Anne Arundel County high school sports seem to have escaped major budget cuts, so coaches will be paid and transportation will be funded -- at least for now.
Last Monday night, the school board made tentative recommendations for cutting $5.1 million from its budget without slashing athletics and other extracurricular activities.
The board will make its final decisions tomorrow night, then present its 1991-92 revised budget to the county council Thursday. Three weeks ago county assistant schools superintendent C. Berry Carter II warned that county executive Robert R. Neall's mandate to reduce costs dramatically could possibly force the cancellation of winter sports.
However, while sports will continue in their present format until at least early 1991, athletics will probably lose a powerful voice at the top. In a cost-cutting move, the board will apparently decline to hire a county coordinator of physical education/athletics to replace Paul Rusko.
Rusko officially retired last May 30 after more than 20 years on the job. He remained under personal contract until Thursday, but said there was "no way" he would stay any longer.
Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Carroll counties and Baltimore City each has a full-time coordinator of physical education and athletics.
Mount St. Joseph's Romero Wilson took first place and Loyola won the team title in the the Maryland State Catholic Cross County Championship Sunday at Georgetown Prep.
Wilson covered the course in 16 minutes, 12 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of Loyola's Gavin McCarty. Archbishop Curley's Doug Dorney finished third, followed by Loyola's Eric McCarty, Gavin's twin brother.
Loyola had two other finishers among the top 10: John Khoury and Matt Beliveau, who placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
Baltimore-area teams swept the top four places. Loyola led with 33, followed by Curley (59), Mount St. Joseph (67) and Calvert Hall (79).
Runners from the same four teams will be battling again Thursday in the Maryland Scholastic Association championship meet at Herring Park (3 p.m.).
Notable performances last week: Boys -- Old Mill's Scott Boetig and Glenelg's Gerard Hogan both won state regional cross-country meets one week after winning their county championship meets to advance to Saturday's state championships at Western Maryland College. . . . Dulaney's Brad Crossley helped his team advance to the state soccer semifinals with the game-winning goals in regional wins over Perry Hall (1-0) and Laurel (1-0).
Girls -- Severna Park's Fran Mackney also won a state regional cross-country meet one week after finishing first in the county cross-country championship. . . . Loch Raven soccer goalie Saralee Seeger registered two more shutouts in regional wins over Fallston (1-0) and Joppatowne (2-0) last week to help the Raiders reach the state semifinals and bring her season shutout total to nine. . . . Dulaney's soccer team reached the state semifinals for the first time with regionals wins over Kenwood (3-0) and C. M. Wright (2-0), as Amy Vaughn scored two goals to push her season total to 22. . . . Michelle Salmon led Old Mill to the state soccer semifinals with four goals in regional victories over Franklin (3-2) and Eleanor Roosevelt (4-0) . . . Centennial's Laura Tanneyhill helped her team earn the top seeding in today's lTC volleyball state Class 3A, Region III semifinals in victories over Mount Hebron and Hammond with 21 kills, four blocks, nine aces and a perfect serve percentage (32 of 32) . . . Severna Park's Catherine Kirk helped her team earn the top seeding in tomorrow's state Class 4A, Region IV semifinals with 14 kills, four aces and eight blocks; she was 24 of 25 on serves in wins over Queen Anne's and South River . . . Severna Park's Jen Stone led her team to the state field hockey semifinals in regional wins over Queen Anne's (3-1) and Broadneck (2-0) with two goals and two assists.
Recently, the Anne Arundel County Board of (Athletic) Control suspended Meade girls soccer coach John O'Neill for the remainder of the season, which amounted to two games.
O'Neil's was the only major penalty resulting from hearings into the participation by some county players in an Oct. 14 Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) League tournament.
The board found that Meade violated Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) rules that outside participation may not conflict with school practices and games.
Meade players Kelly Dryden and Amanda Simmons did not practice after playing in the tournament. Dryden was suspended for one game. Simmons, who attended practice but did not participate, was cleared.
Also cleared were coaches Joyce Stefancik of Severna Park and Marianne Schultz of North County. Both had players in the tournament, but neither held team practice Oct. 14.
Overtime: Applications are being accepted for the Amateur Athletic Union/Mars Milky Way High School All-American Award and college scholarship program. One male and 1 female winner will be chosen from Maryland along with each of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and also be eligible for the regional award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship, and the national award, which includes a $40,000 scholarship. Nomination forms are available through high school guidance counselors or write Amateur Athletic Union, 34000 W. 86th Street, P.O. Box 68207, Indianapolis, Ind. 46268. . . . Northwestern needs a varsity and junior varsity girls basketball coach. Call Boyse Mosley at 396-0646.