Atholton's Stewart signs with Pa. school

HOWARD SPORTS

April 27, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Tony Stewart of Atholton has signed a letter of intent with Shippensburg University (Pa.) to play basketball.

Stewart, a 6-foot-2 forward/guard, averaged 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.

He made The Baltimore Sun's All-Howard County first team.

"We liked Tony both for his athleticism and his good academics," Shippensburg coach Roger Goodling said.

"We're hoping he works hard in the off-season and can help us next season at small forward or shooting guard."

Stewart is originally from Pennsylvania and wanted to play in that area. He attended Metro Index Camp in California, Pa., for the past three summers and attracted the attention of scouts.

He had four other offers -- Davis and Elkins (W.Va.), Chattanooga (Tenn.), Tennessee Temple and California State (Pa.).

Shippensburg plays in the 14-team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

"A lot of pro scouts consider us the strongest Division II conference in the country," Goodling said.

"We finished .500 last season and the three teams ahead of us in the conference finished ranked third, fourth and 12th in the nation."

Shippensburg won a conference title in 1991.

Stewart, who signed last Friday, said the scholarship he received was for $7,500 per year.

Another Howard countian, freshman Richard Rinehart (Towson Catholic), already plays for Shippensburg.

Injury list

Lately injuries have handicapped a number of prominent local high school players.

The worst is to The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Player of the Year last season, Brian Boteler of Glenelg. The senior all-Metro player is out for the season because of a knee injury, said his coach, Terry Coleman.

Coleman said the results of an MRI taken on the knee last weekend were not good.

Boteler, a senior third baseman, was injured last Wednesday when he tried to avoid a tag at first base while running out a ground ball in the first inning of a game against Oakland Mills. Glenelg won, 1-0.

The news is not as bad for senior right-handed pitcher Kurt Weitzel of Centennial, who has been on the injured list with a sore arm.

Weitzel, one of the league's top pitchers, is 3-1, including a 2-1 victory over defending county and state Class 2A champion Glenelg.

It is not believed to be a rotator cuff injury, but rather a strained muscle. Weitzel is hoping to pitch again this season.

Another star player, Greg Hylock of Mount Hebron, missed last Friday's key game against Atholton because of a sore back that has nagged him all season.

Hylock, who signed a letter of intent with UMBC Friday, is considered one of the county's top hitters.

The senior outfielder believes he injured his back while pitching early in the season.

Glenelg second baseman Craig Hooker is back in action but is still limping from a spike wound he received March 23 against Centennial.

Great week

Brian Snively, Larry Long and Rusty Miller of Howard all performed well last week.

Snively went 6-for-11 with nine RBIs. Long went 6-for-10 with six RBIs. And Miller went 5-for-10.

Howard, which had scored 20 runs in its first seven games and was 1-6, scored 21 runs against Oakland Mills last Wednesday and came back on Thursday to score 16 runs against Atholton.

Call him Mr. K

Glenelg's Mike Goldberg throws about as hard as any player in the league and the right-hander is racking up impressive strikeout numbers.

In 12 innings of relief work the junior All-Metro shortstop has struck out 26 batters.

Hot runner

Gerry Clapper of the Howard County Striders continues to have great success at winning races.

Clapper won Clyde's 10K Sunday, adding to a list that already included the Shamrock 5K, the Duckworth 5K and the 10-Mile Challenge Run.

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