Southern's Contee earns Rhodes Trophy


December 15, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

In a recent Sidelines that mentioned Annapolis' wrestling program, I erred because Donzella Parker-Bert changed her mind about becoming an assistant wrestling coach at Annapolis, and she would not have been the first female wrestling coach in NTC the county.

Several years ago, Ann Wallace, Navy's women's club lacrosse coach, assisted head coach Dave Gehrdes in wrestling at Annapolis, handling most of the administrative duties.

Southern's Corey Contee, The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year, will receive the Rhodes Trophy at the annual Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet in February.


Anne Arundel high school football coaches voted Contee the county's top player for 1993 and Severna Park's Ronnie Green the top lineman at a breakfast Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Green, a two-way lineman, was named winner of the Al Laramore Outstanding Lineman Award and will receive his honor at the Touchdown Club banquet.

Contee and Green were members of The Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-Anne Arundel County teams.

In leading Southern to its greatest season in football at 11-2 as the state 2A runner-up, Contee led the county in scoring with 128 points on 16 touchdowns and a school-record 32 points-after touchdown.

The 6-foot, 155-pound senior was also second in the county in interceptions (six) at defensive back.

Green, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, was sensational on both sides of the ball for the 7-3 Falcons. A Division I prospect being recruited by several Atlantic Coast Conference schools including Maryland, Green set a county record for sacks (16) and led the Falcons with 185 tackles.

The Touchdown Club also will honor the county's top high school football team (Southern), the Navy and Maryland football teams and cite special achievements in Anne Arundel youth football.

Falcons excel in classroom

Severna Park has a right to boast after another highly successful fall sports season on the field and in the classroom.

Severna Park won two state titles -- field hockey and volleyball -- and had two state runners-up in boys and girls soccer, but more importantly, 52 percent of the athletes qualified for the state Minds in Motion certificates.

Minds in Motion winners are those who participate in athletics and post a grade-point average of 3.25 or better. Of the 350 fall athletes at Severna Park, 183 qualified.

AACC volleyball tops

The Anne Arundel Community College volleyball team had an overall GPA of 3.02, tops for the Pioneers' fall sports program.

AACC athletic director Buddy Beardmore presented coach Bea Manley and her team with the Athletic Director's Award for academic excellence.

Firsts at Annapolis High

Is Annapolis the first county team with a female assistant wrestling coach? Panthers coach Dave Gehrdes is being assisted by Donzella Parker-Bert, and the two are coaching the varsity and JV.

If you know of another female assistant, call my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Also, did you know that Annapolis has another first in boys basketball with two sets of twins on its JV and a set of twins coaching?

Barry and Bryon Booth, twin sons of 1979 Annapolis All-County guard Barry Booth, and the Holts, Andy and Chris, are playing on the Panthers' JV. Coach John Brady has the Brown twins, Bruce and Roy, as his assistants.

Northeast's big comeback

How about the comeback by the Northeast boys basketball team Saturday against Archbishop Spalding?

Northeast (3-0) overcame a six-point deficit in the last 35 seconds, scoring nine unanswered points to nip the Cavs (3-2), 55-52.

Mike Eaton (19 points) got fouled on a three-point shot and made the three free throws to start the rally.

"It was just a tremendous comeback by us, and the kids did a great job of keeping their composure," said Northeast coach Johnny Barbour.

Spalding coach Lee Dove said, "We actually had two chances in the last nine seconds, and Charles Ross [game-high 24 points] had his three-pointer hit the front of the rim at the buzzer."

Dove called his team's four games this week against McDonogh, Loyola, Pallotti and Gilman "our NBA week."

Hot Stove news

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches will conduct its fourth annual clinic Jan. 14-15 at the BWI Marriott Hotel.

University of Tennessee coach Rod Delmonico will be the featured speaker at the clinic, which will include fundamental information for youth coaches as well.

For more information, call Atholton coach Don Van Deusen (410) 313-7080 or Glenelg coach Terry Coleman, (410) 313-5528.

* The Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires Association will present its 11th annual Development School on Sundays and Thursdays starting in January at Severn Elementary.

For more information, call Warren Shadle (410) 688-5828 (days) or (410)551-8799 (nights).

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