Another fine wrestling season came to an end over the weekend with Carroll County coming away with four state champions.
There were plenty of other seniors who joined the foursome -- Liberty's Kevin Jeffress, North Carroll's Tom Kiler and South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth and Charlie Conaway -- in closing out solid high school careers.
Francis Scott Key, behind senior co-captain Ryan Etzler and Jason Hooper, came up with the biggest upset of the season with its win over then No. 1 Owings Mills in the Class 1A-2A state dual-meet semifinal match.
Etzler, a two-time county champ, finished the season 32-5 at 130 pounds, with Hooper closing out the season at 31-6 with a West region title.
South Carroll's Dan Alberter (26-4 at 130) reached the semifinals before a shoulder injury suffered in the quarterfinals win caught up with him in a 9-2 loss to Northern's Paul Hayden.
Westminster's Jay Andrews (30-8 at 135), Charlie Minor (26-10 at 145) and Jason Hare (31-10) led the Owls to their first county tournament title win in 10 years.
Liberty captain Scott Taylor won a county title at 189 and finished the season with a 26-6 record.
The Carroll Christian boys basketball team closed out a fine season with a sixth-place showing at an eight-team region tournament in Richmond, Va., this weekend.
The Patriots (18-8) opened the tournament with a 65-49 loss to Parsippany Christian, New Jersey's state runner-up, last Thursday. They came back in the losers' bracket to beat Virginia's state runner-up Landmark Christian, 70-55, as four Patriots scored in double figures. In the game for fifth place, the Patriots dropped a 73-47 decision to Virginia state champ, Fairfax Baptist.
John Brunson averaged 19 points in the three games and the Patriots (18-8), who won their first conference and Christian schools state title this season, came away with the sportsmanship trophy.
Western Maryland news
The Western Maryland College women's softball team got off to a strong start with a second-place showing at the Methodist College Lady Monarch Invitational in Fayetteville, N.C., over the weekend.
The Green Terror went 3-0 in pool play on the tournament's first day with wins over Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), Ferrum (Va.) and the host school, 8-4. In the championship-bracket quarterfinals, Western Maryland upended Ferrum once again, 6-5, and shut out blanked Messiah (Pa.) College, 2-0, in the semifinals. Chowan (N.C.) College ended the Green Terror's run in the title game with a 10-2 victory.
The Green Terror had six batters average hit over .300 and the defense committed only three errors for the entire tournament.
Senior catcher Jen Prowinski had at least one hit in every game and went 10-for-20 in the tournament. Prowinski, who also drove in nine runs, became just the fourth player in school history to reach eclipse the 100-hit plateau in a career with 106.
Freshman shortstop Jan Scott made an immediate impact offensively, batting .412 in the six games. Sophomore center fielder and lead-off batter Kari Thompson got on base nine times (eight hits, one walk) and scored five runs.
Sophomore pitcher Amy Allen hit .375 and earned three of the five wins, including a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort in the 2-1 opener against Washington & Jefferson. Freshman Kim Ruprecht went 2-0 on the mound, including the shutout of Messiah in which she allowed only three singles.
Western Maryland won't be in action again until its first Centennial Conference doubleheader of the season March 27 at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.).
Senior Julie Cox (Liberty) will represent Western Maryland at the NCAA Division III women's indoor track championships at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., this weekend.
Cox will compete in the 55-meter hurdles and 55 dash preliminaries on Friday with the top eight advancing to the final on Saturday.
The 55 hurdles championship is scheduled for 2: 55 p.m. March 9, with the 55 dash final slated for 3: 35 p.m.
According to the list of competitors released yesterday March 5 by Smith College, Cox is tied for the eighth-fastest qualifying time in the 55 hurdles. She posted a mark of 8.48 seconds at the Towson State University Holiday Relays on Dec. 10.
In the 55 dash, Cox made the field of 15 with a qualifying standard of 7.37 seconds, a school record she set at the William Iannicelli Classic at Franklin & Marshall College on Feb. 3. It's the slowest among the scheduled competitors.
Pub Date: 3/06/96