Two Atholton baseball players sign to attend, play for Towson

November 24, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sean Williams and Chris Russ of Atholton both signed letters of intent last Monday to attend Towson State University and play baseball.

Williams, a shortstop who batted .500 (32-for-64) and knocked in runs last spring. He carries a 3.88 GPA and has a 1,220 SAT score, and he will receive a full-tuition academic scholarship, plus a $3,000 baseball scholarship toward room and board.

"Brown, Dartmouth and Georgetown all called me, but I liked the coach and program at Towson, and their offer was pretty generous. I didn't want to delay my decision. It's nice to know where you are going before the season begins," said Williams, Atholton's quarterback this fall.

Russ, a Raiders' pitcher, accepted a $2,000 baseball scholarship.

Both played for the Columbia Reds under coach Larry Thompson and are part of a wave of Reds to get college scholarships.

Denny Chapman of Centennial has signed a letter of intent with Virginia.

Five Reds are college freshmen, including Larry Long (Howard) at Maryland, John Sunderdick (Oakland Mills) at Brown, and Jason Sandner (Atholton), Colin McGonnigal (St. Joe) and Jim Harris (Howard) at Towson State.

All-star football game

Twenty-two county football players are part of a team composed of players from Anne Arundel, Howard and St. Mary's counties that will play a team from Baltimore City at noon Dec. 8 at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field.

Joe Russo of Hammond is the team's head coach. His assistants include Ken Hovet (Oakland Mills), Bryan Winfield (Oakland Mills), Pete Hughes (Long Reach), Ed Ashwell (Long Reach) and John Davis (Glenelg).

The players include: Quan Davis, Fardan Carter, T. J. Smith and Bryan Cole of Oakland Mills; Jason Zolak and Aaron Perkins of Centennial; John Smith of Mount Hebron; Josh Zillmer and Jerry Oliver of Hammond; Jeremy Lignelli, Josh Hatmaker and David Boteler of Glenelg; Levar Macon, Marcus Boykins and Paul McElheny of Atholton; Dain Lewis, Kyle Leibe, Josh Vanderwagen and Tony Jackson of Wilde Lake; and Owen Brown, Brian Neal and Carroll Burley of Howard.

Dates to remember

Friday, Nov. 29: Oakland Mills' alumni soccer game will be played at 10 a.m. on the school field.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Chuck Thompson will sign copies of his book "Ain't the Beer Cold" from 4 to 6 p.m. at Second Editions book store in Columbia.

People

Todd Haskins (Howard), former National Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year, was assistant coach at Oakland Mills this season. Now he's playing pro beach soccer in Brazil.

Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake), who had an outstanding soccer career at Rutgers, has signed a two-year contract with AZ-Alkmaar in the Dutch First Division.

Matt Stephenson, The Baltimore Sun's Soccer Player of the Year for Howard County, separated his shoulder playing touch football a week after Centennial dropped a state semifinal game to Thomas Stone in a shootout.

Tony Jackson of Wilde Lake, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Defensive Football Player of the Year, played an outstanding football game in the 24-14 quarterfinal loss to Middletown. He made 11 tackles and had seven assists. He also caught eight passes for 157 yards and one touchdown for the 10-1 Wildecats.

Juniors Brandon Finney and Derek Bell also played well in Wilde Lake's final game. Finney, a cornerback, made two interceptions, giving him eight for the season, and had one fumble recovery. He made four unassisted tackles and three assists. Bell completed 16 of 27 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown.

Pub Date: 11/24/96

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