The Vikings didn't win a team title, but Mount Hebron cross country coach Mark Agnew was pleased with the efforts of both his boys and girls teams last Saturday at the Jack Griffin Invitational in Frederick.
Kate Frande of Mount Hebron won the girls' 3.1-mile race by 30 seconds in 19 minutes, 15 seconds as the Vikings finished fourth behind Good Counsel, Quince Orchard and Walter Johnson. Teammates Lindsay Evens and Lauren Ritterman finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
"It was no shame losing to those teams," said Agnew of the preseason county-favorite Vikings. "Other teams won't look on it as a sign of weakness."
The Vikings' boys team finished sixth, led by sophomore James Mullaly, who was 12th in 17: 39, and senior Chad Zimmerman, 16th in 17: 53.
"It was a very competitive boys race, with mostly private schools like Calvert Hall or 3A-4A teams ahead of us, Agnew said. "Our boys team will surprise some people."
Off and running
Getting that first victory early is important to set a winning tone. At least that was the thinking of River Hill coach Earl Lauer as his Hawks boys team won the Interstate Invitational, led by Mike Styczynski's first-place finish Saturday at Clear Spring High School.
"We might have had stiffer competition if we had run Jack Griffin, but like the Maryland basketball team, you like to schedule easier early so that you get them used to winning," said Lauer, who hopes this squad can win a state title.
Styczynski covered the three-mile course in 16: 25, the fourth-fastest time ever posted on the course. Teammate Steve Chu ran third in 16: 40. Shane Stroup (17: 04) was sixth and Michael Fleg (17: 35) finished 10th.
The Hawks girls team grabbed fifth place, led by second-place Lee McDuff, whose 19: 12 was the sixth-fastest time ever on the course. Middletown freshman Emily Buzzell won the race with a record-setting 18: 30.
When Western Maryland defeated Bridgewater, 24-0, in football last Saturday, Oakland Mills players from last season's state Class 1A championship team played against one another. Joe Ellis and Lance Adams Were suited up for Western Maryland, while Jay Frizzelle represented Bridgewater. Ellis made one catch at wide receiver. Frizzelle had two sacks at nose guard.
A similar scenario may play out this Saturday when the Green Terror takes on Randolph-Macon, which will have former Scorpion T. J. Welsh as a back-up quarterback. Former Centennial player Aaron Perkins is now Welsh's teammate and starts on the line.
And on Sept. 18, freshman Vinnie Rubbo's Holy Cross team will play Harvard, which features senior defensive end Brian Howard, another former Scorpion.
Other Scorpions playing college football include Fardan Carter and Gregg Kellett at Marshall, Tom Browne and Paul Duffy at Salisbury State and T.J. Smith at Florida A&M.;
JV fans pay price
For the first time, the county will charge admission to junior varsity events.
The sports committee, by unanimous decision, voted last month to charge $2 for students and $3 for adults -- the same as for varsity games.
A school system press release said the decision was based on large crowds and security problems during the 1998 season.
The decision will be reevaluated at the end of the season.
Among the best
Before the start of the boys soccer season, three county coaches were among the top 10 winningest active coaches in the Baltimore metro area.
Rank Coach School Record
1. Don Gregg Severna Park 261-90-12
2. Bill Stara River Hill 255-28-10
3. Bill Jefferson Bel Air 246-137-24
4. Don Shea Oakland Mills 227-64-18
5. Pep Perrilla Curley 159-43-13
6. Len Petrey Fallston 113-36-9
7. Don Kraft Loyola 106-64-31
8. Earl Eckhardt Chesapeake-AA 104-66-9
9. Derek Maki Kenwood 100-72-13
10. Dave Nesbitt Wilde Lake 90-55-13
Pub Date: 9/08/99