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Owls' tournament performance sends opponents here message


The fourth-ranked Westminster Owls sent an early-season message to the rest of the Carroll County wrestling teams with their fourth-place finish at the highly-touted Annapolis Tournament over the weekend.

What's more impressive is how well they fared going head-to-head against No. 11 Francis Scott Key, which finished eighth in the 13-team field.

The Owls won four of the five matches against their county rivals by a margin of 22-6. Included were pins from Kyle Burger (over Darren Hooper at 119) and Austin Lanham (over Billy Null at 152), and a 14-0 major decision win from Dave Spicer over defending county champ Tim Beale at 140. Key's heavyweight, Mark Plank, pinned the Owls' Mike Swain for his team's only points against Westminster.

Three N. Carroll champs

At the 12-team Meade Invitational this weekend, North Carroll finished third with three individual champs.

Dameon Davis won the 130-pound class, Joe Hughes was champ at 189 and Ben Fleming came away with three pins to win at heavyweight.

South Carroll finished fourth in the tournament with Mike Muller taking the runner-up spot at 145.

Fast (6-0) starters

The Carroll Christian boys basketball team has picked up where it left off last year.

Winners of their first Maryland Association of Christian Schools state title last season, the Patriots are off to a 6-0 start, including a win in the Martinsburg (W. Va.) Tip-Off tourney this weekend.

The Patriots defeated Red Lion (Pa.), 61-58 in the championship round. Senior Josh Belcher was the tournament Most Valuable Player with juniors John Brunson and Sam Lieb named to the all-tournament team.

A balanced attack has been the Patriots' key, which was apparent in Monday's 77-53 win at Elkton Christian. Four players reached double figures and 10 scored.

The Carroll Christian girls (2-2) are battling the flu bug as much as opponents these days. The Patriots had to postpone yesterday's game at Liberty because six of their 10 players were out of school sick. The game has not yet been rescheduled.

NCAA qualifier

Western Maryland College freshman Kerry Wilson provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in two events at the Bucknell University Invitational over the weekend.

She had a long jump of 17 feet, 9 1/2 inches and a triple jump of 37 feet, 4 3/4 inches. The automatic qualifying standard for the long jump is 18 feet, 2 inches and 37 feet, 8 3/4 inches for the triple jump.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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