Weekend kicks off fall excitement in school football, baseball action

SIDELINES

September 02, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

Local sports fans have got quite an exciting menu this weekend, from high school football to baseball.

The high school pigskin season opens Friday, while the 13th annual Anne Arundel County Suns-Oriolelanders All-Star baseball doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

And, yes, I've got questions without answers pertaining to both. Remember, you can call in your big "Q's," answers or comments to the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, any time.

* Did you know that the Baltimore Sun's 10th-ranked Annapolis is the first football team to claim a casualty before the season begins, yet it won't keep one of the main men from performing Friday night in the Cap City against Randallstown of Baltimore County?

Coach Roy Brown is expected to be on the sidelines despite breaking his second arm since the summer began.

This week while conducting a defensive drill in practice, Brown broke his left arm and is sporting a cast on it. The Panther coach broke his right arm right after school ended. "It's all right if I break an arm and not one of the players," laughed Brown.

After the Panthers dropped an 18-17 thriller to Randallstown this time a year ago on a "bad break" should Brown be thinking his young team that matured under fire last year is going to get the breaks this season?

* Won't the Arundel Wildcats, who open Friday at McDonough in Charles County, be an interesting team to watch under new head football coach Bill Zucco this fall?

What do county football coaches mean when they say that with Zucco at the helm, "the walls have ears at Arundel" and "we will be climbing the walls when we play there?"

It seems that years ago when Zucco was an assistant at Arundel, someone drilled holes in the wall of the visitors' dressing room and Zuke used to listen to the halftime talks of opposing coaches.

Zuke got away with it until one Friday night when now-retired South River coach Joe Papetti smelled a cigar. Zuke likes to puff on those stogies, and the tobacco odor got him caught one season by Papetti. The guys got a great laugh out of the incident and the holes were filled.

Do you think Broadneck football coach Jeff Herrick, who played and coached at Arundel, will be checking for holes when he brings his Bruins into Gambrills on Sept. 18?

* Is the South River at Broadneck game, 7:30 p.m. Friday, the best on the high school slate this weekend? Do you football fans realize that South River has taken the last three meetings with the Bruins while only outscoring them a total of 19-9?

* Is all hell going to break loose in Class 4A Region IV the last three weeks of this football season after we fans get teased the first six or seven weeks?

Did you know that 10th-ranked Annapolis is at Severna Park and No. 8 North County is at Broadneck the final week of the season, and week No. 8, Severna Park visits Broadneck with Annapolis traveling to Old Mill?

All those teams have been to the playoffs in recent years with the exception of Broadneck, but the Bruins might have their best team since their Class 3A playoff years.

Why play the first seven? Can't we start the final three weeks right now?

* How good is Severn's senior QB Brad Fowler going to be this fall? Best in the metro area?

* Isn't it great to hear that Broadneck's Jeff Vincent, the Anne Arundel County Sun Baseball Player of the Year and The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro shortstop, just received a baseball scholarship to UMBC?

* When the Oriolelanders invade Cannon Stadium Sunday to play the Arundel Suns did you know they will be led by a trio of outstanding county high school seniors in catcher John Milisitz of Severna Park, first baseman Tim Giles of Arundel, and pitcher Chris Kelly of Northeast?

Milisitz, Giles and Kelly all made the Oriolelanders fall team assembled by Orioles' scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert and his son, Tom. Only the top high school players from around the state and mid-Atlantic area make that team.

* Have you heard that Gilbert also is bringing his Mid-Atlantic Fall Tournament to Anne Arundel County for the first time in mid-October?

The Mid-Atlantic tourney has been played in Frederick the last couple years but this year will be played Oct. 16-18 at Cannon Stadium, Arundel High, Northeast and UMBC.

The host Oriolelanders will be joined by teams from Harrisburg (Pa.), Chambersburg (Pa.), Northern, Va., Chanet Enterprises of

Charles County, the Little Orioles of Anne Arundel County, Frederick and Brooklawn, N.J.

* Did you know that the local 10th annual High School Fall Baseball League organized by commissioner Frank "Jocko" Svoboda will open Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 with 16 teams?

All the local fall league games are played on county fields, including Cannon Stadium, with such out-of-towners as DeMatha, Prince George's County, South Baltimore, Morrell Park, Mount St. Joseph and Reisterstown required to play here.

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