Basketball kicks off early at Spalding


September 20, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It may be football season, but open gym at Archbishop Spalding is drawing Division I college basketball coaches. They have lots to watch.

This past week, representatives from Coppin State, Towson, American University, St. Joseph's and Dayton visited on the same night.

Junior point guard Derrick Snowden, an All-County player last winter, has interested a lot of college scouts, along with fellow junior guard Tremaine Robinson, senior sharpshooter Chris Masters, and Alexander Pavlovic, a 6-foot-8 Yugoslavian exchange student.

Snowden, a 6-footer whose 204 assists in 34 games, or six a game, led the county and who averaged nine points a game in the Catholic League, stole the show at the Five Star camps in Pennsylvania this summer. He was "most outstanding player" at the June session, and at the Pittsburgh session was chosen "best prospect" among 430 players from the U.S. and 12 other countries.

Robinson, a second-team All-County guard, made both Five-Star all-star teams. Masters was one camp's leading scorer and an all-star.

Masters and Pavlovic are seniors drawing immediate interest. Schools from the Ivy and Patriot leagues such as Lafayette, Lehigh, Colgate and Brown are recruiting Masters.

L All five schools at Spalding the other night liked Pavlovic.

"They watched Alexander hit eight threes in a row and liked his overall skills," said Spalding coach Tony Martin. "Right now, he's a little on the thin side but has a frame to get stronger."

In the ring

Pro boxing returns to Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie on Thursday with local favorites Alfonzo Daniels (19-4), Beethoven Scotland (12-5-2), Anthony Fields (9-0) and Glen Burnie's Jeff Passero (20-13) on an eight-bout card that will include a women's bout.

Bright soccer future

Dave Gehrdes, in his 14th year as boys soccer coach at Annapolis, has never had the advantage of a feeder system that schools such as Severna Park have. But a strong nucleus that has played together since age 6 is the heart of the Panthers' junior varsity.

Gehrdes' varsity is off to a 1-3 start after winning just five games overall the last two seasons. Their last winning season was 8-7-1 in 1995, but the future looks good.

Coach Sandy Gelrod's JV is 1-0-3 with six players who were members of the under-13 Arundel Cup champion from the Annapolis/Crownsville area.

Matt O'Neill, Justin Berdequez, Justin Orr, Chet Feldmann, Joe Mihoces and Dave Gioffre, whose dad, Tony Gioffre, is the club team coach, are on the Annapolis JV.


A pretty good public/private boys soccer matchup is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, when MIAA B Conference contender St. Mary's (6-1 overall, 5-0 league) visits No. 12 Old Mill (4-0).

Severna Park's Shelley Seivert, a defensive standout and only member of the Towson University girls soccer team from this county, is a team captain.

Towson's field hockey team has two local products: freshmen Krista Bowerman (Severna Park) and Kat Brady (Archbishop Spalding).

Meade's Tanardo Sharps and Severna Park's Greg Korwek are roommates at Fork Union (Va.) prep school. Korwek is the starting quarterback and Sharps, the county's all-time leading rusher, is a running back. Sharps left the school for a short time over a scholarship dispute but has returned.

Brycen Erbe, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman who didn't play football at Severna Park until his senior year (1997), is starting both ways at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

Glen Burnie's Alan Strick, a junior at Mount St. Joseph and shortstop on coach Dean Albany's the 16-year-old national champion Maryland Orioles this summer, had an incredible day last week. He led the Orioles' fall team to a doubleheader sweep of Dundalk Community College, 18-16 and 26-3, hitting three homers (one grand slam), three doubles, a triple and 16 RBIs.

"Alan was in a zone and put on an unbelievable show," said Albany. "He's a heckuva prospect."

A 1994 Mount St. Joseph grad, Pasadena's Steve Matcuk, a right-hander for the Colorado Rockies Single-A team in Asheville, N.C., this summer, will pitch for the Frederick Regiment in the newly formed Maryland Fall Baseball League.

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Pub Date: 9/20/98

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