Kristen Kapusta of Annapolis and South River's Howie Edelstein are winners of the Dick Hart Awards for basketball. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship at the Dick Hart Memorial Golf Classic on June 23 at Bay Hills in Arnold.
Hart coached boys basketball at Andover for 30 years and was to be the North County coach before dying of a brain tumor.
The award is voted on by county coaches and goes to an unsung hero who is also an outstanding student. Hart, never one to seek personal accolades, was a symbol of discipline, hard work, dedication and team play.
A two-year captain, Kapusta, who is headed to Old Dominion to play lacrosse, has been an honor-roll member for four years and maintains a 3.55 grade-point average. Annapolis coach Dave Griffith said Kapusta, who never missed a game or practice in four years, "worked hard for the good of the team, and not recognition."
Edelstein, a 3.61 student ranked No. 24 in a class of 239, was also a team captain his final two years of basketball and was named to The Sun's third-team All-County. Undecided on a college, Edelstein also has played four years of tennis.
Golf tourney proceeds benefit the Hart Scholarship fund. Information or to sign-up: Ken Larson, 410-859-3810, or Mike Gunther, 410-761-8652.
Ray strikes out 20
Spalding improved its record to 15-0 Wednesday, edging Mount de Sales 1-0 in 11 innings behind a 20-strikeout performance from senior Crystal Ray.
The unbeaten Cavaliers scored the game winner on a sacrifice fly when Jen Datz beat Kerri Poissel's throw to the plate.
The Sailors had a runner on third in the sixth and eighth innings, but Ray finished off both innings with strikeouts.
A night for Jack
The Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires Association plans to honor Jack Kramp, its longtime chief and schedule maker who retired this season due to health problems. Kramp will be honored May 28 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Ticket information: Dave Ferris, 410-987-2320.
Old Mill cheerleaders
Congrats to coach Tina Edmondson's Old Mill cheerleaders, who won the 17-squad Mid-Atlantic competition at Kings' Dominion.
The Old Mill cheerleaders: Mary Bailey, Rebecca Crouse, Danielle Dayton, Shannon Faulcher, Amanda Hilton, Kelly Hilton, Lisa Kloster, Molly McCarriar, Shannon Simons, Teresa Thomas, Lauren Thompson, Jessica and Stefanie Twardowski.
Lacrosse on the links
July 7 is the date for the first Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association Golf Tournament at Bay Hills in Arnold. The fee is $55 per player, and the odds-makers have listed the private school coaches as the favorites. Information: Severn coach Charlie Toomey, 410-263-0238, or Chesapeake's Brien McMurray, 410-647-0633 (nights) or 410-437-2400, Ext. 326 (days).
North County's Steve Tomshack, a sophomore catcher at UMBC, was recently named Big South Player of the Week after hitting .650 with 11 RBIs and three homers in a seven-day stretch. Tomshack is hitting .380 with six homers and 30 RBIs for the Retrievers.
Andy Vermillion, last season's county Player of the Year from Arundel, is batting over .400 for Region XX contender Essex Community College. Vermillion is playing the outfield and doing some pitching for Essex.
Annapolis grad Sam Peterson, a senior at Fairfield University, was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Goaltender of the Week two straight times and is second in the nation in saves percentage (.642) for lacrosse.
Heidi Hammes, a Severn grad, is the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League with 23 goals and eight assists for the Bucknell womens' lacrosse team.
Lauren Feinstein of Annapolis, a senior midfielder, is Cornell's second leading scorer.
Senior captain Clancy Cornwall (Annapolis), sophomore Damon Rigot (St. Mary's), and freshmen Brandt Hager (Annapolis) and Thomas Stevens (St. Mary's) are playing for the Kings Point United States Merchant Marine Academy that won a fourth straight Maritime Tournament Championship.
South River's Megan Riley, a sophomore attack at James Madison, was named All-Colonial Athletic Association.
200 wins x 2
Congrats to St. Mary's Jim Moorhead and North County's Paul Shea, each of whom reached 200 career victories in boys lacrosse last Friday. St. Mary's went five overtimes to give Moorhead No. 200 by 8-7 over Mount St. Joseph, and North County rolled over Northeast, 15-2, for Shea's 200th.
The application for our 15th All-County Academic-Athletic Team is running in our news section today, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Twenty top student/athletes, 10 boys and 10 girls, will be selected and each will receive a plaque at a May 14 banquet, at the Annapolis Holiday Inn.
The top overall winners -- one male and one female -- will receive a $3,000 scholarship from The Sun. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 7. Questions can be directed to my 24-Hour Sportsline.
Have an idea for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, 410-647-2499.
Pub Date: 5/02/97