Calvert Hall runs to MIAA `A' crown

November 08, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

Top-ranked Calvert Hall had plenty of motivation heading into yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross country championship.

The Cardinals had not won the title since 1999 and lost to Loyola by one point last year. But coach Randy Fowler's team pushed hard all season and turned in a strong performance yesterday, putting four runners in the top 10 to take the A Conference title at Oregon Ridge Park.

Zach Sullivan of Archbishop Spalding pulled away in the last quarter-mile to win in 16 minutes, 1 second. Grisha Iventichev from Friends (16:08) and Calvert Hall's Anthony Rowe (16:15) were right behind. But Calvert Hall also got top 10 efforts from Chris Swisko (third), Trent Seawell (ninth) and John Fitzgerald (10th), while Ryan Holleran finished 14th to give the Cardinals 38 points and an easy win over Archbishop Spalding (56).

"We were disappointed last year to finish second," Fowler said. "It really got these guys motivated. They just kept their noses to the grindstone and [kept] working hard."

Fowler said the Cardinals want to win the Maryland-D.C. Private Schools state title meet Saturday at Glenelg Country School.

Rowe had a shot at winning, as he, Sullivan and Iventichev ran close throughout. But Sullivan's late kick was too much for them.

"This is the one race all year that I really care about," said Sullivan, who finished seventh last year. "I knew I had to give it everything at [the end], and that's what I did."

The A and B Conference runners competed in the race, and Iventichev repeated as the B Conference winner. Annapolis Area Christian School won the B Conference team championship.

The Eagles finished with 57 points to beat St. Paul's (86), Friends (90) and Glenelg Country School (92).

Chris Chitterling was the top AACS runner, finishing third in the B Conference in 17:49. Teammate Will Kang (fifth) was eight seconds behind. Tyler Trainor (14th), Paul Graves (17th) and Phillip Trainer (18th) gave the Eagles the depth to win the title.

Girls volleyball

No.12 Catonsville 3, Franklin 0 -- Amanda Parry had 19 assists, seven kills and two blocks to lead the Comets (14-2) past the Indians (13-3) in a 3A North semifinal. "We came out strong, and we were playing to get another shot at Towson," Catonsville coach Dorothy Gill said.

No. 2 St. Paul's 3, Maryland School for the Deaf 0 -- Bailey Webster had 14 kills and four blocks, and Jillian Unitas had nine kills to lead the Gators (20-1) past Maryland School for the Deaf (14-3) in the Maryland-D.C. Private Schools quarterfinals.

No. 11 Towson 3, Patapsco 0 -- Alexa Carney had nine kills and six aces to lead the Generals (13-4) past the Patriots in the 3A North semifinal.

No. 6 Dulaney 3, Westminster 2 -- Betsy Blanche had 14 kills, and Maria DiPietro recorded 14 digs and seven aces to lead the Lions (16-1) past the Owls. "It was a wonderful team win. DiPietro is the captain of the team, and she really fired everyone up," Dulaney coach Cary Lyon said.

No. 10 Mount de Sales 3, Maryvale 0 -- Kasey Mercier had 10 kills, 13 digs, two aces and an assist to power the Sailors (16-2) to victory over the Lions.

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