Cupcakes dot Severna Park boys schedule


December 13, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Weren't Broadneck (4A to 3A) and South River (3A to 2A) the only county schools to be reclassified by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association?

Did I miss Severna Park? From the looks of the Falcons boys basketball schedule, it appears it is dropping from 4A to 1A.

This week, coach Wayne Mook's 4A Falcons beat up on two Class 1A schools in Archbishop Spalding and Annnapolis Area Christian School. Spalding was hammered, 79-60, and AACS was routed, 75-50. And Friday, Sts. Peter and Paul (another 1A) looms on the Falcons' schedule.

Mook, who had a once-in-a-lifetime team last season with All-County Rich Riffle and Scott Brown but still couldn't get out of Region IV, didn't expect to have a strong team this season.

Losing four starters from last season, Mook was looking to pad his record early, and he has accomplished that with a 2-1 start.

Of course, the victories over those two 1A schools are worth only 10(five points each) playoff points as opposed to 16 (4A teams are worth eight points) he could have earned by playing legitimate competition for a school of his size.

Can you imagine Annapolis, Broadneck, Meade or Old Mill playing a bunch of 1A schools?

Although Annapolis did schedule a 2A school a few years, but couldn't get it to play the past two seasons, it was some Baltimore team by the name of Dunbar.

Mook's schedule is an embarrassment to the school and the 4A League, and I'm sure if you asked the players, they would rather play better competition. It's that type of stuff that encourages kids like Quinten Jackson to transfer to DeMatha.

Since Mook took over 12 years ago, the school that boasts one of the top athletic programs in the county has been willing to accept mediocrity in boys basketball, with only five winning seasons.

* With Broadneck dropping to 3A next year, have you football junkies heard that football coach Jeff Herrick wants to drop Annapolis and Severna Park to have a better shot at the playoffs?

But did you know that athletic director Ken Kazmarek and assistant A.D. Tim McMullen would rather continue playing such natural rivalries?

* Speaking of Kazmarek, someone called the Sportsline and asked why I omitted Kaz from last Sunday's list of winningest basketball coaches by average wins per season.

The list only included the coaches in the county's 300-win club.

If I went strictly by average, Kaz, who is in his 10th season (nine at Broadneck and one at Arundel), would have been No. 2 with an average 16.8 wins on his career record of 152-60. John Brady of Annapolis is the leader at 21.2 in 15 seasons (318-54).

* Isn't it neat that Southern's Vernon and Jessie W. Gott have had three sons -- Ted, David and Charles -- serve as student managers to Tom Albright during his 28-year run as boys basketball coach?

Vernon and Jessie, who have helped supervise concessions and crowd control since Albright started in Harwood, lost Charles to a fatal truck accident a few years ago.

With Albright leading the way, a scholarship in honor of Charles was established, and last year two deserving Southern student-athletes each received a $1,500 college scholarship.

With Albright becoming the first county coach in any sport to win 400 games just last week, wasn't Bulldogs scorekeeper Donny Hedler very proud of the coach? Hedler, who graduated from Southern in 1986 but never played basketball, has continued as scorekeeper out of admiration for the man.

* How about this complimentary remark from Chesapeake boys basketball coach Tom Kraning after his Cougars downed St. Mary's, 52-43: "Hank [Gareis, rookie coach] is doing an excellent job with them. They are well-coached and much improved."

St. Mary's was 10-14 last season.

* Volleyball fans know about the dominance of two-time state 4A champion Severna Park, but shouldn't coach Tim Dunbar be just as proud of report cards that showed his 14-member squad with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.32?

* How about congrats to Chesapeake's Brandon Steinheim and Severna Park's Chad DuBeau for the honors bestowed upon them by the Annapolis Touchdown Club?

Steinheim, who led the county in regular-season rushing with 1,562 yards and scored 18 touchdowns, will receive the Rhodes Trophy for the county's top player at the TD Club's annual February banquet.

DuBeau, the only county offensive lineman named All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun, will receive the Al Laramore Award as the county's premier lineman.

The Rhodes is voted on by county football coaches and some sportswriters. Each person votes for three players.

The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Player receiver/cornerback Mike Quarles of North County, who set a metro area record for pass receptions (67), was nosed out for the Rhodes by Steinheim, 31-29.

Believe it or not, two coaches did not vote for Quarles, who led the Knights to the 4A playoffs.

Of course, the same men, who selected an All-County Coaches Team, voted Severna Park's Tim Bowerman first-team quarterback over Eric Howard of North County, an All-Metro choice and All-County on all the local teams.

Howard's stats were: state-record 28 touchdown passes, a county record 2,356 yards, and 163-for-286 passing.

Bowerman had 13 touchdown passes and 947 yards passing, and completed 56 of 111.

Was it a vote against unpopular Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz, rather than a vote for the deserving athlete?

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