Centennial grad Chapman rated tops in his sport Howard notebook

January 07, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Denny Chapman (Centennial) has won the Sheriff Fowble Maryland High School Baseball Player of the Year Award to be presented during the Tops in Sports Banquet at Towson University's Towson Center on Jan. 23.

Chapman, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman at the University of Virginia, led Centennial to the state Class 3A finals last season with a 10-3 record and 1.96 ERA. In 80 innings he struck out 135 and walked 49.

He dominated the first three state playoff games, pitching a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a four-hitter and fanning 41 batters in 21 innings. However, making his third start in eight days, he lost the championship game, 9-3.

Chapman also played the outfield and batted .420 (34-for-81), with 27 RBIs, nine doubles, one triple and one home run. He scored 21 times. He was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro pick and The Sun's Howard County Player of the Year.

The Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association selected him for the award, which is based not only on playing ability but also on academics.

Fowble was a longtime youth coach and pro scout whose peers honored him by naming this award after him following his death. He coached Hall-of-Famer Al Kaline.

"This is an outstanding award for a young kid," said Frank Sliwka, the banquet chairman who made the final choice. Ken Singleton Jr. (St. Paul's and Clemson University) was the runner-up. Pro scouts presented Sliwka with a list of four potential award winners.

"There's no politics involved in this award. They don't even know we're considering them," Sliwka said. "And we go all over the state to pick someone."

The award began in 1992 when it was presented to John Bowles of Richard Montgomery High. He is now pitching for the Boston Red Sox organization. Two Arundel players, Tim Giles and Brandon Agamennone were the next two winners. Andy Bair of Calvert Hall won in 1995 and the 1996 winner was Ryan Fleetwood of Cambridge-South Dorchester.

"We are looking for good people who will be outstanding citizens and future leaders," Sliwka said.

Chapman will be seated at the head table along with Mike Mussina, Eric Davis, Peter Angelos, Frank Howard, Ray Miller, Minnie Minoso, Denny Neagle and Tony Saunders.

College call

Kevin Tonkins (Mount Hebron) is averaging 10 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Gettysburg College. The sophomore forward has started seven of nine games and is shooting 35-for-75 from the floor (46 percent). Gettysburg's record is 5-4.

Karl Friedheim (Hammond) is averaging 7.5 points and six rebounds for Western Maryland College. The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward has started all nine games and is shooting 55 percent (27-for-49) from the floor. Western Maryland is 4-5.

Patrick Ngongba (Mount Hebron) has started 12 of 14 games for George Washington University, which is off to its best start (12-2) in 44 years. The 6-foot-8 power forward averages 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. He scored a career-high 12 points against DePaul and had 11 against Boston College.

Wrestler Jeremy Lignelli (Glenelg) has a 3-2 record, including one technical fall, for Western Maryland College, which is 7-4. Lignelli, a two-time state high school champion, is a freshman 150-pounder for the Green Terror.

Brian Howard (Oakland Mills) played in every game as a backup defensive end for Harvard's Ivy League championship football team, which was 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the league. Howard made tackles, one sack and one pass deflection.

Receipts take tumble

County high school sports gate receipts took a tumble this fall, falling 10.8 percent from the previous year.

The county collected $48,588 this fall, compared to $54,448 the previous fall.

Fifty-one football games took in $47,206, and three soccer games produced $1,382.

The largest event was the Mount Hebron-Wilde Lake football game with a total of $2,036 in gate receipts. The Centennial-Hammond football game was second at $1,917 and the River Hill-Mount Hebron football game was third at $1,863.

Only three of 10 schools experienced an increase in gate receipts. Those were Glenelg, Howard and Long Reach.

Long Reach produced the largest total of $7,539, and next was Howard at $7,328.

Oakland Mills produced the smallest gate receipt total of $2,076, a 66 percent drop from $5,993 the previous fall.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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