North County reaps the rewards of spreading good cheer in county


Coach Margaret Smith's North County Knights made it 5-for-5 this week in Anne Arundel County cheerleading competition.

Since the county made cheerleading an official sport in 1996, the Knights have won every fall and winter tournament they have competed in, including this week's tournament in front of a standing-room only crowd at Old Mill.

"North County also placed first in the first regional competition we had with Baltimore County last spring," said Marlene Kelly, county coordinator of physical education.

North County amassed 367 points to edge runner-up Chesapeake (339) as 10 of the 12 public high schools participated.

Broadneck and Northeast tied for third with 282 points each, followed by Glen Burnie and Old Mill (260 each), Severna Park (255), Arundel (248), South River (245) and Southern (224).

The teams were judged in 14 categories including basic motion, jumps, tumbling, stunts and pyramids, dance and creativity.

Northeast senior Jeremy Frazier was the county's only male cheerleader. Cheerleading is one of just a few sports in which girls and boys can participate together.

Just like other county teams, cheerleaders practice daily and must meet the academic require-ments of at least a 2.0 grade-point average.


* Three St. Mary's lacrosse players (two boys and one girl) signed athletic scholarships Friday: Chris Summers, Chris Garrity and Jen White.

Summers, also a standout in soccer and basketball, signed with Loyola. He was an All-County attackman (30 goals, 15 assists) last spring.

Goalies Garrity and White are headed to Penn State and Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), respectively.

* Broadneck's Lauren Peck, who plays basketball and lacrosse, signed a grant-in-aid to attend Loyola College. The second team All-County midfielder will play lacrosse for the Greyhounds.

* Chesapeake right-handed pitcher Adam Moore (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), a second team All-County selection in 1998, has signed a letter of intent to NCAA Division II Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Va. Moore (3-3) pitched better than his record indicated for the No. 9 Cougars (11-8).

Moore's three losses were to Arundel (22-4), Severna Park (19-3) and Calvert Hall (25-5), the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 teams, respectively, in The Sun's final Top 20.

Moore has a 3.2 grade point average and scored 1,130 on his SAT.

The stars are out

Anne Arundel County girls are well-represented on state and league all-star teams this fall:

Field hockey All-State High School Coaches

First team: Sara Zuckerman, senior mdfieider, and Julie Shank, senior defender, Severna Park; Courtney Thornton, junior midfielder, and Whitney Carroll, senior defender, St. Mary's.

Second team: Erin Shaklee, junior forward, Severna Park; Megan Skiles, senior defender, Chesapeake.

AssociatIon Independent Schools

Homer Division first team: Kristen Walker, Junior defender, and Katie O'Connell, senior forward/midfielder, Spalding.

Applebee Division first team: Whitney Carroll. senior defender, and Gretchen Await, senior forward, St. Mary's; Meg Myers, junior defender, and Bif Moorshead, senior defender, Severn.


Association of Coaches All-State

First team: Kelly Jordan, senior striker, Arundel; Meredith McAlister, senior defender and Holly Noga, junior striker, Severna Park.

Second team: Becky Carlson, senior midfielder, Arundel; Meg Miller, junior midfielder, Severna Park; Maria Smear, senior midfielder. St. Mary's; Nichoal Zamarippa, senior midfielder, South River.

Catholic League All-Stars

First team: Maria Smear, senior midfielder, St. Mary's; Amy Campion, senior midfielder, Spalding.

Second Team: St. Mary's Kelly Coppedge, junior sweeper, and Kelly Bertwell, senior defender, St. Mary's; Yasmin Alter, Junior goalkeeper, Spalding.

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