Most Centennial High School boys soccer team members are dedicated individuals who play through injuries.
That dedication is part of the reason the Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the area and have won three of the past four Class 3A state championships.
PD But senior midfielder Marcus Lages went a little beyond the call
of duty last Thursday against Whitman.
During the first 10 minutes of the game, a nasty gash opened above his eye after a collision with teammate Mike McDonald. It was the kind of cut that boxers incur.
Most players would have headed immediately for the hospital, where, certified trainer Jon Ferber estimated, it would take about 17 stitches to close the cut. Ferber was assigned to the game and treated the cut.
Lages played on with a bandage and left for the hospital midway through the second half, after the Eagles had a 4-0 lead.
McDuffie basketball clinic
Kevin McDuffie will give a basketball clinic to members of the rTC Howard Youth Basketball Association at Burleigh Manor Middle School tonight at 7.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound McDuffie (Lake Clifton) was the German National League's MVP last season, averaging 41 points and 18 rebounds.
McDuffie, the college roommate of former Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, has played professional basketball in Europe for nine seasons.
Parrish shines again
DaLawn Parrish (Howard) is still listed as a backup strong safety on Wake Forest's depth chart. That may change soon.
For the second straight week, Parrish played an outstanding game. He made nine tackles, including six solos, in Saturday's win over Navy.
Wake Forest used seven different defensive backs last week, but Parrish's 58 plays were more than any other member of the secondary.
In two games, Parrish has 19 tackles and a fumble recovery. He also plays on special teams.
Beall to Barton
Jason Beall (Glenelg) will play basketball for Barton College in North Carolina this season.
Beall, a former All-County high school player, spent the past two years at Montgomery-Rockville Community College, which finished third in the nation one season. He averaged 15 points.
Barton, a Division II school, gave him an 80 percent scholarship. He'll play shooting guard.
Beall's father, Don, coaches junior varsity boys soccer and J.V. girls basketball at Glenelg.
Sexton top medalist
Matt Sexton of Centennial was the leading medalist (38) in Howard County Golf Club play last Wednesday at Hobbit's Glen. Jason Masters of Hammond was second at 39.
The high school league standings are: Centennial I 3-0, Glenelg 3-0, Wilde Lake 2-1, Hammond 2-1, Atholton 1-2, Centennial II 1-2, Mount Hebron 0-3, Howard 0-3.
The golfers are preparing for the District V championships at Geneva Farms Golf Club in Harford County Oct. 5. District V includes Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties.
The Chapelgate Christian Academy Flames boys soccer team was 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the league through Monday.
"In 10 years of coaching, I've never had a team win eight games in a row before," said coach Rob Van Ness.
The team's leading scorer is Dan Passerelli, who has 13 goals and one assist.
The Flames have two important games this week. They face Carroll Christian, a team they never have beaten, tomorrow. And Friday at 8 p.m. at Cedar Lane, they play Annapolis Area Christian, a team expected to be their toughest league opponent.
The No. 3 Oakland Mills boys soccer team easily beat No. 10 Loyola Saturday, 4-2.
Since 1987 Oakland Mills is 5-2-2 in the nine-game series between the teams. But in the previous four meetings, Loyola was 2-0-2 against the Scorpions. Both Loyola wins were by 2-1.
The last time Oakland Mills defeated Loyola so soundly -- in 1990 when the score was 3-0 -- the Scorpions won a state championship.