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7-on-7 soccer league is back and it's bigger


Catonsville Community College began its second annual seven-on-seven men's and women's soccer league last night at the college's outdoor fields.

"Right now we have 12 men's and six women's teams," said Bryon Ivins, a coach of the Cardinals fall soccer program and co-director of the summer league program with the college's women's coach, Tom Taylor.

"It's all high school kids who are participating, from ninth through the 12th grade. Last year, we had only 12 or 13 teams between both leagues, so this is an improvement," said Ivins, adding that some of the oldest players will be entering college. "It's a way to stay in shape and to keep up on their soccer skills for the high school and college seasons."

The 10-game season lasts until Aug. 12. The format for possible championship games was discussed as schedules were completed in a league meeting last night.

This week only, games are being played Monday and Friday evenings beginning at 5:30. Starting next week, games will be played every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5:30.

Johnson leads wrestlers

Unlike a year ago at this time, Owings Mills graduate Grant Johnson has an idea what lies ahead as he prepares to lead Team Maryland into the July 28-31 Asics Tiger Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Junior Nationals.

Johnson earned All-America honors by placing seventh last summer, and momentum carried into his senior season, when the three-time All-Metro selection posted a 44-1 record (30 pins), won his third straight Class 1A-2A state title and was chosen The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Wrestler of the Year.

With a 131-6 high school record, Johnson is headed to Boston University. He spent four days last week training at Team Foxcatcher's Olympic training facility in Newtown Square, Pa., going a few periods with former two-time world and 1984 Olympic champ Dave Schultz.

Olympic officials were so impressed with Johnson's abilities that he was invited back to train with the U.S. national team as it prepares for the Aug. 21-28 World Championships in Toronto.

Despite a summer of intense competition -- including a title in the Amateur Athletic Union Grand Nationals two weeks ago at Hersheypark Arena -- Johnson shows no signs of letting up.

His summer workouts at the McDonogh School's Northwest Wrestling Club are preparing him for the trip to Fargo, N.D.

Others making the trip with the Northwest Wrestling Club include Douglass High graduate Kwabena Bohannon (98 pounds), Northeast's junior 1A-2A state champion Kusick twins, Marty (105) and Mike (114.5), Milford Mill's senior 1A-2A state champ Gary Harris (123), Owings Mills graduate and three-time 1A-2A state champ Greg Kessler (132) and Woodlawn senior heavyweight 3A-4A state champ Darrell Mance (220).

Northwest will also take Broadneck graduate Charlie Bennett (123), a 3A-4A state champ in 1991 who twice placed third in the state.

Representing Team USA at 154 pounds in last weekend's Cadet Freestyle World Wrestling championships in Duisberg, Germany, Mount St. Joseph junior Danny DeVivo (154 pounds) finished eighth in the 33-country event. The All-Metro and Maryland Scholastic Association champion helped Team USA to a fourth-place finish behind Russia, Iran and Turkey.

And in last weekend's Cadet Nationals in Columbia, Mo., Crofton resident Todd Beckerman (103.5) was first in the freestyle competition and McDonogh sophomore J. R. Plienis (189.5) was a runner-up.

Track club seeks nationals

Behind the momentum of 10 first-place medals in last weekend's AAU regionals in Newport News, Va., the Ed Waters Track Club qualified 35 competitors for the Aug. 1-7 nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.

In the Region II event, held at Christopher Newport University, All-Metro pick Anthony Stuckey (Mervo) led the way with 100- and 200-meter titles in the 17-18 age group. Two-time All-Metro selection Ben Braswell (Mervo) was a runner-up to Stuckey in the 200 and took first in the long jump.

Also in the 17-18 category, Old Mill All-Metro pick Jamal Dixon-Hawkins won the discus and was a shot put runner-up.

In the 15-16 age group, Perry Hall All-Metro pick Jim Banach was first in the 100 and third in the 200 behind runner-up teammate Royston Little. The team of Jevon Norris, Little, Derrick Smith and Banach won the 400 relay; Brian Harold, Garfield Thompson, James Carter and Smith took the 1,600; and Harold, Thompson, Carter and Smith captured the 3,200.

Also in the 15-16 age group, Woodlawn's All-Metro selection Sheraie Darby among the girls, and Jason Pannel among the boys were first in the 400 hurdles, and Pannel took second in the 110 hurdles. Darby's effort was her second straight title since winning the 400 at last weekend's National Age Group championships.

Thompson was a runner-up in the 800, and Carter was third in the 400.

At 11-12, Jedda Blue-el (third long jump) ran the first leg of the runner-up 400 relay with Brian Pearson, Dax Johnson and 200 runner-up Marshall Davis. Charles Glass was third in the shot put and discus, and among the girls, Tess Deanehan was a 1,500-meter runner-up.

At the 9-10 level, Reggie Clark was second in the 800 and Alvin Hathaway third in the 400.

In the 13-14 age category, Isac Talley was third in the 400 and Darius Tarver was third in the triple jump, as was female triple competitor Kimya McCoy. Ed Waters was runner-up in the 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays, which included Talley, Tyrell Whitaker, Tyson Lyles, Jonathan Thomas, Rodney Kitchen, Timothy Coles, Jonathan Street and Davioyonne Brooks.

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