5 to enter Arundel's Hall of Fame Ceremony on Oct. 23 to honor Castro, Fowler, Hart, Shelton and Steele

September 26, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The seventh Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 23 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Football standouts Dale Castro of Harwood and Glen Burnie's Wayne Fowler, Severna Park field hockey legend Lil Shelton, the late Dick Hart of Andover, and sailor Scott Steele will be honored.

Dale Castro: This 1977 graduate of Southern-Harwood was a three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) standout who /^ went on to set place-kicking records at the University of Maryland.

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins on the 21st round as a pitcher in the 1977 June draft, Castro played a year of baseball with the Terps before making the football team as a walk-on punter/kicker in 1978.

He was a Sporting News and Football Writers Association All-American as a junior, setting an NCAA record for consecutive field goals (16) and Terp records for most field goals in a game (five) and a season (17).

In 1980, Castro tied the Tangerine Bowl record for field goals (four) in a game in the Terps' 35-20 loss to Florida in Orlando, Fla. Drafted and then cut by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1981 pre-season, he had a tryout with Seattle before kicking in the United States Football League and the Arena League.

Castro became football coach at High Point in Prince Georges County eight years ago.

Wayne Fowler: After playing for Joe Papetti at Glen Burnie High, Fowler earned All-American honors at the University of Richmond as an offensive lineman. He played in the Tangerine Bowl and for the South squad in the Senior Bowl, with Don Shula as his coach.

The Buffalo Bills made him a seventh-round draft pick, the 161st player chosen out of 442 selected in 1970. He played one year each with Buffalo and Green Bay.

Fowler was named to the Southern Conference All-Time Team and the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team for the Richmond-William & Mary game.

With his son Brad playing there, Fowler got involved with Severn School basketball in the early 1990s and became head coach in 1993, leading the Admirals to an overall 48-11 record in two seasons.

Lil Shelton: She started Severna Park's field hockey program in 1975, and since then, her teams are 292-38-5 (including a 4-1 start this season). She's won nine state championships, the most by any girls coach, as well as 18 county and 16 region championships.

Honored by the National Federation of State High School Associations and Scholastic Coach magazine, Shelton is president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and in 1990 founded the Maryland Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Shelton also organized the Junior Field Hockey program that has greatly improved the quality of county field hockey.

Dick Hart: He was old Andover High's only basketball coach in its 28-year existence (1961-1989). He died of brain cancer at age 53 in 1991. His career record was 330-294 (.529) with five region titles, 12 losing seasons, and two appearances in state finals.

For 21 years, Hart opened the gym at Andover High on Saturday mornings to play pick-up games with friends and former players. He died on Saturday morning, Feb. 2, and the players, including his son, Mike, played a game in tribute.

That group established the Dick Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund with proceeds of an annual golf tournament going to scholarships for a county boy and girl basketball player.

Hart produced 40 All-County players, including a high school All-American in 1965, Jim Spencer, and 20 college players, including Steve Stielper, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American at James Madison in 1979.

Spencer, also an All-American in baseball, was a Gold Glove first baseman who played 15 years in the major leagues with five teams.

The 6-foot-7 Stielper was drafted on the eighth round by the Indiana Pacers in 1980, but never played in the NBA.

Hart also coached soccer, track and golf, and served as Andover athletic director for five years.

Scott Steele: This long-time Severna Park resident was a silver medalist in windsurfing at the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He has been coaching sailing at Georgetown University since 1993.

A two-time All-American at St. Mary's College, Steele also took the silver medal at the Goodwill Games in 1990 and was honorable mention for the James Sullivan Award given the top amateur athlete each year.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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