Brooklyn Park's Dean Albany pitched the Bees of coach Tim...

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March 22, 1992|By Pat O'Malley.

Brooklyn Park's Dean Albany pitched the Bees of coach Tim McMullen to the Class B (now Class 2A) Championship in 1980 and lost in the Class B final in 1981 to Edgewood of Harford County after winning seven consecutive playoff games over two seasons. Albany fired three straight one-hitters in the '81 playoffs before losing to Edgewood.

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Shortstop Mike Schneider, who batted .459 and was an All-Metro selection for Northeast in 1981, struck out only once in 61 at bats.

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In what was arguably the most incredible debut with a bat in county history, Arundel's Brenda Perusse was 9-for-9 with nine runs scored in a record-setting 55-18 romp over Southern of Harwood in 1983, all national high school softball records.

New Madison Tri-VillageHigh of Ohio had held the national record for runs scored with 53 in1979 until Arundel broke the mark. Coach Rod Clark's Wildcats also set a national record for hits in a game (54).

Brenda, a junior, was in the lineup because the regular DH was taking a college entrance test. Perusse was 0-for-4 the next day against South River.

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Southern's Sharon McAllister holds the county and state season record for runs batted in with 59 in 1985. The 59 RBI came in only 19 games,and McAllister scored another 39 runs while batting .545.

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WMAR-TV sportscaster Keith Mills, who resides in Linthicum, played the infield for coach Tim McMullen at Brooklyn Park High and later was anassistant coach on the Bees' 1980 state championship team.

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Did you know that ex-Broadneck athletic director Tim McMullen is the only man to coach teams to state championships in baseball at two different schools? McMullen won at Brooklyn Park in 1980 and at Broadneckin 1983.

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Chesapeake's Alex Spak, who was named the Anne Arundel County Sun Softball Player of the Decade for the 1980s, is the only county athlete named All-County in any sport all four years. A 1988 graduate, Spak made All-County as a pitcher three times and as an outfielder the other time.

Strangely enough, Spak was never named Player of the Year.

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Who is the only brother-sister combo namedto the Anne Arundel County Sun All-Decade Teams in baseball and softball?

The Vereens of Northeast, Rob and Cathy. Rob, a first baseman, graduated in 1981 and sister Cathy was a catcher who graduated in 1984.

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