4A football could be a shutout

SIDELINES

October 12, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

What would you say if I told you that Anne Arundel County might not send a Class 4A representative to the state high school football playoffs?

While Anne Arundel County Class 4A teams knock each other off, Calvert High of Calvert County is putting together a perfect season that could give the Cavaliers the East Region title and an automatic berth in the state playoffs.

The way things are going in Anne Arundel County, it's conceivable that for the first time not one county 4A team will advance to the postseason. Calvert's weaker schedule is clearly to its benefit.

Off to a 5-0 start, the Cavs have yet to defeat a team with a winning record and only played one 4A school, Suitland of Prince George's. Suitland is one of four 2-3 teams beaten by Calvert, and the other, Thomas Stone, is 0-5.

Stone, McDonough and Leonardtown are Class 3A teams beaten by Calvert, and last week's 7-0 victim, Great Mills, is a 2A school.

Arundel and Severna Park are 4-1, with Annapolis, Glen Burnie and North County all 3-2. Severna Park has games left with all four of the other contenders and could finish 9-1. Arundel has three of the other four left, including Severna Park, and also has a shot at 9-1.

"Somebody from our league could go 9-1 to make it, possibly 8-2, but with the parity we appear to have here this year, nobody may go 9-1 or 8-2 and we might not have anybody from our county go to the playoffs," said North County coach Chuck Markiewicz after his Knights were humbled by Arundel, 28-14, Friday.

North County is gunning for its fourth consecutive playoff appearance, but faces an uphill battle with Severna Park this week followed by Annapolis in three weeks and a decent 3A team in Broadneck (3-1) the final game. The Knights can't afford another loss and must win the rest to return to postseason play.

In a year when the 4A teams appear to be well-balanced, it will take quite an effort by any of the five contenders to go unbeaten the rest of the way.

Questions without answers

* Did you know that Ed Ulrich resigned as boys lacrosse coach at Severna Park and that assistant Joe Gordon, who actually ran the team, is not applying for the position?

Isn't Brien Mc Murray, the Falcons jayvee coach and a veteran assistant at several county schools, a strong candidate for the position?

* Have you heard that Andy Borland plans to resign as Severna Park athletic director in January and golf/softball coach Wayne Mook is the likely successor?

* How's this for an assault on the county record for touchdowns scored in a season (24) by Frank Brown of North County in 1992?

As we start the second half of the football season this weekend, Severna Park's Mark Frye has 12 touchdowns, and Severn's John Vereen and Dennard Melton have 11 and 10, respectively.

* Did you know the four goals by Emily Plenge in Chesapeake's 6-0 field hockey victory over South River last week is the most in school history? Jerry Raab has been Cougar coach for 18 years and says she doesn't know of anybody who has scored more in a single game.

* Was it his ingenious idea of naming county athletic divisions the Bay and Friendship divisions (names have been done away with), that got former county coordinator of physical education Paul Rusko named to the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame?

Is it only in America, or make that only in Anne Arundel County, that a county Board of Education employee such as Rusko can be inducted into a hall of fame for doing his job at about 70 grand a year?

And now that Rusko is being inducted, shouldn't Jean Boyd, another retired coordinator who made only $62,435 for doing the same job but who wasn't as high-profile as Rusko, also be inducted?

Shouldn't county groundskeepers and custodians who have 20 or more years of service also be considered for the hall of fame because they keep the fields and gyms playable?

With the urgency of inducting administrators, doesn't it make sense for the Hall of Fame to keep the likes of county residents and ex-NFL players Alan Pastrana and Wayne Fowler, former Olympian Teresa Andrews, ex-major-league baseball player Barry Shetrone and former minor-league pitcher Pete "Turkey" Taylor waiting?

* How about congrats to the Pasadena Soccer Club Heat under-12 team for winning the Columbus Day Tournament in Virginia Beach last weekend with a record of 3-0-1?

The Heat of coaches Ron Smith, Gino Taylor and Tommy Thomas tied the Voorhees (N.J.) Flyers, 2-2, after two five-minute overtimes before winning a shootout in the championship game.

Heat goalie John Hoppe was named tourney MVP after allowing only three goals in the four games. Other key contributors were Adam Tomas, Ron Smith, Mike Junglehill, Steve Abby, Dave Chapman, Nick Torre, Adrian Titus and Danny Boyer.

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