Thomas named top Catholic player


Mount St. Joseph High, which won its first Baltimore Catholic League title in 32 years, took the top honors at the league's annual luncheon Tuesday at Snyder's in Linthicum.

Junior center/forward Will Thomas received the first Jerry Savage Player of the Year Award, and his coach, Pat Clatchey, received the O. Ray Mullis Coach of the Year honor at the luncheon to kick off this weekend's tournament at Goucher College in Towson.

Mullis, the late Cardinal Gibbons coach, is the metro area's all-time winningest coach at 621-346 (.642) in 31 seasons.

The tournament will crown the BCL and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions.

The 6-foot-7 Thomas averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds for the 25-3 Gaels, who finished 12-2 in the BCL.

No. 2 St. Joe lost its final regular-season game, 54-52, Tuesday at No. 11 St. Frances (19-6) to finish 13-3 in the combined BCL/MIAA A Conference. No. 8 Archbishop Spalding (22-5) and No. 9 McDonogh (24-4) were also 13-3 in the combined league, but the Gaels owned a tiebreaker that gave them the top seed in the tournament.

Commissioner Jack Degele announced that the league coaches voted to attach Savage's name to the Player of the Year award in honor of the Loyola coach's 32-year commitment to the BCL.

Savage, who is stepping down at Loyola but may coach again, received a lifetime pass to BCL games.

Degele also introduced the first David Kropfelder Never, Never Quit Award that goes to an exemplary team player. Glenn Nelson of No. 17 Cardinal Gibbons was the recipient of the award named after the former Mount St. Joseph athlete and longtime referee who recently passed away. Nelson received the award from Nick Kropfelder, David's father.

Triple threat

Lake Clifton's Timika Davis completed a sweep of Baltimore City, Central region and state crowns in the shot put with her victory at Tuesday's Class 4A-3A state championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Center. Davis won with a toss of 38 feet, 9 1/4 inches.

Davis, a senior who moved to Virginia after her freshman year and returned to Lake Clifton last fall, is the first indoor track champion anyone at Lake Clifton can remember.

Coach Chris Small attributes Davis' success to her work ethic.

"You just can't beat her," Small said. "She's always ready and willing to do whatever you want her to. She's a strong girl, and she's serious about going to college with it."

Davis, who threw 40-6 early in the season, has gotten attention from several colleges, including South Carolina and Hampton.

One more time

Lansdowne's girls basketball team barely had time to savor its upset of then-No. 16 Catonsville before it drew a rematch with the Comets in next week's regional playoffs.

The Vikings (12-8 overall, 6-6 Division II) upset Catonsville, 54-46, on Feb. 14 after losing the first meeting, 64-57. A year ago, the Vikings lost their two games with the Comets by a combined 93 points.

Guards Erica Young and Meredith Marino each scored more than their season averages in the Feb. 14 game. Young, averaging 8.3, scored 19 and Marino, averaging 10.7, contributed 15.

Now, the Vikings are preparing for Round 3.

"We weren't too happy drawing them in the first round, but I don't think they were too happy about drawing us," said Vikings coach John Komosa. "We have a young team, but we match up pretty well with them."

Clinching the title

Loch Raven's girls basketball victory over Patapsco just before the big President's Day weekend snowstorm turned out to be even more important after all the cancellations.

The 55-43 victory clinched the Baltimore County's Division III championship for the Raiders (13-4), who ended up 12-0 in the division. Had defending division champ Patapsco won, the two would have split their regular-season games, but the Patriots would have won the division, having played one more division contest.

The Raiders took the first meeting by 30 points, but the Patriots used man-to-man defense to make the second game closer, said Raiders coach Ken Witts, who got 13 points each from guards Laura Queen and Liz Enwisle.

Queen, a 5-9 junior, struggled with an injured finger in that game but still came close to her average of 13.6 points. She has hit 35 three-pointers this season and shoots 51.5 percent from the field.

Hitting 1,000

Arlington Baptist's Faith Happel scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday's 60-21 victory over Glenelg Country School in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference tournament quarterfinal.

The 5-11 junior center had 26 points, 21 rebounds and 10 steals to notch her eighth triple double of the season. Happel, who played for two years with Christian Home Educators Network before moving to Arlington Baptist, needs 34 rebounds to hit 1,000.

Snow, snow go away

Perry Hall's Catherine Vecchione has good reason to be frustrated by all this snow. The senior has hovered within 10 of her 1,000th career rebound for the past two weeks.

After hitting 990, Vecchione appeared to have plenty of time to reach the milestone with three regular-season games remaining. The snow-induced cancellations will make her wait until the Gators open regional tournament action Tuesday.

Snowed out

Yesterday's snowfall forced the postponement of the Baltimore County girls basketball championship. The game - No. 7 Milford Mill at No. 3 Woodlawn - was rescheduled for 7 p.m. tonight.

Should the weather force another postponement, the game could be made up tomorrow or Saturday, said Ron Belinko, coordinator of athletics for the county public schools. Both teams have byes in the first round of regional play and won't see action until Tuesday.


The winner of the 100-yard backstroke in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships at Loyola Blakefield was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's edition. Mount Carmel senior Chris Popp won the event with a time of 55.02 seconds. The Sun regrets the error.

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