Three minor-leaguers steal spotlight with standout seasons


September 17, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It may be football season, but three Anne Arundel County baseball players have grabbed my attention.

Davidsonville's switch-hitting outfielder Kevin Gibbs, who attended St. John's High and Old Dominion, was named to the Texas League All-Star team after batting .335 with 49 stolen bases and 89 runs scored for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Double-A San Antonio affiliate.

Tim Giles, former Arundel High first baseman and the Sun's 1993 All-Metro Player of the Year, and Old Mill's All-County right-handed pitcher (1994) Kenny Pumphrey finished among the leaders in the Single-A South Atlantic League.

Giles, who played with Toronto's Hagerstown affiliate, was the second-leading hitter in the league with a .334 batting average, 12 homers and 56 RBIs.

The left-handed hitting Giles (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), who was used mostly as a designated hitter this summer, is expected to be developed into a catcher.

The 6-foot-6 Pumphrey, who pitched for Capital City (Columbia, S.C.), was ranked 10th among the pitchers with a 12-6 record. The New York Mets' farmhand posted a 3.10 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 166 innings.

Rare 2-0 start

With Friday's 12-9 thriller over Paint Branch (1-1), the No. 9 ranked Annapolis football team has its second 2-0 start (other 1994) under Roy Brown and just its third since 1987.

Brown is in his ninth season as Panthers head coach after succeeding the late Al Laramore. Laramore, Anne Arundel's all-time winningest football coach (156-68-2) who passed away after the 1988 season, led the 1987 Panthers to a 5-0 start on the way to an 8-3 playoff season.

"We always start off our non-league schedule with quality teams just as Big Al did," said Brown, whose '94 squad lost its third game and finished 5-5.

Medical report

mStephanie Brewer, the Annapolis bass drummer who went down at halftime of the Paint Branch/Annapolis game after tripping over a cable on wet grass, is doing fine.

"It was a scary thing, because Stephanie wrenched her neck, jammed a shoulder, appeared to have a broken bone and hyperventilated," said veteran Annapolis band director Michael Svec. "She was in a great deal of pain, but we had a doctor right there and the ambulance people were great."

The 13-year-old freshman was taken to the hospital. Fortunately, she had no broken bones or serious injuries.

No. 31 and still Young

Meade's veteran boys basketball coach, Butch Young, will be back for his 31st county season, the 21st with the Mustangs. Young, who retired from teaching physical education at mid-semester last year, had to re-apply for his position despite his record.

Young, one of just three county boys coaches with 400 victories (402-278), confirmed that he will return for the 1997-98 season.

Something to Brag(g) about

Jamie Bragg, ex-University of Maryland standout as a two-way lineman, is working on acquiring his teaching degree and somewhere down the road could become the football coach at his alma mater, Severna Park. That's if Andy Borland, a Falcons institution (25 years head coach, ten years assistant at Severna Park) ever steps down.

Asked if he has considered retiring from teaching and staying on as football coach, Borland said, "I'm just like you, don't know what I would do with myself if I retired."

Eagles flying high

Annapolis Area Christian School (7-1) posted a huge 3-2 volleyball victory, (15-5, 15-5, 9-15, 9-15, 15-12), over Archbishop Spalding (2-2) Monday.

Sophomore hitter Ashleigh Verrillo scored the final two points and senior blocker Monica Wagoner had a crucial kill.

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Pub Date: 9/17/97

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