Steve Carnahan, a former wrestling coach at Oakland Mills, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., in November for his lifetime service to the sport.
Carnahan, the first county coach to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, guided the Scorpions to 10 county championships, 6 region titles and 3 state titles from 1973 to 1988. He taught at Oakland Mills for 30 years before retiring in 2003, and he learned last week that he will be the 31st Maryland resident inducted.
"It's an incredible honor and certainly one that when I started out in wrestling I never dreamed of," said Carnahan, who was selected to the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996. "I think I had a very gratifying ride."
Familiar Foes Realigned
Severna Park Coach Gary Lam walked over to River Hill Coach Brian Song after their girls' soccer teams played to a 1-1 tie in a scrimmage on Saturday, shook Song's hand and smiled.
"See you in November," Lam said.
"Hopefully," Song said.
The coaches were referring to the month of the Maryland 3A East Region tournament -- a tournament that both teams expect to win.
For the past two years, the two teams haven't had to worry about each other. River Hill played against teams from Prince George's and Howard counties in the 3A East Region tournament; Severna Park was grouped with teams from Anne Arundel and Southern Maryland in the 3A South Region.
But the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has reclassified and realigned the state's 186 public high schools for the next two school years. Severna Park and River Hill are in the same region for the first time since the Falcons posted a 2-1 victory over the Hawks in the 3A East Region final in 2002. Severna Park defeated River Hill in penalty kicks in the 3A state semifinals in 2003.
"I think having both of us in the same region only makes it harder to get to the state tournament," Lam said. "Every time we play them, it's a tough game."
The new 14-team 3A East Region is composed of teams from Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and Wicomico counties.
The Falcons and Hawks return several of their top players from last year, with forwards Samantha Young and Emily Zido expected to lead Severna Park and midfielders Erica Suter and Erika Theisen driving River Hill.
Smith Motivates Howard
It's been six years since Howard's football team finished with a winning record, so Coach David Glenn brought the best player from the 1999 team, which finished 10-2, to help motivate players for the upcoming season -- former All-Met defensive back Gerald Smith.
Smith, who played the past four seasons at Penn State, was in the school's weight room three times a week this month to talk to kids about succeeding on and off the field.
"Anytime you have the chance to bring someone who played at your school and went on to earn a college scholarship, that's something that can inspire your current players," Glenn said.
Smith, who switched to wide receiver when he arrived at Penn State, made 20 catches for 254 yards last fall and is now trying to earn a contract with an Arena League team, Glenn said.
"He told us what it takes to play at the next level," said Tyler Curley, a junior defensive back and running back. "He taught us how to make the most of our time in the weight room and told us to never take anything for granted. He then took us outside and ran with us on the track."