Gately leads list of All-Americans

SIDELINES

May 29, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Severna Park's Colleen Gately heads five county girls lacrosse players named All-American by the Chesapeake School Girls Lacrosse Association. The awards are recognized by the United States Women's Lacrosse Association.

Joining Gately and Falcon teammate Erin Wylde on the team are Cristi Samaras of Annapolis, Katie Kemerer of Broadneck and Elizabeth Schaffner of St. Mary's.

Five more county girls were named honorable mention -- Katie and Amy Brew of Annapolis; Kathy McCafferty, Severna Park; Jessie Schmidt, Broadneck and Megan Riley, South River.

Gately is one of three girls out of the five also named to the Sun for Anne Arundel County 12th Annual All-County Academic-Athletic Team, and she is the only county athlete named an All-American in two sports. The Falcon senior also was named All-American in field hockey.

A 3.94 student with an SAT score of 1,180, Gately is headed to the University of Virginia.

Samaras and Kemerer were the other two members of the Academic-Athletic Team who also excelled on the field and took All-American honors.

Samaras, who is Princeton bound, is a 3.30 student with an SAT score of 1,060 and a three-sport captain and standout in lacrosse, basketball and soccer.

Kemerer, another three-sport athlete, is ranked 11th in her class of 300 and is sports editor of the school newspaper, The Tribruin. The Bruin senior carries a 4.14 GPA and SAT score of 1,170 and received a partial scholarship to William and Mary.

Ryan wins scholarship

Another member of the All-County Academic-Athletic Team, Sean Ryan of Broadneck, was awarded the $1,000 grand-prize scholarship to the school of his choice Thursday at the Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar dinner at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Ryan, one of 13 scholars from the county's baseball-playing schools, was selected by the committee as the most outstanding student-athlete.

The 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher, who was named MVP of the Bruins baseball team the last two years, was 8-3 this season with an ERA of 1.98 and anchored the infield at shortstop when not pitching.

Ryan also played quarterback on the football team and was a key member of the Bruins' basketball team. A team leader, Ryan played sports in 11 of a possible 12 seasons in four years of high school and also was involved in extracurricular activities.

In the classroom, Ryan is a 3.64 student with an SAT score of 1,190 and ranked 38th in a class of 292.

Ryan is weighing baseball scholarship offers from three Division I schools -- UMBC and Charleston Southern of the Big South Conference and William & Mary of the Colonial Athletic Conference. He recently turned down Towson State.

Cottrell returns to alma mater

Former All-County Annapolis basketball player Ted Cottrell, who is a 6-foot-10 junior at the University of Massachusetts, returned Friday to be the keynote speaker at his alma mater's graduation ceremony.

Cottrell is the first student ever asked to handle the send-off.

South River coaches return

South River athletic director Jim Haluck, who has had his share of turnovers the last couple years, is elated that practically all of his coaches are returning for the 1994-95 school year, including volleyball coach Melissa Diehlman.

In the fall after leading the Seahawks' volleyball team to its first state tournament in eight years, Diehlman announced that she was leaving due to a personal commitment. Things have changed, and South River welcomed her back with open arms.

Bad show at Cannon Stadium

Don't be surprised if the state baseball tournament is not back at Joe Cannon Stadium next year despite the fact it is a marvelous facility.

Out-of-county fans were appalled by the performance of Dave Conrad and his sidekick who handled the announcing at Tuesday's state 4A semifinal between Arundel and Watkins Mill.

Conrad, who is president of the Friends of Joe Cannon Committee, and his partner were getting ready to do seven innings of radio-like, play-by-play until Bernie Walter phoned upstairs from the Arundel dugout and told them to knock it off and just announce players.

Most were able to tolerate much of the corny jokes that followed, but in the bottom of the sixth with Arundel down 4-2 and about to rally, Conrad put on "We Will Rock You."

The music got the Arundel fans, who were already cheering, all fired up and the other half of the audience pretty annoyed. The biased cheerleading was embarrassing to some county fans and coaches who know the state site is supposed to be somewhat neutral.

When Watkins Mill put the tying run on with one out in the seventh and Arundel leading 5-4, there was no music nor cheerleading.

"It was a disgrace," said Bill Wagner of The Capital.

Agreed, and what is really sad, the two clowns left laughing, thinking what they had done was great. But it might have knocked Cannon's chances of playing host to the states again right out of the park.

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