Calvert Hall, AACS cross country champs

Fall Sports

November 06, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Calvert Hall and Annapolis Area Christian School used quality depth to win yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross country championships at Oregon Ridge Park.

No. 2 Calvert Hall placed four runners in the top 10 to beat out No. 7 Archbishop Spalding and repeat as A Conference champion. The Cardinals finished with 42 points, just ahead of Spalding (51), which put three, including winner Zach Sullivan, in the top 10.

Sullivan repeated as the individual winner in 15 minutes, 55 seconds, topping Chris Swisko of Calvert Hall by 16 seconds. Nick Rowe (fifth), Sean Caskey (eighth), Kenny Motsay (10th) and A.J. Velletta (17th) rounded out the Cardinals' top five.

"Our depth has always been our key," Calvert Hall coach Randy Fowler said. "It's about having a good 1-2-3; it's about having a quality five or more."

Winning again "was definitely one of the big goals of mine this year," said the Cavaliers' Sullivan, who hopes to qualify for the Foot Locker nationals this fall.

AACS had less trouble repeating as B Conference champion.

The Eagles had four in the top 10 for 39 points and an easy win over St. John's (75).

Taylor McDowell from St. John's led the B Conference in 16:55, and David Crout (fourth, 17:59) was the first AACS finisher. Shawn Kauffman (sixth), Austin Hankinson (eighth), Will Kang (10th) and George Yates (11th) wrapped up the Eagles' scoring.

"These guys have worked hard all season long," AACS coach Brent Rawson said.

Boys soccer

No. 6 Perry Hall 1, No. 10 Parkville 0:: Host Perry Hall used an early goal backed up by sound two-way play for a sturdy win over Parkville for the Class 4A North region championship.

The Gators (14-2) will take on defending state champ Magruder in the semifinals at CCBC-Essex on Saturday in a rematch of last year's title game. The Gators lost to Magruder, 5-1, last year.

Last night, the Gators got the needed offense out of the way in the third minute on a goal from sophomore forward Joe Glos. Phil Saunders sent a long throw to the far post, which Miguel Medrano cleanly volleyed back toward the opposite post for Glos to head home.

Parkville (13-3) had a couple of chances to tie the score but couldn't get anything past an organized defense and Gators senior goalkeeper Zack Kane.

Perry Hall coach Danny Skelton said it wasn't one of the Gators' best efforts this season, but "they stayed strong to get the win."

GLENN GRAHAM

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