Arundel's season strikes a note with late '70s

SIDELINES

February 17, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

A couple of congratulations head up this sports smorgasbrowse of notes and responses to the 24-Hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499.

Did you realize that with its 88-51 victory over North County (2-17) on Friday that Arundel (12-6) clinched its first winning season in boys basketball since 1979?

"I've worked awfully hard to get this team to where it is now," coach Gerald Moore said.

"It's not easy with me not being in the school [he teaches at Brooklyn Park-Lindale] and having to hustle over here every day, but I can thank my assistants for the job they've done. I just wish we could get more respect for what we are doing."

* How about Lee Dove and his Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers at 12-8? Did you realize that Spalding has clinched its first winning season in boys basketball since 1986-87 when the team was 14-13 under John Russell, the man Dove succeeded almost four years ago?

The best season the Cavaliers have had the last decade was the 16-8 campaign put up by John Spinnenweber in 1983-84.

* Are you aware that two other county boys basketball coaches are on the verge of milestones that could be reached before this season ends? Yes, we've got the Young Watch and the Bogle Watch.

Meade's Butch Young is six wins from the 400-milestone reached only in the county by Southern's Tom Albright (410-227, reached No. 400 in first game of this season).

Young (394-199), by winning his four final regular-season games, could put himself in position to notch No. 400 in style.

Meade is almost a lock to take first or second seed in the six-team Region IV playoffs, which means a first-round bye and two wins to the title. The Region IV title would give Young No. 400.

Did you know that Glen Burnie's Terry Bogle is closing in on 300 losses, which never has been done?

Going into last night's visit to Severna Park (5-13), Glen Burnie was 14-4, running Bogle's 26-year career record to 244-298. The Gophers have visits to Annapolis (12-6) and Meade before the playoffs.

By mentioning Bogle's record, I don't mean to knock him but only to cite a rarity in county sports. Certainly for the job he is doing this season, Bogle is a strong candidate for Coach of the Year honors.

* In a recent Sidelines column, I cited the problems of the talented Tammy Brown of Anne Arundel Community College, who missed seven basketball games for disciplinary reasons, and how she marched to her own drummer under coach Tom Smith, who also coached her for a year at Broadneck.

Tim McMullen, assistant athletic director at Broadneck, who was close to the Brown situation at Broadneck as the full-time A.D. back then had an interesting observation.

"The only time Tammy behaved in high school was when Bruce Springer was her coach and he diffused her behavior by sitting her down when she would start to act up," said McMullen, calling on the Sportsline.

"When people say she won't last at Maryland [which she will attend this fall], I just say wait and see, because I know Chris Weller won't tolerate bad behavior just as Bruce didn't. I think you will see a totally different Tammy Brown at Maryland next year than you are seeing at Anne Arundel."

Maryland coach Weller wouldn't comment on the Brown ejections and suspensions and would say only, "My relationship with Tammy has been a good one."

* Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association chief Jack Kramp is scheduled to undergo an hourlong balloon angioplasty operation today at Washington Adventist Hospital in Potomac Park.

The 37-year-old Kramp suffered a heart attack last week and was treated at North Arundel Hospital.

"They told me that I had to have the angioplasty done to avoid having bypass surgery," said Kramp. "I have two blocked arteries, one of them blocked 90 percent, the other 100 percent, but they're optimistic the angioplasty will work and I won't need the bypass."

Kramp, a Glen Burnie resident, expects to be home in a couple of days if all goes well and hopes to be back scheduling umpires for the county high school baseball season.

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