Davis-Douglass bout to highlight Round One show Three other locals to box Thursday

SIDELINES

November 01, 1992|By PAT O"MALLEY

It's smorgasbrowse day, and I've got a load of fun facts and those infamous questions without answers.

Don't forget, any input you may have is always welcome on the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Let's start with a few big local sports happenings this week.

Thursday brings a return to Michael's Eighth Avenue for another Round One Promotions dinner and boxing show, and the regional cross-country meet has moved to Baybrook Park in Brooklyn.

* Josh Hall and Victoria Savaliski are at it again, with the classy Victor Davis headlining their six-bout pro boxing card Thursday. Barring an unforeseen injury, which kept Davis out of the last show, the ex-middleweight contender will duke it out with "Wee Willie" Douglass from New York in a scheduled eight-rounder.

At least three more local favorites will be a part of the show: "Irish" Carson McCourry, Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson and Cecil Sims.

McCourry (5-1), who trains out of the Harding-Lowry Gym in Pasadena, is set for a six-round light heavyweight match with Ivory "Tip Top" Teague (4-9) of Washington.

Glen Burnie's McPherson (4-1-1) and Sims (6-4), of Baltimore, will square off in a light-heavyweight six-rounder.

For ticket information, call Savaliski at (410) 760-2699 or Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

* Have you heard that former Severn All-Metro and Johns Hopkins standout lacrosse player Drew Burns is trying his hand at boxing?

Burns lost his first amateur boxing bout Sept. 29 at Steelworkers' Hall in Dundalk on a split decision. Burns trains at "The Hammer's" Pasadena gym.

* Thursday's regional cross country meet was moved from Catonsville Community College to Baybrook Park near the Myers Pavilion, a stone's throw across the county/city line in Brooklyn. The girls will run first at 3:30, with the boys scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

* Can you believe that some people are fighting the naming of the Arundel High baseball field after veteran coach Bernie Walter, who is 302-87 (.776) in 19 years at the Gambrills school and who has been the most instrumental in building and maintaining one of the top facilities in the state?

It seems some people around the school want Walter to either die or retire before they would consider it. It has been done before around the county, so why not name it after the man while he's still coaching? What's the big deal?

Don't the kids at Arundel already call it "Bernie Dome," and haven't they voted in favor of the idea?

Isn't it encouraging to know that County Council President Dave Boschert is supporting the "name it after Bernie" campaign and is talking it up?

* How about a big round of applause for Susan Davies and Vickie Bowen, the unsung heroes of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, whose behind-the-scenes efforts made the second annual induction ceremony a big success?

* Can you believe that county Sports Hall of Fame bowler Toots Barger is signed for three leagues this fall at age 79?

* In light of the controversial decision by a Prince George's County judge to rescind a forfeit by High Point to Severna Park, thereby reversing their respective playoff hopes, doesn't Severna Park football coach Andy Borland have a good idea?

"Since the judge ruled the player ineligible, but said no forfeit because the school acted in good faith, why can't we just replay the game without that guy who scored both touchdowns to beat us 14-0?" asked Borland.

* How about congrats for Chesapeake standout Monica Gibson, who set a school single-season scoring record (13 goals) for field hockey with a hat trick on Thursday in a 4-0 win over Southern? Patty Brennan set the old record (12) in 1979.

* Did you know there were more major-league baseball (15) and college scouts at Joe Cannon Stadium a couple weeks ago for the Mid-Atlantic Fall Baseball Tournament, sponsored by the Orioles, than at any other game since the stadium opened?

"That tournament was a really great thing for we college coaches," said Navy's retiring head baseball coach, Joe Duff. "We got to see a lotof really good kids. It isn't often we get a chance to do that, especially in the fall, and everybody thinks the tournament is a great idea."

* Did you hear that ex-big-league catcher John Stefero, who lives in Glen Burnie, took off for Arizona this week with the Baltimore Birds for the 30-and-over World Series? Stefero plays in the local Chesapeake seniors league and was recruited by ex-minor league and University of Maryland first baseman Gary Bishop of Brooklyn.

* Finally, doesn't veteran youth soccer coach John Cosentino have a legitimate concern about the increase in "malicious fouls" on the high school level?

"I'm afraid it's become a win-at-all-cost attitude where taking out key players is taught by soccer-illiterate coaches and then rewarded by the incompetent officials when no foul is called," said Cosentino.

"It can be such a beautiful game, but what we are seeing in high school soccer is ugly."

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