Broadneck's Stover nears 100 wins

SIDELINES

March 25, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Broadneck's 10th-year baseball coach Mark Stover's next win will be career victory No. 100.

Stover's 20th-ranked Bruins play Mervo in Baltimore this afternoon and play their home opener at noon tomorrow against Bel Air of Harford County.

Stover starts the season with a career record of 99-85 and has built a reputation as a proponent of fundamentals who knows how to play inside baseball.

Of course, whether Stover was an advocate of inside baseball or not, he had to be such a coach last spring. When a team's batting average is .215, a coach must encourage players to bunt, steal bases, try base-running tricks, hope for errors and walks, and beg, borrow or steal to score a run.

Stover expects a considerably better hitting club this season to go with his outstanding pitching staff. Senior Sean Ryan, a 6-foot-7 right-hander, was 6-1 last spring in leading a pitching staff that set a school record with a team ERA of 2.30.

Broadneck dropped five one-run games last season, three in extra innings.

Most of the county's other baseball teams will swing into action next week after being tested in scrimmages.

Countians lead Gibbons JV

Four county products led the Cardinal Gibbons junior varsity basketball team to both the regular-season and tournament championships of the Catholic League.

The Gibbons JV was 21-3 overall with Linthicum's James Urban and Aaron Coleman, Glen Burnie's Mike Simmons and Brooklyn Park's Colin Moorhouse leading the way. The county foursome started and contributed heavily.

Urban led the Crusaders in scoring, averaging 16.0 points a game. Moorhouse, son of former Gibbons star and longtime varsity assistant, Bryan Moorhouse, averaged 11.0 points and 2.0 assists.

Simmons averaged 10.0 points and five rebounds while Coleman averaged four points and played great defense.

The Gibbons JV was coached by Pat Shanahan and Baltimore City Councilman Joe DiBlasi, who used to coach the St. Mary's Star of the Sea youth teams.

DiBlasi also is coaching the Gibbons JV baseball team and will count on Urban, Moorhouse, Simmons and Coleman to lead the way there, too.

Players aren't overlooked

To the gentleman who wrote me a letter saying "so many kids [basketball players] depend on scholarship opportunities to go to college and get passed over because they come from high school programs where basic fundamentals are neglected for cool offensive plays."

I appreciate your opinion. However, I disagree. Sure you see a lot of hot dogging on the court from time to time, but college scouts know who can make it at the next level. In this day and age, rarely is a player with college potential overlooked because he does the "basic fundamentals."

If he's got the other physical attributes such as speed, quickness, strength and possibly height, he won't be neglected. He can't be hidden either. These days the college coaches and scouts know who and where the players are.

And if an athlete feels he was overlooked and wants to prove people wrong, he can go to a community college and make the four-year schools sit up and take notice.

It's not the job of the media nor high school coaches to get high school athletes scholarships, although some coaches choose to do more than others.

Organizing baseball

Steve Keefer, president of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association has called organizational meetings for Tuesday at Kinder Park in Severna Park.

Those wanting to play on 16-and-under teams should call Howard Truitt (410) 761-6849 or Jerry Kerbe (410) 647-9383, and for 18-and-under, Bill Nevin at (410) 969-3667 for details on the meetings, which begin at 6:15 p.m.

Entries taken for triathlon

Entries are being accepted for the fourth annual Spring Triathlon at Anne Arundel Community College on Sunday, April 10.

Some 120 athletes took part in the event sponsored by Farmer's National and Athlete's Edge last year.

There are seven race categories from under age 30 to 50 and over with individuals and teams of two or three allowed to compete.

For information, call (410) 541-2756.

Banquet date changed

The banquet date for the 12th Anne Arundel Sun's All-County Academic Athletic Team has been changed to Tuesday, May 3 at the BWI Marriott. Ten boys and 10 girls who are outstanding student-athletes will be honored that evening.

All high school students who reside in Anne Arundel County are eligible to apply for the team, but must submit the application that appears in The Baltimore Sun.

The April 8 deadline for entries is fast approaching. We're looking for the county's most well-rounded student-athletes.

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