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Regional gives Yankee Rebels shot at second World Series berth


Jerry Mull can't recall the last time a Yankee Rebels baseball team even went to a World Series, let alone two.

His 13- to 14-year-old team, winners of the Baltimore Metro League with a 38-1 record (56-5 overall), is heading to the National Amateur Baseball Federation Regionals, which includes teams from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, tomorrow through Sunday at Pikesville's Sudbrook Middle School.

A victory in the regionals would qualify the Rebels for the July 28-Aug. 1 World Series in Miamisburg, Ohio.

"We've already qualified for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Dublin, Ohio, by winning the CABA state tournament last week," said Mull of the Aug. 4-14 CABA tournament. The top pitchers are both left-handers -- Geoffrey Loven (10-0) and Shane Rhodes (9-2). Shawn Fisher and Adam Hawkey are both 7-0, and Ross Butler is 4-0 with nine saves. John Mull is 6-2, with both losses coming on close decisions against 15-16 teams.

The top hitters are Adam McKenzie (.488, eight home runs), Bret Holmes (.458), Jon Andrews (.416, 13 home runs), Chris Zorn (.385) and Mike Jenkins and Nick Hammonds, both at .349.

Jim Dunn, Justin Nash, Chris Davis, Scott Schoendienst, Ryan Grue and Matt Linz are hitting .300 or above.

Lakers in England

Drew Haugh, who last season coached Boys' Latin's junior varsity to a 14-0 record and a victory over Loyola for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown, left for the World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England, Tuesday night with members of that team.

There, Haugh's squad must win six straight games in the under-16 festival to remain unbeaten.

"Most of these kids played for me on the middle school team that went 10-0, so we've got a 24-game winning streak," said Haugh, who added that no trophies will be awarded or champions crowned for their age group. "We're all wearing T-shirts that say, 'England-bound, looking for a six-streak.' "

Members of the team are: On attack; Ian Shure, Holt Hopkins, and David and Todd Ulrich; midfield; Aaron Vercollone, Ryan Mollett, Patrick Radebaugh, Steve O'Neil, Paul O'Malley and David Rose; defense; Nick Breslin, Bernie Cefalu, Tom Knee, Nathan Thompson and Joe Manson; and goalkeepers Brian Berger and Scott Fava.

The team, along with assistant coaches Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Talbert, took the field earlier this morning against Mellor of England at 5:30 -- 10:30 a.m. in England time.

East Coast Invitational slated

More than 2,700 boys and girls from 22 states and Bermuda are expected for the 20th annual East Coast Invitational Track Meet tomorrow through Sunday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The meet is geared for athletes 8-19 years old. The number of participants in this year's event ranks as the largest in its history, and of the eight most successful clubs involved, Ed Waters Track Club of Baltimore has entered the most athletes overall.

Ed Waters won five gold medals in last year's event, including two by Derrick Smith, who anchored the winning 1,600-meter relay, and took the 400 -- in 48.6 seconds in the 15-16 age group.

Strouse's success

Loyola freshman Kevin Strouse, who as an eighth-grader last year became the youngest junior-varsity champ in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, has won all three of the U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned tournaments he has participated in this summer.

Strouse, 14, has won the Gilman, Centennial and Columbia junior open tournaments, compiling a 13-0 record. Strouse, ranked No. 4 in the state's by the USTA, lost just one game in the first two rounds of each event against six opponents.

Strouse dropped just one set in the latest event, the July 11-15 Columbia Challenger, in which he defeated top seeded Ashok Raju of Baltimore, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, for the title.

Strouse goes for his fourth consecutive title Monday at McDonogh in the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patron's Association Challenger.

New coach at Kenwood

Greg Furman, who spent two years as head coach at Archbishop Spalding and has assisted at Western Maryland and Frostburg State as well as Annapolis High, was hired on July 12 as Kenwood's new football coach.

A 6-foot, 205-pound New Jersey native, Furman played defensive end at Frostburg from 1979 to 1982. He began working at Kenwood the day he was hired to replace Fred Myers, now at Edgewood.

"Coach Myers was able to get a winning tradition established the last couple of seasons," said Furman. "I'm looking forward to going head to head with some of those rivals on our schedule with Randallstown and Eastern Tech, but we've got our work cut out for us."

Last month, Kenwood hired former UMBC women's basketball coach Susan Furnary to replace Jim Wilmot as athletic director.

Wilmot stepped aside to be director of the school's new Sports Science Academy, a magnet program for the entire county which will introduce curriculum geared toward facilitating sports-management related careers.

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