Get in those applications for academic-athlete teams


May 13, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Tomorrow the final day for submitting applications for the 17th The Sun's All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team. Ten boys and 10 girls will be selected and honored at a banquet June 3 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Each of the 20 outstanding student/athletes will receive a plaque, and two overall winners, one boy and one girl, will receive $5,000 scholarships from Times Mirror and The Baltimore Sun.

The 20 team members will be profiled here before the banquet, which is open to the public. Tickets, information: The 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

Two title meets

Finals of the Anne Arundel County tennis championship will be played at 3: 30 p.m. today at Chesapeake High.

The county track and field championships at 3: 30 p.m. today are being hosted by Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer for the final time.

Stauffer, a teacher at Annapolis since 1963 and the athletic director since 1971, is retiring. Stauffer has directed more county, region and state track meets than any other athletic director in Maryland history.

Trivia question

Who is the only man to take an active part in all four Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship games? Don't peek, but the answer is at the end of this piece.

Darned close

Arundel senior right-hander Dave Stallings had a shot at the school and county records for earned-run average for 35-plus innings before giving up an earned run in Monday's county championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Stallings worked the final two innings in the No. 2-ranked Wildcats' 8-2 victory over top-ranked Severna Park, lifting his 0.60 ERA to just over 0.80. The county record is 0.52 by Brooklyn Park's Bobby Boyd in 1975. Arundel's school record is 0.53, set by Mike Wesneski in 1979.

Arundel's Andy Kostic (7-1) struck out 15 on May 6 in a 3-2 win over Annapolis, highest in the county this spring but two short of the school-record 17 for a seven-inning game by Neal Herrick against Bel Air in 1977.

Wesneski owns the Wildcats' single-game record: 19 in an 11-inning game in 1979.

The Moore brothers

Adam Moore, whose pitching career at Chesapeake ended prematurely because of elbow surgery, is recovering nicely while his older brother, Ryan, just completed a most valuable player-season at St. Mary's College.

Adam had surgery on his right (throwing) arm and was assured that his scholarship to Shepherd (W. Va.) College would be honored.

Ryan, a 1996 Chesapeake grad who also is right-handed, was 4-0 with a school-record four saves and 2.76 ERA at St. Mary's, which won the Capital Athletic Conference and was 26-7 overall. He also was named the Seahawks' co-MVP.


* Baseball umpire Hank Belle set a county record for balks called (35) this season.

* Former National League umpire Fred Brocklander, who lives in Baltimore, has been calling balls and strikes in county softball games this spring.

* Todd Warner, Arundel's three-time All-County distance runner, will attend Bridgeton Academy Prep School.

* Susan Sperduto, Glen Burnie's All-County volleyball player and shot-putter, is headed to Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

* Get your wallets ready for region tournament games, because $4 will be charged for nearly all the lacrosse games and, wherever possible, at baseball and softball games. The admission will be $5 for the state semis and finals. Proceeds go to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

* Bob Pascal service awards were given by the county Coaches Association to Annapolis' Dave Gehrdes and Crofton's Bill Wagner this week.

* Georgia Tech freshman Mark Teixeira, the Severna Park resident who was last year's All-Metro third baseman at Mount St. Joseph, has been invited to the Team USA baseball trials in June. Teixeira continues to lead the Wreck in batting (.399), homers (10) and RBIs (54).

* Glen Burnie's Kevin Wholey is 5-1 at Dundalk Community College, which plays in the Division II playoffs this weekend in Frederick with the winner advancing to Memphis, Tenn.

* Goucher senior Bakari Ward, a former All-Metro guard at Arundel High, received the Gophers' Coaches Award, the highest honor for a Goucher student-athlete.

* Was the crunching hit by Annapolis' Cole Gelrod to level Arundel's Henry Hanburger late in the third period of the county lacrosse championship Tuesday "the stick of the year"?

Trivia answer: Brien McMurray, veteran county teacher, is the only man to coach in all four boys lacrosse championship games. As assistant to Arundel's Clint Gosnell this spring, he was with the Wildcats in their 13-7 win over Annapolis, making him 2-2 overall. He coached Chesapeake to the first three finals, losing in 1996 to Broadneck and last spring to Severna Park, but winning in 1997 over Broadneck.

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