Annapolis' Watkins, Johnson select two-year schools

SIDELINES

April 13, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Juan "J.J." Johnson, an All-County point guard from Annapolis High, and teammate guard/forward Kelsey Watkins, a second-team All-County choice by The Baltimore Sun, have decided on colleges.

Johnson, who averaged 10.3 points and 7.5 assists for the Panthers, intends to sign with Hagerstown Community College.

Watkins, who averaged 12.7 points per game, plans to enroll at East Arizona Junior College.

Johnson and Watkins played integral parts in the county champion Panthers' 21-3 record and runner-up finish in the 4A East Region to Glen Burnie. Annapolis set a county and state record for average points scored (90.5) this season.

"Hagerstown is a big-time JuCo team," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"They travel all over the country and their coach, Jim Brown, has sent guys to Division I schools such as UNLV. Brown is also hoping to land Chatney Howard."

Hagerstown assistants hounded Johnson and Howard of Southern, a first-team All-Metro pick, all season, seeing each play several times.

Howard led the metro area in scoring (26.4), finished his three-year career with 1,582 points (second-highest in county history) and was county Player of the Year his final two years.

"Can you imagine how potent they could be if they end up with Chatney and J.J. in the backcourt?" asked Brady.

Brady also said that Watkins "Should do well at East Arizona because he can really shoot the threes."

From the diamond

How frustrating must it be to pitch a no-hitter and lose as Larry Burkindine of Northeast did by 2-1 to North East of Cecil County last Friday?

Burkindine, a senior transfer from Glen Burnie, balked in one of the runs and it cost him dearly.

* Northeast, an 8-7 loser to Archbishop Spalding on Monday, plays host to No. 2 Arundel at 3:45 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Spalding and Loyola play at Cannon at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow and Washington-area power DeMatha (ranked No. 10 by The Washington Post) meets Pallotti at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cannon.

* Isn't striking out 13 in five innings of relief a great way to bounce back as Chesapeake's Jason White did Monday in a tough 3-2 loss to Glen Burnie? White, who suffered a 7-0 loss to No. 2 Arundel on Friday, came in for Jeremy Pellegrini in the second inning.

Cougar coach Jim Simms is very concerned about Pellegrini, who experienced serious elbow problems. If No. 9 Chesapeake (3-2) loses the senior right-hander for an extended period of time, its 4A playoff chances could go down the drain.

* In case you were wondering what happened to the No. 8 North County (2-1) at No. 4 Old Mill (2-1) game Monday, Old Mill's field was declared unplayable, and the 4A League game has been rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. tomorrow.

The Patriots' field is still another Anne Arundel County gem with a serious drainage problem like Northeast, which has been torn up and is being redone for the umpteenth time. One of these days, county officials will get it right when they construct a new field and not have to spend more money correcting mistakes.

From the ring

Alfonzo Daniels lost his first bout Friday after seven wins. Daniels, a middleweight who trains in Crofton under Jeff Novotny, was stopped Friday in the fourth round by Washington's Larry Johnson (6-2, six knockouts) in Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County.

"Alfonzo knocked Johnson down in the third round and Johnson got a really long count, seemed like 14 seconds. At least, that's what I counted it on tape," said Novotny.

"Then, in the fourth round, Alfonzo went head hunting and got caught himself, but everybody there said it was a [terrific] fight. It was the highlight of the evening."

Bobby Haarhoff, another Novotny middleweight trainee, puts his unbeaten mark (4-0, three knockouts) on the line at Martin's West tonight against Philadelphia's Steve Gurley (2-4).

Meanwhile, the frustration of not being able to schedule an amateur show in a county public school continues for Novotny. The more plush venues such as Michael's Eighth Avenue and La Fontaine Bleu -- both in Glen Burnie -- are too costly for the low-drawing amateur shows.

"They tell me it's county policy not to allow boxing in the schools," said Novotny. "But they ought to stop and think how I'm keeping some kids, who might otherwise get into trouble, off the streets."

From the lacrosse field

Navy women's club lacrosse coach Ann Wallace used 35 players in last Saturday's 15-8 romp over Virginia Tech, and 25 in Sunday's 21-11 win over Villa Julie.

With goalie Melissa Pratt playing "incredible," the Mids raced out 9-2 at the half in the Tech game and coasted to their third victory without a loss.

Pratt had 10 saves and her relief, Jen Mills, rejected six shots. Amy Morrison and Sara Wright combined for seven goals, and Debbie Roberge, Maureen McFarland and Kim McKenzie each scored two goals.

McKenzie came back the next day with six goals and an assist, Morrison had five goals and three assists, and Roberge four goals and two assists in the rout of Villa Julie.

"Eight of our 21 goals were assisted, so it was definitely a team game," said Wallace.

"We visit you know who [archrival Army] on Saturday. The kids are really psyched and I'm psyched."

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