Severna Park's Green perseveres, gains scholarship to Tennessee

SIDELINES

March 04, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

One of the joys of this job is to be able to frequently report about special student-athletes who earn opportunities such as Severna Park's Ronnie Green and Tim Bowerman and Arundel's Christy Nichols.

Green, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-County defensive lineman, is an example of a young person never giving up on a goal. A third attempt at the Scholastic Assessment Test has resulted in a qualifying 800, thus opening the doors to the University of Tennessee.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Green, who runs the 40-yard -- in 4.6 seconds, is considered the best lineman to ever play at Severna Park by its coaches and had been offered a full football scholarship to Tennessee.

Green met the required 2.00 grade-point average in core subjects, but needed at least a 700 on the SAT to accept the

NCAA Division I scholarship.

"I took it three times and was sitting in the office with a counselor [Tuesday] to set up a date to also take the ACT, when a secretary came in and said she had a message from the school board for me," said Green.

"My counselor got excited and said, 'Ronnie look at these scores.' I was pretty excited when I saw them."

Green had scored a 270 on the verbal portion of the test and a 530 on the math for a cumulative 800, and that equals a full scholarship.

The four-year Falcons starter had resigned himself to attending a prep school for a year before going to Tennessee if he didn't meet the requirements, but he wanted to be a Volunteer this fall.

Green raced down to the gym to tell Falcons football coach Andy Borland, who broke down in tears of joy.

"Yeah, Mr. Borland cried, he was pretty happy," said Green.

Green, who will major in music, was one of the most recruited football players in the East after setting a school record in tackles (185) and a county record in sacks (16) last fall. He will get a chance to start as a freshman at one of the top programs in the nation.

Bowerman, who was a second-team All-County quarterback his final two years (1991, '92) at Severna Park, starred at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., last fall and has received a full scholarship to Division I-AA Charleston-Southern in South Carolina.

Hargrave is a post-graduate school that proved to be the steppingstone the talented Bowerman had hoped it would be. The 6-3, 185-pound Bowerman threw for 1,791 yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 107 of 206 passes (52 percent) his junior and senior years in Severna Park's run-oriented offense.

If Bowerman had been the quarterback in a run-and-shoot offense like North County's, the strong-armed and quick-footed athlete would have been one of the most sought-after college prospects in the metro area.

As it is, Bowerman went out and displayed his passing skills at Hargrave and earned a full scholarship. He will major in communications.

Running the first cross country race of her life in early February in Memphis, Tenn., with 30 other invited runners, Nichols qualified for the USA Junior Women's Cross Country Team that runs in the 22nd World Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on March 26.

Nichols, the state 4A champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs this winter, plays soccer for the Wildcats in the fall and never had run a cross country race. She finished a close second on a difficult course and made the prestigious USA team sponsored by the U.S. Track Federation.

She will run in the junior women's 4,000-meter race over a grass, sand and wetland course filled with obstacles in Budapest. The World Championships are organized by the International Amateur Athletic Foundation.

"We think Christy is a pretty special kid," said Arundel athletic director Bernie Walter.

News from the boxing ring

How many of you caught Butch "The Bounty Hunter" Kelly, the former Pasadena resident, duking it out on cable TV last week at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City?

Kelly (7-12), who has fought scores of times locally, didn't fare too well in his heavyweight bout with undefeated Al Williams of Philadelphia. Williams (8-0) unloaded a barrage of uncontested blows to Kelly's head and body before the referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the first round.

The two stars of trainer Jeff Novotny's Crofton stable -- Alfonzo Daniels and Bobby Haarhoff -- are scheduled to fight again in April.

Daniels (7-0), a middleweight, will go April 9 against an opponent to be announced at the Upper Marlboro Showplace Arena, and light heavyweight Haarhoff (4-0, three knockouts) fights April 13 at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Philadelphia's Steve Curley (3-2) will be Haarhoff's foe at the Baltimore Pro Bouts' show promoted by Stu Satosky.

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