Maryland gets Arundel's Abrams


December 02, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Let's start this sports smorgasbrowse with some good news on a local football player.

* Arundel High All-County tackle Rich Abrams has committed to the University of Maryland and canceled visits to several other schools, including Clemson.

"Abrams has verbally committed to Maryland, and the scholarship offer will be finalized in a couple days," said Arundel athletic director Bernie Walter yesterday.

Abrams, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound two-way tackle, was considered one of the top linemen in the metro area. There had been rumors the last couple of weeks that he was going to sign with the Terps. Now it's official.

* In other county high school football news, St. Mary's announced that it has joined the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.

"The MSA has aligned its conferences in football, and we are playing up with Gilman, Loyola, Calvert Hall, McDonogh, Mt. St. Joe and Cardinal Gibbons next year," said Saints head football coach Brad Best.

"It's a step up for us, and we are happy with it. I'm not sure it will still be called the A Conference or not, but we're up there."

Best coached the Saints to an 8-2 record, including a 14-13 victory over Calvert Hall (2-8).

The new MSA alignment is the result of Baltimore public schools, such as Poly and City, from the A Conference, joining the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

* Efforts are under way for a state baseball tournament that would bring together private and parochial schools from the Baltimore and Washington metro areas.

Such MSA schools as Archbishop Spalding, Mount St. Joseph, Loyola, Calvert Hall and Archbishop Curley would be eligible, joining other statewide schools such as Prince George's area schools -- DeMatha, Good Counsel, Riverdale Baptist and Pallotti -- and from the north schools like Bishop Walsh of Cumberland and St. Maria Goretti.

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches likely will sponsor the tournament, which Arundel's Walter said eventually could lead to a state tournament matching the public school champion and the private school champ.

"Down the road, we could have a statewide organization which would bring all the schools together," said Walter.

* Severna Park athletic director and head football coach Andy Borland called the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, to, in his words, "beat the chest of Severna Park High."

Only 14.8 percent of the Severna Park student body was ineligible for extracurricular activities, including sports, under the county's new 2.0 GPA requirement. Just 251 of 1,675 students did not achieve a 2.0.

"Only four cheerleaders and one wrestler are ineligible for winter sports, and I think that's pretty outstanding," Borland said.

"When you start dealing with the other side of that coin and the Minds In Motion [awards to athletes with a 3.25 or better], 135 of our fall sports students -- 17 of them football players -- qualified. Yes, we are very proud of our program."

Severna Park also placed six teams in the seven top 10 polls published by The Baltimore Sun and had state champions in field hockey (ranked No. 1) and volleyball (No. 2). Other ranked teams were girls cross country (second), boys cross country (10th), girls soccer (fifth) and boys soccer (eighth).

* Please accept my apologies for an oversight in my Sunday column on all-time county football records. Chesapeake All-County running back Brandon Steinheim should have been fourth on the list for most yards rushing in a season with his 1,562 yards, which led the county for the regular season.

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