Babe Ruth League new kid on block


January 11, 1995|By RICK BELZ

Pro baseball may be down and out, but the sport continues to grow at the youth level.

Howard Babe Ruth League, Inc., the first sanctioned Babe Ruth League in Howard County, will conduct its inaugural registrations on Jan. 18 and 25 in the cafeteria at Centennial High School.

This season, it hopes to offer players one practice and three games per week in four age groups (11-12, 13, 14-15 and 16-18).

Open registration also will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Mall in Columbia.

The league aims to avoid politics in several ways.

All players will be distributed on teams before the managers know which teams they are managing, and all board meetings will be announced and open.

All-star managers will be chosen by all managers within an age division, and all-star teams will be picked by all managers within an age division.

In addition, the rules require that the chief commissioner have no children in the program.

All managers will be required to take a course in and adhere to the philosophies of the American Coaching Effectiveness Programs (especially in the matter of athletes coming first and winning second).

Mail registration will be available after Jan. 28. The league's phone number is (401) 730-4024.

A positive loss?

Five turnovers and two missed one-and-ones in the final 4:30 cost defending county co-champion and No. 13 Atholton a win over No. 12 Oakland Mills in boys basketball.

But Atholton coach Jim Albert saw something positive in the 62-59 loss Monday.

"Other than Sherwood [an overtime win], we've had no tough games this season," Albert said. "So maybe this will be good for us in the long run. We made uncharacteristic mistakes at the end of the [Oakland Mills] game."

Albert took some of the blame for the loss.

Center Nat Watkins fouled out down the stretch and a couple of the Raiders appeared tired at the end.

"I think our bench could have played more. I'm going to find a way to get more players into the game," Albert said.

Play the tape

Oakland Mills point guard Quan Davis, who has 76 assists in nine games, totaled 10 assists Monday in the victory over Atholton.

But he made a couple of plays in that game that deserve to be on a highlight reel.

On one occasion, Davis dribbled through three defenders who had him trapped on the sideline.

He did it with three behind-the-back dribbles and a dribble between his legs. It had to be seen to be believed, and even then it was hard to trust your eyes.

Davis made a bounce pass to Mike Hill on a fast break that was also conversation material.

Streak broken

Howard County teams' winning streak against Carroll County squads this season in boys basketball reached 15 games before ending Jan. 4 with Howard High's loss to Westminster.

Going back to last season, Howard County teams had won 21 straight games against Carroll County opponents.

Howard lost to Liberty and South Carroll last season, becoming the only Howard County team to lose to a Carroll County squad that season.

Gwinn named coach

Neil Gwinn, the former Glenelg girls varsity soccer coach and the boys junior varsity soccer coach at Mount Hebron last fall, is the new assistant coach for the national deaf soccer team.

Gwinn played on the 1989 and 1993 national deaf soccer teams at the World Games for the Deaf.

The United States Deaf Soccer Organization selected Gwinn.

The USDSO team will participate in the 1997 World Games for the Deaf in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Miles is hot

Glenelg's Damien Miles has come to life offensively during his last five basketball games, averaging 22 points in those contests.

Miles scored 20 points and made three three-point shots in the fourth quarter of the Gladiators' 60-55 loss to Wilde Lake Monday.

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