Athletes, give dad his due on his day


June 20, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's Father's Day, and I've got a few questions for all of you student-athletes.

Has your dad always been someone you can count on when things aren't going so well?

Was it your dad, who took you in the backyard and showed you how to throw a baseball, football or softball, and how to hit the ball or dribble it?

Was it your dad who signed you up for Little League, softball, football, wrestling or lacrosse?

Did he always encourage you to play sports because he knows the values of athletics?

Did he come up with a few extra bucks to buy you that glove, shoes or piece of equipment you needed so desperately?

JTC Is he the one who drives you to practice or a game and picks you up?

If there is anyone whose opinion you cherish most while playing, is it your dad's?

Is he the one you want to make proud when you do something good?

When you have a bad game, is he there to console you, but at the same time to tell you to never be satisfied with your effort?

Does he tell you that he doesn't mind you messing up, but he does mind if you don't play hard all the time?

Does he remind you that as good as you are you are still part of the team and not to ever forget it?

Does he encourage you to be determined to win by doing whatever it takes?

Does he preach the importance of commitment?

If you answered yes to all of the above -- or practically all of them -- let your dad know how you feel about him today.

* How about congratulations to the Magic 12-and-under girls softball team of coaches Russ Moore, Bill Ryals and Dwayne McAlister for winning both the Riviera Beach and Prince George's County tournaments recently?

Sabrina Ryals, Amanda Donaldson and Kelly Evans share the pitching duties for the 21-1 Magic, and Moore said they throw the softball up to home plate "in the 50s [mph] from 35 feet out."

The high school pitching distance is 40 feet, but for 12 and under, it's only 35 feet, and the Magic has a superb trio that could lead them to bigger and better things this summer.

This weekend Riviera Beach is playing host to Amateur Softball Association State Tournaments in five age groups -- 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under. The states will be played in the Beach, Bodkin and Lake Shore with the winners advancing to the ASA Regionals in Columbia, Howard County, in a couple of weeks.

Next weekend, Corkran Junior High off Quarterfield Road will play host to the Pony Softball State Tournaments with the top teams advancing to the Zone Tournaments.

"Some of the county leagues are not that great, but the tournaments are tough and the out-of-town teams are very good," said Moore.

"The fans can come out and watch some really exciting softball."

For more information on the tournaments call Moore at (410) 360-7795, John Gerner at (410) 255-6225 or Steve Donaldson at (410) 987-9150.

* Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert met with Arundel High's Tim Giles and his family last week to discuss the Baltimore Sun All-Metro and Anne Arundel County Player of the Year's future.

Giles was selected on the 43rd round of the June draft by the Orioles, but won't be signing with the hometown team. Instead he will fulfill his scholarship commitment to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The left-handed-hitting first baseman/pitcher/outfielder tied the county and state single-season record for batting average (.586) and set a career average record (.484).

"We talked to Tim about signing, but he's going to go to school," said Gilbert.

"Someone suggested that Tim enter a junior college and be eligible for the draft again next June, but he and his parents aren't interested in that."

The Orioles hold the rights to Giles for one year before the next draft and if he went in a junior college they could sign him before June 1994. Once a player attends a four-year school, he is not eligible for the draft again until his junior year or when he turns 21.

In Giles' case it would be his junior year because he won't turn 18 until Sept. 12 of this year.

"Tim should do very well in college and UNC has told me he might also pitch there," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter of Giles, who was 9-1 on the mound for the state 4A champions (21-1) this spring.

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