Common sense lets Carlson play

SIDELINES

March 27, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Schools superintendent Carol Parham made a bold but wise decision yesterday to allow Becky Carlson to play JV baseball at Arundel High.

The 14-year-old freshman is believed to be the first female to play baseball on a county public school team.

Despite the insistence of county coordinators of physical education, Rick Wiles and Marlene Kelly, that there was no way Becky would play, the superintendent displayed , refused to bend.

Before her first game last Friday against Calvert Hall, Becky's mom said her daughter asked her, "Will I be able to wear my uniform after next Monday or Tuesday?"

Yes, you can, Becky. Play Ball!

In the ring

Don King's touch will be part of the next pro boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on April 11.

Local promoter Scott Wagner of Ballroom Boxing is bringing in two female boxers for the first time. With local favorite Alfonzo "Too Good for You" Daniels headlining the seven-bout card, Wagner has contracted Chris "Tuff Enough" Kruez (32-2, 23 KO's) and Angela Buchanon (23-3, 17 KO's) for a four-round bout.

"The same guy who sets up the ladies matches for Don King is the same guy matching our girls, so we expect a very competitive fight," said Wagner, who is putting on the show with his father, Mike.

A hard-hitting women's bout on the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno undercard was a hit on the Showtime cable network and Wagner, whose last show in February drew more than 1,000 fans, is convinced his fans won't be disappointed.

Daniels (13-1), a middleweight who scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Keith Kemp at the last Michael's show, is slated to go against Anthony "The Beast" Bradley (10-6) in the main event.

Glen Burnie's Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff (7-0) is set for a six-round super middleweight bout against Terrance "Rawhide" Wood (2-1).

And it wouldn't be a show without Baltimore journeyman Horace Watterson (5-27-1) who will duke it out with Travis Clayborn (2-3) in the super middleweight division.

For more information and tickets, call (410) 766-7474 or (410) 768-7901.

Mids sail high

Navy's boxing team won its 15th consecutive Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association South Championship at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., over the weekend.

The Mids entered 10 of the 12 weight classes and came away with nine region champions, led by 147-pound freshman Mike Francis, who was Most Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.

The National Championships are set for April 12-13 at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Francis won his bout by decision and the other Navy region champions included John Shepard (132 pounds), Matt Andrews (139), junior and two-time national champion Todd Alexander (156), J.J. Krueger (165), sophomore Cy Mellet (172), Jon Bradley (180), Jon Ohman (190) and Kiko Eaton (heavyweight).

(180), Jon Ohman (190) and Kiko Eaton (heavyweight).

From the hardwood

Three players from the All-County girls basketball team have been named to the First Pennsylvania-Maryland Women's Basketball Shootout at Cumberland Valley High, in Harrisburg, Pa., April 13 at 3 p.m.

Jen Mottar of 4A state champion Arundel and Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes, both first-team All-County picks, and Meade's Shalisa Johnson, a second-teamer, were selected.

James Madison coach Lefty Driesell, the former Maryland coach, visited Annapolis High last week to chat with Panthers coach John Brady.

The main topic of conversation was the Panthers' 6-foot-7 All-County and All-Metro junior Boo Diggs, the County Player of the Year.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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