Pumphrey, Ryan ready to embark on pro careers

SIDELINES

June 23, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Old Mill's Ken Pumphrey, a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Mets, is expected to sign today while Broadneck's Sean Ryan, a 36th-round pick of the Texas Rangers, begins his pro baseball career tomorrow in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The 6-foot-5 Pumphrey, who throws in the high 80s and was All-County and second-team All-Metro, was the area's highest draft choice.

"We are getting closer and I will probably sign [today]," said Pumphrey. "It's a big decision."

Pumphrey's signing bonus is expected to be well over $100,000.

Ryan signed earlier this week with the Rangers. The signing almost did not occur Sunday evening. Ryan was returning home from a game with his Gunthers' Little Orioles summer team when he discovered Rangers scout Mike Toomey driving around the )) neighborhood.

"Mr. Toomey was driving around Cape St. Claire looking for our house, when he ran into us," said Ryan.

After making an offer that includes a college education, Toomey left the Ryan house and gave Sean and his family a chance to talk things over for about 45 minutes. When Toomey returned, Ryan was ready to sign.

"Sean told me coming back from Florida that he was ready to sign," said his father, Dean.

Ryan, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who was the Bruins' MVP his final two seasons of high school, visited Port Charlotte last week on vacation with his family.

"I walked into the facility and Tom House [Rangers' minor-league pitching instructor] yelled to me, 'Hey, Ryan, come over here,' " said Ryan.

House had never met Ryan nor seen him pitch in person, but he was impressed with the videotape that Toomey had sent to the Rangers' scouting department. Considered to be one of the top pitching coaches in baseball, House recognized Ryan right away and told him he was anxious to work with him.

That's all the 18-year-old had to hear.

Ryan, a member of the All-County Academic Athletic Team with a 3.64 GPA and 1190 on his SAT, promised his parents that he would get his education in the off-seasons and eventually earn a degree in engineering.

Hall of Fame nominations

The Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors will vote July 18 on 10 candidates presented by the group's nominating committee.

Those who receive the required percentage of votes will be inducted in the fall at the fourth annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Nominations are closed for this year, but those wishing to submit candidate for induction in 1995 can

obtain a Hall of Fame application by calling Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

A surprise Pioneer induction

Anne Arundel Community College made retiring president, Dr. Thomas E. Florestano, a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame at its Sports Award ceremony last month.

AACC athletic director and head men's lacrosse coach Buddy Beardmore said that Doc "coaches his faculty and staff from vice presidents down through the ranks.

"Dr. Florestano has developed Anne Arundel Community College into the best in the country."

Pleyo, Sisk top AACC athletes

Gene Pleyo and Lindee Sisk, basketball standouts at Anne Arundel Community College, took Pioneer honors as the school's outstanding male and female athletes, respectively, for 1994.

Pleyo, who averaged 22 points a game, is headed to Virginia Wesleyan University.

Sisk averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Pioneers an 18-3 record and the Maryland JuCo Conference Championship.

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