Maybe AACC's Brown deserves more than a 2-game suspension

SIDELINES

February 03, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Leading off today's "Q's without A's" session is a query about Anne Arundel Community College's women's basketball standout Tammy Brown.

After being ejected from two games and involved in an off-court altercation, how is it that Brown continues to be a member of the Anne Arundel Community College women's basketball team?

Is it because she is such an extraordinary talent (currently averaging 29.0 points) when she is under control?

AACC coach Tom Smith, who coached Brown for one year at Broadneck as an interim coach, sat her down for Monday's game with Dundalk Community College, and the Pioneers prevailed, 50-42.

She automatically was suspended one game under the National Junior College Athletic Association rules for her second ejection of the season, and Smith added a one-game suspension of his own.

Brown has missed five games for disciplinary reasons and parts of two others (ones in which she took the maximum number of fouls). The Pioneers (12-4) have played only 16 games.

Maybe, I'm wrong, but I consider Smith's one-game suspension a slap on the wrist.

How many coaches would have dismissed her, probably for her own good? How many chances do you give a player?

And just maybe if one of her former coaches had been willing to take a tough disciplinary stance, Brown today might not be as apt to lose it on the court.

* Wasn't the resignation of Lynn Pitonzo as softball coach at Northeast a great loss not only to the school, but also to the entire county?

* How about congratulations for Old Mill's veteran gymnastics coach Jack Bliss for being named interim women's gymnastics coach at the U.S. Naval Academy? Does that mean he has to give up his high school post of the past 17 years?

"No, [Navy's] season is over in about three weeks and Jack will be coaching our team this spring," said Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon.

* After entertaining the smallest crowd, about 500 for the final between Navy and Eastern Michigan, in the 16-year history of the prestigious Crab Pot Ice Hockey Tournament, will Mids coach Jim Barry again make the mistake of scheduling it Super Bowl weekend?

As it turns out, though, didn't the hockey fans who showed up for Sunday's Crab Pot final, won by Eastern Michigan, 5-4 over Navy, see a much better game than the fiasco played in Pasadena, Calif.?

Isn't the Navy and University of Maryland club hockey game scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Feb. 13 at Piney Orchard, a must-see, especially if you happened to see Navy's 8-3 victory over the Terps in Saturday's first round of the Crab Pot?

Navy has defeated Maryland twice this year, and when the two teams skate against each other, it's better than the movies.

* Did you know the Navy Boxing Brigade Championships get under way this Friday at Halsey Field House with 15 semifinal bouts starting at 7:30 p.m. and the finals (10 bouts) set for Feb. 19?

* Did you know that Archbishop Spalding senior basketball player Amy Langville is about to become only the third player in school history to score 1,000 career points? Averaging 17.8 points, Langville "is a couple games from the magic number," said coach Paul Leimkuhler.

Langville should join Peg Schultz, who did it in 1980 and finished with 1,097 points, and 1982 grad Karen Pipkin, who had 1,472 points.

* If Meade High faculty member Del Hughes, who is head coach of the Spalding football team, gets the vacant job at Meade, will Cavaliers athletic director Domenic Pachence want to pull his hair out?

Hughes is among several candidates, along with North County assistant Brad Wilson (who once assisted at Meade), vying for the Meade job opened by the firing of Hayse Henderson.

Pachence has had three head coaches in the past two years and may have to look for another.

* Finally, did you know that Severn School's swimming team, with its 44-42 victory over McDonogh of Baltimore County on Monday, is about to win or share its first Maryland Scholastic Association division title in five years?

"We need victories in our last two meets over teams we should beat and we win our first title in five years," said coach Tom Heslin.

Severn and McDonogh both are 5-1 in the same division. The Admirals' victory over McDonogh came via the medley relay team -- Tim Libby, Joan Chidestar, Tim Freeman and Chris Sheehan -- in the final event of the match.

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