Call may have cost Severna Park field hockey team

SIDELINES

November 17, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It appears that a bad call by a referee may have cost Severna Park a state record fifth (national record is six) consecutive state field hockey title and the 10th in school history, which would have tied the national record set by Mount Holly of Moorestown, N.J.

The Falcons (15-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to Westminster (16-0-1) in overtime at Goucher College in Towson last Tuesday. That's what goes in the record book.

What doesn't go is an apparent goal by Severna Park's Jenn Dunham to Amy Noble in the second half. Officials ruled no goal, saying it was shot outside the circle.

Noble claims to have gotten her stick on the ball from Dunham before it landed in the cage. In that case, the goal would have counted. The game film appears to show Noble touching the ball. But right after the game, Falcons coach Lil Shelton told a reporter, "I didn't see Amy touch the ball. You have to go by what the officials see and they didn't call it."

No truer words have been spoken. Things like that happen at all levels. Officiating involves the human element and humans make mistakes. You just hope a mistake doesn't come at a crucial time to cost a deserving team.

I'm sure somewhere along the way, Shelton has been on the other end during her incredible 22-year coaching career that encompasses nearly 350 games and 288 wins,

It's just a shame for the team. Few high school teams play with the intensity and tenacity of the Severna Park field hockey team.

One thing that can't be taken away, however, is that the girls gave it everything they had. And when you do and come up short, there's only one way to look at it -- it just wasn't meant to be.

In the ring

The father/son promoters, Mike and Scott Wagner, and matchmaker Josh Hall were pleased with Thursday's nine-bout pro boxing marathon at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Nearly 1,200 fans jammed into the Glen Burnie facility for a wild show that didn't wrap up until past midnight.

Heavyweights Orlin Norris of San Diego, ranked No. 2 by the WBA, and D.C.'s Jerry Ballard, the North American Boxing Organization champion, were among the victors, as was Crofton's Alfonzo Daniels.

After losing the Maryland State Super middleweight title in September at Michael's, Daniels (17-2, 6 KO's) scored a third-round TKO of North Carolina's Leon Rouse (5-17, 3 KO's).

The huge crowd included a Who's Who of boxing. The roll call of the boxing types who showed up: Terry Norris, WBC and IBF World Junior Middleweight champion, and brother of Orlin Norris; D.C.'s Keith Holmes, WBC middleweight champion; former heavyweight contender Larry Middleton of Baltimore; Denmark native, now Crofton resident Brian Nielsen (30-0, 20 KO's), who will fight Larry Holmes in January; world-ranked middleweight Andrew Council; middleweight Haseem Rockman (17-0, 17 KO's); Curtis Peoples, Maryland state welterweight champion; Michael Thomas, Baltimore's first amateur champion since Percy Harris in 1984; Thomas' manager/trainer, former pro boxer and Meade High grad Jake Smith; WBA VP York Van Nixon; Don King'spublicist, Mike Marley.

The next ballroom boxing show is set for Jan. 23.

Record-setter

Chesapeake's former All-County (1992) running back Brandon Steinheim continues to rewrite the record book at Division III Wesley (Del.). Steinheim tied the NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (18).

Steinheim, who set the NCAA record for all divisions in kickoff return average (42.2) two years ago, is currently second in division III rushing yards per game (185.1) and third in scoring (14.3 with 19 touchdowns for the Wolverines.

His best rushing games came this season with 34 carries for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Hampden-Sydney in September and five touchdowns on 44 attempts for 211 yards vs. Salisbury State.

Steinheim's career totals are 36 touchdowns and 2,865 yards rushing.

Sideliners

Severna Park's two-sport star Amy Noble has signed to play lacrosse at Duke.

Have something for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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