Bruins' Threadgill threatens Sharps' year-old rushing marks

Sidelines

September 17, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's early, but with more than 400 yards rushing in his first two games, Broadneck's Martel Threadgill is on a pace to make a run at the county single-season and career rushing marks Meade's Tanardo Sharps set last season.

In 10 games, Sharps ran for 1,862 yards, eclipsing the old record of 1,835 yards set by Severna Park's Gary Thall in 1964. Sharps also set a county career rushing record with 3,627 yards in just two seasons.

Threadgill, 5-foot-6, 170 pounds, is the lone Bruin to run for 1,000 yards (1,050 last year) in a season since Broadneck began varsity play in 1982.

If he threatens Sharps' single-season record, he also would break the career record. Threadgill began his third season needing 1,674 yards to pass Sharps' career mark.

McMurray revisited

Brien McMurray's resignation as boys lacrosse coach at Chesapeake, reported yesterday, almost came last spring.

McMurray (35-25, 1995-98 at Chesapeake) applied for the Severna Park job last year after Greg Manley's surprising resignation.

Manley's resignation came so late that if Severna Park athletic director Wayne Mook had hired McMurray, a former football and lacrosse assistant at Severna Park, Chesapeake would have had little time to hire a coach.

McMurray, a Severna Park resident who teaches physical education at Chesapeake Bay Middle, covets the Falcons' job.

"I definitely will get back into coaching and expect to be coaching lacrosse next season," said McMurray, who was football coach at Brooklyn Park in 1977 and 1978 and later an assistant at Chesapeake, Broadneck, Arundel and Severna Park.

The Old Mill boys lacrosse post is open, but McMurray said he is "not interested."

"But I'm not sure about Severna Park and what's going to happen there," he continued. "It's possible the Severna Park position could be advertised, and if it is, I would definitely apply."

Non-teacher Mike Bellotte led the Falcons to the county title and DTC an 11-3 record last spring. Bellotte said he expects to be back, and Mook said Bellotte would return.

McMurray said he also would be interested in the Annapolis job when Dan Hart retires. Hart, who led the Panthers to the Class 4A state title last spring, is expected to coach one more season.

Running it up

Down 21-12, Meade was driving for a touchdown midway through the final period last Friday but turned the ball over on downs to Friendly.

Bobby Lane's 89-yard touchdown run on the ensuing snap sealed the Patriots' win.

Meade coach Mark Frye cleared his bench to give his reserves some playing time, but Friendly's first string stayed in, and quarterback Jamal Strong threw for a touchdown in the waning moments to make it 33-12.

"I thought that was a little uncalled for, but some teams like to play that way, which is too bad," said Frye.

Sideliners

Class 3A volleyball power Calvert (2-0) dealt top-ranked, Class 4A Severna Park (2-1) a 3-0 defeat for the second straight year on Tuesday in Calvert County.

That was despite Falcons senior Traci Sariscak's going 13-for-13 at the service line, with three aces and three kills.

Last year, Severna Park went on to go undefeated in the county.

Broadneck's volleyball team, coached by the husband/wife team Romanzo and Bev Beans, is 2-1, including Tuesday's Katie Henschel-led 3-0 win over Northeast (1-2).

In girls soccer, Annapolis sophomore Acacia Walker had 13 saves, and Glen Burnie's Kellie Wehner had 10 in Tuesday's 0-0 double-overtime tie.

Annapolis' field hockey team is 3-0, including Tuesday's 1-0 win over St. Mary's (1-1) on Caitlin Stone's goal.

The Panthers had not beaten the Saints since 1991, when their coach, Stephanie Rowland, played for Annapolis.

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Pub Date: 9/17/98

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