It didn't get much attention, but what Severna Park golfer David Orso did in the Maryland State Tournament at the University of Maryland, College Park, Thursday and Friday was downright amazing.
Orso was the only county boys golfer to finish in the top 10 among 150 golfers in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championship. He finished tied for sixth with four others after shooting a 36-hole total of 162, but he lost the playoff and ended up 10th.
What's such a big deal is that Orso is only a 14-year-old freshman at Severna Park and he is believed to the first freshman ever named to the All-State Golf Team.
Orso was the only county golfer named on the All-State team, meaning he beat such outstanding golfers as county tournament champion Gary Carpenter of Arundel -- a sophomore -- Severna Park senior Pete Regala, who was winner of the prestigious Westminster Invitational early in the year, and Broadneck's Steve Finneran, another top senior player.
The poised rookie was in the running after Thursday's first round when he shot a 77 to finish third, but the windy, blustery conditions on Friday seriously affected his play as he came in at 85.
His 162 total over two days was only 13 strokes away from the state champion, Jim Cangiano of Poolesville.
Orso and Carpenter should be fierce competitors for the next two years.
Broadneck High notched the highest team finish by a county school at fifth place. Walt Whitman High of Montgomery County won the tournament (649) while the Bruins came in at 698.
A couple of county records were believed to have been set Friday night at Annapolis High, where Roy Brown's Panthers upset the Glen Burnie Gophers, 26-6, in Class 4A football. The Panthers pilfered six enemy passes and senior Ahmed Middleton, who had three of them, ran back the last interception 101 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play.
The six interceptions and Middleton's -- are believed to be county records.
In 1984 the Annapolis defense was known as the "Pass Busters," picking off a county-record 30 passes. That season the Panthers had a five-interception game, which was the county record.
Defensive back Vince Johnson, a member of our All-Decade Team (1980s), was the main man among the Pass Busters with 11 interceptions, one short of the county record set by South River's Tom Bresnahan in 1982. The metro area record is believed to be 15 by Dwayne Harvey of Edmondson in 1984.
Bresnahan was also a member of the All-Decade Team.
Middleton's play Friday night was a spectacular farewell for the senior on what was the Panthers' homecoming and final home game. In addition to his three interceptions, Middleton rushed for 50 yards, including a 1-yard plunge for the game's initial score in the first period, and was in on several tackles from his defensive back position.
The other Panthers interceptions came from seniors Eric Tooles, who had two, and Darryl Foote. Foote and Middleton, usually just quarterback and running back, respectively, were pressed into defensive duty as Brown sought to play his best athletes.
It paid off as Annapolis, out of the 4A Region IV playoff race with an overall 4-4 record, now has a legitimate shot at either winning or sharing the county 4A title. Annapolis is now 4-1 in league play, tied with Glen Burnie and Old Mill for second place behind unbeaten Severna Park (5-0) with two regular-season games to go.
A possible scenario would result in county tri-champions among Annapolis, Old Mill and Severna Park, with Old Mill getting the Region IV playoff with an overall 9-1 record. And the way things have been going, the scenario is realistic.
Here's what could happen. With the way they played Friday night against Glen Burnie, Annapolis could very well take its final two games on the road at Meade (1-7) and Severna Park (5-2). Severna Park can certainly win at Glen Burnie Friday night over a Gophers team they crushed, 33-6, a year ago.
It wouldn't be surprising to see the Gophers drop their finale to Old Mill either. The Patriots ripped Glen Burnie last year, 34-12, and are definitely better this season and should win this week's final home game vs. Broadneck (2-6).
Annapolis, Old Mill and Severna Park all finishing at 6-1 would be wild because even the old head-to-head factor wouldn't throw somebody out of the club. None of the three could claim it because if the scenario happens, Annapolis would have beaten Severna Park, but lost to Old Mill who lost to Severna Park.
Old Mill, the Class 4A Region IV leader with its overall 7-1 mark, scored a hard-earned win in Gambrills Friday night over Arundel by 22-2.
The host Wildcats led 2-0 at the end of the first half by tackling the Pats' star running back, William Beverly, in the end zone for a first-period safety.