aberdeen has been led this season by sophomore right-handed pitcher Bryan Johnson, who is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA. The leading hitter on the team is senior outfielder-third baseman Joey Privett, who has a .386 average.

Losing the close ones

Havre de Grace softball coach Ed Yodris said his team "could have been a big-time school" this season if only the Warriors had been better at winning one-run games.

"Five of our 10 losses have come by one run," Yodris said of his 8-10 squad. "We've been in just about every game. We've just not been able to put teams away. We were ahead in most of those one-run losses. We make a couple of mistakes here and there in the last inning and we just let them back in the game."

Junior catcher Jordan Koester leads the team in hitting with a .420 average, and has two home runs, and 15 RBIs in addition to doing "a fantastic job behind the plate," Yodris said.

The top pitcher on the squad is sophomore Mariah Ripken, who has a 7-6 record in her first season on the varsity after missing all of last year with a back injury.

Senior center fielder Megan Markland has also played a major role for the Warriors with a team-leading 17 stolen bases, 16 runs scored and .333 batting average. Senior third baseman Karla Bloch has excellent defensive skills and is hitting .340.

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