It's national college signing day, but don't expect much locally

Sidelines

November 13, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Today is the national signing day for college basketball and other sports. Don't expect a lot of action in Anne Arundel County during the early signing period that runs until Nov. 20.

Broadneck's John Williams received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy last week and will play basketball for the Mids. Navy athletes do not sign letters of intent.

Brian Barber, a 6-foot-7 forward, is leaning toward Towson State and could sign early.

"Brian is still undecided," Annapolis coach John Brady said yesterday.

The next signing period for basketball is April 9-15. Football signings are from Feb. 5 to April 1.

Three All-County baseball pitchers, Arundel's Kurt Light (also All-Metro two years in a row), Jared Vogt of Chesapeake and Old Mill's Mike Ziegler, may sign within the next couple days.

Light has the paperwork for a scholarship from the University of Georgia, but is mulling over offers from a couple Florida junior college powers in Indian River and Tallahassee.

The Wildcats' hard throwing right-hander is expected to be one of the top professional draft choices from the Mid-Atlantic area in June and by going to a junior college would be eligible for the draft two years in a row.

By going to a four-year university, a player is not eligible for the draft until his junior year, or when he turns 21, whichever comes first. In the event Light is drafted in June and does commit to a college, he would then have opportunities in each of the next two years to test the pro waters.

Light has a tough decision to make.

Vogt will sign with the University of Maryland at College Park today, joining two former All-County pitchers, sophomore ace Mike Wooden (North County) and junior Brandon Agamennone (Arundel).

Ziegler is considering Maryland, George Washington and Towson State among four-year schools and has also talked to Indian River Community College. Ziegler may wait until the next signing period for baseball, April 9 to Aug. 1.

Indian River is a perennial Florida State champion and regular at the National Juco World Series in Colorado Junction, with scores of its players going onto professional baseball or at least four-year universities.

Pasadena's Steve Matchuk, who attended Mount St. Joseph, won 13 games at Indian River last spring and signed an $80,000 bonus contract after being selected on the fourth round of the June draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Sideliners

All-Metro outfielder Joe Barnes of Old Mill played left field for Indian River CC this fall. "Joe has got some tools, good range and did well this fall," said Indian River coach Mike Easom, a former minor-league manager in the Milwaukee Brewers' system. "We've been working with him on throwing better by getting him to get full use of his body."

Barnes, who was drafted on the 34th round by the Seattle Mariners in June, remains their property until the next draft.

Severna Park's 42-7 football victory over Annapolis Saturday was the fourth in a row for the Falcons (6-4) over the Panthers (4-6) and gave them the series lead (18-17-3) in the county's oldest rivalry.

Because the Annapolis at Severna Park game had to be moved to Saturday due to Friday's bad weather, the attendance (a few hundred) was the smallest in the 38 times they have met in 37 years.

Also, the Falcons' outstanding two-way lineman, Chad Clark, had to postpone a visit to Princeton.

No. 9 Meade's 41-15 romp over Arundel Saturday gave the Mustangs (8-2) the 4A county league title at 7-0 and the Mears Cup, which goes to the game's winner, for the first time in coach Jerry Hartman's four years. Arundel leads the series, 12-9.

Arundel quarterback Erik Lipton will visit Penn State and Miami in the next couple weeks. Lipton and his top receiver, Joe Parker, also are outstanding basketball players and have told first-year coach V. J. Keith they will play this season, after all.

Friday is the first official practice day for basketball and all other winter sports. If your team has been practicing, it's illegal.

Broadneck had to back out of an alumni game with Annapolis. Any county school interested in challenging Annapolis in an alumni game before the Panthers' game against Poly on Dec. 5, should call coach John Brady at (410) 266-5240.

Cheerleading became an official county sport this year, and the first county competition was a huge success, with a packed house at Arundel last week.

North County won the competition for teams with 16 or more members, with Chesapeake runner-up and Northeast third.

Glen Burnie was the winner in the 16 cheerleaders or less category, Old Mill second and Broadneck third.

North County also won the JV competition.

Marlene Kelly, county coordinator for girls athletics, said "most of the schools have been happy with the new situation" and that a similar competition is planned for March.

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Pub Date: 11/13/96

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