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Hereford-Catonsville final is a Baltimore County first 1A-2A showdown enters books in boys lacrosse

Tomorrow's 6 p.m. 1A-2A final between No. 14 Hereford (12-3) and Catonsville (12-4) represents the first all-Baltimore County state championship game in boys lacrosse since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association switched to a formal state tournament in 1990.

Before 1990, the tournament was under the state-regional format, with Hereford winning three crowns.

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Catonsville, which upset then-No. 14 Oakland Mills to win its second straight region title, is making its first final appearance in the school's history, according to third-year coach Warren Como.

The game also is a rematch of a lightning-shortened regular-season contest that Whit Morril-coached Hereford led, 7-5, entering a fourth period that never was played.

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Hereford has a nine-game winning streak, but lightning, according to Como, isn't expected to strike twice. "Our transition kicked in about two weeks ago and, since then, no one's been able to stop us," Como said.

"If we get an early lead, they'll have to play up to us -- and I don't think anyone can."

Over the top

Overlea's junior mixed doubles competitors, Erin Coffman and Scott Twele, won county tennis titles last Thursday over opponents from Pikesville, formerly coached by Bonnie Margolis, now in her second year at Overlea.

But that's only part of the story.

"Pikesville has dominated the county championships for years, so it was a real upset for Overlea to beat them in a very tough draw. Overlea had never had anyone win anything in tennis before this," said Margolis, who coached Pikesville to two straight county team titles and had an individual state champ.

"Scott's the No. 1 singles player for me this year, but he was No. 10 last year. I knew he had potential, and he gave up baseball to be competitive. The overall program went from about 10 people coming out to about 20 this year."

Second retirement

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Three years ago, Poly's Augie Waibel retired from teaching after 36 years.

Last Friday, after his boys' lacrosse team lost its first-round 1A-2A state playoff game to Southern-Anne Arundel, Waibel, 62, told his players he was hanging it up in that sport after having won seven titles over 29 seasons.

Pete Connally, 50, also retired last week after 20 years of coaching Walbrook's girls basketball program.

Waibel will continue coaching football at Poly. He began coaching football at Edmondson in 1963 and, in 1967, went to Poly, where his teams have won 14 titles over the years.

"Three years ago, when I retired from teaching, I wanted to retire from lacrosse also, but there was no one who was experienced at coaching lacrosse at that time," said Waibel, who will be replaced by John Hammond, his assistant football coach.

"I didn't want to put any extra pressure on the kids by telling them early in the season.

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"I'll keep coaching football as long as I feel up to it and as long as I feel like I'm making a contribution and having fun."

Waibel now will have even more time to spend with his wife of 40 years, Betty; his children, Stacey, 36, Bill, 33, and Mike, 30; and his grandchild, Brendan, who is 18 months old.

Gittings' strong arm

Mount Carmel pitcher Dan Gittings entered the playoffs having set school records for single-season (118) and career (303) strikeouts.

Over 59 innings, Gittings, a senior, has a 0.71 ERA, has walked 23 batters and pitched no-hitters over Perry Hall Christian, 11-0, and Severn, 2-0. He struck out 10 or more batters in seven of 10 starts.

Gittings also is formidable at the plate, batting .422 with four doubles, three triples and 12 RBIs. He has 13 stolen bases.

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Edwards to Canada

Chris Edwards, an attackman for Boys' Latin's lacrosse team, will play for the World Class All-Stars under-16 team of Americans who will compete in an Aug. 9-18 tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Pub Date: 5/21/96


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