Academic team application is on deck


April 06, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Many students and parents have started calling about the 18th All-Anne Arundel County Academic Athletic Team.

To answer your questions, The Sun will soon start publishing the application ballot for the team that will honor 10 boys and 10 girls considered to be the county's top student/athletes at a banquet in June.

Two overall winners, one boy and one girl, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship from The Sun.

All high school students who reside in Anne Arundel County and play at least one varsity sport, underclassmen included, are eligible. That means those who live in the county, but attend a high school outside the county, are also eligible.

Those who excel both academically and athletically and are well-rounded with involvement in school and community are the type of student/athletes normally chosen.

All of the girls on last year's team had a 4.06 or better grade-point average while all the boys chosen had a 3.6 or better, and all 20 selected played at least two varsity sports.

The $5,000 scholarships went to Meade's Julie Armitage and St. Mary's Mark Kastantin. Armitage is attending George Tech, and Kastantin is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Students intending to enter should begin gathering pertinent information and recommendation letters from coaches and teachers that will enhance their application and be ready when the ballot appears in The Sun.

Direct any questions to 410-647-2499.

No-hit notes

Last week's 3-0 no-hitter by Glen Burnie's Josh Larkins over North County was the first ever by a freshman in Anne Arundel County history. It was only his second varsity start and the first no-hitter by a Gopher since 1988 when lefthander Jeff Locklear turned the trick.

Locklear is also believed to be the only other county first baseman other than Arundel's Tim Giles in 1993 to go an entire season without an error on 75 or more chances. Locklear was flawless on 72 putouts and seven assists. Giles, now a hot prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization, did not err on 124 chances.

The last no-hitter by a county pitcher was by Severna Park's Nick Stook in 1998. Stook recently threw another one, but for Anne Arundel Community College on March 26 by 7-0 over Monroe Community College of Rochester, N.Y.

There were three no-hitters during the '97 season and they were unique. Old Mill All-Metro left-hander Danny Miller no-hit eventual 4A state champion Chesapeake that year and two North County pitchers -- Chris Jackson and Scott Simmering -- combined for a no-hitter against Queen Anne's in the 4A playoffs.

However, Jackson, who had pitched a six-inning no-hitter earlier in the season, and Simmering hold the distinction of losing a no-hitter. Walks and errors resulted in a 5-4 Queen Anne's victory, but nonetheless it gave Jackson his place in county history.

Jackson matched Arundel's Brian Rolocut, who pitched a complete game and was part of another in 1992, but Rolocut won both.

The only other county pitchers to pitch two career or season no-hitters were Arundel's Frank Parreira (1976), Old Mill's Scott Wharton (1978) and North County's Mike Wooden.

Wooden, a Brooklyn Park resident, threw his first in 1993 as a sophomore and the following season pitched only the second perfect game in county history by 2-0 over Old Mill.

The other 21 up-and-21 down (seven-inning) performance was by Brooklyn Park High's Bobby Boyd in 1975 by 1-0 over Wilde Lake in the state playoffs.


Glen Burnie's Frank "Jocko" Svoboda is celebrating his 42nd year umpiring high school and youth baseball. Svoboda, who will turn 74 in six weeks, worked his eighth high school game Monday at Glen Burnie and hasn't lost his enthusiasm and love of the game and its kids.

The familiar Jocko yell, "a little life," is as loud and full of vim and vigor as it was when he first became a man in blue. Even at his age, Jocko has not stopped hustling and expects the players to do as much and keep the game moving.

Old Mill High is naming its gym after retired athletic director Jim Dillon at a special 25th school anniversary celebration tomorrow. Dillon was the Patriots' first athletic director until his retirement last year.

Congratulations to the Severna Park High girls indoor track squad coached by Ed Purpura for receiving the Falcon Pride All-Academic Team award for their cumulative 3.45 grade-point-average. Jaime Berg and Rachel Gordon led the team with 4.66 and 4.58 GPA's, respectively.

Falcons wrestler Dan Fitzgerald tied Berg for highest GPA for the winter season.

The Falcon Pride award was established by Colleen Stauffer, a retired teacher who has stayed on as academic advisor.

All-County two-way tackle Joe O'Connor of Archbishop Spalding will continue his football career at Towson University.

Have a note or idea for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

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