Principal's retirement ends era at Broadneck

SIDELINES

August 20, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's been awhile, but questions without answers is back. In some cases, I've provided some "Q's" with answers, but for the ones without, if you can help me give me a buzz on the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* What's the retirement of principal Larry Knight going to mean to Broadneck High athletics?

Knight was not an average principal in terms of high school sports, and it would seem the Bruin coaches and athletes are losing a devoted friend and supporter. Knight regularly attended Bruin sports events and pushed the educational values of winning teams.

From the beginning, Broadneck was very successful overall in its boys and girls athletic programs because of two reasons -- Knight and Tim McMullen.

Knight and McMullen, his hand-picked athletic director, gave the program a sense of pride.

McMullen stepped down as athletic director three years ago, but has been succeeded by his brother Kevin (now at Thomas

Johnson in Frederick) and Ken Kazmarek who have carried on the tradition. Tim McMullen is no longer the A.D., but he is an assistant and is there to help.

Through it all, the man at the top was Knight -- a staunch supporter of athletics. It will be interesting to see who replaces Knight and what philosophy on athletics the new principal has.

* Have you heard the rumors that veteran South River coach Kenny Dunn might not be back as basketball and baseball coach? They are just that, rumors. Dunn will return and so will his assistant basketball coach Jack Jordan.

* Is veteran Severna Park JV football coach Bob Ferguson the first on record to suffer a knee injury while demonstrating a technique and stepping in dog waste?

Ferguson had to visit a doctor and is limping around in a knee brace.

* Are you North County fans and students ready to watch the Knights play all their fall sports (with the exception of volleyball) at the old school (Andover) because the stadium turf at the new site (formerly Lindale Junior High) is not ready?

Are you North County fans confident, or doubtful, that the Knights' new baseball field will be ready by the spring?

* In the wake of the turmoil at Northeast High over the last few months, shouldn't we all be pulling for the student-athletes at the Pasadena school to somehow enjoy the high school experience and restore pride in the Eagles' tattered program?

Shouldn't it be a challenge to the young people at Northeast to rebuild the school's image with possibly the freshman class (class of '97) setting that as a goal?

* How about congrats to Severna Park High grads Steve Neuberger (University of Maryland) and Mark Budzinski (Richmond) on their key roles in Corrigan's Insurance winning the All-American Amateur Baseball Association 20-and-Under World Series in Johnstown, Pa.?

Neuberger and Budzinski each had key hits in the team's 5-4 national title victory over Columbus, Ohio last week. Neuberger was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Budzinski doubled.

Other local ties to the Corrigan's team, which was run by veteran Milwaukee Brewers' scout Walter Youse, included coaches Mel Montgomery and Norm Gilden and sponsor Bill Corrigan. Montgomery is head baseball coach at Old Mill. Gilden and Corrigan reside in the Crownsville area.

To show you how good Corrigan's was, the club (59-14), consisting of college players, hammered state American Legion champion Mayo Post No. 226, 17-1, a couple of weeks ago.

"We got seven runs in the first inning off them and Bernie's [Walter] team never recovered," said Youse.

* Have you baseball types heard that veteran Anne Arundel Amateur Umpires Association chief Jack Kramp is headed for another back operation?

Kramp, who has had more than his share of back, knee and heart problems, will endure a seven-hour spinal operation on Sept. 7.

"They're going to put in reinforcement rods which I hope will solve my persistent back pains," said Kramp, who umpired several games this summer.

"I've been told that the operation is generally 95 percent effective."

Here's hoping that the operation will be successful so that Kramp can get out on the baseball diamond where he loves to be more often.

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