Moore's influence evident in Friendly's title run



Let's clean out the ol' notebook with a bunch of basketball tidbits before we jump into spring sports.

Friendly of Prince George's County won its first state title (3A) in boys basketball by 55-46 over City College of Baltimore recently. I mention that because there was an Anne Arundel County connection.

Former Arundel coach Gerald Moore is an assistant coach at Friendly and had a lot to do with the Patriots going from a team that won only seven games the two previous seasons to state champion and 15-11 overall.

Moore, who was hired as physical education and health instructor at Friendly and expects to become head coach of the basketball team, says he "got 'em fired up" this season.

"You know me, I can get teams fired up," said Moore, who designed strategy to upset P.G. County champion Gwynn Park (10-0 league) and a very experienced Crossland team in the regional.

Friendly had only been to the final four at Cole Field House twice before this season in 1983 and '84. Moore had last been there in 1995 with the Arundel Wildcats.

Moore, who was named county Coach of the Year in '95, led the Wildcats to an overall 21-4 record and their first appearance at College Park in 20 years. They were dismissed by Shawnta Rogers and eventual state champion Lake Clifton, 87-70, in the semifinals.

Arundel went 16-7 the following season giving Moore an 89-72 seven-year career record in Gambrills, but he was not invited back. To this day, the reason for his firing is unclear, and the program has gone down the tubes since his departure.

V.J. Keith coached Arundel to an 18-6 record last year and resigned. His replacement, Hank Kuzma was 6-15 this past year while Moore was winning a state title.

"PG is a lot different than Anne Arundel, but I learned a lot from my experience in Anne Arundel and it will always be dear to me," said Moore, who holds no grudges. "Good or bad, I learned from the best in Anne Arundel.

"Time heals. The scars are still there, but you have to push on."

Moore did in a big way.

Free throws

Playing one of the area's toughest schedule, Archbishop Spalding (17-17) outscored its opponents from the field by 250 points and outrebounded their foes by over 250 and had 100 more assists.

However, Cavaliers opponents went to the foul line 259 more times. Examples of the lopsided differences: 46-13, 41-12, 36-9, 26-4 and 28-8.

In games the Cavs shot more free throws they were 10-0.

"If we had gotten a little more respect from the officials, we might have had a different season," said Spalding coach Tony Martin.

All five Spalding seniors will play college basketball: Jason Campion, Salisbury State; Nate Kuh, York College; Steve

Robidoux, Villa Julie; Jon Bents is deciding among NCAA Division III schools, St. Leo (Fla.), Belmont Abbey (N.C.), Longwood (Va.); and Max Yokono is being recruited by Georgetown, Colorado, St. Joseph's (Philadelphia), Sacred Heart, Penn State and Boston University.


On the mat, Anne Arundel County owns more state wrestling titles than any other Maryland county -- 12 -- Old Mill (6), Arundel (2), Northeast (2), Broadneck and Chesapeake, one each.

Despite the objections of several coaches, the 10-run mercy rule is mandatory for state public school baseball this year as per national federation rules.

Former Severna Park standouts midfielder Amy Noble and goalie Shannon Chaney are playing key roles in what is shaping up as Duke's first ever winning season in women's lacrosse. The Blue Devils have already knocked off three-time defending national champion Maryland.

Severn's Heidi Hammes, a junior attack who scored 40 goals last year for Bucknell's lacrosse team, is an honorable mention All-American, according to College Lacrosse USA.

Broadneck is shooting to become the first team to win three straight state titles in boys lacrosse. Severna Park, under coach Mike Heck, won three consecutive AA district/region titles, 1977-79 before lacrosse became an official state championship sport in 1990.

Severna Park resident, Mark Teixeira, Mount St. Joe's All-Metro third baseman, is on the list of 16 (six pitchers) candidates for the Louisville Slugger Baseball America High School Player of the Year Watch (each publication).

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Pub Date: 3/22/98

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