Auto wreck involving deer injures volleyball coach

Sidelines

October 08, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Amy Williams, North County's veteran volleyball coach, is recovering at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after an auto accident Sunday evening in north Baltimore.

Williams was a passenger in a car that struck a deer, which went through the windshield and while trying to free itself kicked her in the face several times.

"Amy will be fine eventually, but she has a lot of facial injuries and is facing extensive surgery," said North County assistant coach Greg March. "Things are looking good for full recovery."

A passer-by called 911 for assistance. The car's driver was unharmed.

Cross country sprints

The Anne Arundel County cross invitational at Annapolis high school Saturday drew raves.

"Fred Stauffer [Annapolis athletic director] puts on a beautiful meet every year," said veteran Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach, whose Cardinals won the boys A1 race for the fourth time in five years.

"We really look forward to it, because it's the only meet on our schedule that you go varsity A through D, which gives you a chance to get all your kids in.

"You can really gauge your kids at a meet like this."

Calvert Hall's Aaron Johnson (17 minutes), who was third in the boys A1 behind champion Todd Warner (16: 31) of Arundel and Eleanor Roosevelt's Donald Harrison (16: 40), is the son of Mark Johnson, a former Arundel High standout.

The elder Johnson played football for the Wildcats under the late Jerry Mears and was a state champion in track under Ron Evans.

Warner's outlook on cross country changed dramatically after spending time this summer at an elite camp in Ogden, Utah, with acclaimed marathoners.

L "I'm more focused, willing to drain my energy," said Warner.

Chris Shelby, Arundel's first-year coach, said Warner now has "the mental toughness" it takes to win the big races.

Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan won the A1 race in 19: 38. Six seconds behind Catonsville freshman Tricia O'Connell (20: 00), Southern-Harwood's Maureen Carr was runner-up in the A2 race.

After stepping in last year as indoor and outdoor track coach at Broadneck after Jerry Kiple's resignation, Dana Dobbs is off to a strong start as the Bruins' cross country coach.

Dobbs, who hails from Erie, Pa., and doesn't let being deaf hinder his coaching, led the Bruins to the Anne Arundel Invitational boys A2 team championship Saturday.

"We expected to compete against Severna Park in the A1 and were a little disturbed they put us in the small schools [A2] race," said Dobbs, who predicted: "I feel we have the kind of depth it takes to win the county."

The county cross country championships are scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Annapolis.

A Meade prediction

Meade coach Mark Frye, who likes to review his football games by taking long rides on his Harley-Davidson, was cruising with a big smile Saturday after Friday night's 27-13 victory over North County.

Frye, who predicts "we're going to win the county, go 8-2 and to the playoffs," is a little different from other coaches who may fear playing underclassmen.

His philosophy is to play the best players, no matter whether they are freshmen or seniors.

On Friday, Frye started freshman Antwan Smith at quarterback, and he guided the Mustangs to victory with the poise of a senior. Antwan's senior brother, Andrew, moved from quarterback to tailback and the result was nearly 400 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.

Meade (3-2 overall, 2-0 league) has two freshmen and eight sophomores among its 21 underclassmen on this year's 38-man roster.

Sideliners

Neither had a typical game last weekend, but Broadneck's Martel Threadgill (905 yards) and North County's Ottis James (867) remain atop the county football rushing race. James cut the deficit from 87 yards to 29, but both need to watch out. Annapolis' Rayvon Johnson ran for 206 yards against Arundel and is now perched between them with 871 yards.

Severn's field hockey team tied the Washington area's top-ranked St. Stephens, 1-1, on Saturday.

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Pub Date: 10/08/98

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