Meade-Severna Park a rivalry again

Sidelines

January 21, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

In recent years, a Meade at Severna Park wrestling match was nothing to get excited about. Not anymore.

After being down for a while, the two Anne Arundel County teams are on the way back up and they promise an exciting match at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Severna Park.

Meade was 4-9 in dual matches last season under first-year coach Pat Arvidson after going 8-6 in 1995-96 under Scott Jacoby, who moved to Cleveland.

Arvidson has turned it around and his Mustangs take a county league mark of 6-1 and a 7-1 overall record into Severna Park, and is currently ranked No. 15 by The Sun.

Coach Ralph Toomey's Falcons are off to a 4-2 start in the league and 5-2 overall after a couple of rough years. Severna Park has not had a winning record since 1994-95, when the Falcons went 7-6 in Toomey's second season.

The Falcons were 3-11 in 1995-96 and improved to 6-8 last year.

Meade is being led by the Pandullo brothers, Matt and Joey, heavyweight Godfrey Garrett and 130-pounder Chris Whipple.

Matt Pandullo, a junior, is 16-1 with 10 pins in the 112-pound division while senior Joey is 16-2 with eight falls at 152 pounds. Garrett started out at 189, but has moved up and posted a 13-2 record.

Garrett's opponent, Ron Howard, also is a senior and is 11-6 with five pins for the Falcons.

Junior Whipple is 16-6 with nine pins and is expected to be opposed by Severna Park senior Josh Grady (13-3, one pin).

Other top Falcons are junior Steve McManamay (14-5, seven pins) at 119 pounds and senior John Sergeant (11-6, three falls) in the 189-pound class.

On the mend

Archbishop Spalding's Max Yokono is hoping to play in mid-February, according to coach Tony Martin.

Yokono, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward from Cameroon, placed at Spalding by House Africa last year, has suffered cartilage damage in his right knee and has not played a minute for the No. 5-ranked Cavaliers (13-7, 4-1).

"Max is rehabbing his knee, running and is to be tested on the cybex machine this week," said Martin. "We are keeping our fingers crossed that he might play in mid-February, maybe in a couple of league games before we get to the Catholic League Tournament.

"For all he's been through, it would be great if he could put the uniform on one time."

Yokono had hopes of playing last year, but after surgery on his knee in January could not. By summer, he was getting there and finally got into a summer league game only to re-injure the knee when an opposing player undercut him. Surgery in October followed and it appears to have been successful.

Whether or not he plays at Spalding, Martin believes Yokono will JTC eventually get a chance to play Division I college basketball because of the impression he made at a couple of summer camps his first year here.

Sideliners

We've pointed out a couple of times this season how the county public school boys basketball league has changed and you need only to look at the current standings -- just four teams have overall winning records.

No. 19 ranked Meade (7-4) and Chesapeake (8-3) in the North, and No. 11 Southern (9-2) and No. 12 Annapolis (9-2) in the South boast winning marks.

At the end of last season, four public school teams finished with winning records and all were from the South: Annapolis (20-6), Broadneck (20-5), Arundel (18-6) and Severna Park (12-11). Broadneck and Severna Park are 4-7.

Broadneck has never had a losing season in Ken Kazmarek's 14 years as coach. The Bruins' last losing season was 1983-84 (11-12) under Jim Morris.

The young girls team at Broadneck also is down at 0-10 and appears on the way to its first losing campaign since 1987-88 under Bruce Springer. Broadneck was 15-9 that year, but forfeited 13 wins because of an ineligible player.

Starting tomorrow night, the next six public school basketball games are cross-division and do not count unless a tiebreaker is necessary to determine who plays in the county championships Feb. 25 in Broadneck's new gym.

Andy Borland, the dean of county football coaches, is recovering nicely from surgery and hopes soon to return to teaching physical education and weight training at Severna Park.

"Andy got his wheels back and is doing good," said Katherine Borland, the coach's wife. "He's anxious to get out."

The coach said he had a skin graft and an ulcer removed from his leg on Dec. 29, but is "feeling good and hope to be back in school next Wednesday."

Borland will return this fall for his 26th season as coach, and with a career record of 145-108 is 11 wins away from the late Al Laramore's county record of 156 (156-68-2).

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Pub Date: 1/21/98

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