Severna Park's Briggs follows father's example


January 18, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Like father, like son?

Severna Park senior guard Matt Briggs started last week as the county's sixth-leading scorer at 16.7 points a game. Briggs and several others are chasing Annapolis sophomore Thomas Hawkins and Southern-Harwood junior Will Maynard, who began the week Nos. 1 and 2 with 21.7 and 21.4 averages, respectively.

What's interesting is that Briggs' dad, Jon Briggs, also played for the Falcons and led the county in scoring -- in 1966-67 with an average of 23.7 points (497 points in 21 games).

Named county Player of the Year, Jon Briggs broke the county league record for total points, which was 295, with 374 in 15 league games for a Falcons team that was 6-9 in the county and 9-12 overall. The Falcons scored as many as points as they gave up that year -- 939.

Richard Fragale was the coach that season and was succeeded the following year by Butch Young. Young, who coached the Falcons 10 years before moving to Meade 21 years ago, said Briggs was "one of the best to ever play in the county."

Jon Briggs was a 6-foot-1 guard. Matt is 6-2, and his older brother, Jon Jr., is 6-3. Jon Jr. averaged 12.5 points a game his senior year and was named third-team All-County by The Sun.

Korwek warming up

Matt Briggs' teammate Greg Korwek, an All-County forward as a junior, has gotten back into the swing of things after shaking a few football injuries.

Korwek took averages of 11.7 points and 10.2 boards into Friday's game with No. 14-ranked Southern. In his All-County season, the 6-4 Korwek averaged 12.6 points (18 per game over the second half) and 10.6 rebounds.

"Greg recently got into basketball shape," said coach Paul Pellicani. "He played in the senior All-Star football game because I felt it would help him to do that.

"He blew out his ankle in a [basketball] scrimmage and started out with us with a few nagging injuries. We needed to get him back to full tilt, because he brings a presence to our team," Pellicani said.

Last Tuesday, Korwek put together his best game of the season with 14 points and 18 boards in a 53-46 loss to Broadneck. Korwek is the Falcons' all-time leading rebounder and took 684 career boards into Friday's game.

Korwek also has a good shot at becoming the first Falcon to score 1,000 career points. The four-year starter had 864 career points going into Friday. By maintaining his average (11.7), he would reach the milestone.

Happy birthday?

Imagine planning a surprise birthday party for a good friend, only to have the guest of honor not show.

Friends, including several county high school coaches, showed up Thursday at Gunning's in Brooklyn to celebrate the birthday of Linthicum resident George Kazmarek.

But Kaz was a no-show. He was home, sick in bed.

Kazmarek, who played Triple-A baseball with the New York Mets after playing at Mount St. Joseph and the University of Maryland in the late 1960s, was to be surprised.

His brother, Ken Kazmarek, the Broadneck boys basketball coach and athletic director, Annapolis boys coach John Brady, Annapolis football coach Roy Brown, Arundel baseball coach and athletic director Bernie Walter, North County teacher/coach Dan Krimmelbein, former Andover star and big-league first baseman Jim Spencer, baseball scout Walter Youse, Kazmarek's coach with the old Leone's amateur team, were among those invited.

Some of the guys were reached in time, while the others celebrated without George.


We have a light public school schedule this week, because it's exam week, and the teams won't get back at it until Thursday.

The Chesapeake boys team started the weekend with a 7-3 overall record, gunning for the school's first winning season, but the Cougars are struggling now in their division. Their chances of returning to the county championship are in jeopardy.

Chesapeake lost its first three league games before outlasting North County (1-9, 1-3) on Tuesday, 39-30. The Cougars were 1-3 in the division, going into Friday's game with Northeast (2-8, 1-3).

Last winter, the Cougars won the North Division with a 9-1 record, earning the right to play in their first county championship game.

"The county is pretty darned good this year, " said Cougars coach John Spinnenweber. "There is a lot of balance."

Meade (6-4, 4-0), a 64-51 winner over Chesapeake on Jan. 6, took a commanding lead into the weekend. The Mustangs are the county's only team unbeaten in league play.

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Pub Date: 1/18/98

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