Assistant Knox gets Rams' football job

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Randallstown assistant football coach Anthony Knox was named to the Rams' top job yesterday by school principal Eric Calton.

Knox, 35, replaces Bruce Strunk, who on Tuesday accepted the football coaching position at Eastern Tech. There, Strunk replaced Nick Arminio, who left to become coach at Toms River High in his native New Jersey.

Before coming to Randallstown in 1997, Knox had been a nine-year assistant to Edmondson's Pete Pompey, having played for Pompey at Edmondson in the early 1980s, and James James.

Knox was defensive coordinator of last fall's state semifinalist Rams, who had five shutouts and allowed fewer than seven points a game. Randallstown was 11-1 and third-ranked.

Strunk, who became the Rams' sixth coach in five seasons when he took over, strongly recommended Knox for the vacancy. Calton acted swiftly, hoping to maintain the stability which helped to turn a 2-8 team three years ago into one that went 8-3 and reached the state quarterfinals two seasons ago, before reaching last fall's semifinals.

Eastern Tech, two-time Baltimore County Class 3A-4A champs, and Randallstown, last fall's Class 1A-2A champ, will both be in the 3A-4A league this fall. The teams play Oct. 2 at Randallstown.

Braswell's best

Georgetown freshman Kevin Braswell (Lake Clifton) showed Wednesday night why he earned basketball All-Rookie Team honors in the Big East.

With the Hoyas trailing Providence by 10 points in the second half in the Big East Tournament, Braswell scored five key points on a basket and a three-pointer in Georgetown's rally to a 68-66 win. He had 11 in the game.

Before entering Georgetown, Braswell made himself a solid student with a B-average at Maine Central Institute, a prep school, where he led the basketball team to a 35-0 season, averaging 21 points, nine assists and 4.3 rebounds.

"I've been to all of his home games, and I'm very proud of how well he's doing as a student and as an athlete," said Braswell's mother, Millicent Boone. "As a young man, my son has really grown up."

Panthers down champs

Jermaine Sawyer (26 points), Clement Sorgho (23) and Tavon Cloude (18) led Pikesville to Wednesday night's 78-77 Class 1A North region upset of last winter's Class 1A state champ Forest Park.

The Panthers visit Cecil County's Rising Sun at 7 tonight for the region title.

Cheers, cheers

Cheerleaders from the Institute of Notre Dame defend their Catholic League title at 8 tonight at Towson University.

Coach Heather Lapidario's INDians, ranked No. 18 in the Eastern Cheerleading Association, are led by captains Jessica Rada, Brooke Hines, Danielle Buttion and Carrie Chrest. The Indians' 25-member squad will compete in the March 19-22 Cheer.LTD Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

All MIAA hockey

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association hockey coaches have picked their teams of top players from this winter's competition. The All-MIAA A Conference team:

Forwards -- St. Mary's John Zimmel and Ryan Havok; Loyola's Zack Martinez and Tim Sullivan; Mount St. Joseph's Max Herrett and Greg Snyder. Defense -- Loyola's T. J. Mathieson and Nick Zahrobsky; Mount St. Joseph's Derick Williams and Brian Rice. Goalies -- Mount St. Joseph's Ryan Stephens; Loyola's Mike Mullook.

The B Conference team:

Forwards -- Gilman's Tom Carolan and Jason Johnson; Archbishop Curley's Chris Brune and Richie Jondo; St. Paul's Jim DePrima; Boys' Latin's Phil McKnight. Defense -- St. Paul's Taylor Vreeland; Archbishop Curley's Alan Armacoste; Gilman's Justin Redd; Boys' Latin's Andy Solomon. Goalies -- Archbishop Curley's John Newcomer; St. Paul's Greg Wright.

Wolverines titlists

Western Tech's girls' basketball team has won the school's first title in five years of competing, its 15-7 record good for the Baltimore County Sharpshooters' Division title.

The Wolverines lost to Randallstown in the Class 2A North playoffs but, said coach Heather Wable-DeWees, "have made great strides in the last two years."

The Wolverines were led by sophomore Jacqueline Pundt, who averaged 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore 6-3 center Raven Johnson averaged nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Bateya Jackson, a junior 5-8 swing player, averaged nine rebounds, six points and four steals.

Preps revisited

No. 1-ranked Archbishop Curley, this season's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling champ and Maryland's No. 2-ranked team, scored a school-record 135 points for a sixth-place finish at last weekend's National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University.

Maryland champ Darien Kess (103) had Curley's best finish, a 6-1 runner-up to Blair Academy's Cody Cooperman, the nation's No. 2-ranked 103-pounder. Kess scored a school-record 210 takedowns this season.

State champ Paul Boettcher (152) was third for the second straight year.

Curley's state runners-up Brian Bricker (130) and Antwaun Lide (125) each finished fourth, with P.J. Kirhagis (145) fifth, Matt Charvat (160) seventh, and Pat Curran eighth.

Also noted

The Maryland High School Wrestling Classic, featuring a tri-meet between the top seniors in each weight class in the Class 3A-4A, Class 1A-2A and private schools, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at River Hill High in Clarksville.

Mount St. Joseph's 3,200-meter relay team ran "the fastest '4X8' I've seen this year," said coach Gene Constantine, winning last weekend's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title in 8 minutes, 26 seconds. The runners were Curtis Stanfield, Pat Kline, Dan Ramirez and Jeremy Duncan.

Cardinal Gibbons basketball coach Bryan Moorhouse has stepped down after four seasons, having accepted a position as director of state affairs for Allegany Energy. Moorhouse, a 1970 alumnus, has been at the school 27 years, 22 as assistant to the late Ray Mullis.

Pub Date: 3/05/99

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