Fallston's Puckett joins 200-win club; Coach's satisfying victory comes against rival Wright; Notebook


Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett has become the second area field hockey coach this season to record her 200th career victory, joining Centennial's Gail Purcell.

Puckett's milestone came with a 4-0 win against C. Milton Wright, and her career record now stands at 203-38-13 after victories over North Harford, Bel Air and River Hill. The three-time All-Metro Coach of the Year, including last year's honoree, has spent her career -- 17 years -- at Fallston.

Puckett thought her milestone would occur a game earlier, but -- "if you could pick a game where everything goes wrong," she said, laughing -- the Cougars lost to Carroll County's unranked Francis Scott Key, 2-0.

"I kept thinking, 'I'm never going to get it.' I felt pressure," she said. "But C. Milton Wright is a huge rival, and they're always talking trash about us. It was so perfect. We scored right off the bat off a corner in the first two minutes, and by halftime, we were up 3-0. It felt really good."

At Fallston, Puckett has compiled a strong resume. She's taken the Cougars to 10 state final fours and won seven times, including last year. Under her guidance, the Cougars have won nine Harford County championships during the 1990s, having clinched this year's with last week's 2-1 overtime victory over Bel Air.

Just visiting?

During a recent visit to Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden's office, Hereford's C. J. Feldheim said the coach asked him: "You here to see the campus, or you here to join my team?"

"I told him I like his program, but I wanted to look around, check out the engineering program," said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound All-Metro defensive end/linebacker, whom Vanderlinden personally offered a full scholarship two weeks ago. "I'd love to go to Maryland, but I don't want to rush things."

Feldheim has a chance to be his school's first Division I scholarship football player, having attracted interest from No. 4-ranked Virginia Tech, as well as Delaware and Connecticut. His 3.8 grade-point average and 1,280 SAT have Cornell, Yale and Harvard interested, too.

Feldheim's 12 sacks this season equal the number he had during all of last season, and his size and speed (4.54-second 40-yard dash) has the Terps and other colleges considering him as a tight end or running back, as well as linebacker and defensive end.

Feldheim has rushed for 12 touchdowns in his first year as running back at Hereford.

"Virginia Tech has four scholarships for D-line, but three of them are going to junior-college transfers," Feldheim said. "They're offering one D-line scholarship for a high school player, and I'm the No. 2 guy in line for that one."

Western Tech coach Jason Blind said wide receiver Joe Cromwell (6-foot-2, 170), who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at a summer University of Maryland combine, also could become his school's first Division I football recruit, having been offered full scholarships by Virginia Tech, Temple and James Madison.

Generals return

The last time Towson's volleyball team won the Baltimore County championship, coach Jayne Lacy was a Generals senior.

That was 1977, also the last time the Generals made an appearance in the county final. This year, they should return.

With last week's sweep of Hereford, the Generals (10-1 overall) improved to 8-0 in Baltimore County's Division I. The victory moved Towson to No. 12 in The Sun's Top 15 poll and dropped the Bulls to No. 13. Earlier in the season, the Generals slipped past No. 14 Catonsville in five games.

None of the Generals' three remaining league opponents appears likely to mar their record. They should meet No. 2 Dulaney for the championship on Nov. 3, two days after they travel to Dulaney for a nonleague match.

In the 15-2, 15-2, 15-7 win at Hereford, Marie DesMarais led the Generals with seven kills, and Jenny Stiltz added five kills. Setter Michelle Clarke contributed 13 assists. DesMarais and Stiltz were perfect serving, and Stiltz had two aces. Rosie Ano led the defense and was 10-for-11 serving.

"The kids were really nervous going in," said Lacy. "They knew Hereford was the biggest competition for us, and they knew Hereford beat Catonsville and [that] we went five [games] with Catonsville."

Also noted

Parkville's Mike Hall ranks first in the state in single-season rushing (1,509 yards) and scoring (20 touchdowns) and has raised his school-record career totals to 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns. Parkville (4-3) is two wins shy of tying the school's single-season record.

Edmondson's 43-0 rout of Forest Park gave coach Pete Pompey his 177th career win, moving him one away from Patterson's Roger Wrenn (178), Baltimore's winningest active coach.

Ten city and Baltimore County and Harford County players were on the Maryland Baseball Club all-star team that won the A Division of the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Showcase in Jefferson, Tenn., Oct. 15-17. The MBC went 5-0 and out-scored opponents, 55-7, over a 34-team field from North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Local players: Mike Santmeyer, Lenny Yagatich, Joe Dinardi, Marco Muscella and Brandon Shue, all of Calvert Hall; Mike Rostek (Hereford), Paul Winterling (McDonogh), Justin King (Cardinal Gibbons), Justin Stubblefield (John Carroll) and Danny Prevatt (Archbishop Curley).

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