Search is on for county's top student-athletes


February 10, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's appropriate with high school report cards coming out Friday that we announce some news about the 11th annual Anne Arundel All-County Academic-Athletic Team sponsored by The Baltimore Sun.

The team honors the often unsung heroes in high school sports, the outstanding student-athletes. That's the student who excels in both academics and athletics.

In the past, 12 boys and 12 girls have been honored each year, with two overall winners, one male and one female.

This year, the top 10 boys and top 10 girls will be honored. The entries must be in by April 2. Late entries will not be accepted.

The team will be announced in late April, and those selected will be honored at a banquet.

To qualify, students must attend an Anne Arundel County high school or be a county resident who attends a school outside Anne Arundel.

Applicants also must play at least one varsity sport. Underclassmen are eligible.

North County's Shawn Moyer, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, starts in three sports and is active in other school and community activities, was the first sophomore selected, two years ago. Last year, Moyer became the first junior to win the Best Overall Male Award.

We are looking for the most well-rounded student-athletes we can find, and the athlete's entry does the talking.

All applicants must clip out the official ballot that will run soon on these pages. A parent or guardian must sign it at the bottom.

Applicants should prepare a resume. Most of the student-athletes who apply -- and nearly 100 entries are received annually -- put a lot of time into their applications.

Many are typewritten, and some are placed in binders and folders. Some include photos, and we've even received a videotape from one entrant.

Remember, the application is a reflection on the student, and its creativity, neatness and thoroughness weigh heavily in choosing between student-athletes with the same grade-point average, college boards and school involvement.

Applicants also will be asked to write an essay, which is another important part of the criteria.

Any questions on the Academic-Athletic Team should be directed to the 24-Hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499.

Probation time

On the other side of the fence, it's going to be interesting to see how many winter-sport athletes are placed on the 15-day academic probation when report cards are issued Friday.

This is the first time basketball players, wrestlers and indoor track and field athletes have been affected by the new 2.0 GPA requirement.

Students who don't get their GPA back up to the required 2.0 during the probation period are declared academically ineligible and finished for whatever is left in the season, including the playoffs.

Meade nears decision

The vacant Meade High head football coach position should be filled within the next couple weeks, Mustangs athletic director Ralph Beachley said.

The position was advertised when the school decided not to renew the contract of three-year head coach Hayse Henderson, who chose not to reapply. Henderson was the county's only black head coach and was publicly bitter over not being invited back and told to reapply.

Nine candidates were interviewed. The field shrank to seven with the withdrawals of Brad Wilson, North County High defensive coordinator and head boys basketball coach, and Scott Cofiell, a 1978 graduate of Brooklyn Park. Cofiell has been an assistant at Brooklyn Park, Chesapeake, Severn and Archbishop Spalding, and more recently head coach of pro teams in Finland and Sweden.

Two with college coaching experience, Jerry Hartman and Sherman Wood, are among the seven interviewed. The others include Meade faculty members Elliott Harvey and Del Hughes, the latter of which is the head football coach at Spalding; former two-time head coach Brien McMurray; Crossland assistant Robert Banzer; and MacArthur Middle School's Mike Belcastro.

"All of them are looking for a teaching position at Meade, and we won't know if we can hire another teacher for a couple weeks after we have our registration for next year," Beachley said.

Every other county public high school has a head football coach who is a member of its faculty.

Hartman, who lives in Annapolis and has a son, Chad, who plays basketball and baseball for the Panthers, has been an assistant at Navy, Colgate, Pennsylvania and Kansas State.

Wood, one of two blacks applying, has served on staffs at Virginia Union and Bowie State and is a counselor.

Harvey, the other black applicant, has been an assistant at Meade. An industrial arts teacher, he did not have his head baseball coach contract renewed at the end of last season, his sixth.

Hughes, who has served one year as Spalding's head football coach, has been an assistant at several county schools, including Meade.

A former head coach at Brooklyn Park and Chesapeake, McMurray has been an assistant at several county schools, including Severna Park last fall. He will coach the boys JV lacrosse team there this spring.

McMurray is a veteran physical education teacher on the elementary and middle school levels.

Banzer was an assistant for state Class 4A runner-up Crossland (12-1) last fall and is also the Prince George's County school's baseball coach.

Belcastro is a physical education teacher at MacArthur Middle, Meade's feeder school.

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