The 27-year career of Eastern Tech's Joe Gast covers coaching experience in wrestling, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and cross country. And until this year, the 51-year-old Maverick said he "never had missed one event."
That changed for Gast on Jan. 21, when he underwent angioplasty to free up the blood flow to his heart, keeping the coach away from his Mavericks' wrestlers.
Assistants Dennis Zagursky and Chris Weir ran the team in his absence, but Gast returns for this weekend's Baltimore County tournament at Western Tech.
"Being out, it just drove me crazy," said Gast, adding that he and his wife, Lynn, have been fielding endless numbers of phone calls from friends and well-wishers.
Gast won the county's second state title in 1987 and was runner-up a year later. Such a wrestling devotee is Gast that five years ago, he scheduled the wedding of his son, Joe Jr., around the county tournament.
"I've been told I can actually get out there and coach, which is really good," said Gast, sounding like an enthusiastic teen-ager. "Glad to be there? You'd better believe it. It's just that I can't get overly excited."
Titles up for grabs
Baltimore County champions will be determined in boys and girls basketball tomorrow afternoon.
The girls title game pits No. 8-ranked Milford Mill against No. 15 Catonsville. The Millers, who are three-time defending champs, will play host to the game at 3 p.m.
In the boys championship, the No. 14 Comets boys will play host to Woodlawn at 1 p.m.
A playoff will determine the best team in the girls Sharpshooters Division. Western T&E; will travel to Hereford at a time to be determined today.
Tamir Goodman and Talmudical Academy will be playing at Silver Spring's Montgomery Blair High School at 9 p.m. Saturday night vs. Yeshiva High, and also on Sunday at American University vs. Maret and Virginia Tech-bound senior Tony Dobbins at 4: 30 p.m.
At 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday, Talmudical visits Gallaudet College against Model School for the Deaf, and on Feb. 28, the Thunder plays an opponent to be determined at the University of Maryland's Richie Coliseum in College Park as part of the private schools' state tournament.
Calvert Hall and Southwestern, ranked Nos. 8 and 11, respectively, and Northwestern, an honorable mention in The Sun, all suffered upset defeats against Baltimore teams on Tuesday.
A three-pointer by Carver's Dwayne Banks with 1.4 seconds remaining secured a 64-63 victory over Calvert Hall. Miquel Wilson (28 points) and Presley Prettyman (16) led Carver.
On the same night, Kiraan Posey (20 points), Eddie Colbert (15) and Danny Dixon (14) all scored in double figures as Edmondson upended Southwestern, 68-67.
In another upset, Donnell Dobbins (33 points), Donte Toles (13) and Raschid Smith (22 rebounds) led Class 1A state champ Forest Park over Northwestern, 65-48.
...and upset county
The unranked Woodlawn and Dulaney girls teams also scored upsets this week.
The Warriors got 24 points from Stacie Allen and 16 from Stephanie McPherson as they knocked off No. 15 Catonsville, 63-57, Thursday.
The same afternoon, Bridget Fitzsimmons scored 19 and Katie Kilgalen added 15 as Dulaney rolled over Towson, 53-29.
St. Paul's wrestler Denny Henderson (145) eclipsed the school record for career wins (previously held by Steve Truitt) with 107 with his third place finish at last weekend's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at Mount St. Joseph. Henderson has 29 pins this season (60 over the past two seasons).
Joppatowne's Monique Washington had a triple double in last week's 44-40 victory over Bel Air. The 5-11 senior had 20 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks as well as six assists and three steals.
She also had 22 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and five steals in a 48-38 win over Fallston last week and 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in a 45-38 win over C. Milton Wright Tuesday.
Southwestern point guard Earl Carr scored 62 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, dished off 18 assists and had 17 steals in victories over Forest Park, Northwestern and Poly last week.
Against Northwestern, an overtime victory, Carr scored seven points in overtime to bring the Sabers back from five down and finished with 24 points.
Junior guard Denise King's 36 points last week led No. 2 Seton Keough's clinching the Catholic League regular-season title.
She scored 19 to go with six rebounds and four steals in a 51-44 win over No. 7 Mercy and added 17 along with eight rebounds, two steals and two assists in Sunday's 42-33 win over No. 12 Archbishop Spalding.
The boys basketball team at Western T&E; in Baltimore County won the Sharpshooters' Division title, 60-56, over Carver to improve to 14-4. The record is the school's best, and the title, the school's first in its six years.
Loyola senior swimmer Chris Knott won both the mile (4 minutes, 46 seconds) and the two mile (10 minutes, 10 seconds) to remain unbeaten in each race at Saturday's MIAA group meet.
Bryn Mawr adds field
The Bryn Mawr School has purchased Norris Field, the Mount Washington Club lacrosse field in the northeast corner of the Northern Parkway-Interstate 83 intersection, and plans to use it for field hockey and lacrosse games beginning in the fall 2000.
The lacrosse club will continue to play there, as well.
"We needed more land," said athletic director Maureen Sanborn. "This was available land that offers lots of possibilities with lights and it's accessible to the school."
Pub Date: 2/19/99