Apache Dissension Helps Form New Football Organization


May 08, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

Time for another session of "Q's & A's," sports fans. It's the column that raises questions without answers, compliments of you and your input to the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

All remarks, positive or negative, and any "Q's" of your own are always, always welcome on the Sportsline.

* Did you aspiring football players who live in the north part ofthe county know there are going to be more opportunities for you andyour friends to play in a well-coached and well-run organization?

A new football organization has been formed, and it will be called the Brooklyn Park Broncos Youth Football Program. Several former Andover Apache volunteers have left the Apache organization to start the new group.

The departure of several key personnel is the result of an internal disagreement in the Apache organization, some of whom hadspent nearly a decade with the group. On one hand, it's a shame thatpolitics among parents enters into youth organizations, but at the same time it really does give more kids a chance to play good football.

"There were differences among us, but we would rather put them aside and look to the future," said Warren Rice, longtime Apache coachwho led the 95-pound team to the county championship two years ago.

"I would rather not say anything bad about the Apache organizationand just wish them luck. We are excited about bringing football to the Brooklyn Park and nearby communities."

With Brooklyn Park High having closed almost two years ago to merge with Andover and form North County High, the old Bees' football stadium had been empty.

"We're going to play at the old high school, which is a great field," said Rice.

No question, Brooklyn Park's stadium will provide the newly formed Broncos with a more than adequate facility for a youth football program. In addition, there is a lot of nostalgia there and probably a lot of kids who might not have otherwise played.

Many of the kids in the northern area of the county had gone over to play for the Apaches, some to East Glen Burnie Warriors and some with the Glen Burnie Rebels. But not all the kids were getting a chance as they once did when the Anne Arundel and Brooklyn Optimist clubs fielded programs in the 70s and early '80s.

Rice's dad, Austin Rice, was at onetime very active in the Anne Arundel Opimist program along with Len Kessler, Phil Solloway and Doc Bartlinski, to mention a few, but in latter years he slowed down with the kids playing in the Apache program.

The same thing happened with the Brooklyn Optimist Boys Club, which at one time had two of the Mangums in Pat and Mike playing in its program. Older brother Danny, an excellent coach, has been coachingwith Rice in recent years and will join him and the Broncos.

Besides Rice and Mangum, other outstanding former Apache coaches moving over to the Broncos include Dan Ray, Dan LaFoille and David Marcus. Ray, the former longtime commissioner of the Anne Arundel Youth Football Organization, came out of retirement to coach the Apaches' 135-pound team last year and led it to the county championship.

LaFoille was president of the Apaches organization and put a lot of his time into doing the dirty work, such as taking care of the field, and his wife, Donna, will head up the Bronco cheerleaders.

While Ray is expected to take the 95-pound team, and the Rice-Mangum duo the 115-pounders, Marcus will coach the 75-pounders. Marcus' son, David, will playhis second year in 115 this year and is potentially the county' mostexplosive runner and an excellent high school prospect.

The guys are anxious to get going and will conduct registration for boys ages 7 to 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22-23 at the Northern District Police Station.

Also, cheerleaders, ages 8 to 15, can sign up those two nights.

For information on the youth football program, call Mangum at636-6686 and for cheerleaders, call Donna LaFoille at 859-8809.

The reorganized Apaches have welcomed back Mike Miller as a coach. Miller left the Apaches several years ago and went down to the Pasadena Chargers, where he won two straight 115-pound county championships and didn't lose a game in those two years.

In another of those political situations, the Chargers asked Miller to step down as head coach, and he stayed on as an assistant last year. But that was last year,and the Chargers politics has cost them an excellent coach.

* Whyisn't there a slaughter rule in the county Rec and Parks 11-12 baseball league instead of this maximum seven runs an inning and unlimitedruns in the last inning?

If there was some sort of slaughter rule, wouldn't it be a nice wrinkle to stop keeping score on the number of runs after a certain amount of time so as to give the losing team achance to at least get its at-bats?

* Can you believe that Rich Covert's Krupnik Brothers Class B men's slo-pitch softball team did itthe hard way again by losing the first game in a tournament only to come back and win the tourney?

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