St. Joe looks to pin down 15th title


Mount St. Joe will be seeking its 15th MSA A Conference dual meet wrestling title in the last 16 years tomorrow (8 p.m.) at Gilman. The Gaels are No. 1 in the latest Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings.

"We have tremendous respect for St. Joe and its program," said coach Chris Legg, whose Gilman squad is ranked No. 7. "We haven't seen each other this season in any tournaments, but we're familiar with their personnel. We'll be working hard to be prepared."

Legg's Greyhounds boast balance with Gerard Harrison (103) and David Gilner (152) sporting the best individual records this -- season. Each has lost only twice in a power-packed schedule that has included three top 10 teams plus the rugged format of the Gilman Duals, won for the second straight year by St. Mark's (Del.).

The featured individual match should be at 152 where Gilner is expected to face Kevin Neville. The 119 match should be exciting also. St. Joe's Shane McCarthy seems healthy again and Gilman's Brad Wilke is solid.

St. Joe coach Paul Triplett expects victories from standouts Kris Rheina (140) and Steven Cooper (189), but unlike some previous seasons, St. Joe does have some holes in its lineup. A Gilman victory would be an upset, but not as stunning as St. Paul's victory over St. Joe in 1980. That was the match that interrupted St. Joe's long-running dynasty.

* With 32 points in a 50-41 victory over Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday, Mercy's Stephanie Rohe raised her career scoring total 1,014. She's only a junior.

* Tomorrow's Severna Park at Seton Keough showdown in girls basketball is off. These two were snowed out in the Holly-N-Hoops tourney championship in December and no make-up date was set. It hardly mattered at the time because they were scheduled to meet tomorrow.

However, yesterday without explanation, Severna Park announced it would be playing Southern-AA instead.

* St. Mary's Laura Coakley will have knee surgery, "probably next week or the week after," according to coach Carmine Blades. The Saints' standout, a first-team All-Metro choice last season, injured her knee at the beginning of the season. She was attempting a comeback and did play in portions of two games before the knee gave way while she was running in practice last week.

* Archbishop Spalding plans to create an athletic Hall of Fame. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated in 1986 or before, distinguished themselves by winning awards or setting school or county records, gone on to distinguished college careers and have made significant contributions to the growth of athletics at Spalding.

Those interested in submitting nominations should forward details on the candidates to Domenic Pachence, AD, 8080 New Cut Road, Severn, Md. 21144.

* Reminder: To update standings and statistics, call The Evening Sun before noon on Wednesdays (332-6669).

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