Melton advances on county's all-time scoring list

Sidelines

December 12, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Scoring is something that Severn's Dennard Melton has made a habit during his spectacular four-year varsity career in football and basketball.

This fall, Melton became Anne Arundel County's all-time football scoring leader with a career 65 touchdowns and 412 points.

At 7: 30 tonight, at neighboring Severna Park, Melton can become only the fifth county boys basketball player to crack 1,500 career points. Including the 17 points he scored in Wednesday's 74-52 loss at No. 8-ranked Towson Catholic, Melton ranks fifth on the county's career list with 1,492 points.

The 6-foot guard can pass Andover's Steve Stielper, who scored 1,502 points between 1973 and 1976, and move into fourth place by hitting 11 points. As the season wears on, Melton should approach Southern's all-time county leader, Vince Barnett, who scored 1,823 points (1987-91).

While scoring records are to be cherished, Melton is more concerned about putting Severn into the win column for now.

The Admirals have dropped their first three games to No. 9 Calvert Hall (75-64), Cardinal Gibbons (62-59) and Towson Catholic. It has been frustrating for the Admirals and Jim Doyle in his return as coach.

Severna Park (0-2) needs a win, too. The Falcons dropped their opener to Gibbons by 77-60 and lost Tuesday to St. Mary's (3-1) by 74-67.

Melton, who recently received approval from the NCAA National Clearinghouse, hasn't decided on a college yet. Doyle said Indiana is looking at him as a two-sport athlete, while West Virginia and Maryland like him for football.

Womack missed twice

The Annapolis boys, 79-76 winners over Poly in their opener Tuesday, play host to another Baltimore team, Patterson, at 7: 30 tonight. S.J. Womack will play his first game as a Panther.

Womack, a 6-4 senior transfer from St. Mary's who was an All-Metro end in football, did not dress for the opener. His mom said he was academically eligible but sat out the first game because of "another academic matter with Coach [John] Brady, who felt that something S.J. didn't do showed him disrespect."

The 34-7 loss by the Metro Stars (Anne Arundel and Howard County players) to the Baltimore Stars (city public and private schools) in the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star football game Sunday indicated the metro team could have used Womack. Because of the maximum three-player per school rule, however, Womack was left out, as were several other Annapolis players.

Womack was a scoring machine (10 touchdowns on just 15 receptions) and an outstanding defensive back who returned two of six interceptions for touchdowns, as well. He could have made a difference, as could a couple Annapolis linemen.

The metro team was embarrassingly short of linemen. It's one thing to try to be fair by representing all schools, but sometimes many of the best players are left out.

Sideliners

North County girls basketball coach Sally Entsminger has started her 26th season in the county, the eighth at the Ferndale school. Overall, she has been coaching 27 years, with 18 at the former Andover High and another one in Brookeville, Va.

The 26 years as a head coach is a county record, and Entsminger (290-234, counting this season's 0-2 start) needs 10 wins to become the third girls coach to reach 300 career wins in any sport.

The top two are Pat Chance (415), who retired last year from Old Mill, and Southern's Linda Kilpatrick (326).

Pasadena's Jon Cole, a junior All-Metro midfielder at McDonogh in Baltimore County, is one of only three Marylanders named to the 54-player National Soccer Coaches Association All-America team. Cole, who led the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in scoring this fall with 13 goals and nine assists, will receive his honor in mid-January at the national coaches convention in Cincinnati.

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County's top five career scorers

Name School ..................... Years ......... Points

Vince Barnett Southern-Harwood .. 1987-1991 ...... 1,823

Jason Smith Broadneck ........... 1991-1995 ...... 1,662

Chatney Howard Southern-Harwood.. 1991-1994 ...... 1,582

Steve Stielper Andover .......... 1973-1976 ...... 1,502

Dennard Melton Severn ........... 1994-1998 ...... *1,492

* Through first three 1997-1998 games

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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