Those of you applying for the 12th annual Sun for Anne Arundel Academic-Athletic Team may have noticed (in the application printed yesterday) that you don't have to rush to get your application in today. We have extended the deadline to Friday, April 22.
We haven't been able to run the application as often as we would have liked, so in fairness to all those who have called with questions and asked for more time, we are giving you two more weeks.
Ten boys and 10 girls who are academic standouts while playing varsity sports will be honored at a banquet on Tuesday, May 3 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.
For further information, give me a call on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.
Navy boxers impressive
Navy's boxing team turned in an impressive showing at last weekend's National Collegiate Boxing Championships in Camp Hill, Pa.
The Mids finished runner-up to perennial champion Air Force with Lock Haven, Pa. third and Iowa State fourth.
Todd Alexander, a 156-pound plebe, was the Mids' only national champion but four others finished runner-up for the Mids' best showing since a runner-up finish in 1988. Navy won the national title in 1987 with six national champions.
Alexander stunned everyone at the Academy a few weeks ago by upsetting senior Alex Bullock in the Brigade Championships to advance to the regional and ultimately the nationals.
Bullock was a national champion last year, but Alexander took the honors this year, stopping Bullock in the Brigades and boxers from the Citadel and Shippensburg State in the regional.
With one second to go in the semis of the national tournament, Alexander stopped Vince Calio of Penn State and then took a close decision over Jason Smith of the Air Force for the title.
Julian Puga, another plebe, was a runner-up at 165 pounds, and three senior Navy boxers also got to the finals in Brody Prieto (180), Matt Reimann (190) and Wes Philbeck (heavyweight).
"Those four who lost, all lost close decisions and I'm real proud of the way our boxers competed," said coach Jim McNally.
Toronto starts for Tampa
Former Anne Arundel Community College pitcher Brian Toronto, a 1988 Broadneck High grad who was All-County that year, is completing his eligibility this spring at the University of Tampa (Fla.), a NCAA Division II power.
Toronto, a lefty with a superb pickoff move to first base, is in Tampa's starting rotation.
News from Broadneck
Broadneck High will present its second annual Bruins Alumni Lacrosse Game on Sunday, June 5 at noon. For information, call Alan Segree at (410) 757-1678 or Don Jackson, (410) 757-4866.
* Did you Bruin fans know that the athletic department now has a Broadneck Sports Information Line, (410) 757-7733?
If you need to know if a game or practice has been postponed, just call the Bruin info line and athletic director Ken Kazmarek will fill you in.
It's a pretty neat idea and something all schools should consider because it saves everybody time and aggravation trying to get through to a coach or the athletic department to see if a game is still on.
Big baseball game rescheduled
The No. 3 Arundel at No. 10 North County baseball game, rained out Wednesday, will be played Tuesday.
Normally a game is made up the next day, but North County already had moved its game with Glen Burnie from today to yesterday.
As a result, defending state 4A champion Arundel gets a break and North County gets a bad break.
The Wildcats visit Chesapeake today, and coach Bernie Walter can throw his ace, Brandon Agamennone, today and Tuesday if he wants.
With the rescheduling, North County visits No. 4 Old Mill on Monday and plays host to No. 3 Arundel Tuesday. That is tougher than it had to be for the Knights.
Spak returns to Chesapeake
Former Chesapeake star Alex Spak, the Anne Arundel County Sun Softball Player of the Decade for the '80s and only county athlete named All-County in any sport four years, is back at her alma mater as junior varsity softball coach.
A 1989 grad of Chesapeake, Spak is assisting her former coach, Dennis Thiele.
Kick boxing shows slated
Glen Burnie's Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson has an amateur kick boxing show set for Saturday, April 30 at the Glen Burnie Armory and a pro kick boxing card on May 20 at the armory. The latter could be a historic occasion in the sport of full-contact karate.
That night the Hammer goes after an unprecedented third world title belt in the heavyweight division. McPherson already owns the International Karate Federation Light Heavyweight and the Super Kicks Karate Association Cruiserweight World Championships.