Borland's absence yet to hit home for Severna Park

SIDELINES

September 09, 1998|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

It really didn't set in Saturday the way it probably will Friday night at Severna Park's George Roberts Stadium when the Falcons play host to Westminster of Carroll County.

For the first time in 36 years, Andy Borland wasn't roaming the Severna Park sideline as the Falcons opened with a 19-15 victory at Laurel in Prince George's County Saturday.

It was strange to most Falcon followers not seeing the "Big Teddy Bear" as Borland is affectionately known around the Severna Park community bellowing instructions in his traditional khaki pants and mountain climbing shoes.

J.P. Hines, a 1979 graduate of Arundel High, started a new era at Severna Park as only the third football coach at the school. The late George Roberts (71-48-9) was the Falcons' first coach in 1960 and Borland assisted him for 10 years (1963 to 1972) before succeeding Roberts in 1973.

Borland (145-108) went on to be the Falcons' coach for a public-school record 25 years. Including the 10 years as an assistant, the 35 total years is the most any county coach has ever spent with one team at the same school.

"Andy was a remarkable man and coach," said retired Southern-Harwood coach Tom Tereshinsky. Tereshinsky coached the Bulldogs from 1961 to 1973 and matched wits with both Roberts and Borland.

"I was sorry to see Andy step down because he was unique to coach that long at one school," Tereshinsky said. "Severna Park could not have chosen a better man to succeed the fine man George was."

It's going to take some getting used to not seeing Big Andy lumber from the Falcon track to the Severna Park bench facing the press box and Benfield Road, and Hines knows it.

"Andy has been very supportive, offered his help and has just been great in the transition," said Hines, who was defensive coordinator at Arundel last year and a one-time drill sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. "The kids have been great in getting used to a new coach and I feel that I'm a great leader."

Hines constantly reminds his players of his three-pronged motto: "Be responsible. Be accountable and have high expectations of yourself."

Rookie coaches go 1-2

Severna Park's Hines was the only rookie football coach in the county to win his opener. Broadneck spoiled Mike Marcus' debut at Old Mill, 39-7, and the new dean of county coaches, South River's Dave Summey, commenced his 20th season (ten at Brooklyn Park, ten at South River) in the county with a 9-6 overtime win over Glen Burnie and first-year coach Brad Wilson.

The best record posted by a rookie football coach in the county was 8-2 in 1982 by both Old Mill's Pete Regala and Bart Rader of Northeast. Meade's Mark Frye went 7-3 in his first season last year, making him the sixth to post that initial record.

The other 7-3 rookie coaches: Sonny Conley, St. Mary's, 1985; Roy Brown, Annapolis and Dave Summey, South River, in 1989; Jim Doyle, Severn, 1991 and John Beckman, Severn, 1995.

Brown finished 7-4 overall, losing in the first round of the '89 playoffs.

Sullivan: scoring machine

What a weekend had by Spalding junior Shelly Sullivan, who scored all the goals in upsets of Centennial by 3-1 and Severna Park, 2-1.

The Cavaliers finished in third place in the McDonogh Tournament going 2-1, the only loss by 6-0 to nationally ranked Shenendehowa, N.Y. Spalding played without 12 players, six of them starters, in the loss because they were competing in club ball.

There is no way, no matter how big a deal club ball has become, that the latter should be a priority over the school team. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has rules to protect their schools while, unfortunately, private schools don't.

We're sending the wrong message when we make the school team secondary to certain individuals.

Sideliners

The administration controversy aside at St. Mary's for now, Jim Moorhead signed a one-year contract as director of public relations and marketing and will coach the Saints' boys lacrosse team. When the restructuring occurred last spring, there was fear Moorhead would have to give up his coaching position.

Former Severna Park quarterback Greg Korwek fired two touchdown passes in his debut at Fork Union (Va.) prep school last weekend. Look for North County athletic director Mike Baker to return to coaching as the Knights' boys basketball coach. Baker coached Brooklyn Park for 15 years before the school merged with Andover to form North County in 1990.

Brad Wilson was the Knights' only coach before moving to Glen Burnie as football coach this fall, opening the door for Baker's return. Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady hopes to return from a back ailment soon. Veteran official Billy Warren is looking for basketball referees to work boys county high school games. For information, call 410-761-9382.

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Pub Date: 9/09/98

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