Leagues are divided no more


September 01, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Vacations, camps and numerous other summer diversions have hastened this crash course on local sports.

No divisions

There will be no more North and South division winners to determine county titles. Beginning this fall, all 12 county public schools will be in one division with the top two teams playing for the county title.

Personnel moves

Defensive specialists Jerry Hines and Brad Wilson have taken over the football reins at Severna Park and Glen Burnie, respectively.

Severna Park named former Essex Community College coach Bill Giblin, a Glen Burnie resident, to succeed Kevin McGrath as the Falcons' girls basketball coach. McGrath's contract was not renewed after 17 seasons (264-126) as head coach.

Terry Bogle retired after 20 years as the Glen Burnie athletic director with Dave Rigot, the football coach during Bogle's tenure, taking the latter's place. Rigot was assistant A.D. to Bogle and that position has been filled by veteran baseball/wrestling coach Bruce Sider.

St. Mary's quiet, but effective girls athletic director and former basketball coach Carmine Blades announced his retirement at the 16th Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team banquet in June.

Charlie Toomey, who was 15-26 in three seasons as boys lacrosse coach at Severn School, is returning to Loyola College as an assistant to Dave Cottle. Cottle was the Severn coach for two seasons (1981-82) before taking over the the Greyhounds. Toomey played goalie for Cottle from 1987-90 and served as a Loyola assistant, 1990-92.

Lou Holcomb, county co-baseball player of the year with Old Mill teammate Dennis Wiseman in 1985, was named baseball coach at Cardinal Gibbons. Holcomb pitched and played the outfield at the University of Maryland.

Former Arundel boys basketball coach, Gerald Moore, who was an assistant coach at 3A State champion Friendly of Prince George's County last year, has been named head coach at that school.


Ex-Old Mill right-hander Mike Ziegler, All-Metro in 1997, transferred on a baseball scholarship to Tallahassee CC (Fla.) from Shoals CC (Ala.), where he was 13-2 and named a Junior College All-American last spring. A coaching change at Shoals prompted Ziegler's move.

Ziegler was outstanding pitching against Japan in a National Junior College All-Star Game held in Millington, Tenn., in June.

Two 1998 All-Metro selections, switch-hitting shortstop Hector Guadalupe of 4A State Champion Arundel and Severna Park pitcher Pat Boucher also received baseball scholarships.

Guadalupe, drafted on the 16th round by the Milwaukee Brewers, signed with Indian River CC (Fla.), while Boucher enrolled at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.

"They play a solid Division I schedule in the Big South and it excites me they also play ACC and SEC schools," said Boucher, who set a state public school record for career homers (19) but may have a future as a hard-throwing pitcher.

Keith Brunst, a Boucher teammate at Severna Park who was the county's first ever triple crown winner (.536 average, 12 HRs and 36 RBIs) and an All-Metro DH/catcher, hopes to earn scholarship money as a walk-on at Radford (Va.). Brunst joins former teammate and '97 second-team All-County pitcher Darryl DeSalvo, who made Radford as a walk-on last year.

Two All-County choices last spring -- Arundel catcher Tom Ogilvie and Old Mill third baseman Mark Campbell -- signed with Essex CC. Because of his strong arm, Campbell will pitch. Despite a lack of pitching, Old Mill didn't use Campbell on the mound until the end of the season.

Arundel's three-time All-Metro pitcher Kurt Light also signed with Essex after spending a year at the University of Georgia.

St. Mary's Emily Lipton, a three-time All-County and two-time All-metro guard, signed early with Virginia Tech. Lipton takes 1,228 career points and 450 career assists into her senior year. Four Anne Arundel County residents, three of whom play baseball at Spalding, helped the Gambrills Athletic Club to a runner-up finish in the NABF 16-and-under National tournament in Northville, Mich.

Spalding players Zeeshan Marfani (Glen Burnie), Ron Pusloskie (Severn) and Mike Shires (Crofton) and Brad McCormick (Crofton), who plays at Riverdale Baptist, contributed to the showing. Crofton residents, Al McCormick, Art and Mark Shires coached the team.

Severna Park dropped out a day before the start of the NABF regional at Dundalk CC with Gambrills (32-10) taking its place and going on to win it with only 10 players. The team lost 6-0 in the NABF final to the Bayside Yankees.


Taking the cue from Cathy Samaras of Annapolis and her excellent girls lacrosse "Quick Stix" newsletter, Severna Park's Rhonda Bowerman (410-647-3589) and Deb Zuckerman Hoffman (410-518-6845) have started the "Field Hockey Newsletter." The 1998 Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame banquet is set for Oct. 22 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The inductees will soon be announced. Glen Burnie's Frank "Jocko" Svoboda has started his 16th annual fall high school eligible baseball league. On the links, Christy Larrimore, the Mid-Atlantic PGA Junior Tour 14-and-under champion this summer and Richard Peroutka, who was fifth in the boys' division, are freshmen at Spalding. Larrimore, who plays at Bay Hills, won all four tournaments she entered this summer while Chartwell's Peroutka won the Rolling Road Classic and was second with a 76 at the Two Rivers Classic in Williamsburg, Va.

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Pub Date: 9/01/98

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