Doyle, Rivera take leave of Severn coaching posts


May 07, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Jim Doyle has stepped down as boys basketball coach at Severn School after nine seasons, and Brad Rivera is not returning as boys soccer coach after just one season.

Severn athletic director David Hooks made the announcement yesterday. Hooks said that the Admirals are seeking a replacement for Doyle but that full-time teacher Ian Carr has replaced Rivera.

Doyle led the Admirals to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference playoffs, in which they were eliminated by eventual champion McDonogh (23-5), the metro area's No. 7-ranked team. Severn was 13-12 last season, giving Doyle a career record of 122-91 (.573).

"Jim was a dedicated educator, who would give or do anything for Severn and our athletes," said Hooks. "His leaving was mutually agreed upon, and we intend to give our team more visibility in the future."

Doyle coached football and basketball at Severn School on and off over the last 12 years due to health reasons. Under his tenure, the Admirals became a force in basketball for the first time in school history and won a host of conference titles in both sports.

Rogers goes Navy

Former St. Mary's golfer Nick Rogers, one of the best in Saints' history, has been accepted and will play at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Rogers attended a Navy prep school, Peddie in New Jersey, last year and is the first Anne Arundel County golfer in years to go on to Navy under coach Pat Owen.

When he graduated from St. Mary's, Rogers was accepted to West Point, but turned the Cadets down because he had his heart set on becoming a midshipman. Rogers heads to Navy not only as a promising collegiate golfer but is also ranked in the top 10 in math for incoming freshmen.

Cougars are champs

Chesapeake High won the Anne Arundel County girls gymnastics championship for the first time in school history at Broadneck on Wednesday night.

The Cougars totaled 127.75 points to 123.4 by runner-up Severna Park and 121.25 by the host Bruins.

Ashley Powell had the county best all-round score at 35.95 with teammate Megan Yanke right behind at 34.5. Broadneck's Lindsay Oaksmith was third with a score of 32.6.

Powell captured the uneven bars, balance beam and the floor exercise with Yanke the winner of the vault to lead the Cougars.

Six county teams -- the others were Old Mill, Arundel and Annapolis -- competed in the gymnastics championships.

Title matchup set

No. 5 Arundel (14-5) and No. 3 Severna Park (16-3) continued on their rolls and clinched the two berths for Monday's 7 p.m. county championship baseball game at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Arundel ran its county league record to 12-3 with an 8-0 victory over Broadneck (10-9) on Wednesday. Severna Park remains in first at 13-2 with one game to go after a 15-1 rout of South River (5-12).

Last year's championship game was not played because of rain, and Severna Park was declared county champion by virtue of the best record.

The Falcons close their regular season at Broadneck today, and Arundel was to host Annapolis (5-12) last night in Gambrills.

Severna Park coach Jim Pitt goes after his 390th career win (389-215,.644) at Broadneck today. Arundel's Bernie Walter (441-122,.783) is the only county baseball coach with 400 career wins.

Arundel's Dave Stallings (5-1) pitched a two-hitter facing the minimum 21 batters at Broadneck Wednesday and lowered his ERA below 0.65. Stallings has a chance at setting a county record for ERA.


Florida State-bound Mike Ziegler of Old Mill was named Florida Junior College Pitcher of the Year this week. The former All-Metro right-hander is 15-2 at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College this spring and has a scholarship to Florida State for the next two years.

Former Annapolis All-County shortstop Ryan Dacey, a junior at George Washington University, was named the Colonials' Most Valuable Player this week.

One week from today is the deadline for outstanding student athletes to apply for the 17th All-County Academic-Athletic Team. Look for the application in The Sun news and sports sections.

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Pub Date: 5/07/99

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