Dundalk Eagle High School Athletes of the Season: Fall 2013
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:24

 

Lamount Gordon, PHS football : Outstanding Male Athlete

Explosive runner helped Patriots end long drought

by Bill Gates

    Patapsco’s Lamount Gordon wore the number 1 on his football jersey.
    It was probably the best alternative to just wearing a target on his chest.
    Patriot opponents knew who was going to get the ball. They also knew stopping Gordon and stopping Patapsco were pretty much the same thing.
    To swipe — and paraphrase — one of ESPN’s catchphrases: no one stopped Gordon, The Eagle’s 2013 male Fall Athlete of the Season; a few teams just managed to slow him down.
    Entering this season, Patapsco football had not had a winning record during this century.
    You’d have to go all the way back to the 20th Century — 1998 — for the last time the Patriots finished with more wins than losses.
    Patapsco finished this season 6-4. Gordon, of course, wasn’t solely responsible, but it’s a good bet Patapsco doesn’t get a winning record without him.
    The Patriots certainly would not have beaten Sparrows Point for the first time in 10 years without Gordon.
    Patapsco did absolutely nothing on offense during that game, save for touchdown runs of 59 and 38 yards by Gordon.
    The Patriots won 14-13.
    “Lamount has that big-play ability,” Patapsco coach Tom Raybon said. “It’s nice to get four yards a clip, but there was always that moment, with Lamount, where we knew we could run the play and he might score.
    “It’s nice to have. You’re never out of a game, because at any point he could break a long run and score.”
    Playing in only nine games, Gordon gained 1,216 yards on 150 carries and rushed for 13 touchdowns.
    He missed one game, against Dulaney, due to injury. The Patriots lost that game, meaning they were 6-3 when Gordon played.
    Only two teams kept him out of the end zone: Dundalk, which beat Patapsco 27-0; and Randallstown, which won 14-6.
    The Owls held Gordon to 62 yards on 18 carries.
    “That was my biggest disappointment of the season,” Gordon said. “I thought we could have done better.”
    He rushed for 99 yards in 20 carries against Randallstown, and had a 40-yard run called back for a holding penalty well behind the play.
    While rushing for 109 yards (15 carries) and one touchdown against Chesapeake in a 20-7 loss, Gordon had a 35-yard touchdown run called back due to a dubious holding penalty.
    Harford Tech was the only other team to hold Gordon under 100 yards, but he gained 83 yards and scored two touchdowns as Patapsco won 19-14.
    “Defenses were always saying, ‘Watch No. 1, No. 1’s getting the ball,” Gordon said. “Then I would get the ball and do what I had to do.”
    Patapsco had to win its last two games to finish with a winning record.
    Gordon rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Lansdowne, and followed that up with 258 yards and three touchdowns against Loch Raven.
    He finished his two-year varsity career with over 2,300 yards rushing.
    “If I had pulled Lamount up to varsity during his sophomore year, he probably would have well over 3,000 yards,” Raybon said.
    Gordon wants to play college football and is considering Alfred State, Stevenson University and McDaniel College.
    Also considered for Athlete of the Season was Sparrows Point quarterback/defensive back Darrin Beattie.
    The Pointer senior was named to the All-Baltimore County first team as a quarterback and the All-County second team as a defensive back.

 

 

Lauren Spivey, SPHS girls soccer : Outstanding Female Athlete

Pointers’ “rock” as team won its first state crown 

by Bill Gates

    Lauren Spivey was not graduating from Sparrows Point without a girls soccer state championship. It’s just that simple.
    Two-time defending state champion Manchester Valley wasn’t going to stop it from happening. And Smithsburg, leading 1-0 with fewer than eight minutes remaining in the state finals, was fooling itself if it thought it was walking out of UMBC with the trophy.
    As Spivey, The Dundalk Eagle’s Fall Female Athlete of the Season, told Sparrows Point athletic director Russ Lingner before the state semifinal game: she wasn’t leaving Sparrows Point without a [censored] state title.
    A four-year varsity starter for the Pointers, Spivey had endured disappointment.
    During her freshman year, Sparrows Point led Loch Raven 3-1 in the second half of the regional finals.
    The Raiders came back to win, and went on to win the state title.
    Spivey’s sophomore and junior seasons both ended with one-goal losses to Brunswick in the state semifinals.
    “This is my senior year,” Spivey said during the state championship game postgame press conference. “I wasn’t going out a loser. I didn’t want to be ‘that’ girl. This was our year to go out on top.”
    And she did it with a team that was considered in a rebuilding year after graduating 11 seniors from the previous season.
    “Lauren has been a fierce competitor since her freshman year, and I remember her talking about a state title all the way back then,” Sparrows Point coach Caitlin Brennan said.
    “As team captain this year, Lauren was a vocal leader from the start of the season. And with so many young players, that’s what we needed.”
    Spivey played nearly every minute of every game in her four years on the Pointer varsity.
    The center midfielder, Spivey would cut off opponent’s attempts to get near the Pointer goal and feed the ball to the Sparrows Point forwards.
    “She plays right in the middle of the field and just acts as our rock,” Brennan said. “I know the girls on the field depend on her to be that for them.”
    This year Spivey adjusted her game to become more of a scoring threat. She finished second on the team with 10 goals and two assists.
    “This was just what we needed,” Brennan said. “She proved to be very capable of finishing in the attacking third, and she, Jamie [Shiflett] and Kasie [Lambert] worked extremely well together.”
    Spivey was named to the All-Maryland second team, All-Baltimore County first team and the All-Division first team.
    She plans to attend Shenandoah University and play soccer.
    “Everyone thought last year was our year to win,” Spivey said. “Last year looked so perfect. But I thought this would be the year. The year no one expected.
    “We felt much like a family this season. We always preach family; this year we enforced family.”
    And trailing by one goal in the state finals with time running out?
    “Losing in the state championship game ... I could not fathom it,” Spivey said. “Making it this far, to lose? We had to embrace the moment, had to go and take care of the task at hand. It was time to get it done.
    “Once Lindsea [Webb] scored to tie the game, I turned to Kasie and said: ‘we’re scoring again in five minutes.’ And we did.”
    Shiflett, a sophomore who led the Pointers in scoring with 16 goals and four assists, was also considered for Fall Athlete of the Season.