Walter is last to take finishing first lightly

SIDELINES

April 19, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After Wednesday's 8-0 victory over top-ranked Old Mill, No. 2 Arundel coach Bernie Walter was asked about the importance of winning the county championship.

Arundel (10-2, 8-0) leads the South Division and Old Mill (9-1, 7-1) is tied in the loss column with No. 7 Chesapeake (6-3, 5-1) in the North.

"There can be only one 4A state champion, four region champions and only one county champion," said Walter. "We would like to be the county champion."

Division winners will meet on May 7 at Northeast High for the county title.

Old Mill visits Chesapeake on May 6 in a game that could settle the North race, but would put the two coaches, Mel Montgomery of Old Mill and Jim Simms of Chesapeake, in the position of when to pitch their ace pitcher, Monday or Tuesday.

Arundel is three games up in the South.

In case you were wondering about the division records and know that Old Mill edged Arundel, 3-2, behind Mike Ziegler (4-0) in March, that was a non-league game.

Stick encounters

No. 12 North County (5-3) pulled off one of the more incredible come-from-behind victories in county history by 7-6 over No. 13 Arundel (4-3) Saturday, then turned around and lost to unranked Severna Park (6-1), 9-4, Wednesday.

North County scored seven unanswered goals in the final six minutes, including Aaron Walenga's game-winner from Ryan Ross with one second left to stun defending state champion Arundel.

The dramatic comeback didn't carry over to Wednesday at Severna Park as Ryan Miller's three goals led the Falcons over the Knights. The young Falcons have progressed faster than second-year coach Greg Manley expected.

Severna Park visits No. 10 Annapolis (7-2) on Tuesday .

Arundel apparently didn't recover from Saturday's shocker either and was upset, 12-5, by considerably improved Glen Burnie (4-4) Wednesday with seniors Josh Mills and Jon Riley scoring four goals each and Brendan Spilker three. Spilker also had three assists.

No one knows for sure the last time, if ever, Glen Burnie defeated Arundel in boys lacrosse. Veteran coach Hank Schorreck, who came to Glen Burnie three years ago from Severn, has done a remarkable job.

The Gophers haven't had a winning season since the late 1970s and the four wins are the most in nearly 20 years. Glen Burnie suffered through six consecutive 1-11 seasons before Schorreck led it to three wins in his first season (1994).

With no feeder system in the Glen Burnie area, it's pretty amazing what Schorreck has accomplished in three years.

What it all says, is that No. 7 and Class 3A Broadneck (8-1) and No. 10 and Class 4A Annapolis (7-2), who meet next Friday at 7: 30 p.m. at Cape St. Claire, are the public school teams to beat in the open tournament.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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