Navy laces up the gloves for hockey and boxing

SIDELINES

November 17, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

There's a lot going on at Navy this weekend for those who have had their fill of football and soccer.

Navy's ice hockey team, coached by Jim Barry, is off to a 4-0 start.

Winners of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and playoffs last year, the Midshipmen made it four in a row last weekend with a 4-2 victory at West Chester (Pa.) and an 11-2 win at Pennsylvania.

The Mids will be home at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday against West Virginia and Maryland, respectively. Admission is free.

Despite its 15-4-2 record last season, including the ECHA title, Navy missed the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament in North Dakota by a win or two.

The top eight ranked clubs team qualify for the nationals, and with their fast start this season, the 12th-ranked Mids could crack the top eight with two wins this weekend. West Virginia is No. 8.

The Mids' boxing team will play host to the U.S. Naval Academy Invitational at 6 p.m. Saturday at Navy's Recreation Building in the U.S. Naval Station, across from the academy,

"For the first time, we've got a couple of boxers from Army, as well as Penn State and Lock Haven [Pa.]," said Mids coach Jim McNally.

Admission is $3 for civilians and $2 for active-duty military. For more information, call (410) 267-2735.

Some firsts at Southern

For the first time in his 28 years as boys basketball coach at Southern, Tom Albright started practice Monday minus a few players who were practicing another sport. Jamar Mullen, Corey Contee, Jason Poknis and Jason Hahn still are playing football.

It's the first time Southern has made the state football playoffs. The third-ranked Dawgs (10-1) play host to No. 5 Dunbar (9-2) of Baltimore in a Class 2A semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

It's going to be at least a week before Albright gets his basketball players back. Is the novelty a problem for the veteran coach?

"Heck, no, these kids have been together a long time and know how we do things," Albright said while enjoying the football team's 14-12 victory at Potomac in Prince George's County last Saturday.

Albright, along with several other observers, was convinced that Potomac had watered down the field before the game. You could kick up dust on grounds near the football field, which was extremely muddy in the middle and along the sidelines.

The game pitted Southern's speed against Potomac's power. The Braves average 250 pounds on the offensive line, compared with about 175 for the Southern players.

"The field was in great shape," Potomac coach Eric Knight said. "It just never dried after our ninth and 10th games. Believe me, if we were going to do that [leave a sprinkler on], we would have made it real sloppy."

Southern coach Buck Gardner and his top assistant, Jeff Cranford, questioned the field conditions, and Poknis, who scored a touchdown while rushing for more than 100 yards said, "We felt dis-respected when we saw the field, yet respected."

Women in charge

Did you know that Arundel's new assistant boys basketball coach, Kathy Lengeman, is at least the second woman to coach a major boys sport?

Cara Hergan is an assistant boys soccer coach at North County and the boys junior varsity coach.

If Steve Malone retires as expected after an additional season or two, don't be surprised to see Hergan become the boys head soccer coach.

Holmes on the mend

The same determination that enabled Lew Holmes of Ferndale to fight back from a stroke suffered March 8 has the founder of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association moving faster than expected.

"They just told me that I can start driving soon, just short trips around Ferndale, but at least I can get behind the wheel again," he said.

"And I hope to start back to work sometime after the first of the year. Just tell everybody, I'm coming back, all the way back."

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