Unsigned after draft, Teixeira heads for college


September 13, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park's Mark Teixeira, the finest high school baseball hitter from the Baltimore metro area in more than 30 years, is off to Georgia Tech this week.

Teixeira, who set state career records for homers (29), RBIs (108) and hits (128) at Mount St. Joseph, is a switch-hitting third baseman who was chosen by the Boston Red Sox on the ninth round in June's Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Some thought the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Teixeira would be a big-bucks, first-round pick, but when he wouldn't commit to a $1.5 million offer from the Red Sox two days before the draft, the word apparently got around that he was "unsignable."

Teixeira is leaving early to settle in Atlanta, and once he attends his first class on Sept. 23, the Red Sox lose their rights to him.

"I haven't heard from them in quite a while and don't expect any last-minute attempts to sign me," said Teixeira. "I'm sure I will be playing for Georgia Tech and coach Danny Hall for at least the next three years."

Once he starts at Tech, he will not be eligible for the draft until conclusion of his junior year. Teixeira figures to be a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team after his sophomore season.

Hines succeeds legend

Old Mill named Vern Hines to be wrestling coach this winter, succeeding the successful Mike Hampe.

Hines, 45, has coached the JV Patriots for four years and becomes the school's second mat coach. He has big shoes to fill.

Hampe, who retired after last season but is still teaching, was an institution at the Millersville school, winning six state tournament titles and one state dual-meet title. In 22 seasons, his teams were 257-37-3 overall.

Hines is an assistant coach for Old Mill's girls soccer team, as well.

Job changes

Marlene Kelly and Rick Wiles have new responsibilities in the Anne Arundel County school system's physical education department.

Wiles is coordinator of physical education and health instruction for the county's 120 schools, and Kelly has assumed Wiles' former role of public spokesman and county liaison for interscholastic athletics.

Kelly's official title is "specialist in athletics."

Here's hoping she's a "specialist in people relations," because pTC she will now have to listen to all the coaches' complaints and inquiries, in addition to rendering the county's public positions on various matters.

Kelly was a big supporter of the new policy to have the top two teams play for the county championship. Having North and South division winners playing for the county title, the idea of county athletic directors and endorsed by Wiles, was nixed.

Too many lopsided title games had resulted with the top teams being in the same division. The North and South divisions evolved from the Bay and Friendship divisions started by retired county coordinator Paul Rusko.


Archbishop Spalding boys basketball coach Tony Martin has done it again. Martin, whose Cavaliers should be a strong Catholic League contender, has another exchange student from overseas -- 6-foot-4 guard Alexander Poplivich, from Croatia, a sharpshooter some consider an NCAA Division I prospect.

Max Yokono (6-7) from Cameroon was on Spalding's roster for two years but played little because of a knee injury.

Every high school should have supporters such as attorneys Steve and Michael Peroutka, whose 12th annual Peroutka Charity Golf Tournament raised $12,000 for athletics at Spalding.

Played in late August at Crofton's Walden Golf Course, the tournament involved seven Cavaliers teams selling tee sponsors and boosters, along with the Peroutkas, to raise the money.

The Rev. Thaddeus Jackson, one of the most colorful umpires in county high school and summer baseball, announced his

retirement after 37 years at Thursday's Anne Arundel Umpires annual crab feast.

Jackson is known for his goatee and gregarious style.

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Pub Date: 9/13/98

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