Colleges in no rush for top two


December 02, 1992|By BILL FREE

Random remarks while waiting for the start of the basketball season:

It is kind of sad that football fans may have seen the last of South Carroll's 245-pound running back Mike Dodd smashing through defensive lines and carrying tacklers with him for several yards.

Cavaliers coach Gene Brown said Dodd most likely will be used as a defensive end in college next season.

Most collegiate recruiters these days, including those from the University of Maryland, are looking for running backs with a lot of speed. Dodd is not a burner, but he can run over people.

It is thought the Terps also have told Linganore's super running back John Seymour that he doesn't have enough speed for them.

Dodd and Seymour were the dominant running backs in the Central Maryland Conference this season and should be good enough to carry the ball for some schools next fall.

* Westminster High football coach Jeff Oeming has vowed to return the Owls next season to a three yards and a cloud of dust offense.

Oeming said he is trying to get all his players into the weight room and bulk them up as much as possible.

"The way to win in this league [Central Maryland] is to get a couple of 280-pounders on the line and run behind them all night long," Oeming said. "That's the way we used to do it here when we had those winning seasons [6-4 in 1989 and 7-3 in 1990]."

* It seems there is some individual talent spread around the county boys and girls basketball teams.

But, as in past years, there isn't a lot of height and enough outstanding players on one boys or girls team to make it a force in the state playoffs.

One problem facing county basketball coaches is that many of their top players spread themselves between two and three sports instead of concentrating on one sport.

It has been proven that athletes who choose one sport in their early teens and dedicate their time to that sport are the ones who have the best chance of becoming a big-time collegiate star and make it to the pros.

In Maryland, most high school athletes like to play the sport that is in season.

In southern and western states where the weather is warmer, high school athletes are more likely to chose one sport and play it year-round.

Basketball on an outdoor court, baseball, soccer, tennis, football, track and golf are all a lot more attractive in warm climates than in the dead of winter in the northeast.

Liberty girls basketball coach Tom DeLise said there are also other distractions in Maryland as opposed to Georgia, where he once coached high school basketball.

DeLise said there was no girls volleyball or field hockey in the fall in Georgia, and all the schools started girls basketball practice Oct. 15 instead of the middle of November, as is done in Maryland.

For instance, Tinah Houck of Westminster plays field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Dodd plays football and basketball, and Liberty quarterback Ross Yastrzemsky also plays basketball and lacrosse.

Being a three-sport star is a lot of fun and tempting for high school youngsters.

But it is not the best way to get to the pros if that is the intention of an athlete.

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