B. Brook is new host to event; Weightlifting tourney moves from Catoctin; Notebook; High schools


There will be a whole lot of grunting and yelling going on in Keymar.

Bowling Brook Prep is the site of the 19th Maryland State High School Bench Press Championships on Saturday, May 20.

From weigh-in at 9 a.m., about 125 lifters in 12 weight classes ranging from 120 pounds to unlimited will compete in the event sponsored by HAMMERSTRENGTH Inc., the U.S. Marine Corps and the school's booster club.

The defending team champion is Southern of Anne Arundel County.

Since the event's inception in 1982, the championship had been held by Catoctin High in Washington County. But when Bowling Brook athletic director Mike Sunday called Catoctin officials in January about the upcoming competition, he was told that Catoctin would not be the host.

"When it looked like it was falling off the table, we thought it would be logical for us to pick it up," said Sunday, whose school has held the Carroll County Bench Press Championships for the past four years. "I think it's a real plus for Bowling Brook because we get to showcase our campus, our program and our new facility."

That new facility is a $2 million, two-story gymnasium with an athletic trainer room and locker rooms for visiting teams.

Awards will be handed to the top three finishers in each weight class, and team plaques will be awarded to the top two schools. Admission is $3, and spectators are encouraged to car pool because parking is limited.

Entry fee is $10, and the deadline to enter is May 10. Students and schools wishing to enter can call Bowling Brook weightlifting coach Eric King at 410-775-7881 between 8: 30 a.m. and 4: 30 p.m., or 410-751-7895 during the evening.

Track adventure

Francis Scott Key track members Sam Becker and Ed Seeley have an opportunity this summer to represent the United States at the 15th European Track and Field Adventures.

They will fly from Paris on June 26 and compete against other U.S. and European teen-agers in Switzerland and Austria for 18 days.

Becker and Seeley are the only Maryland representatives of the 125 Americans participating in the European event, and are in the process of raising $3,500 each for the cost of the trip.

The trip is being organized by International Sports Tours, a Wichita, Kan.-based organization established in 1985.

Becker and Seeley said they have their sights on one goal: a top-three finish in an event.

"I'm really interested in getting on the track and standing on the podium in first place," Becker said.

"I just want to see the finish line," Seeley added.

Softball departures

The Francis Scott Key and Liberty softball teams each lost a key player last week.

Misti Myers, a second-team All-County pitcher for the Eagles last season, left because she no longer wanted to pitch, said coach Joe Linthicum. Tryouts at the catcher and first -base positions were unsuccessful, and Myers approached Linthicum about leaving, the coach said.

Myers' departure signals more innings for first-team All-County right-hander Meredith Carter, who will be complemented by junior Alex Towns and sophomore Lauren Wilder on the mound.

The Lions will play on without the services of Erin Landers.

Coach Nora Murray declined to disclose the reasons behind the junior catcher's departure, saying only, "She's no longer with the team."

Cavs lacrosse hurting

Injuries and illness continue to take a toll on the South Carroll boys lacrosse team.

Days after the Cavaliers learned that senior attack Jesse Buppert will not need surgery to repair a slightly torn knee ligament, senior midfielder Pete Shaffer was diagnosed Saturday with mononucleosis, said coach John O'Meally.

While Shaffer and Buppert could return as early as next week, it appears that the season is over for senior goalkeeper Matt Booz, who broke a bone in his left wrist during practice Tuesday, according to O'Meally.

O'Meally said he hopes to have Shaffer, Buppert and sophomore midfielder Drew Hebbel, who injured the rotator cuff in his left arm in South Carroll's 14-5 loss to Glenelg on March 24, back in time for the second round of games against county opponents.

Hall of Fame inductees

The seventh Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Carroll Community College.

Sponsored by the Westminster Rotary Club and Branch Banking and Trust Company, the banquet will induct five new members to the "Wall": John E. "Jack" Baile, Richard Clower, the late Fern Hitchcock Sr., the late Robert C. Lister, and James E. Shaeffer.

For information, call Arnold L. Amass at 410-848-3326.

Stromberg leaving Keough

Jim Stromberg, who guided Seton Keough's basketball team to three Catholic League tournament championships and last year's inaugural Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament title, will leave Seton Keough at the end of the school year to become athletic director and basketball coach at St. Paul's School for Girls.

Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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