Calvert Hall's Amatucci shuns talk of rankings

January 11, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Despite his club's four-game winning streak, including recent victories over No. 11 Walbrook and No. 13 St. Frances, Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci insists his Cardinals "are not that good."

In fact, the 7-5 Cardinals failed to get even one vote in this week's Baltimore Sun poll, which tends to support Amatucci's assertion.

"Don't be talking rankings to me," Amatucci warns. "That might put a whammy on us."

Much like the whammy the Cardinals have put on their most recent opponents, beginning with the Dec. 28 Kennard Dale (Pa.) Christmas tournament, where Calvert Hall defeated the host and defending district champs for the title.

"They've [Kennard Dale] got a nice program that has produced some nice Division I players," said Amatucci. "But we went up there and just did a nice job."

The Cardinals did the job on Walbrook last Tuesday, winning, 66-62, although the Warriors' Travone Broadway scored 20 points.

"Broadway, of course, is a great player," Amatucci said. "The biggest thing is that we didn't turn the ball over, stuck to our game plan and were very patient."

Then came St. Frances, whose best player, Mark Karcher, was coming off a 21-point effort in a 62-54 victory over Mount St. Joseph. But in a 59-55 victory, the Cardinals, collared Karcher for just 15 points.

"In that game, we just didn't beat ourselves down the stretch," said Amatucci. "Day to day, we're just continuing to do some nice things."

Most of the credit, says Amatucci, goes to defensive specialist Vince Williams, who has controlled the tempo from his point guard post with his possession-oriented play. Swingman Gerald Spann (6 feet) and forward Brian Taylor (6-6) have handled the bulk of the duties in the paint.

Next up for the Cardinals is Eastern Tech tomorrow.

Players honored

Several local football players were chosen recently to the 2A All-State team by 2A coaches statewide.

The first-teamers were Josh Katz (Pikesville, tight end), Mike Knoedler (Overlea, center), Wayne Small (Southern-AA, split end), Dan Ross (Towson, tackle-linebacker), Justin Lavis (Hammond, defensive line), Francel Smith (Overlea, punter), Shante Dukes (Overlea, defensive backs) and Neil Arnold (Hammond, place-kicker).

Lions looking

Dulaney High School is accepting applications for the position of head football coach.

Applications should be sent to Bob Dean, athletic director, 255 Padonia Road, Timonium, 21093. Dean can be reached at (410) 887-7633, 7638 or 7641.

Deadline for applications is Jan. 21.

There is no teaching vacancy available at this time in conjunction with the football coaching position, but the school anticipates that several positions in different disciplines will be available by the end of the school year.

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