McDonogh tennis team takes aim at 80th straight MIAA victory


McDonogh's tennis team, coached by Laddie Levy, goes after its seventh straight MIAA A Conference title and its 80th straight league match victory tomorrow at 3: 15 when it plays host to regular-season runner-up Gilman.

McDonogh finshed the regular season at 9-0 and 12-1 overall, its only loss coming against New Jersey state champ Newark Academy, which entered their battle ranked fourth nationally and having won more than 90 consecutive matches.

The conference individual championships will begin Monday. McDonogh also will play host to the June 8-10 National Prep Tennis Championships, which will include defending champ Greenhill (Texas), Deerfield (Mass.) and Augusta (Ga.).

Rising star

Mervo senior track star Erik Newby, whose stock went up with last weekend's long jump leap of 24 feet, 4 inches and his triple-jump of 46-1, will sign a national letter of intent this week with defending NCAA champion Arkansas.

Shields shines

Randallstown's Jon Shields, who carries a 3.63 grade point average, will try to defend his long jump title and compete in four other events beginning tomorrow in the Baltimore County track championships.

Shields won four events earlier this season at the Dundalk Invitational, taking the 300-meter hurdles, the 400 dash, the long jump and running a leg of the Rams' winning 400 relay.

Shields' best efforts in the long jump (23-11) and in the 300 hurdles (38.8 seconds) were good enough to qualify him for a berth in the High School Nationals at North Carolina State to be held next month. Shields' best time in the 400 meters is 50.2 seconds.

Eagles flying

When Owings Mills' lacrosse team takes its 10-1 record into tomorrow's playoff game against defending 1A-2A state champ Towson, there's a good chance coach Tom Carey's son, up from the JV this week, will be playing for the opposition.

The Eagles are led by attackman Matt Swerdlin (14 goals, 18 assists), one of only five seniors, and sophomore attackman Scott Silverstein (20 goals, 10 assists).

One of the team's best athletes, senior midfielder Alex Gitomer (15 goals, 10 assists), was the top defensive back on the 9-2 football team last year with eight interceptions. He also is a Baltimore County wrestling champion and region runner-up.

Though he has played in only nine games, Gitomer is the Eagles' face-off specialist in the midfield, where he's joined by sophomore John Patchet (eight goals).

Keeper Andy Bertell, the team's only freshman, has 154 saves on the year -- including two games during which he stopped more than 20 shots.

The Eagles' best defenseman is Justin Myers, a region runner-up wrestler.

Bad news Bears


Carver's Bears, under second-year coach Paul Britt, have been bad news in winning 10 of 11 games against Baltimore City League Division I lacrosse opponents.

Britt returned seven starters from last year's 9-4 squad, led by Corey Snype (32 goals, 18 assists), Raymond McNill (29, 16), John Drennon (28, seven), Melvin Douglass (23, nine) and Reginald Durant (17, 13).

Scoring Crusade

With 229 career points, St. Paul's All-Metro attackman Conor Gill is five points off the career scoring mark (234) established by Tim Whitely in 1992. Gill ranks second on the Crusaders' all-time list ahead of Larry LeDoyen (226) and Michael Watson (222).

Also, teammate Pat Tracy's total of 50 goals is just two off the single-season mark held by Buggs Combs and Dave Dempsey.

Midfielder Alex Poole last week accepted a scholarship to play for Maryland.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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