High School Sports Scene - February 6, 2012

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>> Winter championships begin
Highlights are next
on "High School Sports Scene."
Hi, and welcome to this
edition of
"High School Sports Scene."
I'm Ryan Plano.
The first county titles of
the winter season have been
Our first champs earned their
titles in track and field.
The 2012 Baltimore County Indoor
Track Championships, held at
the 5th Regiment Armory, had
a familiar feel,
as, for the third consecutive
year, Hereford's boys and
girls teams earned the title
of county champs.
The Bulls' victories were
powered by their dominance in
the middle and long distances
and strong showings
in the field events.
On the boys side, Hereford
junior John Luckin ran
to victories in both the 1600-
and the 3,200-meter runs.
Matt Lehnert used a strong kick
in the last 100 meters to give
the Bulls a win in the 800.
Graham Hensley added a win
in the shotput for Hereford.
And the Bulls took the top 3
spots in the pole vault.
The Bulls' success was mirrored
on the girls side.
Senior Emily Vandewater and
sophomore Sarah Ashwood
finished 1-2 in both the 800-
and 1600-meter runs.
Teammate Sara Carter was first
in the 3200, where the Bulls
took three of the top five
The Bulls girls added wins in
the 4x400- and 4x800-meter
Hereford also took the top two
spots in the pole vault.
Franklin took second in both
the boys and girls competitions.
Other strong individual
performers included
Western Tech sophomore
Sharon Dorsey, with wins in
the girls 300-
and 500-meter dashes.
And Milford Mill senior
Racquel Moses, who won
the 55-meter hurdles and
anchored the Millers' winning
4x200-meter relay squad.
Congratulations to all
the competitors.
Cheerleaders from around the
county gathered at CCBC's
Dundalk campus for the Winter
Cheerleading Championship.
On a very un-winterlike
Saturday, varsity cheerleading
squads from around the county
gathered at CCBC Dundalk for
the Winter Cheerleading
For over 2 1/2 hours, the teams
entertained a packed house with
routines filled with cheers,
dance and gymnastics.
>> Hereford High School Bulls!
>> At stake were seven spots in
the regional competition with
a chance to advance to
the state championship.
While the cheerleaders awaited
the final results, the coaches
honored one of their own as
the coach of the year,
long-time Delaney coach
Kim Betancourt.
When the points were tallied,
the final results were
>> In seventh place,
[ Cheering ]
Sixth place,
Fifth place, Kenwood!
All right, in our fourth place
position, getting awards today,
the Gators of Perry Hall.
In third place,
Franklin Indians.
In second place,
the Hereford Bulls.
And in first place, for
the Winter Baltimore County
2012, our champions are,
the Eastern Mavericks!
>> Congratulations to all the
teams for putting on
a great show.
The two top-ranked boys
basketball teams in the metro
area met to see who was
number one.
>> The stage was set for two
powerhouse teams -- the
number-one-ranked Dunbar Poets
versus the second-ranked
Milford Mill Millers.
The game got off to a quick
start with a steal from
Katrell Myers and he knows
how to finish.
But the Poets would not be
Evan Singletary drives,
steps back and drains a three.
Both teams kept coming at
each other, one above the rim...
and the other from long
>> Three-pointer!
>> Nice bounce pass from
Kenny Solomon, and Tyson Smith
is there for the easy two.
Dunbar came right back.
Gavin Pettiford penetrated with
a nice dish to Aaron Parham
with a strong finish.
Kyle Thomas takes a shot and
Chase Cormier is there
for the put-back.
Both teams went back and forth
with the half-time score tied up
at 29.
The second half was no different
with Evan dialing up from
long distance.
>> Free ball, corner pocket!
>> Milford came right back
with a nice move from
Kyle Thomas for the easy finish.
With time running down,
Rodrick Harrison makes
a clutch shot.
[ Whistle blows ]
Dunbar is forced to foul.
Missed foul shots could have
sealed the game for the Millers.
Dunbar still had a chance.
[ Whistle blows ]
A hard and tough-fought game
and the Millers came up big
for the win.
>> One of the key players for
the Millers is point guard
Chase Cormier.
He is also this month's
Outstanding Male Student
Here's Emma McDonald with
the story.
>> ♪♪
>> Chase Cormier is
a senior point guard at
Milford Mill Academy on
the west side
of Baltimore County.
Moving up to the varsity
basketball team as a sophomore
was a big adjustment for Chase.
>> It was difficult when I moved
up to varsity because everybody
was bigger, stronger, faster
than everybody on JV.
>> My first impression was he's
a very competitive young man.
He worked very hard and he
seemed to really love to play
>> For the past two years,
Chase was a reserve player for
the two-time state champion
This year, he has moved into
the starting point guard
>> Our past two state
championships, he sort of played
that role where he came in,
gave us a spark
off of the bench.
We had some pretty good players
in front of him for him
to learn from.
So he took the opportunity
to learn and has developed
and now it's his turn.
>> It was a little painful
Because you're so used to
playing all the time.
But I had to be real patient
and wait my turn,
waiting for it.
Basically, waiting for them
to graduate, and then
it was my turn.
>> As the starting point guard,
Chase has embraced his role as
leader of the team
on and off the court.
>> Now that I start games,
we have to start on a good note.
And last year coming off
the bench, it was easier.
All you do is come in the game
and do what you had to do and
then you'd come back out.
But now as a starter, you play
major minutes and then
trust the benches.
>> Chase stepped up big,
it's a big role, but he did step
up and I think he's
filling the shoes.
He's doing a lot of
He's not being selfish.
He's really playing good
basketball and he's leading us.
>> Chase has improved many
aspects of his game since his
first year on varsity.
>> What we call his
"basketball I.Q." has really
improved, how he sees the game
when he's playing the game, and
then how he approaches the game
off the court has really
It's much more of a
business-like sort of approach
to the game than kind of when
you come into high school and
it's sort of still just
a game.
>> His unselfishness on the
court has improved the team's
ability to work together and has
helped them achieve success.
>> We have a lot of scorers, and
now we have a point guard that
can really just pass the ball,
so that's really helping us out
a lot.
He's not worried about scoring.
He's just worried about getting
15 assists or 20 assists, so
that's really good coming from
a point guard.
>> A young man who enjoys
distributing the ball and
getting his teammates involved
and sort of just being
a facilitator is rare, and he
possesses that trait, and that's
what makes him a good player,
and that's what makes him
a good fit, a perfect fit
for our team.
>> Chase has taken his role
as point guard further than
just basketball by supporting
his team in school as well.
>> He's a good person.
Like he's there for you
whenever you need him.
Also, he's a good basketball
And good in the classroom.
>> Often, we call each other
We always do everything
We sit with each other at
We do our work together,
study hall.
We go out together
other times.
>> He sort of embodies
everything we want a young man
to be, and so when the other
players see him in a leadership
role, they want to take on those
same qualities.
>> Because of Chase's
intelligence and basketball
skill, Coach Holley sees more
than just playing basketball for
Chase in the future.
>> I see him as a coach.
He understands the game well.
He sort of approaches it
cerebrally, so I think that
would be a good fit for him
in the future.
>> We'd like to wish Chase
the best of luck in his future
academic and athletic career.
For "High School Sports Scene,"
this is Emma McDonald.
>> Congratulations to Chase.
To honor his selection as this
month's Outstanding Male Student
Athlete, he will receive an
award provided by Allogram
Incorporated in Timonium.
Coming up next is Randy Dase
with "Coach's Corner."
We'll be back in two weeks with
another edition of
"High School Sports Scene."
We hope you'll join us then.
Until then, I'm Ryan Plano.
Thanks for watching.
>> Hi, I'm Randy Dase,
and welcome to "Coach's Corner."
My guests today are,
Mike Whisner, the varsity
wrestling coach at
Sparrows Point High School,
and one of his top wrestlers,
Shane Hammer.
Gentlemen, welcome
to "High School Sports Scene."
And first of all,
congratulations, coach.
You guys are having a banner
year so far, and I know it's
early to say that, but pretty
good team you've got this year?
>> Absolutely. This is my
seventh year as a head coach.
This is our best team by far
in my seven years.
>> And, Shane, you've been
wrestling for the Pointers for
the last four years, right?
So is this the year?
>> It's all or nothing,
pretty much, the senior year.
It's either you make it
or you don't.
>> I was looking at the
newspaper this morning, I see
that you were ranked at one time
all the way up to 12th in
the metropolitan area, which I
think is outstanding.
And you've dropped down a little
bit to honorable mention, but
you had to run against two big
schools, didn't you?
>> Back to back.
>> Go ahead.
>> Owings Mills, which was
ranked, I think, at the time,
sixth, and then Hereford, which
is always a county power.
Those two schools have been the
best in the county
the last 10 years.
And our third loss in a
tournament was to Mount Vernon,
which is one of the powerhouses
down in Virginia.
>> And that's outstanding
because you are a 1A school, and
do you want to explain to our
viewers what we mean by
a 1A school?
>> A 1A school, we're
the smallest school in the
county, besides Carver.
So we're only dealing with
800 kids, whereas Perry Hall,
some of those other schools are
pulling from 2,400 kids.
So we're at a distinct
disadvantage and we just started
a rec program last year.
So not only the fact that we
don't have a lot of kids to pool
from, we don't have these kids
coming in with any kind of
We're really fighting against
a lot of things, but we just
find a way -- that's our team
motto, "find a way."
>> Now, Shane, you wrestled
against Owings Mills and
Hereford, and tell us about your
experience against those two
>> Well, I mean, of course for
the four years, they've always
been a powerhouse,
like Whisner said.
They always have like good kids
on their team, state rankings.
The last 152 match against
Demetrius Johnson, he won
state's last year, so it's
always going in with a dogfight,
you know.
If I would have beat him, it
would put the rankings above
him, obviously.
You know, it's always a tough
match with those schools.
>> And what was the score with
him this year?
>> It was 6-4, he beat me
by 2 points.
>> That's outstanding.
Coach, when we talk about
a match, tell us what a match
consists of with one wrestler,
as far as the times.
>> Wrestling match is three
periods, two minutes long.
Then it goes to various
overtimes, you wrestle.
The entire match is 8.5 minutes
long, which people don't think
that sounds like a lot, but if
you can wrestle a 6-minute
match -- it's one of the things
that I tell my wrestlers.
If you can wrestle a 6-minute
match, you can do anything.
And then in the course of
the match, you score various
points -- take-downs,
near falls, those kind of
So in Shane's match, 6-4
is a very low-scoring match.
You're talking about a couple of
points scored over a course
of six minutes.
It was a very tremendous effort
against a defending state champ.
>> Coach, what makes
a good wrestler to you?
>> Heart.
>> Heart?
>> Heart.
Wrestling's a sport where,
you know, injuries happen.
And you have to be disciplined
and you have to have heart.
'Cause your first match is not
with your opponent, it's with
the scale, you've got to
make weight.
Some people can handle that,
some people can't handle that.
But you have to have discipline,
you have to have heart.
You have to be willing to fight
harder than the other guy
is fighting.
>> And, Shane, I always look at
wrestling as a sport that's,
I have great respect for it, but
I would not want to do it,
because you spend your time in
a small, hot room and you're
running and running,
trying to lose weight.
Why do you love the sport?
>> It always pays off
in the end.
You know, when you get done
the season, you can always look
at yourself and be like,
"I did everything I could,"
you know.
Accomplishments are always
I placed second in this
tournament, you know.
Of course, I had to lose
5 pounds for the tournament,
but it was always worth
the hard work.
It always pays off in the end.
>> You say losing 5 pounds.
Can you tell me how to do that?
Because I've been looking
to lose some weight.
>> You can either do it
the hard way, the day of the
match, on a bike, you know,
sweat clothes, just getting
everything out, or, you know,
use smaller meals.
Like, instead of eating five
double cheeseburgers, you cut
down, maybe a sandwich and
a banana and water.
Just portion down in your meals.
It always pays off.
>> Coach, when you talk about
wrestling, I feel the passion in
your voice, and I guess we'd
better mention, you're a product
of the Baltimore County Public
School System, aren't you?
>> Absolutely.
>> An Eastern Tech grad, and
tell us the sports you played
at Eastern Tech.
>> At Eastern Tech, I did
football for four years,
a wrestler for four years, and I
did lacrosse for four years.
>> And what weight did you
>> I wrestled 189
my senior year.
>> Okay, and then you went on
to Towson University and now
you came back and you're
a social studies teacher at
Sparrows Point.
And it looks like, to me,
you love your job.
>> Absolutely. I'm in
a great environment.
I've been in Sparrows Point
for 10 years, like you said.
I've been coaching the whole
time that I've been there.
It's a great environment.
We have a great principal.
And a coach that's been there
for my entire time.
Great athletic director.
Just a great support set.
There's a great group of people.
And I don't know anything else.
I hear stories all the time
about, we've had a lot of
teachers transferring over
the years, and I hear stories
from there, and it's just
foreign to me because
Sparrows Point is all I know.
>> It's also great, I think, to
have a product who went to
Baltimore County, graduated, and
you played for some pretty
well-known coaches at
Eastern Tech.
Do you want to share some of
those coaches' names with us?
>> I wrestled for Mr. Gast.
Mr. Gast just got inducted
into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
I also played for
Mr. Salters,
who was at Eastern Tech when
it opened, I believe, in '72.
Jim Salters was there, and he
retired after my sophomore year.
Coach Arminio came in and really
turned the Eastern Tech program
They went on to win a state
championship under him, and I
also played lacrosse for
Chad Roeder and Larry Johnson,
who were well-known in
the lacrosse community.
>> And, Shane, you're a senior.
Let me ask you this question,
because coach has a lot of
experience from participating
and now coaching, but when did
you first start wrestling?
>> Freshman year.
I don't know why.
I heard about wrestling and I
didn't know much about it.
I didn't wrestle any junior
league or anything before.
I just heard about it and
decided maybe I'll try out,
something to do in the winter.
>> What was the most difficult
thing for you to learn?
>> Cutting weight, I would say.
You know, it's always been
a killer, trying to get down
to what you've got to be.
>> Now, how about all the moves,
Is that difficult to pick up
or not?
>> If you drill it enough,
you'll eventually get it to
where it's like muscle memory.
If you're in there, you can
usually tell what you can and
can't do as far as setting
everything up.
>> Shane, what's a typical
wrestling practice like?
>> Oh, usually we go
and warm up.
We'll stretch out, of course.
Either run, or we'll start
drilling all our techniques
and stuff.
And then, after all that,
we'll go into "shark bait,"
which is 6 or 9 minutes of
just live wrestling till one
guy's in the middle and
everybody's going in and trying
to take him down.
>> Let me ask you this.
I always ask every wrestler
this question.
You're out on the mat, the gym's
full of people, everybody's
yelling and screaming, and
the coach is yelling,
"Shoot it, shoot it!"
Do you ever hear anything from
the coach or from anybody in
the stands, or are you just
zoned in on your opponent?
>> During the course of
the periods, for the two
minutes, it's usually like, I'm
just focused on the opponent.
But when we get to like
a second break, between the
periods, I always look at my
coaches and they'll tell me
what I need to do to get through
this period, to put me on top,
I guess, give me more points
than the other guy.
>> What's the toughest period?
>> The third, definitely
the third period.
I usually make it there a lot.
It's always 6-minute matches
with me.
I don't know why, it's just what
I've been doing this year.
But like he said,
it's all heart in third period.
It's who really wants it more,
you know.
>> Coach, you told me you have
a pretty good squad this year.
What part of your lineup
is the strongest?
>> Our middleweights is very
senior-dominated, from 45 on up.
45 to that middle part.
We lost a couple upper weights
to graduation.
But the middle part is where we
really get into the chunk
of our lineup.
Against Hereford a couple of
weeks ago, we started off in
the middle of our lineup and we
built a 17-0 lead on Hereford
because we were able to start
with our strength, so once you
get into that area of our
lineup, I feel we can do
some damage.
It's just the front end and the
back end need to hold their own.
>> What's Shane's strength
as a wrestler?
>> Shane's strength is
his heart.
I was surprised to hear him say
that the third period is
the most difficult because 9 out
of 10 times, Shane's going to be
in better condition than his
If it's a close match,
third period, I have my faith in
First period, the other guy
and Shane are equal as far as
stamina, but get in the third
period, Shane's going to
outlast the kid.
>> Coach, we have the county's
coming up latter part
of February, right?
We have a regional tournament.
Last year, you guys did well
in the region.
Second to Owings Mills, which is
like second to the king
of wrestling -- they've won
state title after state title.
And then from the region
this year, do you think you can
qualify some kids for
the state's, too?
>> We're going to hope to
improve on our mark.
We had five kids make it to
qualify for the state's
last year, we hope to do
better than that.
We had, we were close to having
a kid place last year.
We hope to have a couple kids
actually place in the state
tournament this year.
That's our goal for
the state tournament.
>> Outstanding.
Well, listen, coach,
congratulations on building
a great program and hope to see
you in that classroom and
coaching three sports for many
years to come.
And, Shane, it's been
a pleasure meeting you, and I
wish you good luck in
the county's, in the regionals,
and hopefully we'll see you down
at Cole Field House wrestling
in the state's.
>> College Park.
>> Very good.
For "High School Sports Scene,"
I'm Randy Dase.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.