S. River's Davis has big week

SIDELINES

January 22, 1995|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's Sunday sports smorgasbrowse time.

What a week for South River's Corey Davis. Davis, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, became the third Seahawks boys basketball player to score 1,000 career points on Tuesday and on Thursday scored 41 in a 92-84 triple-overtime upset of No. 16 Old Mill (9-4).

Davis had a game-high 23 points in Tuesday's 86-62 rout of Southern (4-8). He needed only one point to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Former All-County Seahawks Darren Hall (1993) and Al Lee (1992) did it before him.

The 41 points against Old Mill ranks as one of the county's all-time individual performances, but is not a county record. That still belongs to Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault.

Thibeault, who played at Maryland as a walk-on, scored 52 against Queen Anne's with a county record 10 three-pointers in 1990.

Arundel's James Hamilton ranks second and third on the all-time single-game list. Hamilton scored a then-county-record 50 against Broadneck in the 1987-88 4A Region IV playoffs. His team lost 105-81. The year before as a junior, Hamilton had 49 against Old Mill.

* Could it be a positive omen for Massachusetts that Ted Cottrell is on the No. 1-ranked basketball team? Cottrell was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-County player on coach John Brady's 4A state champion '90 Annapolis squad.

* Did you know that Eric Jonassen, a 6-foot-6 and 310-pound offensive lineman from Glen Burnie who attended Mount St. Joseph, is about to become the first Anne Arundel countian to play in the Super Bowl? Jonassen plays for the San Diego Chargers, who will meet the San Francisco 49ers in Super XXIX.

There was an Anne Arundel countian who coached defense for a Super Bowl champion a couple of years ago. Do you know who it was?

Bill Belichick, now Cleveland Browns coach, was defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells when the New York Giants last won the Super Bowl. Belichick graduated from Annapolis High and played football for the late Al Laramore.

We know of two other Glen Burnians who played in the NFL -- lineman Wayne Fowler and defensive back Bill Currier. Fowler, who currently coaches the No. 15 Severn boys basketball team, played for the Buffalo Bills and Currier played for the Giants.

Fowler and Currier both played at Glen Burnie High for Joe Papetti.

* Severna Park left-handed-hitting outfielder Matt Griswold, who had a great fall with Jim Gilbert's Oriolelanders, has several colleges interested in him and visited East Tennessee State last weekend.

Griswold's Severna Park softball counterpart, Melissa Snyder, an All-Metro and All-County center fielder, is seriously considering Towson State University.

* Longtime summer girls softball coach Larry Alvis of the Chesapeake Chargers has been named an assistant to Jim Hendricks at Anne Arundel Community College.

* Josh Hall is hoping a seven-bout card headlined by veteran super middleweight Victor Davis will produce a knockout on Feb. 2 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

It's Hall's Round One Promotions' first pro boxing card in the county in more than a year and will not be a dinner/boxing show, but rather arena-style with concessions.

Davis, who will be 28 in April, will fight in a scheduled eight-round main event against Napolean Pitt (9-1, four knockouts) of Richmond, Va. Davis is 22-11-1 with 13 knockouts and last fought in November when he was KO'd by James Green of North Carolina.

Other local favorites on the card include Crofton super middleweight Alfonzo Daniels and light heavyweight Boyor Sugar Boy Chew of Annapolis.

For information, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901 or Round One Promotions at (410) 760-2699.

* Can you believe that 67-year-old Reg Faust, owner of Reggie's Gym in Annapolis, competed in 17 bodybuilding contests in 1994 and is training for July's Junior Mr. America (over-60 division)?

Last year, Faust competed along the East Coast in the Master 35-and-over division and won 23 trophies for the second year in a row.

The Junior Mr. America contest will be in Petersburg, Va., and Faust is working hard for it.

"I'm in my gym, pumping iron at 5:30 a.m., six days a week," said Faust.

* In the January edition of Baseball America, Peter Gammons reviewed the Ron Shelton movie on Ty Cobb and wrote about Shelton's minor-league career with the Orioles.

Shelton, who also wrote and produced "Bull Durham," played in the minors with Brooklyn's Greg Arnold, who is believed to be inspiration for the character Nuke Laloosh in "Bill Durham."

"Arnold told the Baltimore Sun he was the inspiration for Nuke Laloosh and it isn't true, but that's all right. It made for a good story," Gammons quotes Shelton.

Arnold says, "It is true, but that's all right, too."

Those who saw Arnold pitch and know about his colorful minor-league career saw a lot of Arnold in Nuke.

There is also a reference in the story to Arnold's "million-dollar arm and five-cent head" with no credit to Charley Eckman, who gave Arnold the tag.

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