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February 27, 2011
Mama always said if something hurts, don’t do it. You probably don’t need that advice to keep your hand away while car door is being slammed. Then again, some have been known to stick their tongue on a frozen pole. You have to wonder what Mama — and quite a few Papas — are thinking as they watch the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team’s seemingly futile trips down I-70 to play Baltimore Catholic League games. How many times will those nice white school buses drive all that way only to come back with their tailpipes between their back tires?
SPORTS
January 13, 2011
Boys Basketball It’s not a matter of life or death, but St. Maria Goretti really would like to snap its string of goose eggs when it comes to the Baltimore Catholic League. And, you can emphasize “really” to the highest degree. “The kids really need to win a (BCL) game,” coach Amrit Rayfield said on Thursday. Goretti will host Loyola Blakefield tonight. On paper, it would appear this might be one of Goretti’s best shots at breaking a streak that has reached 35 losses.
SPORTS
February 23, 2012
Boys Basketball St. Maria Goretti senior Yannick Zanfack was selected to the All-Baltimore Catholic League second team and teammate Martin Geben earned honorable mention. Archbishop Spalding's Derrick Lewis was named coach of the year after guiding the Cavaliers to a 6-8 league record and a 15-14 mark overall. He won the honor over Goretti's Amrit Rayfield, whose Gaels went 6-8 in the BCL and 19-11 overall. Kameron Williams, of Mount St. Joseph, was named player of the year.
SPORTS
January 6, 2012
St. Maria Goretti no longer carries its long-standing oh-for in the Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball standings. On Friday, the Gaels knocked a 47-game BCL losing streak off their shoulders with a 56-50 victory over Mount Carmel. The Gaels' last win in BCL competition came on Jan. 18, 2008, in a 55-49 win over Calvert Hall. “They were so much bigger than us and were a matcup problem,” said Goretti coach Amrit Rayfield. “It wasn't a pretty game in a small gym, but we did a good job defensively.” The Gaels (9-6, 1-5)
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | January 20, 2012
Things looked bleak for the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team midway through the third quarter of Friday's Baltimore Catholic League test against visiting Calvert Hall. The Cardinals had extended a four-point halftime lead to an 11-point advantage at 36-25 with 3:56 left in the third quarter. But Goretti regrouped and sizzled in the final 12 minutes of play to post a 58-52 victory over Calvert Hall. The Gaels (12-8, 4-6) have won four of their last five league contests since breaking a 47-game BCL losing streak.
NEWS
by TIM KOELBLE | January 15, 2005
koelble@herald-mail.com The first 16 minutes of basketball between St. Maria Goretti and St. Frances Academy at the Gael Center on Friday night were like an undercard for the final 16 minutes. A less-than-artistic first half left No. 4 Goretti with a 16-10 lead. The Gaels shot 27 percent from the floor and St. Frances was even more dismal, hitting 13 percent. Whatever the reason, the teams awakened and the main event unfolded, with Goretti posting a 58-52 knee-knocking victory in a Baltimore Catholic League matchup.
NEWS
February 11, 2002
Goretti's defense keys BCL win BOYS BASKETBALL BALTIMORE - St. Maria Goretti tightened up its defense in the second half Sunday to catch and pull away from Cardinal Gibbons, 71-59, in a Baltimore Catholic League game. Also, the No. 6 Gaels (19-9, 10-4) made 11 of 13 free throws down the stretch to solidify their third-place standing in the BCL. Senior Matt Spierenburg paced Goretti with 18 points on 9-for-9 shooting, including eight points in the third quarter when the Gaels rallied from a 34-30 halftime deficit to take an 48-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
NEWS
February 19, 2001
Goretti wins for share of BCL title By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent Senior Rodney Gibson added to his long list of accomplishments for the No. 6 St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team on Sunday in his final regular-season home game at the Gael Center. continued In the second quarter, Gibson scored his 1,500th career point on a 3-point play before he and the rest of the Gaels nailed down a 63-39 victory over the St. Frances Panthers to clinch a tie for the regular-season championship in the Baltimore Catholic League.
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by DAN KAUFFMAN | January 3, 2004
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - For the most part, St. Maria Goretti's boys basketball team has passed the preliminaries with flying colors. Now, the real test that is the Baltimore Catholic League looms. Leaning on the inside strength of Joey Spierenburg and Mike Nelson, the Gaels overpowered Greencastle-Antrim inside for an easy 64-34 victory Friday night in Goretti's final tuneup before moving into the bulk of league play. "The goal was to be 8-3, but we didn't get beat by cupcakes," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said.
NEWS
January 11, 2001
Roundup: Gibson, Gaels take BCL lead BASKETBALL BALTIMORE - Rodney Gibson scored on a turn-around shot with 17 seconds remaining, then stole the ball on the ensuing possession to lift No. 4 St. Maria Goretti (11-3, 2-0) into first place in the Baltimore Catholic League with a 44-43 win over Archbishop Spalding. Gibson finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with five steals and five blocks. Matt Spierenburg had seven points, six assists, and four blocks.
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | March 30, 2013
When Martin Geben steps onto the basketball floor, the fans will not see any razzle and dazzle. What one will see, however, is a young man who brings a lunch pail - also known as workmanlike effort - to the gym. Geben, a 6-foot-9 junior who hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, is the prize catch of St. Maria Goretti and, sometime soon, will be the same for a fortunate NCAA Division I college. Geben was instrumental in leading Goretti to a 21-13 record this season, the first time since 2004-05 that the Gaels exceeded 20 wins in a season.
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SPORTS
February 22, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013 BOYS BASKETBALL Spalding 71, Goretti 68 SEVERN, Md. - Martin Geben had 22 points and nine rebounds for St. Maria Goretti in an overtime loss to Archbishop Spalding (21-11) in the quarterfinals of the Baltimore Catholic League tournament. Goretti led throughout the game until Spalding's Earl Potts hit a shot at the buzzer that tied the game at 61 and sent it into extra time. The Cavaliers hit a 3-pointer to take a 69-68 lead. Goretti was then called for an offensive foul before Spalding wrapped up the win with two free throws.
SPORTS
February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013 BOYS BASKETBALL BALTIMORE - The St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team reaped individual awards at the BCL banquet on Monday night. Amrit Rayfield was named BCL Coach of the Year in his fourth year as the Gaels' head coach. Then, 6-foot-8 junior Martin Geben was named Player of the Year. Geben averages more than 16 points and nearly 12 rebounds a game for the Gaels. Guard Tyrus Fleetwood won the BCL's Most Improved Player and was named to the honorable mention team.
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2012
Cokey Robertson coached many, many players during his 34 years as boys basketball coach at St. Maria Goretti. When asked about the all-time greats he had, Rodney Monroe obviously heads the list. But it doesn't take long for him to mention Phil Lane, a three-year starter at point guard. The 5-foot-11 Lane was the glue that kept everything together during his time, which ended with graduation in 1996. He was the catalyst behind three seasons of 20-plus wins, averaging 18 points a game in his junior year and 24 points and eight assists as a senior.
SPORTS
February 23, 2012
Boys Basketball St. Maria Goretti senior Yannick Zanfack was selected to the All-Baltimore Catholic League second team and teammate Martin Geben earned honorable mention. Archbishop Spalding's Derrick Lewis was named coach of the year after guiding the Cavaliers to a 6-8 league record and a 15-14 mark overall. He won the honor over Goretti's Amrit Rayfield, whose Gaels went 6-8 in the BCL and 19-11 overall. Kameron Williams, of Mount St. Joseph, was named player of the year.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | January 20, 2012
Things looked bleak for the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team midway through the third quarter of Friday's Baltimore Catholic League test against visiting Calvert Hall. The Cardinals had extended a four-point halftime lead to an 11-point advantage at 36-25 with 3:56 left in the third quarter. But Goretti regrouped and sizzled in the final 12 minutes of play to post a 58-52 victory over Calvert Hall. The Gaels (12-8, 4-6) have won four of their last five league contests since breaking a 47-game BCL losing streak.
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2012
For a few seconds on Sunday afternoon, Gavin Rajahpillay looked like a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Rajahpillay launched a 50-foot Hail Mary shot from the backcourt that hit glass and went through the twine to give St. Maria Goretti a stunning 54-53 victory over Loyola Blakefield, giving the Gaels a second straight Baltimore Catholic League win. Goretti (10-6, 2-5) snapped a 47-game BCL losing streak on Friday with a win over Mount Carmel. Goretti was staring at defeat after blowing a 44-34 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
SPORTS
January 6, 2012
St. Maria Goretti no longer carries its long-standing oh-for in the Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball standings. On Friday, the Gaels knocked a 47-game BCL losing streak off their shoulders with a 56-50 victory over Mount Carmel. The Gaels' last win in BCL competition came on Jan. 18, 2008, in a 55-49 win over Calvert Hall. “They were so much bigger than us and were a matcup problem,” said Goretti coach Amrit Rayfield. “It wasn't a pretty game in a small gym, but we did a good job defensively.” The Gaels (9-6, 1-5)
SPORTS
February 27, 2011
Mama always said if something hurts, don’t do it. You probably don’t need that advice to keep your hand away while car door is being slammed. Then again, some have been known to stick their tongue on a frozen pole. You have to wonder what Mama — and quite a few Papas — are thinking as they watch the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team’s seemingly futile trips down I-70 to play Baltimore Catholic League games. How many times will those nice white school buses drive all that way only to come back with their tailpipes between their back tires?
NEWS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2011
It took a few extra moments for the St. Maria Goretti locker room to empty on Friday night. A positive outcome would have put an end to a nightmarish losing streak. Instead, the Gaels lost their 36th straight Baltimore Catholic League game, a 38-30 decision to Loyola Blakefield. “We just have so little margin for error,” said Goretti coach Amrit Rayfield. “We had too many turnovers at the wrong time that didn’t give us an opportunity to score.” Goretti’s shooting didn’t help.
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