County pair helps St. Joe in Louisville tourney

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April 11, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff

Glen Burnie resident Allen Strick and Severna Park's Gavin Floyd led No. 3-ranked Mount St. Joseph's baseball team to a 4-1 record and runner-up finish in the Valley Invitational in Louisville, Ky.

Strick, a junior shortstop, had three multiple-hit games for the Gaels (10-3). Floyd, a 6-foot-4 sophomore flame thrower, pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 4-2 victory over Louisville's DuPont Manual High.

The outstanding performances earned Strick and Floyd all-tournament honors.

Strick and Floyd will be playing at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans Park at 7: 30 tonight against No. 2 Calvert Hall (9-3) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

It's Calvert Hall's home game. The Cardinals are renovating their baseball field and have been playing games at Redwood Park in Loch Raven.

Calvert Hall coach Snooky Binder contacted supervisor Don Brooks at Cannon this week and was able to move the game to Cannon.

Pickoff specialist

Senior left-hander Star Kriger of top-ranked Arundel (5-2) picked off three runners to tie a county record in the Wildcats' 14-2 romp at South River (2-3) on Wednesday.

Kriger's three picks tied the record set by 1988 Broadneck All-County left-hander Brian Toronto.

Toronto, who was 7-1 that season for a Bruins' team that went 11-9, is now pitching coach at Anne Arundel Community College. Toronto, 28, leaves next month to pitch in the Northern Independent League after stints with several other minor-league teams and a couple years at the University of Texas.

100-milestone

North County's Don Usewick became the county's 11th baseball coach to reach 100-career wins Friday when his Knights (4-4) upset No. 19 Annapolis, 11-4. The victory over the Panthers (4-2), ran Usewick's career record to 100-116-1 in nine seasons at North County and three at Andover.

Chesapeake's Jim Simms, whose Cougars (2-4) were rained out at No. 1 Arundel Friday night, will be the next to reach 100 career wins. In his ninth season in Lake Shore, Simms stands at 97-56.

Sideliners

Severna Park's Beth Davis signed a letter of intent Thursday for a lacrosse scholarship at nationally ranked James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Davis was All-County and second team All-Metro in field hockey last fall as a team captain and forward on the Falcons' second straight Class 4A state championship team.

She turned down a field hockey scholarship to Maryland to accept the lacrosse opportunity at James Madison.

Davis, a midfielder, also considered Cornell and Virginia Tech.

Tommy Amaker, Seton Hall basketball coach and ex-Duke standout guard, visited Archbishop Spalding Friday to watch Cavaliers point guard Derrick Snowden work out.

"Derrick is being heavily recruited, and it's going to pick up because he has major college ability," said Spalding coach Tony Martin, The Sun's county and metro Coach of the Year.

Snowden, a junior, was the Anne Arundel County boys basketball Player of the Year and a All-Metro selection after averaging 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the No. 2 ranked Cavaliers.

His outstanding play, both offensively and defensively led the Cavaliers to the consolation championship at the Alhambra Invitational at Frostburg State University.

Spalding's third-team All-County forward Aleksandar Pavlovic is headed to Division I LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Kelly Zuknick, Spalding's premier distance runner, was thrilled at being named outstanding female athlete in North County's Knights Invite on Tuesday. Of course, she did set two meet records.

"I love it," said Zuknick, an exceptionally enthusiastic teen-ager. "I really didn't expect any of this [success in cross country, indoor and outdoor track] to happen when I first came in. My coach, Andy Witte, is the best, and he told me from day one that one day I would be up there -- and I didn't believe him. I owe it all to him."

Severna Park grad Bert Whitelock, a freshman attackman at St. Joseph's-Philadelphia, was a recent Rookie of the Week in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Whitelock, one of the top guns on the Falcons' county championship team last spring, scored twice and had three assists in the Hawks' 13-10 victory over Fairfield.

Junior Josh Sims, All-Metro midfielder at Severn in 1996, had a career-high five goals in Princeton's 13-3 romp over Rutgers last week. Corey Popham, from Annapolis, starts in goal for the Tigers.

Arundel grad Michael Taylor, who didn't swim competitively in high school, is completing his second season in the sport at West Point. County public schools, with so much water nearby, has no high school swimming program.

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Pub Date: 4/11/99

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