C. Milton Wright boys volleyball comes out on top


October 28, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

The C. Milton Wright boys volleyball team broke its dry spell last week.

The Mustangs secured their first regular-season championship since 1993 by sweeping Havre de Grace on Wednesday.

Winning the title gives C.M. Wright (12-2) the top seed in the county volleyball tournament that takes place Tuesday at North Harford.

Bel Air is the defending tournament champion.

The Bobcats have won five tournament titles since the competition began in 1996.

In the Havre de Grace match, James Hennessy paced the Mustangs with 11 kills, while Wade Simmons added 10 and Pedro Schneider had nine.

Andrew Gilley kept the offense moving with 36 assists. Craig Outen also helped with a number of good serves, including four aces.

The Mustangs have relied heavily on getting help from all over the court to grow into a solid team this year.

"I'm really proud of them," coach Rob Lewandowski said of his team. "They've played great this season."

Clean sweep

Fallston swept the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference soccer championships Wednesday at Edgewood.

The Cougars won the girls title with a 5-0 rout of Harford Tech, and the boys used Eric Croucher's second-half goal to pull out a 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

Croucher scored with 16 minutes remaining to give Fallston its second-straight UCBAC championship and its third in four years.

The girls improved to 13-0-1. Fallston broke the game open with four goals in the last 17 minutes of the first half.

Monica Fischer scored twice and added an assist, as the Cougars won their first UCBAC title. C.M. Wright had won the first three since the league formed.

Harford Tech came a long way in a short time, having won just two games last year.

Soccer changes

The Harford Tech girls soccer team is tentatively scheduled to move up from the Susquehanna Division - which they won this season - to the tougher Chesapeake Division next year.

The team that wins the Susquehanna routinely moves up the next year in the UCBAC. In addition, Rising Sun (last in the Chesapeake) is scheduled to move back to the Susquehanna.

A final decision will be made in coming weeks.

Just missed

Brandon Powers came close to a state golf title last week at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Bel Air senior was tied for first with Alex Hoffman of Middletown with a score of 141 at the end of the 36-hole regulation tournament. The rules then call for a sudden-death playoff, with the first person to win a hole capturing the title.

This playoff went two holes before Hoffman's par on the second gave him the victory. Powers bogeyed the hole.

Powers definitely went out in style. He played the tournament wearing fire-engine red golf pants.

He missed a 3-foot putt on the first extra hole that would have locked up the championship.

"I just didn't make the putts," he said.

Football playoffs

Several Harford County teams are in the running for regional playoff berths with three weeks left in the season.

Joppatowne, which has won six straight games after losing its season opener to North Carroll, remained in first place in Class 1A East. Havre de Grace was in fourth place. If there are no changes in the standings, the two teams will meet in the playoffs.

Edgewood has won four of six since its 0-2 start and crept back into the Class 2A East playoff picture. The Rams, who made the playoffs last year, were in fourth place - the final playoff spot.

North Harford is 6-1, and the Hawks were in second place in Class 3A East. The Hawks need to finish in first or second to earn at least one home playoff game. They suffered first-round losses on the road the past two seasons.

Fallston and Bel Air still have a shot in 3A East, with those schools in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

A double for Wright

C.M. Wright swept the UCBAC cross country championships on Thursday.

The top-ranked Mustang girls dominated the field to win with the unusual score of 12 points. Sara Bailey won, while Shannon Rafferty (second), Lindsay Smith (third), Erica Scripa (fifth) and Whitney Hora (sixth) helped C.M. Wright dominate the field. No. 7 Bel Air finished second.

The No. 6 C.M. Wright boys also won, led by Pete Houlihan's second-place finish. No. 5 Bel Air took second place.

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