St. Joe has to move fast to celebrate wrestling title


Mount St. Joe will have little time to enjoy its 16th MSA dual meet wrestling title in the last 18 years. The Gaels, who downed Gilman on Friday, 35-17, will go for their 16th straight MSA tournament championship, beginning Thursday at Gilman. Gilman won the dual title last year and St. Paul's won it in 1980.

Owings Mills, which won the Baltimore County wrestling championships with a record 232.5 points, enters regional competition next week. The Golden Eagles had five individual champions in Gary Harris (103), Kenny Gendason (112), Corey Setlin (119), Gregg Kessler (125) and Grant Johnson (130). Their combined record is 113-7. Eastern Vo Tech, which set the previous record of 207 points in 1986, was a distant second with 105 points.

North Carroll won its fifth straight Carroll County tournament, placing 13 wrestlers in the finals. The Panthers ended with 219 points. Francis Scott Key was second with 108.

* In boys basketball, top-ranked Dunbar held off No. 2 Lake Clifton, 83-68, Friday night before a standing-room-only crowd of 6,700 at Morgan State. The Poets entertain No. 3 Walbrook tomorrow (5 p.m.), while No. 5 Southern visits Lake Clifton.

Southern also is coming off a tough loss, 92-87 in overtime to No. 4 Annapolis.

If Dunbar's Michael Lloyd isn't the best guard in the area, he may be the best crowd pleaser with his thunderous dunks. His twisting, reverse two-hander over his head Friday night was a dandy.

* In girls basketball, No. 4 Oakland Mills (17-1) visits No. 2 Mount Hebron (15-3) tomorrow (6 p.m.). Both are 9-1 in Howard County play. Oakland Mills nipped Hebron, 43-42, last month, but later dropped a 50-49 decision to Glenelg. Hebron has won seven straight since bowing to the Scorpions.

* Adult volunteers are needed to serve as scorers and timers for the MSA wrestling tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Contact Mark Schlenoff at 396-7023.

* The Special Olympic basketball teams from Anne Arundel County will return by popular demand to Broadneck tomorrow night, playing abbreviated games at the halftimes during the Bruins' boys and girls contests with Southern-AA. "The kids got standing ovations for their efforts the last time, so Broadneck invited us back," said Clay White. "It's a tremendous experience for the kids."

* Arundel needs another team to compete in its Easter lacrosse tournament, March 28 and 30. Contact Clint Gosnell at 674-6500.

* Reminder: Update standings and stats to The Evening Sun before noon on Wednesdays at 332-6669.

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