Patapsco’s Bethea wins county high jump championship
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 13:12

Sparrows Point boys hoops fade against Parkville

by Bill Gates

    Lyndale Bethea of Patapsco won the Baltimore County indoor track high jump title at the county championship meet on Thursday at the 5th Regiment Armory.
    Bethea cleared 6-feet-2 to win the crown by four inches over Tyler Gee of Hereford and Tyler Dunston of Pikesville, both of whom cleared 5-10.
    Bethea also won the high jump at the county track and field championships last spring.
    Davon Ingram of Dundalk finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 5-8.
    They were the only two local boys to score in the county championship meet.
    Sparrows Point’s Kaitlin Isabell made the high jump the high point for local athletes as she finished tied for fourth in the county with a height of 4-10.
    Janae Ogelsby of Randallstown won the county title with a height of 5-2, while Perry Hall’s Emily Lottes took second by clearing five feet.
    Olivia Gruver of Franklin shattered the county record in the pole vault, clearing 12-6. The old record was 12 feet.
    Gruver would have won the boys’ county title, where the winning height was 11 feet.
    Hereford won the girls team title by 89-78 over Milford Mill, followed by Western Tech (64), Dulaney (44) and Franklin (40).
    Dulaney won the boys’ team title over Hereford 70-61.5, followed by Franklin (55), New Town (43) and Milford Mill (31.5).
    Bethea’s title put Pa-tapsco in 11th place with 10 points.

Boys basketball
    Many of Sparrows Point’s opponents this season have had one thing in common: they are much larger schools.
    Sparrows Point (2-9), the second-smallest school in the county behind Carver A&T, has tangled recently with the likes of Dulaney (Class 4A), Kenwood (Class 4A), Parkville (Class 3A) and Milford Mill (Class 3A and state champion three of the past four years).
    Instead of being divided in a Class 1A/2A Division and a Class 3A/4A Division, Baltimore County mixed schools into “two equal divisions,” Sparrows Point coach Ryan Milford said. “The way we look at it, we don’t think it’s equal.”
    Aside from Milford Mill (99-34 loss), the Pointers have been playing respectably against the tough schedule.
    “We’ve kind of accepted the underdog role,” Milford said. “We come out and play as hard as we can. We only lost by 12 to Kenwood and played well against Dulaney in spurts.”
    Against visiting Parkville (7-5) on Monday, the Pointers only trailed 33-30 at halftime.
    But the Knights pulled away by outscoring Sparrows Point 14-5 in the third quarter and broke the game open with a 27-point fourth quarter, winning 74-52.
    The Pointers, with only seven players, wore down a bit against the deeper, taller Knights.
    Milford said he also thought a critical sequence that led to a six-point swing contributed to the Pointers’ demise.
    It was 47-36, Parkville, when Sparrows Point’s Darrin Beattie drove to the basket and missed after apparently being fouled.
    No foul was called, the Knights got the rebound and immediately hit a three-pointer. Milford then drew a technical foul for complaining about the no-call on Beattie.
    “That was a big momentum shift,” Milford said. “We lost two, maybe three points and it led to five points for them. That was an eight-point swing.”
    The Pointers’ shooting did go cold in the second half, with only five field goals after making 12 in the first half.
    Kyle Chavis had 11 points in the first half and four in the second half.  Tyler Schoppert had nine points in the first half and finished with 14. Aaron  Keith scored 12 points.