Pitching gives Anne Arundel CC the edge

SIDELINES

March 23, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

An outstanding pitching staff has the Anne Arundel Community College baseball team off to an 8-1 start.

"We're the only the community college team in Maryland with nearly 10 games in already. They haven't played that many in Florida and California," joked coach Clayton Jacobson.

"We've probably got the only community college baseball team in the United States with all of its players from its home county. And we're probably also the only community college who has all of its two-year players eligible [academically] to go to a four-year school."

The Pioneers' pitching staff includes left-handers John Degen (Broadneck), Lee Haney (Old Mill) and Ed Nalley (Northeast), and right-handers Chris Sutch (Broadneck), Sean Sesney (Chesapeake) and Brian Sands (Arundel).

Anne Arundel CC also boasts possibly the best catcher in Maryland in former Northeast star Rich Spiegel.

Women's lacrosse at Navy

People at Navy are beginning to take notice of a potential varsity sport currently in the probation stage.

Women's lacrosse could become a varsity sport in the near future, at least that's the hope of veteran coach Ann Wallace.

Wallace started a women's team on an unofficial club basis three years ago, and this spring the Mids are an official club team.

"We had 41 women come out and that's a pretty good number considering there are 400 women at Navy," said Wallace, who coached at Severn School and Annapolis before joining Navy. "I think the interest is there."

The club team had a successful debut on Saturday with an 11-8 victory over Harford Community College after a 7-7 first half.

Debbie Roberge and Sara Wright scored four goals each in the opener and last year's leading scorer, Amy Morrison, had two goals and two assists. Goalies Jen Mills and Melissa Pratt combined for nine saves.

"We're excited and hope Navy starts to realize the interest in the sport is there," said Wallace.

Running up accolades

Distance runner Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis High recently claimed a national championship in the one-mile run in Syracuse, N.Y. Could Arundel's Christy Nichols be the next local girl to reach similar lofty heights?

Nicolini won the mile in 4 minutes, 56.22 seconds at the 11th annual National Scholastic Track and Field Championships at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome.

Nichols takes off this weekend for the 22nd World Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

In Memphis, Tenn., in February, Nichols qualified for the USA Juniors Women's Team by finishing second in her first cross country meet.

Nichols, who won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter state 4A championships in the winter, plays soccer at Arundel in the fall.

Pro-boxing card slated

Glen Burnie's Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson and his partner Bob Ryan have a pro-boxing card set for Friday evening at Teamsters Hall in Baltimore. Laurel heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams (8-0, five knockouts) headlines the card and will meet 275-pounder Terry Wallace (7-4) of Kinston, N.C.

Jeff "The Persecutor" Passero (19-7, nine KO's) of Glen Burnie will meet Laurel's Derrick Johnson (5-4) in the six-round welterweight co-main event.

Middleweight Robert Ruggerio of Cape St. Claire will make his pro debut with Billy Wolf of Butler, Pa., in a scheduled four-rounder.

For ticket information, call Hammer Promotions at (410) 766-0363.

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