With winter season winding down, it's time for boos, cheers

SIDELINES

February 27, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's a Sunday sports smorgasbrowse day, which means a load of questions without answers.

If you know the answer to 90 percent of these questions, you are a true Anne Arundel County sports fan. And in case I need a few answers or additional comments, please call me on the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Boos of the year

Do you agree that these are the Boos of the Year in high school winter sports?

* Boo No. 1 to: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Executive Secretary Ned Sparks for not making an exception to state rules and allowing such teams as Broadneck boys to play in the rescheduled Fuel Fund Classic.

The Fuel Fund was for a good cause (ticket sales at Broadneck were way up), jackets with the players' names on them and T-shirts had been printed for Broadneck, and it was a chance to play one of Baltimore's best in Lake Clifton at the Baltimore Arena.

Such a situation as the Fuel Fund being rescheduled because of bad weather gave Sparks a good reason to allow teams to play a fourth game that week.

* Boo No. 2 to: People who clown around or refuse to stand when asked to for the singing or playing of the national anthem. Have you noticed, as I have, too many people around the county showing such disrespect? If for some reason, a person doesn't agree with the national anthem, fine, but at least show respect for those who do.

* Boo No. 3: Too little respect for coaches and referees by parents and students.

* Boo No. 4: Those endless junior-varsity girls basketball games featuring whistle-crazy referees who run the varsity girls and boys games right up to David Letterman's show.

Cheers of the Year

* Cheer of the Year to: Rick Wiles and Marlene Kelly of the county physical education department, two people who maybe don't get enough credit, for maintaining sanity and uniformity during the winter weather rescheduling crisis.

* Cheer No. 2 to: All the great singers who have performed the national anthem at a host of county games this winter.

* Cheer No. 3 to: Anne Arundel County's boys basketball program, one of the best ever with three teams in The Baltimore Sun Top 10 (No. 3 Annapolis, No. 9 Glen Burnie and No. 10 Southern), and three more among Top 20 (No. 11 Broadneck, No. 13 Severn and No. 20 Arundel).

Southern woes

Didn't at least nine wins by the Southern girls basketball team (6-13), which would have given coach Linda Kilpatrick a career 300 wins, seem like a lock before the season began?

But that was before two key players, Laekeka Wesley and Megan Ebersole, were lost for the season after a January automobile accident. The two girls are recovering nicely and expect to attend college next fall.

Northeast shoots record

Can you believe the Northeast girls basketball team made 16 three-pointers in an 81-71 victory over South River on Tuesday?

The 16 three-pointers is a county record, but even more remarkable, junior sharpshooter Jen Johansen had 10 of them, also a county record.

Did you know the Eagles came back the next night and hit nine from long distance, three by Johansen, in a 79-41 victory over Meade?

Cheer for Glen Burnie

If you appreciate the athleticism and grace of cheerleaders and are tired of skating and skiing, won't you want to tune in Home Team Sports at 4 p.m. tomorrow and catch coach Serena Vance's Glen Burnie High cheerleading squad in the second annual Maryland State Cheerleading competition? The event was held Feb. 5 at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory. HTS is showing it on tape delay tomorrow.

Hope at North County

While the varsity has suffered through a disappointing season, despite it being the best in the school's four-year history at 9-12, could there be hope for the North County boys basketball program?

Did you know the North County boys JV was 19-0 under an outstanding young coach in Keith Francis? Derek Booth and Maurice Bowie were just two of several outstanding underclassmen.

Heavyweight official

Keith Smith of Millersville has been chosen as inspector of implements and to officiate the men's 35-pound weight throw and shot put at the USA Mobil Indoor National Track and Field Championships at the Georgia Dome, March 4-5.

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