Scholarship set for Hart awards

SIDELINES

April 22, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

A scholarship is expected to be added to next year's Dick Hart basketball awards, which are presented annually to the boy and girl who best exemplify the virtues of the late coach.

The award, which has been presented since Hart's death in 1991, is voted on by county coaches. This year's winners were Cristi Samaras of Annapolis and Jeff Dickerson of Glen Burnie.

Hart was the boys basketball coach at Andover High for nearly 30 years and stood for discipline, determination, hard work and respect.

Proceeds from the Dick Hart Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 28 at Rocky Point Golf Club in Baltimore County will go to the Dick Hart Scholarship Fund.

"Since the award began, the kids have been receiving plaques, but we want to also give them a financial scholarship to the school of their choice," said chairman Ken Larsen.

"At the same time, we will perpetuate Dick's name and hope that we can get countywide participation in the golf tournament to make it a big success."

Larsen and his committee, which includes Annapolis JV boys basketball coach Bruce Brown and local businessman Mike Gunther, both Andover grads, are looking for golfers and corporate sponsors.

A fee of $75 for golfers includes golf carts, prizes and a picnic lunch. The donation for corporate sponsors is $50. Call Larsen at (410) 859-3810 or Brown at (410) 859-5022.

Girls lacrosse helmets

In response to my Sunday, April 17 "Sidelines" column on the controversy over girls lacrosse players wearing helmets, South River coach Paula Tobin called the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499 and said:

"Some injuries are happening because of the way the children are being coached," said Tobin.

Well, that's all the more reason for the girls to wear some sort of headgear or helmet.

The fact that there always will be some coaches who teach a more aggressive game is reason to protect the girls from injury.

It's a common argument among girls lacrosse purists that men coaching girls encourage a rougher game similar to the boys'. But if it weren't for men coaching girls lacrosse, a lot of girls would not have a school team to play for.

Of the county's 15 high schools playing girls lacrosse, six of them have male coaches.

What the purists won't accept is that you can coach safety all you want, but accidents happen and it should be the responsibility of the coaches and schools to make sure their athletes are protected.

That's why baseball batters wear helmets. Coaches don't teach pitchers to bean hitters, but it happens and the athletes are protected.

At the moment, there is nothing on girls lacrosse players to prevent head injuries when an incident occurs. The purists insist that theirs is a head injury-free sport. Their stubborn argument is ridiculous and it's amazing that school officials have allowed it to go on so long.

One of these days when a huge financial settlement is made in court for insufficient protection, school officials will wake up.

Playing like a senior

Old Mill sophomore third baseman Brian Bogle, son of Glen Burnie boys basketball coach Terry Bogle, is showing the maturity of a senior.

Bogle drew the praise of Patriots coach Mel Montgomery after the No. 2 Patriots (9-1) swept No. 12 Chesapeake (4-5) by scores of 7-6 and 4-2 on Wednesday.

In the second game, Bogle struck out his first two times up, once looking and once swinging, but singled and homered in his last two at-bats. His homer in the top of the seventh was a vital insurance run.

"After he struck out twice, I told him to forget about having a tough day and think positive," said Montgomery, who also pointed out Bogle's heads-up play.

With Old Mill leading 2-0 and Chesapeake threatening with two base runners, Bogle grabbed a grounder to his left, realized he had no play at first and went to second to get a force out on a close play for the second out. The next batter struck out.

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