County Hall of Fame searching for candidates for induction

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April 15, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

The Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting applications for its fourth annual induction ceremony this fall.

If you know someone who should be considered, contact the home of the county Hall of Fame -- Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie -- to obtain an application.

To qualify, a nominee must meet the following requirements:

* served as head coach, player, official, volunteer, administrator or media personality.

* been a county resident for 10 years or maintained affiliation with the county while achieving prominence.

* significantly contributed to advancement and betterment of sports in Anne Arundel County.

* achieved excellence recognized beyond the local level.

* represented high moral character and ethical standards.

The nomination form must be filed with the Hall of Fame. Those not selected, but whose nomination previously has been received will be considered again. There is no need to refile.

Call Michael's at (410) 768-7901 or Vicki Bowen at (410) 222-1148 for information.

Deadline looms for scholars

We have received some outstanding applications for the 12th annual Sun for Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team, and those of you who have yet to file have one week from today to get yours in.

We extended the deadline to April 22, because we haven't been able to run the application form as often as we would have liked and the snow-day cancellations have pushed marking period and report-card deadlines back.

The team is open to all high school students residing in Anne Arundel County.

Ten boys and 10 girls will be honored at a banquet in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Trade Council Spring Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 3 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.

For additional information, call me on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Youth football in Mago Vista

Former Andover High baseball and football player (1976 grad) Joel Sowells is looking for youths from 8 to 15 in the Mago Vista/Arnold area interested in playing football.

The Mago Vista Youth Football Association hopes to start a youth football program and be a member of the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association.

"We've got registration going to see if we have enough interest for youth football," said Sowells, now an insurance agent.

"We don't want to buy all that football equipment and not have enough players to field teams. We need to know if the kids in our community want to play organized football."

I've known Sowells for over 20 years and can tell you he's a quality guy who will run a great program.

He only needs to know whether to go forward and you can let him know by calling (410) 974-1555 (days) or (410) 544-8573 (nights).

National baseball rankings

Bellarmine High (19-1) of San Jose, Calif., is No. 1 in this week's USA Today Super 25 for high school baseball, which does not include any teams from Maryland. Arundel High, No. 2-ranked by The Baltimore Sun, is the only Maryland team in the East Regional rankings at No. 7.

That's great, but where does that put No. 1 Calvert Hall (11-0) and No. 8 North County (3-1), both winners over Arundel (4-2) this season? And what about No. 3 Mount St. Joseph and No. 4 Old Mill?

Baseball America had Bellarmine No. 2 in its most recent Top 25 with Churchill (15-1) of San Antonio, Texas, ranked No. 1. That was before Churchill lost its first game.

National rankings are good for generating interest in high school baseball, but you can't take them seriously because they are a matter of opinion based on who's voting, and who the poll organizer respects and trusts the most. They're fine as long as the coaches don't start believing that stuff.

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery takes the national polls with a grain of salt and said recently, "One of those publications called me back in February and asked me for my opinion on my team and other teams in our area.

"I told them to get back to me in April because we haven't even been on the field yet and how do you really know who the top teams are until you start playing?"

Certainly Arundel in taking No. 1 in last year's final rankings for Collegiate Baseball deserved the accolades. That was a great team led by a big-time player in Tim Giles, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, but this year's team is not even close.

Arundel is still very much a state contender and one of the county's best, but nationally deserving? No way, no more than Calvert Hall and Old Mill, and possibly North County and St. Joe as well. Last year's club was outstanding defensively, and you couldn't pitch around No. 3 hitter Mike Cozzone with Giles up next.

Bernie Walter's coaching is always championship caliber, but in the end, it comes down to the players and some years they're not up to that level. That's no knock, just fact.

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