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Pair of Carroll teens honored as state's Swimmers of the Year


South Carroll High sophomore Matt Easterday and Francis Scott Key sophomore Megan Straehle were named Swimmers of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of U.S. Swimming for the 1996 season.

Easterday enjoyed first-place finishes at the Eastern Zone Short Course Championship Meet in Princeton, N.J., in March and two victories at the Eastern Zone Long Course Championships in Pittsburgh in August.

Competing in the 13- to 14-year-old age group at Princeton, his time of 1 minute, 57.05 seconds in the 200-yard butterfly was the eighth fastest in the country; his 4: 11.74 in the 400-yard individual medley was the ninth best and his 1: 59.28 in the 200-yard individual medley was ranked 14th.

Straehle combined a strong short-course and long-course season in the 13-14 class before moving up to the 15-16 division prior to the Eastern Zone Long Course Championships in Pittsburgh. Despite having just turned 15 at the time, she came away with wins in the 100-meter butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

Easterday and Straehle will be honored at ceremonies during the Maryland All-Star and Zone Qualifying Meet to take place Feb. 28-March 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Both swimmers represent the Kirk Sanoki-coached Green Terror Aquatic Club, which trains at Western Maryland College.

Carroll Christian wins

The Carroll Christian boys basketball team won a second straight Potomac Christian Athletic Conference tournament title in impressive fashion on Saturday.

The Patriots (22-4) avenged a regular-season loss at Broadfording with a 76-49 win in the final. John Brunson, named tournament MVP, scored 22 points and added nine rebounds in the final. Josh Belcher added 15 with eight steals, Casey Davis had 14 points and Sam Lieb finished with 13 to lead a balanced attack for the Patriots.

Next up for the Patriots is defending their Maryland Association of Christian Schools state title tomorrow at Elkton Christian.

The Patriots earned a bye in the first round and will play an undetermined opponent in the semifinals at 4: 30 tomorrow afternoon. The final is 2: 30 Saturday.

Runner-up Owls

The Westminster Owls' second-place finish in Saturday's Class 4A-3A Dual-Meet Championship was similar to Francis Scott Key's runner-up effort in last year's Class 2A-1A tournament.

In both cases, each team used a lot of emotion and energy getting through the semifinals.

Last year, the Eagles came in ranked sixth in the metro area and knocked off No. 1 Owings Mills in the semis before falling to No. 7 Hammond in the final. This year, Westminster got past defending dual-meet state champ Frederick, a Central Maryland Conference rival, in the semis before falling to Arundel in the championship.

Western Maryland

A busy weekend for Western Maryland had senior forward Daeviid St. Rose becoming the 15th player in the men's basketball program to surpass the 1,000-point plateau; the Green Terror women suffering a tough three-point loss to Gettysburg in a pivotal Centennial Conference game; and the wrestling team coming away with three individual titles in a solid second-place finish at the Centennial Conference Tournament.

With his 10 points in Friday's 81-69 win against Gettysburg, St. Rose became the second Green Terror player this year to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Forward Will Marshall accomplished the feat earlier in the season.

After a 68-65 loss to Gettysburg, the Western Maryland women (14-8, 7-6 in the CC) needed a win at John Hopkins last night combined with a Franklin & Marshall win against Dickinson Tuesday night and more help from F & M over the weekend to create a three-way tie for second place and force a special playoff.

The Green Terror wrestlers enjoyed their finest effort at the Centennial Conference Tournament with a runner-up finish to Ursinus. Steve Smiddy (134), John Wert (142) and Rick Estes (190) won conference titles.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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