|Spring 2009 Archives
European Style Soccer Comes to Dundalk
When it comes to
soccer in America, how do we get better as a nation? Maybe the best
answer is to bring in teachers from outside the country. That is what
Back River and now Eastfield rec. councils have done by bringing
European soccer players to the United States.
“We brought them over here to teach our kids on how they play in
Europe. how to play the game properly,” said Mike Baxter, who has run
the program the past six years. Baxter ran the program at the Back
River Rec. Council for the first five years, but decidedto move the
program down to Dundalk/Eastfield this year.
“I decided to bring this (program) down to Dundalk because Eastfield is
a bigger rec. council and I knew we would get more kids to come out,”
He was right, as over 60 kids came out for the week long camp from July
6 - 10 on the field behind the North Point Government Center in Dundalk.
Eastern Tech's Coach Joe Gast
Inducted into Hall of Fame
He's a man
for all seasons-sports, that is. On Tuesday, May 19 Joe Gast,
championship coach at Eastern Tech, was inducted into Eastern Technical
High School's Sports Hall of Fame. A pillar of Eastern Tech
sports successes, Gast has taught Physical Education at the school for
37 of his 39 years in teaching. A graduate of Kenwood High School
in 1965 and Marshall University in 1969, he later completed graduate
work at Morgan. He spent his first two years at North Point
Junior High School. During his tenure, he coached soccer, cross
country, baseball, lacrosse, football, and wrestling, for which he is
best known. His baseball and soccer teams were Regional Champions
(once for soccer and three times for baseball). Gast was selected
Baltimore County Baseball Coach of the Year in 1988.
At Eastern Tech Mr. Gast is referred to, however, as “Mr. Wrestling”
because under his leadership his wrestling teams recorded 300 wins and
only 91 losses, a 70 percent win rate-just in wrestling.
Tech Loses in 2A Title Game to River Hill
Tech was two outs away from their third Baseball State Title in the
last five years. The only problem was the Mavericks were playing
against their nemesis River Hill out of Howard County. River Hill had
already crushed Eastern Tech’s dreams of winning football and
girl’s soccer titles over the past two years.
It was supposed to be different in baseball since Tech had won two
previous championships and Maverick ace pitcher Don Guido was on the
mound for the Tech in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-0 lead. Guido
had only allowed one run and had four strikeouts in the first six
Then it fell apart for Tech in the bottom of that last inning. Guido
got the first batter out, but walked the next batter. Then after a hit,
a double and another hit, River Hill found themselves celebrating at
home plate in a 3-2 win over Eastern Tech. The Mavericks scored their
first run in the third when Jerry Cooper got
an infield hit.
|Essex Soccer U10 Boys Win AISL
The Essex Soccer U10
Boys completed an undefeated indoor season winning back-to-back U10
AISL Championships at Freestate Indoor Sports Arena. The team won every
game of both indoor "A" bracket sessions, on their way to back-to-back
championships. Congratulations to all of the kids and coaches, for
their efforts and dedication. Team members: Matthew Brummet, Gavin
Mooney, Matthew Hauf, Patrick Weaver, Caleb Hood, Gio Restauro, Mason
Reuter, Zachary Owens, Brennan Lipski, Quentin Hager and Henry Long.
Coaches: Mark Hauf and John Brummet.
|High School Spring Sports
Season & Playoff Results
Season & Playoff Results
Season & Playoff Lacrosse Results
Girl's Lacrosse Season & Playoff
Patapsco Beats Eastern Tech, Both Teams
Look to Win State Titles
When it comes to
elite baseball teams, the fans in eastern Baltimore County can take
pride that there is not one elite team, but two. Last year the Patapsco
High School Center for the Arts Baseball Team lost in the 3A State
Title Game and Eastern Tech won the 2A State Title in 2007. Both teams
are strong again in '09 and since they play in two different
classifications, both Patapsco and Eastern Tech have the opportunity to
bring home two state titles to the region in May. These two juggernauts
met last week and Patapsco was able to come out on top with a 9-6 win.
“It was a quality win for us. We have played some of the best teams in
the county,” said Patapsco Head Coach Tony Maggard. “Eastern Tech
is a quality team. A victory against Eastern Tech proves to us that we
can compete with anyone.”
The Patriots have started off 13-1 and are ranked #5 in this week’s
Baltimore Sun poll. In addition to the Eastern Tech win, Patapsco had
an impressive victory at Dulaney 10-2.
Chesapeake Lacrosse to Make a Run at
In the 2005 season, John Baker's Chesapeake Boy's
Lacrosse team went
0-15. His teams only won 18 games in eight seasons, so he decided to
try something new.
“We knew we were going to lose some games no matter what, so I decided
to play freshmen,” Baker said. “All that mattered was to get them to
Those five freshmen in 2006 were Michael Brooks, Will Daniels, David
Kline, Brandon Stiffer and Sterling Teel. The Bayhawk coach's plan paid
off as the team has gradually gotten better each year. They started off
3-13 in 2006, 6-8 in '07 and 12-3 in ‘08. With eight games so far this
season, Baker's team is now a perfect 9-0. While the Bayhawk's success
is a surprise to many, it's something Baker knew his team could achieve.
The Bayhawks have also gotten help from Sterling's brother Justin Teel,
a transfer over from Eastern Tech, and from Attacker Joe Figas. “I told
them that if they stayed together as a team I would take them to the
promise land,” Baker said. “This is a very special group.”
|Winter 2009 Archives
Rosedale Boy to Play Soccer in Europe
Zac Herr is only an 11-year-old soccer player, but
he will have the
honor of representing his country this summer at the 2009 Youth
Friendship Games in Vienna, Austria. Zac was selected for the U.S. Boys
11-13 soccer team as part of the Sports Ambassador Program.
“I was kind of excited and surprised,” Zac, a sixth grader at St.
Clement Mary Hofbauer School in Rosedale said. “I never thought I would
be picked to play soccer across the world.”
Zac's father Dan Herr said his son loves the sport of soccer and has
played for the Baltimore Soccer Academy for the past three years.
“He is a very good offensive player and that's why we decided to sign
him up for the Baltimore Soccer Academy. Soccer is the only sport he
plays,” Dan said.
|Fall 2008 Archives
|Four Lady Pointers Sign with
three trips to the
state finals in the last four years, four seniors from Sparrows Point
High School signed Letters of Intent to play soccer at CCBC-Essex.
Lauren Miller, Melissa Wampler, Jakki Sites and Sarah Hoar all have
committed to play in the fall of 2009 at CCBC Essex.
The Women’s program looks to follow the success of
the men’s program, who earned a berth in the national tournament last
year. “I’m looking to build the East Side Dream Team of Women’s
Soccer,” said CCBC Head Coach Geoffrey Holland.
“We are looking to provide a solid education and a
top notch soccer program and we fully intend for our ladies to pursue
their four-year degree and complete their soccer career at a
letter of intent, from l to r: Lauren Miller, Melissa Wampler, Sparrows
Point Head Coach Conrad Snyder, Jakki Sites and Sarah Hoar.
Perry Hall Gets Revenge on Thomas Johnson
team's season came to a quick end last year as Governor Thomas Johnson
High School of Frederick shocked the Gators 35-3.This year, the Gators
made it back to the 4A North Playoffs and opened up with a home game
against Thomas Johnson in a rematch.The Gators were ready this time as
University of Maryland-bound star David Stinebaugh led the team with
two touchdown catches and had three turnovers in a 34-0 victory.
"It was about finally putting together a full game. Our
hadn't put a full game together all year until tonight,"
said after the win.
|PH Rec Girls Field Hockey Goes Undefeated!
5/6 Field Hockey Team ended their season undefeated and
with two Championship wins when they participated in the Harford
Hockey Tournament and the Harvest Hockey Tournament. They won
every game in each tournament! The final game of the season/tournament
was won by the only goal scored with just five seconds left in the
game! Go Girls! The team will be competing in an indoor
tournament in January - Good Luck Girls! Practice Hard and Play Harder!
Congrats to: Katelyn, Ally, Tori, Gabrielle, Lauren,
Erin, Logan, Kayla, Carly, Danielle, Lindsey, Kaitelyn, Hailey, Miranda
and Kendall for a great season! And a special thanks to coaches:
Dawnie, Jan and Marka for taking the girls all the way!
Holds on for a 26-22 Win Over Towson
Chesapeake Bayhawks were one of the
surprise football teams in the county as they went from a 2-8 record in
2006 to a playoff appearance in 2007 under first-year head coach Mark
Bayhawks and Junker began their second season together with a dramatic
26-22 win over Towson High School. The game was played on Monday after
it was postponed from Saturday due to the threat of Tropical Storm
The Bayhawks racked up over 200 rushing yards and grabbed a 26-8
halftime lead. Chesapeake looked to be on their way to an easy victory,
but Towson scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and cut the lead
to four. Junker needed his defense to bail his team out as the offense
scored no second half points.
Essex Resident Pitches for All-Star in
Kayla Mohr has
played softball since she
was four years old and loves the sport. She plays for a travel team in
Anne Arundel County called the Lady Orioles and is on the softball team
at her high school, Institute of Notre Dame; but her great
accomplishment at the age of 16 was being selected on a team that went
to play in a softball tournament in Italy.
Tom Thompson, a coach at an Anne Arundel County High School, recruited
the best 15 softball players in the Baltimore area. Mohr, an Essex
resident, was one of the lucky girls to be selected. The girls played
teams fromItaly in Milan, Rome and Florence.
“It was a little nerve-racking at first. We were a team that felt like
we were representing our country,” Mohr said. “It was a lot of pressure
|Spring 2008 Archives
Patapsco Baseball Loses
For a second
straight season, a local high school advanced to the baseball state
title game and got to play for the state championship. Last year,
Eastern Tech and their fans made a trip up to Aberdeen and watched
their team win the 2A State Title with a 3-2 at Ripken Stadium.This
year it was Patapsco’s turn as the team made the trip up to Aberdeen to
play for the 3A MPSSAA State Title last Saturday night.
here for full story
Eastern Tech Softball Advances
to State Semifinals
After watching their
baseball and girls
lacrosse team seasons ended by Loch Raven High School, Eastern Tech
finally got revenge by beating Loch Raven in softball 5-3 to capture
the 2A North Regional Title.
Softball Defeats Pointers 6-5
Perry Hall’s Hillary
Rice had been struggling for the past
few weeks and was 0-for-3 in a big softball game against Sparrows
Point. Then she came to the plate in the seventh inning and found a
pressure situation. The Gators were down 4-3 with a runner on third,
there were two outs and Rice faced a two-strike count. She was the
Gator’s last hope.