Broadneck's Hogan gets opportunity to play volleyball for Navy a year early


November 25, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Today's session of questions without answers starts with what is probably a first.

* Is Broadneck volleyball player Jen Hogan the first county student-athlete to receive an appointment to the Naval Academy as a junior?

"Jen will bypass her senior year at Broadneck and attend the academy next year," said Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen.

"Navy accepts just a few juniors from across the country, and as long as I've been around the county [over 20 years], Jen is the first from here. It's definitely a first at Broadneck."

Hogan applied early for the appointment and was considered by Naval Academy officials to be such an outstanding individual they qualified her.

In fulfilling what she says "has been a lifelong ambition," Hogan will play volleyball for the Mids.

She will be reunited with former Bruins teammate Nikki St. Clair, who is attending the Navy Prep School and will be in Annapolis next year.

* Did you know that Arundel's outstanding two-way lineman Rich Abrams has not committed to attend, nor has he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Maryland?

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Abrams is being recruited by Maryland, Clemson and Rutgers.

"I don't know where that stuff started, but Rich has not accepted a scholarship or signed a letter of intent to Maryland," said Wildcats coach Bill Zucco.

"Maryland is interested, but I don't know that they have even made him an offer. One of their coaches told me they had not. His dad wants him to leave his options open and check them all out before making his final decision."

* Do you realize that Annapolis and North County were outscored, 62-7, in the Class 4A semifinals? The Panthers lost, 35-7, to Gaithersburg, and the Knights lost, 27-0, to Crossland.

Did you know the victories by Annapolis (21-6 over Friendly) and North County (34-7 over Perry Hall) in the state 4A quarterfinals were the first two in the past 10 playoff games for county teams?

Can you believe in the past 10 playoff games Anne Arundel County teams have been outscored, 226-95, while going 2-8?

If you include South River (41-7 loser to Seneca Valley) in last year's Class 3A playoffs, can you believe county teams are 2-9 and have been outscored 267-102?

Wasn't that a great turnout of North County fans at Friday's state semifinal at Friendly High in Prince George's County?

* How good was coach Buck Gardner's 6-4 Southern football team this season? Consider this: Ninth-ranked Wilde Lake (11-1), which plays Cambridge-South Dorchester (11-1) this weekend at College Park for the state 2A championship, lost its only game to the Dawgs, 28-27, in double overtime?

* After going from a 5-5 record in 1991 to 6-4 this season, how committed is Broadneck football coach Jeff Herrick to the run-and-shoot offense?

"We had a relatively young team and will return seven defensive and five offensive starters in '93," said Herrick.

Quarterback Alan Hartman will not be among the returnees after throwing for a school record 1,913 yards in the first year in which the Bruins went full time with the run-and-shoot.

* With the new state classifications about to be announced due to the merger of city public schools with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, will Broadneck drop from 4A to Class 3A?

Is South River going to drop from 3A to 2A?

* Speaking of South River, did you know that Jim Morton has been replaced by Millie Beall of Davidsonville as the Seahawks' girls basketball coach after 14 seasons on the job? Why isn't the school discussing the move?

* How tight was the county 140-pound semifinal game at Gambrills-Odenton Rec Council's Wildcat Field on Saturday?

GORC knocked off the defending county champion Pasadena Chargers, 14-8, in overtime and the referees called for first-down measurements 10 times.

"That's got to be some kind of record," said John Vermillion of GORC who was on the chain crew. "I've never seen that many in one game before."

Vermillion has been involved in the GORC youth football program for a decade.

If you saw the game, do you agree with GORC coach Mike Vladich, a former Andover High football player, that "it was one of the best games ever in the county"?

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