Severna Park's Sakalis gets call Ice hockey camp invites junior center


June 16, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Severna Park's John Sakalis has been invited to the USA Junior Olympic Final 100 Player Development Camp in Lake Placid for 19-and-under ice hockey.

The Severna Park High junior is the only Anne Arundel County ice hockey player to qualify.

"I've got a chance to make the final 50, and if I do, who knows what could happen," Sakalis said.

Sakalis, a center, has played the last three years with the Little Capitals Ice Hockey Club and Bowie, traveling all over the East and has found time to be a goalie on the Severna Park boys lacrosse team.

The tryouts at Lake Placid begin June 29 and run into early July, at which time the 100 candidates will be pared to 50, who will earn a trip to Colorado Springs later this summer.

"The 50 who go to Colorado Springs will be cut to 20, which will be the USA team for the World Tournament," said Sakalis, 17, who hopes to land a college scholarship for ice hockey.

The World Tournament will be played in Europe and Japan at the end of the summer, and Sakalis hopes to be there based on his performance in the tryouts.

"I guess the only thing I have against me is being from Maryland where ice hockey people know that the sport is not played much in the high schools," Sakalis said.

Sakalis, who started playing the sport at Benfield Pines Ice Rink with the Chesapeake Chiefs, never has played high school ice TC hockey because schools in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association do not offer it. He will be competing against hockey players who play in very competitive prep programs.

There is a private school league for high schoolers in Maryland, and two Anne Arundel County schools -- Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary's -- played in it this past winter.

School officials at Spalding and St. Mary's say that the addition of ice hockey to their athletic programs contributed to increased enrollment.

* All-Metro and All-County catcher John Milisitz of Severna Park is the only Anne Arundel County player who will be traveling with Team Maryland to the Sun Belt Classic in Stillwater, Okla., June 23-28.

Milisitz currently is playing baseball for the Columbia Reds' 20-and-under team.

Tim Giles (All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year and first baseman) and All-County DH and second-team All-Metro catcher Mike Cozzone of state 4A champion and top-ranked Arundel chose to stay home along with Old Mill's All-County pitcher/outfielder Lee Haney.

The trio instead will play in the Crown All-Star Game at Camden Yards in July and the rest of the summer with Mayo American Legion Post No. 226.

* Should the Crofton youth baseball program take a bow for producing five starters who helped Arundel win the state 4A baseball championship?

Giles, the Player of the Year who set a career record (.484) and tied the single-season record (.586) for batting average, shortstop Jeff Hedrick, the Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Male Athlete of the Year, center fielder Jimmy Taylor, Cozzone, and junior All-Metro and All-County pitcher Brandon Agamennone (8-0, four saves) all started playing baseball as tots on Crofton's Hardy Field.

A couple of the proud coaches of those guys were Gary Carpenter and Chet Lipton.

Carpenter is the dad of Gary Jr., the golfer who won a state title, and Lipton has served as the boys JV basketball coach at Arundel the past couple of years.

* While most of the teams in the top 10 of USA Today's Super 25 High School Baseball National Rankings moved up, the Baltimore Sun's top-ranked Arundel (21-1) remained locked at No. 11 this week with two teams that were below the Wildcats last week jumping over them.

Cincinnati Moeller (27-4) vaulted all the way from No. 15 to No. 6 this week, and Mauldin, S.C., (31-2) hopped over Arundel from 13 to 10.

* Congratulations to Christine Baer of Old Mill for being named the female winner of the Dick Hart Award that goes annually to the basketball player who exemplifies team play, defensive excellence and dedication to the game. Those were attributes of the late Andover High boys coach.

Baer, an All-Anne Arundel County performer, was a key contributor for the top-ranked Patriots (25-1) and their unprecedented third consecutive state 4A title. Baer, 5 feet 6, averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.0 assists.

Shippensburg State is Baer's choice for college.

* University of Maryland outfielder Steve Neuberger of Severna Park, a Collegiate Baseball All-American freshman team member, was a first-team high school All-American last spring.

Neuberger's first-team All-American status has been matched by 1993 Baseball Player of the Year Giles of Arundel.

Neuberger was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-County outfielder after batting .491 with a school-record 29 runs in 1992.

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