When 13th-ranked Mount St. Joseph visits top-ranked Gilman tomorrow for a critical Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference football game, Peter and Rita Abiamiri, parents of three sons in the game, might be rooting for a tie.
Two of their sons, 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rob, a senior, and 6-2, 180-pound Paschal, a sophomore, will be suiting up for Mount St. Joe. But the youngest Abiamiri, 6-4, 210-pound freshman Victor, 13, will be wearing a Gilman uniform.
"All week long, they've been saying it's going to be a rivalry," said Peter Abiamiri, who came to America from Nigeria in 1979. "You've got to root for both teams, or it might make someone angry."
Rob, 16, who has a 3.4 grade-point average and a 1,010 SAT score, has a full football scholarship offer from James Madison.
Peter, 49, who stands 6-0, grew up playing soccer. Rita, 43, is 5-9 and was a volleyball player. All three brothers play basketball, and Rob is a track long and triple jumper.
Pirates' fall run
Notre Dame Prep's third-ranked cross country team headed to Vermont for the ninth annual Thetford Academy Woods Trail Run over the weekend.
The Pirates finished seventh in a field of 50 schools representing seven states. Sarah Arbaugh placed 36th in 21: 40 over the 3.15-mile course, followed by Katie MacNabb (42nd, 21: 52), Melissa Donovan (64th, 22: 19), Kathleen Souweine (67th, 22: 20), Alex Gangler (68th, 22: 21), Olivia Fraden (72nd, 22: 24) and Elena Amato (79th, 22: 24).
After making the 450-mile trip to Thetford Hills, the Pirates also received a trophy for traveling the greatest distance of any team in the event.
Two players from McDonogh -- second-team All-Metro basketball player David Lunn (Delaware) and second-team All-Metro football linebacker T.C. Cosby (Penn State) -- have orally committed to scholarships.
Both players have led McDonogh to the past two Maryland Scholastic Athletic Association B Conference titles in their sports. Cosby also plays on the basketball team, and Lunn is playing wide receiver in football this year.
Lunn, who is 6-4 and 190 pounds, eschewed interest from programs such as Richmond, Mount St. Mary's, Rider and UMBC. Lunn averaged 18.5 points and eight rebounds as the Eagles went 16-0 in the league and 23-5 overall last season. McDonogh was 15-1, 22-2 during Lunn's sophomore year.
With Cosby (6-2, 225) in the lineup, McDonogh's football team, ranked No. 9 with a 4-0 record, has won 17 straight MIAA B Conference games. A 4.5-second speedster in the 40-yard dash, Cosby, with 50 tackles, is the leading tackler for the second straight season.
Patriots in NSCAA poll
The John Carroll girls soccer team, ranked No. 2 in The Sun's Top 15 poll, dropped to No. 18 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Girls High School rankings. After falling to then-No. 15 Conestoga (Pa.) and tying St. Mary's, the Patriots dropped from a tie at No. 10 in the NSCAA's first poll two weeks ago. The Sun's No. 1 team, River Hill, entered the poll at No. 23.
Indians on the rise
The Institute of Notre Dame's soccer team has grabbed some attention in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division race after tying No. 6 St. Mary's and No. 14 Mercy.
Behind new coach Dave Schaeffer, a veteran of girls club soccer coaching, the Indians are 5-4-3, having lost only to one unranked team. Last year, they finished 3-10.
"When I got here, I saw a willingness to accept where they were and not climb the ladder," said Schaeffer. "Now, they've had a little taste of success and they want more."