Back-to-back, Annapolis and Broadneck tangle

Sidelines

April 18, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

One of the county's top lacrosse rivalries -- for boys and girls teams -- will be renewed Tuesday in Cape St. Claire as Annapolis visits Broadneck for what should be quite a doubleheader.

The host Broadneck girls, 6-1 and ranked 12th in metro Baltimore, face off against the No. 5 Annapolis girls (8-0) at 5: 15 p.m. At 7: 15 p.m., the No. 13 Bruins boys (6-2) and No. 8 Annapolis (7-1) will play.

Lauren Peck, with 19 goals and six assists going into Friday's game, along with Rachel Shuck (12, seven) and Jill Toomey (eight, four) lead Broadneck.

Annapolis counters with an explosive attack guided by senior Christy McNew (17, 14) and sophomores Sarah Oliphant (24, 12) and Kristy Dirks (17, 14).

The night should be busy for junior goalkeepers Ellie Franz and Emily Childs, of Broadneck and Annapolis, respectively.

In the boys game, Annapolis invades Lawrence E. Knight Stadium for the first time in a decade without the feisty Dan Hart running the show. Hart, whose teams won state titles last year and 1994, and Broadneck's coach of 13 years, Clay White, were fierce rivals.

"I will miss Dan, because of the rivalry and because his teams did some excellent things," said White, who led the Bruins to state championships in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997. "But I expect them to be just as intense."

John German and Bob Bohannon are coaching the Panthers, and if opponents are going to ambush Annapolis, they had better do it this season.

Annapolis features a high-scoring junior foursome of attackmen Brett McConnaughhay (20 goals, 12 assists) and David Wooster (11, 14), and midfielders Will Phillips (12, 19) and Josh Lesko (15, 13).

Broadneck is led by a veteran senior midfield of Joey Case (18, 7), Brad Cunningham (6, 8) and Kelly Nash (6, 6) with another senior on attack, Brendan Poleski (10, 3) providing firepower.

Both schools' teams go into the doubleheader undefeated in county league action. The Annapolis teams are defending Class 3A-4A state champions.

Wargo's baseball camp

Arundel High School in Gambrills will be site June 28-30 for the Southern Maryland Baseball Summer Camp for high schoolers and those age 12 and up under the direction of Anaheim Angels scout Jerry Wargo.

"It's without a doubt one of the best baseball camps in the country," said Indiana University coach Bob Morgan, an instructor at Wargo's camp.

Morgan is one of a host of prominent head or assistant coaches from colleges such as North Carolina State, George Washington, East Carolina, Louisiana State, Notre Dame, Eastern Illinois, Butler and Alabama-Huntsville who regularly attend.

"Not only will the student-athlete benefit from excellent instruction, but he also gets to showcase his talents in front of college and professional baseball coaches," Wargo said.

Information: Wargo at 301-855-8558 or via e-mail sent to wargo@chesapeake.net.

That Meade forfeit

Sportsline reaction to the question in Friday's Sidelines, "Was it really a forfeit?" is that Meade's baseball team should not have to forfeit its win over Glen Burnie because a player who skipped school that day played.

That the ineligible individual should be penalized is clear in the county policy but a forfeit for the team is not.

A key question from one caller: "If coaches are expected to police attendance of student athletes on a daily basis, then why does the rule say the "athlete shall be ruled ineligible at least for the contest immediately following the verification" of the violation?

It's reasonable for coaches to be responsible for checking academic, residence and age eligibility, but asking them to keep tabs on daily attendance is absurd.

Sideliners

Tomorrow's big baseball game finds top-ranked Arundel at No. 10 Old Mill at 4 p.m. In softball, it's No. 3 Severna Park at No. 2 Northeast.

After a slow start, Severna Park's All-Metro outfielder Tony Dokoupil is back in the groove, hitting .460.

Anne Arundel Community College's baseball team, undefeated in Maryland JUCO play, is ranked 13th in the nation.

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