Glen Burnie's Weaver undergoes brain scan

SIDELINES

September 23, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

In honor of their recovering teammate, the Glen Burnie girls soccer team has put the No. 10 on their black leg bands to let Jessica Weaver know that she is on their minds.

Weaver remains at the University Hospital Center Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore with swelling in her spinal column. She sustained the injury Thursday night after falling on her right shoulder in the Gophers' 5-1 loss at No. 5 Severna Park.

According to Weaver's mother, Judi, her daughter will stay hospitalized at least through the weekend.

Weaver was to undergo "a brain MRI [a magnetic resonance imaging]" last night "because they are not quite sure what is going on," Judi Weaver said.

"She's had decreased feeling in parts of her body today and they need to rule out any possible concussion to the cervical column. There are no fractures. But I doubt if she will be going home before Monday."

Judi Weaver and her husband, Jim, have been with their daughter the entire weekend.

"She is not in good spirits, but it does her a lot of good when people come up to see her," said Judi Weaver.

Thursday, the Glen Burnie junior lay with her left arm and left leg up in the air after her collision. She was taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Glen Burnie's Tom Taylor, who has coached more than 20 years.

"She was laying there with her left arm and left leg in the air and telling everybody not to move her. It scared the heck out of me."

After checking on Weaver that night, Taylor and his coaches thought she would be released Friday, but later found out otherwise.

"The girls had a meeting Friday after we [coaches] told them that she was not coming home and had to be kept for another day of observation," Taylor said."[The girls] decided to put Jessica's No. 10 on their leg bands that already have the letters GBA [for God Bless America] sewn on them. ... The girls are dedicating the season to her and are hoping that she might come back."

Northeast in right direction

To say that Northeast football coach Mike Cotham is ecstatic over his Eagles' 3-0 start is an understatement.

Northeast defeated Harford County's Fallston, 12-7, on Friday night in Pasadena for its best start since going 4-0 in 1988, their last winning season (7-3).

"It feels great after all of these years of looking up at people, and finally being able to go at them," said Cotham, a longtime Northeast assistant who landed the head coaching position last year. He went 5-5 last season after three consecutive 0-10 losing seasons and a 31-game losing skid.

"The work is paying off," Cotham said. "We came in last year with a plan and told them this is what we're going to do, and the kids have stuck to it."

Working hard in the weight room has made a big difference, like in the 13-12 win at Liberty on Monday.

"Liberty blew us off the ball last year," Cotham said of Northeast's 23-7 loss. "But this year we drove them off the ball with basically the same kids that beat us up last year."

Sideliners

Eric Venerable returned to the Annapolis lineup Friday at Glen Burnie, and so did the No. 4 Panthers' offense in a 34-21 rout over the Gophers (2-1). Venerable, who missed the first two games because of academic problems, ran for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (2-1). ... Glen Burnie quarterback Keith Williams ran for three scores and has a county-leading 10. ... This week's Associated Press state high school football poll has Old Mill, Broadneck and Annapolis ranked Nos. 17, 18 and 19. ... With a 26-24 victory Friday, Chesapeake (2-1) has won two straight over Severna Park (1-2) for the first time in school history. It marked just the Cougars' third win over the Falcons since 1980. ... In volleyball, No. 2 Severna Park, which raised its record to 5-0 after Thursday's victory over Glen Burnie (2-1), could be No. 1 when Tuesday's poll is released in The Sun as No. 5 Dulaney (4-0) upset top-ranked Centennial (2-1) on Thursday. Strangely enough, Severna Park was last No. 1 in 1995 (21-3) when its first-year coach, Julie Allen, was an All-Metro hitter and County Player of the Year for the Falcons. Centennial has finished No. 1 in five straight years.

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