Last call for academic-athletic team

SIDELINES

April 02, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Anyone applying for our All-County Academic-Athletic Team has the weekend to clean up any loose ends.

The deadline was today, but if you can't get your application in until the weekend or Monday, just call and leave a message on the 24-hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499. By doing so, your application will be accepted.

* Do you agree that 15th-ranked North County's 22-0 baseball romp at seventh-ranked Northeast on Wednesday was deceiving?

North County is a Class 4A, Region IV contender, but not 22 runs better than Northeast.

Senior Joe York and sophomore Mike Wooden, integral parts of a deep pitching staff, combined for 14 strikeouts and a two-hit shutout. Pitchers who throw strikes will win under any conditions.

Northeast pitchers combined for 20 walks and the team committed eight errors.

Just give veteran Eagles coach Harry Lentz, who has won two straight state 2A championships, a couple of weeks outside and I guarantee you won't see any more 22-0 games. The May 5 rematch at North County will be one of those must-see games.

* Wasn't the North County junior varsity sitting in the stands, watching the varsity play Northeast and waiting to play a 6 p.m. game (that didn't start until after 7 p.m.) a vivid example of tough economic times?

Rather than the county paying for another bus, the North County JV rode with the varsity and sat through a 3 1/2 -hour varsity game in the cold and rain.

How frustrating do you think it was for the Knights to finally get on the field and play into the third inning before the rain ended the miserable day?

* Isn't it about time that the county reduce the $3 admission for youths to watch a high school sports event, including lacrosse? Do you agree that admission for kids should be $1 and that $3 is too stiff, especially if they have to watch a lacrosse game in the rain?

A while ago I raised a question about dwindling attendance for high school sports and got some interesting feedback on the Sportsline.

St. Mary's athletic director Carmine Blades said when the Saints stopped charging student $3 for high school basketball and went to $1, "our attendance soared, and I think the public schools ought to do the same thing."

Arundel High's Andy Furtado, managing editor of the Wildcats' student newspaper, The Spectrum, conducted a survey of students to find out why they weren't attending games.

The Spectrum discovered most of the students (51 percent) who don't support athletic contests simply don't have the desire to do so.

Bernie Walter, the Arundel athletic director and head baseball coach, said that Friday night basketball, football and lacrosse games "aren't the social events they used to be; it's no longer the place to meet people."

But could it be that if the admission cost was $1, more students would attend?

* Is this the year of the transferring catchers? Baseball's Rob Miller moved from North County to Northeast and softball's Lori Lynch went from Old Mill to Glen Burnie?

* How's this for a remarkable stat? The unranked Chesapeake girls lacrosse team (2-0) had an 85-37 advantage in ground balls, with Lori Wlodarczyk leading the way, in its 19-5 romp over Edgewood of Harford County Wednesday.

"That really amazed me, but my statistician said it was accurate," said coach Jim Buchan, "but we'll find out how good we are [at No. 3 Severna Park, 5:30 today]."

* Did you know that Severna Park residents and team co-captains Rich Lowman and Pat McNealy are graduating from Towson State this spring after leading the Tigers' ice hockey team to the Mason-Dixon League championship with a 19-0 league record and 32-8-2 overall mark?

Lowman was a standout defenseman who scored 53 points in his career, on 16 goals and 37 assists. He has a double major in secondary education and mass communications with a concentration in public relations.

McNealy, the team's Most Valuable Player, led the Tigers in scoring all four years and finished his career with 302 points. McNealy will graduate with a degree in social sciences.

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