Anne Arundel County winter and spring sports could be canceled in the wake of Friday's General Assembly vote to transfer a further $68 million in budget cuts to local governments.
This could require the county school board to cut more than $4 million from a budget already reduced by some $17 million from last year.
County schools were warned in a letter Thursday from county acting superintendent of schools C. Berry Carter II that the vote could mean the "elimination of extracurricular pay for all extracurricular activities, including winter and spring sports."
Student transportation (including activities buses) would also be effected, he wrote.
In order to give local governments time to search for alternatives to massive cuts, Gov. William Donald Schaefer will delay signing the bill until Thursday. But sports and other extracurricular figures are already viewing a worst-case scenario.
"In sports and athletics, we're always the sacrificial lambs. But I have a really bad feeling this time around," said Broadneck athletic director Kevin McMullen. "This could mean the end of the program as we know it."
Basketball recruiters are starting to flock around Overlea's Bernard Hopkins, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound center who averaged 24.8 points and 18.6 rebounds last season.
Coach Doug Eisenhauer reports that Northeastern has made a home visit and that American University and others will do so in the coming weeks.
Hopkins played with Southern (Baltimore) in the Craig Cromwell League this summer. He is starring at tight end for Overlea's 6-0 football team.
Cardinal Gibbons' Quintin Moody, a 5-10 shooting guard who has scored the minimum 700 on the SAT for freshman eligibility at an NCAA school, plans to visit Towson State, the University of Maine and Holy Cross. Moody attended two sessions of 5-Star Camp last summer and was named Defensive Player of the Week during each session.
Notable performances last week: Boys -- Pikesville's Ryan Cole won his third straight group cross-country meet, winning at Franklin in 16 minutes, 27 seconds. . . . Led by Gary Carpenter's 72, District V Golf Tournament team champion Arundel and runner-up Broadneck qualified their entire four-man teams for the state tournament Oct. 24-25.
Girls -- Westminster's Judy Marcus had the winning goal in a 1-0) overtime field hockey victory over Thomas Johnson and a goal an an assist in a 3-0 win over North Carroll. . . . Severna Park's Jen Stone totaled seven assists in a 9-1 field hockey victory over North County and a 5-1 win over Archbishop Spalding. . . . St. Mary's Randall Goldsborough had three goals and two assists in a 4-4 soccer tie with John Carroll and a 4-0 win over Catholic. . . . Centennial's Vicky Brunt had two goals in a 3-1 soccer victory over Hammond, the only goal in a win over Westminster and a goal in a 5-1 win over Wilde Lake. . . . Led by Catherine Kirk's five aces, Severna Park's top-ranked volleyball team (9-0) served 20 aces in a 15-2, 15-5, 16-14 defeat of defending state 4A champion Glen Burnie. . . . Woodlawn volleyball player Erin Graham had 66 spikes off 74 attempts and 24 kills, as the Warrriors lost to Arundel in five games and beat Lansdowne in three straight. . . . City's Rachel Levy won two matches to capture her fourth gold medal in as many years in the Baltimore City Public Schools Tennis Tournament.
Overtime: A milestone in state field hockey was reached Tuesday, when Severna Park coach Lillian Shelton won her 200th game in 239 outings, as the No. 2 Falcons (8-0) rolled over host North County, 9-1. Shelton, who on Friday won, 5-1, over Spalding, is 201-34-5 (.837) since starting Anne Arundel County's first public school program in 1975. . . . Former Gibbons standout Leon Dickerson, now a senior at Holy Cross, has been named captain of the basketball team. . . . Former Poly football standout Antonio Freeman was the leading receiver for Virginia Tech in its 33-20 loss to No. 1 Florida State on Saturday with 4 catches for 86 yards. . . . Glen Burnie has named Patty Dages, the state's all-time leading public school girls basketball scorer, to coach its girls program. Dages played at Brooklyn Park (1983) and Auburn University and served as an assistant at Annapolis last year