Mount St. Joe football team experiences `redemption'

November 07, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn | Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTERS

No. 13 Mount St. Joseph hasn't won a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association football title since 1996. After starting the season 2-4, it didn't seem as if that trend would change.

But after three straight wins, including a victory over Gilman on Friday, the Gaels have clinched at least a share of the A Conference title.

"For our players, it was redemption," coach Chip Armstrong said. "We've went through a lot, and we knew we had a good team. We just had to put it together."

The Gaels beat Gilman (3-5), 17-14, the first time they have defeated the Greyhounds since 1996.

The Gaels were up 10-7 at halftime, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by Shelton Hall-Bennett and a 26-yard field goal by Christian Lowe.

The game was a defensive struggle for most of the second half, but after Gilman fumbled in the fourth quarter, Chris Collins found Dominic Serio in the end zone for a 12-yard score.

Gilman answered with Ty Kimball's 22-yard touchdown run to make the score 17-14, but on Gilman's next possession, Gaels defensive back Artis Holt made an interception to put the game away.

"We don't have one star player; everyone contributes," Armstrong said. We play a lot of different kids, and there's a lot of good competition. I've never coached a team that enjoys the game this much.

"They play with a great deal of joy and togetherness, and it's a fun group to coach."

Blazers run first

With more than 70 girls on his cross country teams this fall, Notre Dame Prep coach Tom Klein figured he might have some good depth, and he was right.

The Blazers' depth certainly showed at last Wednesday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland cross country championships.

With five finishers in the top 16, the Blazers won the A Conference title for the second time in three years. Jo Rubino led the Blazers with her eighth-place finish, followed by Liz Schiavone (10th), Mary Bologiano (13th), Nicole Troiani (15th) and Sarah Lynagh (16th).

The Blazers avenged a regular-season dual-meet loss to defending champion John Carroll, defeating the Patriots, 62-74, for the crown.

"This year's senior class is a very influential part of the team. They've really made the team what it is," Klein said of a class that includes Bologiano, Lynagh, and captains Rosie Miola and Margaret Davies.

"Among our top 12, we have very hard workers. We have probably five, if not seven, seniors in the top 15, and their work ethic has been contagious."

Loyola wins crown

Down 15-7 in the fourth game of the MIAA A Conference boys volleyball final, Loyola needed a change of momentum quickly. The Dons were down 2-1 in games to Gilman, and coach Tim Baier called a timeout.

"I told them this was pretty much it," Baier said. "If they score 10 points before we score a lot of points, it's over. We have to go out there, have fun and enjoy playing."

The team responded. The Dons won the fourth game, 27-25 - after fighting off a Gilman match point - and won the final game, 15-12.

"I think Gilman thought they had the game won," Baier said. "They had that swagger. I was almost ready to give it to them. But we battled back, and it really sparked my guys."

Ian Buchanan led Loyola with 22 kills and four blocks. Trevor Dauses added 13 kills, and setter Ben Pasquarrella had 52 assists.

The championship was the third time the two teams have met this season, with Gilman winning the first match and Loyola the second. The teams have a tradition of exciting games, but this one might be the most memorable.

"We've had a lot of great matches with Gilman over the last four or five years," Baier said. "This was probably one of the best, if not the best."

Franklin names stadium

Franklin will name its stadium complex Dr. Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday. The ceremony will be before the Indians' homecoming game against Dulaney.

McWilliams was Franklin's team physician for more than 20 years and provided sports physicals for free before they were mandated.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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