County Sports Hall of Fame nears nomination deadline


March 31, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

The Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame selection committee is about to mull over a host of outstanding nominations, and the board of directors will vote on the top 10 next week.

Nominations will be closed Saturday, and if you don't see someone you feel should be a candidate on the list below, you have the opportunity to nominate that individual by calling one of the following committee members: myself at (410) 647-2499; Bernie Walter at (410) 674-6500; Bill Wagner, (410) 280-5952; or Sally Entsminger, (410) 859-5400.

Those selected for the county Hall of Fame's third annual induction ceremony will be announced within the next couple of weeks and honored in the fall at a banquet.

Ten people have been inducted in the first two years.

Here is the current list of candidates under consideration:

Louis Carter, former running back at Arundel High, the University of Maryland and the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Dale Castro, three-sport athlete at Southern and an All-American kicker at Maryland and currently coach at High Point in Prince George's County; Buddy Beardmore, All-American lacrosse player who went on to coach Maryland to a national championship and who currently is athletic director and men's lacrosse coach at Anne Arundel Community College;

Doris Jenkins of Glen Burnie, a member of the State Softball Hall of Fame, who was also a standout in basketball; Oakey O'Connor, the late Glen Burnie and Baltimore lacrosse coach; Harry Lentz, veteran Northeast High baseball coach and winner of a national championship in 1991 and two straight state titles;

Pip Moyer, three-sport athlete at Annapolis and standout at University of Baltimore and a former mayor of Annapolis; Alan Pastrana, star football player at Annapolis High, Severn Prep School and the University of Maryland who played briefly in the NFL and recently was named coach at Severn School;

Jerry Mears, the late football and basketball coach at Arundel and Meade and third-winningest football coach in county history; Joe Papetti, former Glen Burnie and South River football coach ++ and second winningest coach in county history; Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, former coach and still a local umpire who has been involved in amateur and high school baseball for more than 40 years;

Paul Rusko and Jean Boyd, retired county coordinators of physical education in the school system; Mike Hampe, Old Mill wrestling coach whose teams have won an unprecedented five consecutive state championships; former official and coach Otis Long; softball player Diena Parks Lenz; bowlers Ray Atkinson and Julian Easterling; and Austin Rice, longtime youth sports sponsor, volunteer coach and administrator still active in the Brooklyn Park Broncos football program.

Candidates must have been county residents for at least 10 years or have maintained a strong affiliation with the county while achieving prominence, and significantly contributed to the advancement and betterment of sports in Anne Arundel County.

Candidates must have high moral character and ethical standards and demonstrate leadership and excellence recognized beyond the local level.

* Coach Jim McNally's Navy boxing team rolled through the National Collegiate Boxing Association Southeast Regional last weekend, advancing eight Mids to the nationals this weekend at the University of Nevada-Reno.

The Midshipmen who will get a shot at an NCBA title are Alex Salunga (112 pounds), Kirk Loftus (119), Nick Hernandez (125), Alex Bullock (156), Chandler Comerford (172), Hank Molina (180), Joe Wiendel (190) and Wes Philbeck (heavyweight).

* The newly formed Annapolis City Pony League is in desperate need of a marching band for its April 17 opening day, and if you can help, call Matt Tews at (410) 268-7819.

* More than 200 friends, family and former players, such as 1974 Brooklyn Park grads Steve Reeves, Dan Ferguson and Norman Stump, turned out for last weekend's retirement party of Grant Jones, the former Brooklyn Park and Broadneck football coach.

* Linthicum resident Keith Mills, Channel 2 sportscaster, is honorary chairman of North Arundel Hospital's fifth annual golf tournament set for May 17 at Turf Valley Country Club.

* Severna Park football coach and athletic director Andy Borland brought the house down at the school's recent Rock 'n' roll Revival IV with his rendition of Chubby Checker doing the twist.

* Annapolis lacrosse coach Dan Hart is excited about freshman goalie Tobin Poole, who had two saves in the Panthers' season-opening 11-5 rout of Arundel Friday.

* Will John Spinnenweber, Broadneck assistant coach and ex-Navy freshman coach, be named boys basketball coach at Chesapeake High?

* Wouldn't it be something if North County's All-Metro quarterback, Eric Howard, makes the University of Maryland football team as a walk-on punter, just as former Southern star Dale Castro did during the '70s?

* Did you know that Glen Burnie's All-Metro defensive tackle, Matt Griffith, signed his letter of intent Sunday to attend Bowie State?

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