Broadneck's renovation could hurt Severna Park

SIDELINES

February 02, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The renovation of Broadneck High school is the entree for this Sunday's sports smorgasbrowse.

A ruling by the brass on Riva Road has brought Severna Park into the equation. Severna Park may lose quite a few outstanding boy and girl athletes to the Bruins as a result of the latter's new digs.

Broadneck is set to reopen in August with a ninth grade for the first time. The Board of Education has announced that ninth-grade students currently attending Severna Park who formerly attended Belvedere Elementary from communities other than Manhattan Beach must transfer to Broadneck this fall.

Requests for exceptions fall into the category of "out-of-area transfers" and are being accepted by the county pupil personnel department.

Current Falcons sophomores and juniors from the area mentioned will be allowed to continue at Severna Park, but may can also apply for an exception.

There are several outstanding athletes who could be effected.

In a county that claims not to have open enrollment, it's been commonplace for athletes from the area in question to pick and choose between Broadneck and Severna Park. Many other students around the county have no such privilege.

It has not been uncommon for one family member to attend Broadneck while another goes to Severna Park in the same years or years apart. And in a lot of instances, the placements were clearly athletic transfers to which the county often turns its back.

The county physical education department frequently uses the cop out that, "it was approved by the Board of Education," and rarely is an athlete sent back where he or she belongs.

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association recently announced that "any transfers between member schools must sit out a year."

No such athletic transfer policy has ever existed in Anne Arundel County, where freedom of movement exists for a chosen few.

One of these days, the county might get it and flat out say that all students can choose their school no matter where they live in the county, or athletes who transfer must sit a year. It's got to be one way or the other, no in-between.

Langville milestone

Amy Langville, The Sun's County Player of the Year and an All-Metro selection in 1993 who scored 1,104 points in her prep career at Spalding, has reached the coveted plateau at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg.

Langville, also a member of our All-County Academic-Athletic Team, recently became the 13th Mount player to score 1,000 career points. Averaging 16.7 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals, the senior co-captain was the Northeastern Conference Player of the Year as a junior.

Medical department

Mark Frye, junior varsity football and basketball coach and one of the most popular coaches at Severna Park, is recovering at home from a recent heart attack. Frye expects full recovery, but misses being out there with the kids.

Todd Poorman, Severna Park's senior point guard, returned to school this week after a brief bout with mononucleosis and is expected to play this week.

Sideliners

The second round of inter-division play begins in the county basketball leagues on Friday, with Arundel at Annapolis being the big games in boys and girls. St. Mary's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Monte Graves is visiting Maryland this weekend and has narrowed his choices to the Terps and Navy. In addition to quarterback Erik Lipton verbally committing to Maryland, Arundel coach Bill Zucco also will have 1995 All-County cornerback Bill Clyburn playing at Division II Morehouse College in Atlanta and '95 second-team All-County defensive back Jamie Doffermyre at Navy this fall. Jamie Bragg, an All-County defensive lineman at Severna Park in 1988 who went on to become an outstanding two-way lineman at Maryland, is searching for a graduate college assistant coaching job.

Bragg, who assisted his former high school coach Andy Borland the past two seasons, played a year of arena football with St. Louis, but said, "it was a lot of fun, but you can't make any money at it and it is a lot rougher than people realize."

Three former county baseball stars are playing at Division II Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo. -- pitcher Mike Bussey (Old Mill), outfielder Wade Rolocut (Arundel) and first baseman Mike Bronakoski (Glen Burnie). Rolocut and Bronakoski were all-county in 1994 while Bussey was second team.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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