Wildecats pull off big surprise


Wilde Lake's boys team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of Howard County cross country Friday by winning the 16-team Howard County Invitational at Howard Community College.

The Wildecats edged second-place and favored Oakland Mills by three points.

And Wilde Lake's girls team pulled nearly as big an upset by finishing third -- beaten only by Oakland Mills among county teams. The Scorpion girls won the team title and that also was a mild upset. Atholton was expected to win.

Two years ago the Wilde Lake boys team was struggling to get a fifth runner to field a complete team. Now it has won a huge race that in recent years has mirrored the Howard County championship race.

Faisal Haisan was Wilde Lake's top finisher -- third overall behind Oakland Mills' Greg Curtis and Steve Petro.

Jeff Bird, Ben Service, Mark Baron and Mike Brosenne made up the rest of the winning five.

"Everybody was shocked," Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker said. "They had no idea they'd win. It was a little bit of magic, a dream come true."

The top five for Wilde Lake girls team included three freshmen and two sophomores. They were in order of finish: Sarah Gomber, Lindsay Brewington, Kelly Zimmerman, Libby George and Jodie Richmond.

Last season Wilde Lake did not field a complete girls team at the county championships.

Coaching pipeline

The Oakland Mills boys soccer program under coach Don Shea is starting a mini-coaching pipeline among its ex-players.

Brian Boussy coaches the junior varsity at Oakland Mills. Marc Osterberger is varsity coach at Severn. And David DiTomasso is varsity coach at a school in Jacksonville, Fla. All three were All-State players.

Courage award

Two days before Saturday's football game against Linganore, Irving Conwell was making french fries at home when he spilled hot grease on his leg.

He went to the hospital for treatment and came home with a nasty burn on his thigh.

The average person probably would have sat out Saturday's game but not Conwell, a quarterback and defensive back who also has played this season despite a broken bone in his left elbow.

Grubb sails on

Chris Grubb (Mount Hebron) batted .295 (66-for-224) for the Erie Sailors of the Frontier League, an independent baseball minor league. Grubb led the team with 42 walks. He played in 66 games.

Basketball clinic

The third annual Viking Basketball Skills Clinic will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at Mount Hebron High School.

The clinic is designed for players to work on their individual skills and is open to boys and girls in grades three through nine. The cost is $75.

For more information call Dave Greenberg at (410) 313-2857 (work) or (410) 730-1184 (home) or Scott Robinson at (410) 740-1560 (home).


Striker Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake) and goalkeeper Kori Hunter (Atholton) both made the first-team All Mid-Atlantic soccer team as sophomores for Rutgers University last season.

But through six games in which the Scarlet Knights are 2-3-1, Amani-Dove is scoreless, and Hunter hasn't played because he is recovering from two broken legs. Hunter is expected back in two or three weeks.

Two good ones

Two of my favorite fall sports events are coming up at Howard Community College.

This Sunday, there's the seventh annual $30,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix, the most colorful sporting event in Howard County. Anyone who likes horses will be captivated by watching them jump the 6-foot high fences.

Lawn seating is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the HCC Educational Foundation.

The gates open at 10 a.m. The main event will follow a $7,500 Junior/Amateur Classic that begins at noon.

Then there's the 13th annual Columbus Chase 10K on Oct. 9 at HCC. Its proceeds also benefit HCC's Educational Foundation. The entry fee is $13. Call the Howard County Striders (410) 964-1998.

Atholton records

When Ricky Trott rushed 26 times for 200 yards in Saturday's 32-28 victory over Liberty, he set an Atholton school record for most yards rushing in one game. Trott surpassed John O'Neill (185 yards) and Ken Swiney (181), two Atholton football legends.

Atholton also set a team record for total offense of 420 yards. The Raiders had 71 passing and 349 rushing.

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