With his 48-8 record, Hereford's Steve Turnbaugh can become the state's second high school football coach, public or private, to win 50 games over his first five seasons as a head coach.
Turnbaugh, whose chief assistants are John Walter and Mike Blizzard, needs two victories in his next two games to tie the mark established by former Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell (50-12), and to reach his fourth straight state semifinal game. A semifinal win would land Turnbaugh in his second state title game since going 13-0 for the title in 1997.
Mitchell (now Morgan State's head coach) was assisted by current Dunbar head coach Ben Eaton and Anthony Clark during his winning of two state titles in three in three appearances in the finals, and five state semifinal berths from 1993 to '97.
What might have been
The girls soccer team Baltimore Football Club Terminators began breaking up just after its players reached high school. Today, it no longer exists, but its legacy is felt on several of the area's elite high school teams. Seven former players were named to last year's All-Metro girls soccer team.
First-teamers Michele Allen (Liberty) and Katie Elliott (Mount Hebron) as well as second-teamers Megan Schwartz (Notre Dame Prep), Theresa Sherry (Bryn Mawr) and Mandy Komar (Westminster) are former Terminators. The team also included last year's All-Metro Player of the Year Marissa Schuchat (McDonogh, James Madison) and second-teamer Courtney Outen (Perry Hall, Tusculum).
Six other players made The Sun's All-City/County teams: Rachel Engle and Kellan Hoover (McDonogh), Lindsay Sproul (Franklin) and Caline McHenry (Roland Park) in Baltimore; and Katie Hancock and Sandy Lagana (South Carroll) in Carroll County.
Kaitie Schuyler (Mercy), Candice Doten (Franklin), Cede Bell (McDonogh), Julie Golomb (Owings Mills), Lindy Zaicko (Notre Dame Prep), Tricia Teal (Westminster) and Taylor Gauvin (Perry Hall, Elizabethtown) also played for the Terminators. Mindy Walman, who now plays field hockey at Garrison Forest, is the only former Terminator not still playing soccer.
Former coach Jay Golomb, now an assistant at the College of Notre Dame and at McDonogh, can't help but wonder what might have happened had this team somehow managed to play high school soccer together.
"I wouldn't imagine any team could put anything together that could compete with them," said Golomb, who coached this group from under-13 to under-15. "As a club team they were phenomenal, arguably the second-best team in the state behind the Bethesda Scorpions, which is where many of them went once our team dissolved. If they had stayed together as a club team, they would be regional champions, competing on the national level. It would be awesome."
Hickey is back
Hickey's first-year football coach Dan Bungori has quite a football history.
During his final two seasons as an under-sized high school wide receiver at 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, the 1970 John Carroll graduate caught 19 touchdown passes. At the University of Maryland, Bungori earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference and honorable-mention All-American honors.
As the first-year coach of the Hickey School Bears' football team, Bungori, 47, hopes to make a little more history with the program's third Class 1A state playoff berth since it began in 1995 under last year's coach, Herb Lynch.
Hickey is No. 2 behind Pikesville (7-2) in the North Region standings, and would be the fifth seed if the eight-team statewide playoff field were chosen today.
But if the Bears (7-1) win their final regular-season game in two weeks, against Baltimore City's Northwestern (1-7), they can perhaps win their first region crown.
A Hickey victory, coupled with a loss by Pikesville to Western Tech in the Panthers' regular-season finale, likely would secure the region title for the Bears along with one of the top four playoff seeds.
The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland has named its 1999 tennis all-stars.
In the A Division, Brandy Washington (Park), Sammy Williamson (Friends), Liz Mulaikal (Bryn Mawr) and Sara Sateri (McDonogh) were named to the first team in singles while Lindsey Davis (Bryn Mawr) and Katie Laschinger (Notre Dame Prep) were honored for doubles. Priya Shashidhran (Friends) and Kristen Messmer (McDonogh) were given honorable mention in singles and Jayne Nochumowitz (Park) in doubles.
In the B Division, Meghan Lane (Garrison Forest), Kate Kennedy (St. Paul's), Amy Porterfield (St. Timothy's) and Saraya Scroggins (John Carroll) were first-team singles and Courtney Kirby (Garrison Forest) and Julie Goode (St. Paul's) were named first-team doubles players.
McDonogh won both regular-season and tournament singles titles in the A Division while John Carroll swept both in the B. NDP and McDonogh shared the A tournament doubles title while Garrison Forest won the B tournament doubles.
Cardinal Gibbons will feature a "Midnight Madness" this Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., which will include a faculty-student basketball game as well as a dunk contest and give-away contests.
For more information, call Gibbons assistant Garrett O'Donnell at 410-644-7220.
First-year cross country coach Herman Harried led Lake Clifton's boys team to a 6-0 record and a fourth-place finish at this past weekend's City championships.