Laur gets Southern soccer back on it feet

SIDELINES

September 22, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

After a brief sabbatical from coaching boys soccer, the ever-enthusiastic Tim Laur is back at the reins doing what he does best: building a program.

Laur, who built the St. Mary's boys soccer program and retired after nine seasons in 1990, is now head coach at Southern.

Having Laur back as a coach is good not only for Southern, but also for the county.

He's a coach who generates enthusiasm in his sport, and that is what was needed in Harwood.

The Dawgs didn't even field a varsity last year, but they've got one now, and they won their first game, 5-2, at Surrattsville in Prince George's County.

"The school's first varsity soccer game in a season and a half and we came out with a victory. The guys are on a cloud right now," Laur said of his young team, which starts only one senior.

It may be a dark cloud come Friday, when Laur's Class 2A Bulldogs play host to 4A power Severna Park, but it won't be for lack of effort. Laur's teams always play hard.

Unfortunately for Southern, its county schedule has nine 4A schools and only two 2A schools (Northeast and South River), but if anybody can keep the Bulldogs' interest from waning, it's Laur.

Laur started the St. Mary's program as a club team and through the 1980s built not just a varsity team, but also one of the top teams in the Maryland Scholastic Association. Along the way, Laur produced a four-year standout in Mike Brady, a 1989 graduate.

Facing a similar challenge at Southern, Laur is going at it in his typical, confident style.

"I'm just really excited about these kids. We're not going to go undefeated by any stretch of imagination, but the kids will play hard with a lot of teamwork and field strategy," Laur said.

"It's exciting that Southern soccer is back."

* Anne Arundel County has had some great linebackers, and you can list North County's Troy Fowlkes among the best.

Fowlkes is in a class with Anthony Walker, North County (1990 grad); Keith Parker (1981), Randy Elliott (1985) and Jamie Cook (1989) of Annapolis; Kenny Gray (1982) and Brian Pratt (1987) of Meade; Mike White (1983), South River; Mike Hranicka (1985), Glen Burnie; Bobby Kight (1987), Archbishop Spalding; and Lenny Milliken (1988), Northeast.

After Fowlkes, a 6-foot, 240-pound senior with 4.5-second speed in the 40, took over the sixth-ranked Knights' 51-14 rout of Chesapeake, losing coach Tom Kraning couldn't stop talking about him.

"That No. 60 is the best high school linebacker I've ever seen," Kraning said.

"Fowlkes single-handedly controlled things and was a pleasure to watch; probably watching him was the most fun I had all night. North County has too much, is too quick and too big."

Fowlkes made 14 unassisted tackles, had a safety and for the second time this season returned an interception for a touchdown. His size, speed and instincts enable him to dominate a game like no other player in the county except Severna Park defensive lineman Ronnie Green.

Green, who is 6-4 and 260 pounds with 4.5 speed, dominated the line of scrimmage in the Falcons' 19-7 victory over Springbrook.

After the Blue Devils broke a long one for a touchdown on their TTC second play from scrimmage, Green stepped up and slammed the door with coaches and scouts from Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Virginia looking on.

* After a 2-0 start, Chesapeake, which has had only one winning season, began the county 4A grind with North County. The Cougars don't figure to be a contender, but here's hoping that college scouts aren't remiss in taking a look at junior quarterback Matt Michalowicz.

Michalowicz, 6 feet, scored touchdowns of 80 and 11 yards in the 51-14 loss to North County. The junior, who also plays basketball and baseball, has a good arm, quickness and fine instincts.

* Did you know that Mark Kiefer of St. Mary's missed what would have been a county-record 50-yard field goal in the Saints' 24-12 win over Severn School on Saturday?

* The baseball community is pulling for veteran Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association head Jack Kramp, who is home recovering from a 7 1/2 -hour spinal operation Sept. 7.

"I still don't feel good, and the bleeding hasn't stopped, but they tell me the operation went well," Kramp said. "The good news is that I'm home, but I don't know for how long."

* In the past, I've cracked on Severna Park band director Dick Powell and his Falcons marching band for their lengthy halftime shows, so isn't it only fair that I mention that they performed their shortest show in history Friday night -- 10 minutes?

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