The surprise of Baltimore County boys basketball has to be the Dulaney Lions, whose 10-0 record after last night's victory over Randallstown includes victories over four ranked teams, including defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season and tournament champion Spalding, area Catholic League power Calvert Hall and Class 3A state semifinalist Annapolis.
Julius Crossland and 6-foot-8 center Nate Hopkins lead the way. Crossland averages 15.7 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Hopkins averages 14.3 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks.
Others who contribute are swingman Dan Ross, with an average of nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots; swingman Scott Headd (seven points, two steals, two blocks); and guard Colin Stevens (10 points, six assists, five steals).
The Lions' depth has been invaluable, with Antonio McDonald, Mike Hoesch and Nick Warner playing aggressively off the bench.
C. Milton Wright guard Justin Rice had one of those once-in-a-liftime nights last Wednesday against then-No. 3 Aberdeen, whose 8-0 record had included wins over traditional powers Lake Clifton, St. Frances and Walbrook.
The 5-foot-9 shooter beat the buzzer with his fourth three-pointer of the game, capping a 30-point, six-steal, four-assist effort in a 52-51 victory at home.
Rice's point total was nearly as much as the Mustangs (6-3) had scored in losses to Meade (a score of 59-37) and Dunbar (84-39), and only 14 less than those in a loss to Towson (48-44).
Coach Paul Perkovich credited Rice with controlling the "slow-down game" and for guarding Aberdeen's Teon Edwards. Matt Weigl and Justin Kress scored nine points each for the Mustangs.
Maryvale gets going
After Maryvale's girls basketball team fell to then-No. 14 Catonsville, 58-34, just before the Christmas break, Lions coach Jim Kilgalen said he thought he sensed a change in his team. He was right.
Since then, the Lions have won four straight games, including a 44-43 victory over St. Mary's for the Poly Christmas tournament title and a 40-34 overtime victory at previously-unbeaten Chapelgate on Thursday.
"Even though that was a 20-point loss [to Catonsville], we left the gym knowing we could play with them," said Kilgalen, whose top two scorers and a key post reserve all missed that game with the flu. "I just sensed there was a whole different aura about them."
The Lions (9-4) have found a winning formula in a pressure defense that seems to wear down the opposition. Against St. Mary's, the Lions outscored the Saints, 11-5, in the fourth quarter. At Chapelgate, the Lions trailed 16-11 at the half but outscored the Flames, 11-5, in overtime. Katie Chrest hit a three-pointer, and Megan Huether and Mulligan Burns each hit three of four free throws in OT.
Huether, who leads the team with a 12-point average, scored 12 against the Flames as did Chrest. Katie Peloquin had 17 rebounds and three blocks.
With the win over Chapelgate, the Lions have emerged as a force in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference despite a 3-3 league mark.
CMW swimmers unbeaten
C. Milton Wright won the Harford County boys swimming championship last season, but this season's strength appears to be in its girls team.
"We have 15 freshmen and 10 year-round swimmers and all but one of them are girls," said Mustangs coach Bill Lang, whose girls last season finished second to John Carroll, which also won the combined title. "Last year, their girls team was really strong. Our boys won, but the gap on the girls side was a little too much to make up. Now we're looking for the girls to make up that gap."
Although a regular-season meet with John Carroll is still three weeks away, the Mustangs are 3-0. Thursday at North Harford Middle School, they scored 293 points to outdistance North Harford (212) and Joppatowne (81).
Three young Mustangs were first-time winners - freshman Terri Glodek in the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Shannon Dunnigan in the 500 free and sophomore Sarah Fortney in the 100 breaststroke. Amanda Barnes won the 100 free, Laurie Ruzin the 200 free and Maureen McLaughlin the 200 individual medley.
Barnes, Dunnigan, Patty Rawlick and Erin Smith took the 200 freestyle relay while Barnes, Rawlick, Smith and Maureen McLaughlin won the 400. Lindsey Kneten, Maureen McLaughlin, Erin McLaughlin and Lindsey Shreck took the 200 medley relay.
Boys winners were Matt Marrapodi in the 200 IM and the 100 free, Zach Noyes in the 500 free and Steve Bane in the 100 breaststroke. Mark Lewis, Scott Sauer, Billy Glodek and Greg Pescuma won the 200 medley relay while Lewis, Glodek, Marrapodi and Trevor Zorbach took the 200 freestyle relay.
St. Paul's lacrosse players Tim Reid (Harvard), Tom Ellis (Lehigh) and Reed Bouchelle (Pennsylvania) have all recently been admitted to Division I programs where they'll play their sport.
Perry Hall wrestlers Jim Van Daniker (103) and Nick Ramsel (112) each improved to 10-0 in impressive fashion at the Fallston Tournament on Saturday. Van Daniker pinned all three opponents, and Ramsel defeated Eastern Tech's state champ, Trent Dixon (11-1), by 7-2. Eastern Tech's Josh Davis (140) moved to 12-0 with a 6-1 victory over Joppatowne's Phil Parrow.
Last weekend's Boys' Latin Lakers' Invitational wrestling event was posthumously dedicated to former team doctor and videographer Adam Szczypinski, who died of leukemia last winter. Sons John, a 1985 Boys' Latin graduate, and Jeff ('88) handed out medals to champs.
Western Tech's All-Metro defensive back, Domonique Foxworth, who earned first-team All-State honors as well, will sign with the University of Maryland and have his No. 7 jersey retired on Feb. 7 at his high school. Foxworth broke a number of school offensive and defensive records.