Poets' Nolan lands spot on Parade team


Dunbar's two-time All-Metro Norman Nolan has been chosen a Third-Team Parade All-American and will be showcased along with the magazine's 39 other honorees in Sunday's edition.

Nolan, a 6-foot-7 senior center who is headed for the University of Virginia on a full scholarship, was the only area player chosen to any of the four Parade teams, each of which included 10 players.

Last month, the Poets' Nolan was chosen among the nation's 12 best players as a McDonald's All-American, along with Cardinal Gibbons guard Steve Wojciechowski, who is headed for Duke University on a full scholarship.

Kid Karcher

While juniors and seniors have contributed to much of the success of the area's top teams, freshman Mark Karcher has been a big reason for the success of No. 14 St. Frances this season.

Karcher, a 6-4 forward, averaged 21.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks for the Panthers, who reached the Catholic League Tournament championship game and was named first-team All-Catholic League.

The last freshman to be named first-team All-Catholic was Duane Ferrell of Calvert Hall in the 1980-1981 season. Ferrell went on to star at Georgia Tech and now is playing for the Atlanta Hawks.

"He has all the tools to be one of the best to play in this league," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "He is the only person who can stop his growth."

In his first varsity game in December, he scored 39 points against Phelps of Washington. During the past summer, he helped St. Frances over the likes of Dunbar, Southern and Lake Clifton to the Craig Cromwell League title.

Joining Karcher on the All-Catholic League first team was Steve Wojciechowski of Cardinal Gibbons, who was named the league's MVP. Jerard Rucker of Cardinal Gibbons, Calvert Hall's Brian Taylor and Chris Cunningham of St. Maria Goretti were the other first-team selections.

Greater feats

John DeMeo (25 points) hit his fifth three-pointer of the game with 1:15 remaining to give Greater Grace Christian Academy a 67-60 lead en route to a 69-64 victory over Lanham Christian and its second straight Maryland Christian Athletic League Crown.

Peter Scibelli (15 points, 20 rebounds) and Ricky Tingler (17 points, 10 assists) also played well for Greater Grace Christian, which tied Lanham Christian for the regular-season title with a 7-1 record.

Greater Grace Christian is coached by Pat Crotty.

Two signees

Lake Clifton wide receiver Dennis Harding is expected to sign today at 1:30 at the school to play football at Boston College.

Harding, a second-team All-City player last fall, was the Lakers' leading receiver under coach David White, who guided the Lakers to a 7-3 season after going 1-19 over the two previous seasons.

Harding caught a career-high 98 receptions for 1,624 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored 930 on his Scholastic Assessment Test.

"Boston College has a real good program and a high graduation rate for football players," said White. "I've been around Baltimore for a while, and Dennis ranks right up there with the best."

Last week, Loyola graduate Cale Christianson -- who is completing a season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia -- accepted a full football scholarship to play at Virginia Military Institute.

Weiskopf wins

Only on extraordinary occasions does a junior varsity player get recognition, and this is one occasion.

William "Willy" Weiskopf, a 103-pound sophomore during Carver A & T's inaugural season, went undefeated as a junior varsity wrestler -- including a victory in the Baltimore County Tournament -- winning every match by a fall.

Weiskopf, who did not allow an opponent past the second period, will go down in Wildcats history as its first county champ at any level.

Branch honored

Greg Branch, who coached Dunbar's baseball team to a 9-3 record and a class 1A playoff berth last year, was chosen the District 9 Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.

Branch, who produced the Poets' All-City pitcher, E. J. Fitzgerald, was honored at the MSABC's Jan. 14 banquet.

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