Smith, Newton get preseason notice


September 01, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Broadneck's Jason Smith and Glen Burnie's Rolando "Rocky" Newton have received national mention in Street & Smith's as preseason honorable-mention high school football All-Americans.

Smith was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-County wide receiver, Newton an All-County defensive back. Each has speed, athletic ability and natural football instincts, drawing the attention of Division I college scouts.

Street & Smith's profiles Smith, a 4.5-second runner in the 40 yards, as a player with "good acceleration and lateral movement," and Newton, a 4.6 runner, is considered "one of the top players in the Mid-Atlantic area."

In Broadneck's run-and-shoot offense, Smith was an All-County first-team repeater with a state-record 75 pass receptions.

The 6-foot-2 and 165-pound Smith also set county records in yards receiving (1,065) and touchdown catches (12), and school records for touchdowns and total points scored (84).

In addition, Smith, a two-way starter for the 6-4 Class 3A Bruins, led Anne Arundel County in interceptions (seven), one shy of the Bruins' school record.

A broken hand didn't keep the 6-foot and 175-pound Newton from making 60 tackles, four interceptions and six hits that knocked the ball out of opposing receiver's hands. The speedy Newton, who also plays basketball and baseball, wore a cast on his injured hand.

Smith has other options because he was also All-Metro and All-County in basketball and a state champion in track.

As a junior, Smith set school records in career points (1,162) and steals (131) and led his team in scoring (18.7 points), rebounds (5.4), assists (2.0) and steals (2.0).

Smith gave up baseball last spring to run outdoor track for the first time. He was a 3A state champion at 200 yards and as a member of a relay team. Several schools, including Maryland and Florida International, are recruiting him for track.

Broadneck assistant athletic director and JV baseball coach Tim McMullen has said, "Jason could be a very good pro prospect in baseball if he wanted to be."

Smith, however, told me last spring that he found baseball "boring and I don't miss it all." He's one of those guys who needs to be constantly busy, and there aren't enough balls hit to shortstop to keep his interest.

Playing in a football run-and-shoot offense and in a basketball scheme that is designed for him to handle the ball most of the time, Smith is more than satisfied as the go-to player at Broadneck.

"Basketball is my first love, but it will come down to which college team wants to pay for all four years," said Smith, who has been told by Nebraska, Penn State and Delaware that he could play both football and basketball.

Smith attended two summer basketball camps and his team won the tournament championship of both. He was named to the prestigious Five-Star (Pa.) All-Tournament Team and led his team to the University of Delaware summer tournament title.

In other county football news, there are no new head coaches this fall, but a coach with local ties has departed.

Bob Cilento, basketball coach at Springbrook in Montgomery County, has moved his family from Crofton to Montgomery in the Sherwood High district.

That means Arundel High has lost starting quarterback Patrick Cilento, the coach's oldest son. Patrick started for coach Bill Zucco midway through his freshman year and all of last season for the 6-4 Wildcats as a sophomore.

Baseball notes

Four Anne Arundel County players have made Oriolelanders' fall baseball team run by Baltimore Orioles' Territorial Scouting Supervisor Jim Gilbert.

North County's two-time All-County pitcher Mike Wooden is the only returning Oriolelander from Anne Arundel County and is joined by his Knights teammate/pitcher Tweety Barton, and Severna Park outfielders Scott Neuberger (All-County and Baltimore Sun All-Metro) and Matt Griswold.

The players for the Oriolelanders are selected from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

You can catch the Oriolelanders in action at 7:30 Saturday night at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans as part of the Mid-Atlantic Fall Baseball Tournament presented by the Oriolelanders.

* Archbishop Spalding has lost right-hander Jared Vogt, who won four games as a freshman, to a transfer. Vogt is now at Chesapeake High in Lake Shore where he resides.

* Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, who has been involved in sandlot baseball as a coach, umpire and administrator for 52 years, will begin his 12th annual Fall High School Eligible League the weekend of Sept. 10 with 12 teams playing Saturdays and 20 on Sundays.

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