Adami raises the bar in track, field

N. Carroll senior has career best in meet


May 13, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

To say that North Carroll's Erik Adami posted a career day at Wednesday's Carroll County track and field championships at Century would be an understatement.

The multi-talented senior scored 36 individual points, taking gold medals in the pole vault, high jump and discus, to lead the Panthers to their first-ever boys outdoor championship.

Along the way, Adami achieved personal bests in the pole vault (14 feet) and discus (133 feet, 7.25 inches). The winning height in the pole vault, in fact, was 18 inches higher than his winning height the week before at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference meet, and just 6 inches off the county record.

He also took third in the shot put.

"I've been practicing a lot harder and getting a lot of help from my coaches," Adami said. "For shot and discus, I had to get a lot stronger, and then for pole vault I had to get faster. It's just been a lot of time in the weight room."

A year ago, Adami claimed county, regional and state titles in the pole vault.

He will get a chance to match that feat when North Carroll participates in the Class 3A West meet Thursday, followed by the Class 3A state championships May 25 and 26.

"I've been doing it for a long time, and I just don't really get nervous anymore," Adami said. "I just focus."

College signings

Mike Noratel and T.J. Connors, both senior lacrosse players from North Carroll, have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at Division II Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

Noratel, a speedy attackman, finished the regular season with 12 goals and 12 assists, while Connors, one of the county's top goalies, finished second in save percentage.

Pfeiffer, 1-13 this season, also features several other local players, including former Westminster midfielder Derrick Ensor, a freshman.

"I talked with their coach a little bit, and I know they want to get some more kids out of the Carroll County area," North Carroll coach John Piper said. "He's happy with the quality of lacrosse players he's getting from the county and wants to tap into this area a little bit."

Baseball honors

A pair of Carroll County baseball players have tied for Monocacy Valley Athletic League Player of the Week honors in their respective conferences.

In the Chesapeake Conference, North Carroll's Jeremy Ritz split the award with Urbana's Tim Summers. Ritz earned a complete-game victory over Westminster, striking out six and walking none in an 8-3 win, and also collecting two hits, including a home run, in an 8-6 loss to Linganore.

Sam Krone of Winters Mill picked up a share of the award in the Piedmont Conference, tying Middletown's Nathan Miss. Krone went 4-for-14 (.286) at the plate over three games, including a game-winning two-run homer in 17-5 win over Linganore.

He excelled on the mound, as well, pitching the ninth and 10th innings to earn the win against Linganore, then returned three days later to pick up the complete-game victory in a 7-2 win over Francis Scott Key.

The weekly awards are picked by nine media members who cover the league.

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