Stadium scrapbook has its high school pages, too

Mike Farabaugh

October 01, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh

The Orioles will play their final game in Memorial Stadium Sunday. Innumerable TV and radio broadcasts as well as countless column inches of newspaper space have and will be devoted to the fond farewell.

Orioles fans and Colts fans may even shed a tear, but what about the great memories high school fans have?

The 100th City-Poly game is a good starting point. City, which had been shut out by the Engineers five times in the 1980s, won the centennial contest, 20-7.

Loyola's victory over Calvert Hall in 1989 was another memorable game. The Dons had only one first down -- Brad Hoag's 81-yard sweep for a touchdown -- until the final three minutes, but won, 15-12.

And an all-time favorite memory occurred in 1969 when Calvert Hall's Phil Marsiglia split the Memorial Stadium uprights with a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds to give the Cardinals a 17-14 victory.

There also have been some great high school baseball games played at Memorial Stadium. Players and fans from Archbishop Curley, Calvert Hall, Cardinal Gibbons, Gilman, McDonogh, Southern, Patterson and Walbrook always will remember their teams playing on the same field where Brooks and Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray had staked their claim )) to fame.

For the time being, high school games will continue to be played at Memorial Stadium, but for how long? Will the site eventually be razed for office space and condominiums?

The answer is, probably, and for high school fans, that's the saddest memory of all because there is no guarantee the new What-Its-Name stadium will be available for high school games.

* Many athletes set lofty goals and never achieve them. Kenwood quarterback Jesse DeBord, who by his own admission "threw off my back last year" during the Bluebirds' 0-10 season, lifted weights all summer. He had it in his mind that he wanted to pass for 1,000 yards this fall.

"I guess I'll have to change my goal," DeBord said after connecting for 309 yards last Friday. That effort raised his season total yardage to 1,048.

"I'll shoot for 1,500 now," he said.

With six games to go and barring injury, DeBord more likely will reach 2,000 yards, especially if split end Joe Gray (25 catches for 579 yards) keeps up his performance level.

Gray, a junior, had only played rec league football in the Cherry Hill area before moving to Baltimore County this year. At 6 feet 1, he's spindly but can find the end zone as well as most. Gray has scored 10 touchdowns and three two-point conversions for 66 points already.

* The old-timer along the sidelines at Saturday's Calvert Hall-Cardinal Gibbons football game, the one who managed two quick steps in retreat before being upended by a player running out of bounds, was indeed Brother Andrew, the retired former athletic director.

At 81, Brother Andrew quickly bounced to his feet and waved off assistance. He even appeared embarrassed that the referees, players and coaches were attempting to come to his aid.

* Soccer coaches dream of having a "finisher" on their squads. Hereford's Mark Trotta is no exception and he has a good one in David Diangelo. Last week, Diangelo had all three goals in a 3-2 overtime victory at Overlea and the only goal in a 1-0 overtime affair against Bel Air.

* Coach Bill Jefferson must wonder if his Bel Air soccer team is snakebit. The Bobcats are 2-3 and all the decisions have been 1-0 contests.

* Dulaney soccer coach Craig Laferty said it best after his Lions had played visiting Perry Hall to a scoreless tie. "Both teams dodged some bullets," said Laferty, thankful that senior keeper Mason Ray had dueled Perry Hall junior Chris Campbell to a standstill.

* Archbishop Curley's Doug Dorney set a course record (15:41) in winning the Bergen Bulldog Cross Country Invitational at Paramus, N.J., over the weekend. Teammates Gary Mryncza (16:01) and Gene Skeens (16:12) placed second and sixth, respectively, as the Friars took first among 20 teams with 37 points.

* The 16th annual Baltimore County Invitational, set at Essex Community College for Dec. 26-27-28, still has three openings for the 16-team basketball field. Coaches interested in participating may contact Kevin Klee (887-7083 days or 256-4429 evenings).

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