Doyle ready for second run with Severn


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

Jim Doyle begins his return as Severn boys basketball coach tonight as the Dennard Melton-led Admirals host powerful Calvert Hall in Severna Park.

Along with St. Mary's visit to Mount St. Joseph today, it's the earliest start for county teams.

Doyle, who coached the Admirals from 1987-93 (98-67, .594), succeeds former assistant Charles "Tank" Duckett. Duckett coached Severn the last two seasons, going 33-19.

Duckett had succeeded Wayne Fowler, another Doyle assistant who was 47-11 in two years. Fowler started high-profile basketball at Severn.

But after four years of recruiting in order to play the level of A Conference schools, the Admirals are back to normal in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference (today's game is a non-league affair).

Doyle was 45-10 his last two seasons, winning the B Conference championship in 1993 after leading the Admirals to a C Conference runner-up finish the year before.

Melton embarks on his fourth season. The only Anne Arundel athlete named All-County in football all four years, Melton, an All-County guard in basketball as a junior, has yet to decide on a college.

"I'll see how much interest I get for basketball, and make a decision on whether to take a scholarship for football to West Virginia, " said Melton, the Admirals' all-time leading scorer who starts the season with 1,446 points, fifth on the county career list.

Forgotten Admirals

How quick they forget. Claims were made recently that Severn's boys soccer team (14-1-4) had set school records for wins, point differential and fewest goals allowed when, in fact, the Admirals tied those marks.

The 1983 team was 14-3 overall, going 12-0-0 in the old Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference. Julian Domenech, who left Cuba in 1961, was the coach and led Severn to an overall 62-19-10 record in six seasons (1981-86).

His '84 team, led by Mike Mathias (23 goals) and goalie Jamie McNealy (six shutouts), now St. Mary's coach, was 11-2-2, setting school records for goals scored (59) and point differential (46, 59-13).

This year's MIAA B Conference regular-season champ and tournament runner-up gave up eight goals to tie the school record for fewest goals yielded set by the 1970 team.

Beatty-led sting

Archbishop Spalding's superb goalie Reb Beatty, the Sun Metro Player of the Year and a first-team All-State boys soccer choice, led his club team, the under-17 Severna Park Sting to four straight shutouts and the championship of the Bethesda Tournament.

The Sting blanked the Bethesda Power, 5-0, Pa. Tri-county United, 4-0, Bethlehem (Pa.), 1-0 and the Lower Dauphin (Pa.) Strikers, 4-0. Beatty was supported defensively by Bernie Edwards and Sean McGarry of Severna Park and River Hill's Matt Maiduro.

Adam Young (Severna Park) led the scoring with three goals. Billy Mooney (Severna Park), Dustin Abey (Chesapeake, All-County forward) and Beatty added two apiece.

Beatty, who is 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, was given a chance to play in the field and looked like he had played there all season.


Did you know that Spalding's Beatty is only the third at his position to be named county Player of the Year in boys soccer and the first county goalie to be named Sun Metro Player of the Year? The other two goalies named county Players of the Year: John Svec of Broadneck (1996) and Warren Westcoat of Severna Park (1985).

Chesapeake right-handed pitcher Ray Wagner signed with Maryland. Three-year Northeast JV baseball coach Herschel Kawecki will be among the candidates for the vacant varsity position when the school starts interviews. Don Gilbert resigned to take a full-time teaching position at Dunbar. Amy Chesshire, 9, a 75-pound lineman, was the second girl to play football for the Green Hornets this past season.

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Pub Date: 12/02/97

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