Melton likely to capture two county scoring marks


January 16, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Rather quietly and without fanfare, Severn's Dennard Melton has moved into second place on Anne Arundel County's all-time scoring list for boys basketball.

Melton, already the county's career scoring leader in football (65 touchdowns and 412 total points), scored 23 points a week ago tonight in the Admirals' 55-50 loss to archrival St. Mary's to run his career total to 1,667 points.

Passing Broadneck's Jason Smith (1991-95), who is now third with 1,662, Melton trails only Southern-Harwood's Vince Barnett, who scored 1,823 in his four-year career (1987-91).

With a half-season to go, Melton, averaging 17.5 points a game, needs 156 points to catch Barnett. That would be an average of about 15 points a game over 10 games, certainly an attainable figure.

Melton, picked as a defensive back, and Meade running back Tanardo Sharps, the county Player of the Year and Annapolis Touchdown Club Rhodes Trophy winner, were named to the Maryland Associated Press High School Football Consensus All-State Team.

The AP consensus team consists of the top 15 offensive and top 15 defensive players, all schools included.

With all that Melton has done in his four-year varsity career in football and basketball, it's amazing that he has not landed an athletic scholarship.

An excellent athlete and proven winner with a good work ethic, a pleasant manner and intelligence, Melton figures to end up the county's career scoring leader in both basketball and football barring unforeseen circumstances.

And he's not worth a scholarship?


Top games tonight

On the public school boys scene, No. 14 Southern (8-2, 3-1) travels to Severna Park (4-6, 2-2) for a 5: 15 p.m. tipoff, and No. 15 Annapolis (8-2, 3-1) visits archrival Broadneck (4-6, 2-2) at 7: 15 p.m.

Two-time defending county champion Broadneck could get back into the South Division race with a victory over the Panthers. Southern, a 65-56 victor over South River (5-5, 1-3) Tuesday faces a Severna Park team smarting from a 53-46 loss to neighbor Broadneck.

In the North Division, upstart Glen Burnie (4-6, 3-1) gets a crack at tying Meade (6-4, 4-0) for first place. Glen Burnie's second-year coach Mike Rudd is turning in one of the county's best coaching jobs after winning just three games last season and recently losing leading scorer Vernon Crowder.

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (12-6) has a big Catholic League showdown at No. 7 St. Frances (8-3) in Baltimore. Coach Tony Martin's Cavaliers, who run set plays like few high school teams can, are the surprise of the highly touted circuit.

"We have a real up-and-down team, and don't want to let them limit their skills, but in certain situations you have to have things you can go to," said Martin.

"We really work on three, four or five sets that we can go to in tight situations and we run them in every game."

Sophomore point guard Derrick Snowden runs the offense with aplomb. "We've been playing together all year [summer league, etc.] and our chemistry is great," said Snowden. "It plays a big part in close games."

No. 18 Southern-Harwood (5-5, 2-2) has a big game at improving Severna Park (4-6, 2-2) at 7: 15 p.m. in girls hoops. It appears to be a must win for both in the South Division, where No. 4 Annapolis (7-2, 3-1) and No. 10 Arundel (7-2, 3-1) are tied for first.

Southern played without two starters, leading scorer and rebounder Tameka Graves and Joanne Robinson, and was upset, 39-38, at home Tuesday by South River (8-2, 2-2).

Coach Linda Kilpatrick announced that the two had been suspended for flagrant fouls in the team's 44-30 loss to Annapolis last Friday.

Such acts are clearly one-game suspensions under the county athletic handbook section 4 under the heading "Conduct Code."

Part "A", No. 7 says, "If an athlete is removed from a contest for fighting or flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct, that athlete will not be allowed to play in the next scheduled contest for the team during the current season."

Robinson was ejected. Graves was not but was called for a flagrant foul.

Late Monday, the county physical education and athletics department still was dragging its feet on the matter and had not handed down a ruling, despite the clear-cut rule. So, Kilpatrick took it on her own to suspend the players, and doing so cost the team a game.

Annapolis coach Dave Griffith and a couple parents called the 24-hour Sportsline to say that a one-game suspension was not enough.

South River visits Arundel at 5: 15 tonight in what could be an interesting game in that both are coming off upset victories. Arundel stunned Annapolis, 72-61, Tuesday.


Jones Cable 22 televised the South River at Southern girls game Tuesday, and the camera work and play-by-play man Joe Miller were outstanding. Miller is a Southern grad but showed no bias, although he did cry, even if it was for different reasons.

Old Mill lacrosse coach Fran Duffy has a clinic for ages 5-14 set for Feb. 8 with area high school and college coaches expected to attend. Information: 410-987-5492.

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Pub Date: 1/16/98

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