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Gilman football steps up


Gilman, The Sun's top-ranked football program with a 23-game winning streak over the past two seasons, has achieved a national rating.

The Greyhounds, ranked No. 1 in the state by The Associated Press, has moved into 40th position in the FoxFab50 ratings - the only team from Maryland in it - and is rated in the 10th and final spot of USA Today's East Region rankings.

Randallstown, ranked No. 2 in The Sun, is ranked No. 10 in the state, and third-ranked Mount St. Joseph, No. 12.

Last Friday's 60-6 rout by Eastern Tech over Poly is believed to be the storied Baltimore City program's first loss to a Baltimore County school, in addition to being the worst loss in its history. That is, according to former Poly coach, Augie Waibel, who watched from the stands. Eastern Tech coach Bruce Strunk is a former assistant to Waibel.

Incidentally, Waibel , 67, is still recovering from surgery he received on Feb. 9 to remove colon cancer . The surgery was successful, said Waibel, who is undergoing routine checkups but who has not had to undergo chemotherapy.

The operation, Waibel said, prevented him from reporting to his third year as an assistant coach at Towson State.

Chesapeake-Baltimore County's 30-12 victory against traditional power and neighborhood rival Overlea last weekend "got our players totally behind us and believing in our system," according to first-year coach Sam Rado.

"Our athletic director, Rod McMillion, and the rest of the coaches said it was the first time we've beaten them," said Rado, a Pennsylvania native whose initial tryout yielded a healthy number (50) of players.

"The team was 2-8 last year, and we were 0-10 the two years before that," Rado said. "It's the kind of win we needed to really boost our kids' confidence."

Gators start fast

Exceptional defense has carried the unranked Perry Hall girls soccer team to a surprising 3-0 start.

On Monday, the Gators topped No. 11 Loch Raven, 1-0, for their second shutout. Joanna Xecominos scored off an assist from Danielle Outen to drop the defending state Class 2A co-champs.

Coach Brad Kressman's team has relied on the solid defensive performances from a solid corps of seniors - stopper Outen, sweeper Lindsay Lauenstein and fullbacks Katie McCarty and Amanda Profili.

The Gators, however, suffered a big loss Monday when senior goalie Veronica Zientak broke her right hand in a collision as she slid to challenge for the ball and was kicked in the hand. Zientak is out for six to eight weeks.

The veteran defense will have to tighten in front of sophomore keeper Cathy Vecchioni.

Quick hits

Jill Masterman, supervisor of athletics for Baltimore County, will be among 12 individuals honored in the charter class of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Hall of Fame. She will be inducted in ceremonies on Wednesdayin Greensboro.

A standout field hockey player from 1974-1977, Masterman played for a Spartans team that lost just three games during her first three years. She was also selected to play at the regional and national levels.

Last year, she received the Pathfinder Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in sport, recognizing one woman in each state who has made a significant contribution to women's athletics.

Two-time All-City/County striker Chris Borcik scored six goals last week, two in each of its games against North Harford (a 3-2 win) and C. Milton Wright (a 2-2 tie).

Kallie Wasserman, with 21 kills in two matches, helped Owings Mills' volleyball team defeat No. 12 Catonsville and No. 14 McDonogh last week. The senior hitter also had four blocks, four aces and four assists.

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