Loyola freshman Strouse to bid for 5th USTA title in row at states @

Loyola freshman Kevin Strouse, 14, last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association junior varsity champ as an eighth-grader, goes for the United States Tennis Association state title and his fifth straight USTA crown of the summer at McDonogh at 10 a.m. today.

Strouse, the tournament's No. 1 seed, is going for his 17th straight victory. He has yet to drop a set.


Buchheister saga

On the same day that he was told he had been reinstated as a teacher at Randallstown, John Buchheister, the Rams' former football coach, signed a contract to be an assistant coach at Western Maryland College.


"The county personnel director told me two weeks ago that I was being reinstated," Buchheister said last week. "But it wasn't official until today."

Buchheister, whose overall 16-year record was 128-44, was informed on June 3 by Randallstown principal Clark Powell that his position as physical education teacher at the school had been eliminated and that he would likely be let go as the Rams' football coach.

On June 28, Powell named Jack Bush to replace Buchheister, who won a 1A state title at Milford Mill in 1987 and a 3A state title at Randallstown in 1990 -- the latter after an unbeaten season.

"The principal wanted to bring in another coach. He did that, and the county allowed it to happen," said Buchheister. "Even if I was offered the [coaching] job at Randallstown now, I wouldn't take it."

Buchheister already had decided to take a position at Western Maryland as coach of the Green Terror defensive line. The job, says Buchheister, pays less than the amount earned by his junior varsity assistant at Randallstown.

"It's not important to me where I go or how much I get paid," he said.

Wojo hits the road

Gibbons All-Metro guard Steve Wojciechowski, who received a full basketball scholarship at Duke, leaves tomorrow to move into his campus dorm.


On Sunday he will fly to Minnesota for a two-week training camp with members of the junior national team as it prepares for the Aug. 29-Sept. 4 Junior World Championships in Argentina.

Lakers go 30-0

Drew Haugh, who last season coached Boys' Latin's junior varsity lacrosse team to a 14-0 record and a victory over Loyola for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown, coached that team to six straight victories as it won the under-16 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.

Members of the team, which outscored its opponents, 93-22, entered the tournament wearing T-shirts that read, "England-bound, looking for a six-streak."

And with the majority of the team members having been on a middle school squad that went 10-0 under Haugh, the contingent now boasts a 30-0 winning streak.

In the tournament's final game, the Lakers handed Rose Tree of Philadelphia its only loss, 7-5, behind the defense of Nick Breslin, Tom Knee, Joe Manson, Bernie Cefalu and goalkeeper Brian Berger.


The Lakers were led by top scorers Ian Shure (16 goals, 18 assists), Ryan Mollett (eight, 12), Todd Ulrich (15, five), Patrick Radebaugh (11, eight), Aaron Bercollone (11, seven), David Ulrich (five, eight) and Holt Hopkins (12 goals).

New Bridges at Walbrook

Kelvin Bridges, the offensive coordinator for two seasons for Walbrook's varsity football team, is the school's new coach. Bridges, a former quarterback at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, replaces Billy Hice, who was coach for the past 11 seasons. He is now the school's assistant principal.

Football coach sought

Mount St. Joseph High School needs an assistant football coach as soon as possible. Contact Athletic Director Paul Triplett or Coach Mike Working at (410) 644-6364 or (410) 644-3300.

Soccer search


Patterson's boys soccer team is looking for two scrimmages on Sept. 9, 13 or 14. Contact Coach Derek Maki at (410) 396-9274 or (410) 485-1129.

Cromwell's best

The all-stars for the Craig Crommell Basketball League at the Madison Square Recreation Center have been chosen:

Cromwell's Finest: Tommy Polley, Billy Wells and Jerald Singletary (Dunbar), Mark Karcher and Keon Chavez (St. Frances), Travon Broadway and Chris Reynolds (Walbrook), Damien Weaver (Mervo), Josh Davalli (Gibbons), Colin Jones (Southern-B), Reggie Johnson and Ernie Evans (Southwestern).

East All-Stars: Marvin Matthews (Walbrook), Marlon Wise and Desrick Galloway (Southern-B), Eric Payton (St. Frances), Vince Williams (Calvert Hall), Aaron Jolley (Southwestern), Rick Fuller (Gibbons), Robert Farr (Mervo), Jason Johnson (Carver), Lamont Branch (Edmondson), Jason Fink and Konata Springer (Towson Catholic).

West All-Stars: Antwon Jennifer (Walbrook), Charlie Harrison (Towson Catholic), Tyrell Smith (Edmondson), Darrell Dantzler (St. Frances), Greg Williams (Calvert Hall), Charles Burford (Southern-B), Stanley Parker (Southwestern), Keith Phoebus (Gibbons), Jamaal Collins (Mervo), Garland Ragler (Carver) and


Matt Newmeyer and Jermaine Bannister (Loyola).