Falcons boosters have idea to boost gate


October 22, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

With attendance down at many county sports events the last couple years -- and definitely at football games this fall -- the Severna Park boosters have come up with a novel idea to put more faces in the sports places.

"We're going to ask the school board if we can buy the Severna Park basketball gate, and whatever they have budgeted, we will guarantee, and see if we can make more money for the school," said booster member Fran Korwek.

"Let's say their budget is $3,000. We'll price the tickets and make more money by selling more tickets. We might let students in for a buck or have a gimmick where some get in free."

Students now pay $4, which many think is too much and one reason some kids stay away.

"We could sell tickets for $2 and have a bigger crowd and make as much money as they would if they charged $4 and had less fans," said Korwek.

The school takes two-thirds of the gate, and the other third goes to the Board of Education coffers.

Korwek believes the gate can be increased by making it financially easier for parents who have kids headed to the high school in the next few years and want to spend a family evening watching the Falcons.

"We have the greatest band in the state, and with the football game, it can be a great evening of entertainment for the whole family and the school body," said Korwek. "The high school football or basketball game used to be the place to be on Friday nights. We want to get that back."

Aerial assault

Old Mill QB Craig Hall's 344 yards and three touchdowns on 21 completions in 45 attempts in last Saturday's 28-20 loss at Arundel last Saturday was the sixth best game passing in county history.

North County's Mike Evans holds the state and county record with 404 yards against Chesapeake. (See box below.)

Auction at the induction

Tonight's eighth Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame banquet includes not only the induction of five outstanding individuals but a silent auction that may have sports memorabilia nuts chomping at the bit.

Former NFL defensive back Bill Currier and tennis champion Warren Drake, both of Glen Burnie; Jack Crandell, the Brooklyn Park windmill pitching guru; Ralph Spry, an Old Mill track standout; and Dave Smalley, a Naval Academy player/coach/administrator, will be inducted.

Auction items include a poster autographed by the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Arundel's own Denny Neagle, who also has an autographed cap on the block; Baltimore Orioles autographed jTC baseballs, including Cal Ripken Jr.; four tickets each to Washington Caps and Wizards games; and an autographed Baltimore Blast soccer ball.

For reservations for the event at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie: Lucy Decker, 410-766-8960.

WWF star in Glen Burnie

King Kong Bundy will be among the World Wrestling Federation stars who will hit the mat at 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in a pro wrestling show to benefit the Pasadena Chargers youth football organization. Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff and the Executioners headline the eight-bout show. Information: Larry Rzepkowski, 410-766-1328.


Jay Braunstein, an assistant to the retired Mike Hampe at Old Mill for nine years, has been named Glen Burnie's wrestling coach. Braunstein, who wrestled at Mount St. Joseph and Clarion (Pa.) University inherits a program that has hit rock bottom.

The Gophers won three matches in 1996-97 but were winless last winter and in 1995-96.

Mike Vladich, former Andover High player and JV football coach at Arundel and Meade, is now coaching the Annapolis JV.

The hottest rumor around the county likely to come true has North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz moving to his alma mater, Arundel, next year if Bill Zucco retires.

Archbishop Curley football players were hollering, "Where's Batman?" upon arriving at Archbishop Spalding last Friday. Darren "Batman" Johnson didn't need much time to show them, racing 68 yards to pay dirt in the opening minutes. He went on to lead Spalding to a 31-6 victory. Batman had 213 yards in total offense -- 132 rushing on 15 carries, including three touchdowns. And he scored a fourth touchdown on one of his two interceptions. As a linebacker, he was in on 10 tackles.

Have a note for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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