Feldmann and Herget win Dick Hart Award

SIDELINES

High Schools

April 25, 2002|By PAT O'MALLEY

Chet Feldmann of Annapolis and Old Mill's Melanie Herget are the winners of the 12th Dick Hart Award that goes annually to an upstanding boy and girl basketball player.

Each Anne Arundel County boys and girls coach has the opportunity to nominate an unsung hero-type player who exemplifies the character, leadership and team-first attitude that the late Hart exhibited over 30 years as a teacher and coach at Andover High.

Hart distinguished himself as a teacher/coach and also the game of basketball as the annual winners of this award do.

The Dick Hart committee is made up of former Andover players and students, whose aim is to perpetuate the coach's memory and honor deserving youths at the same time. They will award a $1,500 scholarship to each winner after their Dick Hart Scholarship Awards Golf Outing June 24 at Bay Hills Country Club.

Feldmann has a weighted 4.5 grade-point average, scored 1,430 on his SAT and is a member of several school activities, including the National Honor Society and the school newspaper The Anchor in addition to playing basketball and soccer three years each.

A two-year starter for the Panthers in both sports, Feldmann, whose brother Joe won the award in 2000, also served as a team captain for both teams.

In basketball, Feldmann was a two-year starter with the Panthers winning two county titles and going 49-3 overall in that time.

"Chet was a major contributor to our team chemistry and success," said Annapolis basketball coach John Brady, who began his coaching career as an assistant to Hart at Andover.

"Chet served as a role model for dedication, leadership and team play."

Feldmann will commit soon to a college and is leaning toward Columbia University.

Herget is ranked 51st in her senior class of 443 at Old Mill with a 3.6 grade-point average and scored 950 on the SAT. She will attend Frostburg State University and major in health and physical education.

A team captain her junior and senior seasons, Herget averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds as a varsity guard for the Patriots all four years.

"Melanie has been a starter for three years and has been a steady player on a below-average team," Old Mill girls basketball coach Craig White said.

"She always continued to work hard, showing up early and staying late. Melanie never missed a practice in four years. She loves the game."

Herget led by example that influenced the underclassmen to make the most of their skills on and off the court with the emphasis on team play, according to White.

Lax team nominees

Four Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse players, two from Severn School, are among 12 nominated by the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to try out for the Under-19 Boys National Team at UMBC in June.

Goalie Kip Turner and North Carolina-bound defenseman Billy Staines are the two from No. 7-ranked Severn (10-5).

Eric Zerrlaut, a 6-foot-5 defenseman from No. 4 St. Mary's (8-6) and Archbishop Spalding's Virginia-bound midfielder Kyle Dixon are the others.

Falcons No. 1

Severna Park's baseball team moved to No. 1 in The Sun poll and has a 10-game winning streak and 11-0 county and 12-2 overall records after yesterday's 11-3 win over North County.

Catcher Steve Weber, who hit his fourth homer of the season in a 5-4 victory over No. 9 Glen Burnie on Monday, says the Falcons' play in an Easter tournament at Thomas Stone in Charles County got them going.

"We should have won the first game [9-7 loss to Stone] and then, when we got it handed to us [11-1 loss to Elkton] in the second game, that kind of woke us up that we're not unbeatable," said Weber.

"We realized that we're not unbeatable and need to play hard every game. We've been winning close games and that shows our character, and our pitching has been getting the job done."

Sideliners

Broadneck High is playing host to a Division II mens' lacrosse game between Limestone (Gaffney, S.C.) and West Chester (Pa.) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Knight Stadium. Limestone annually travels north to play a game at a local high school for recruiting purposes and has been successful in landing a host of county players. "We're glad to have them," said Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek. ... Host Annapolis (4-9, 3-6) stunned No. 6 Old Mill (9-4, 6-3) by 1-0 on Tuesday behind the six-hit pitching of Mark Neptune. The run was unearned, scoring on an error in the fourth inning. ... In another baseball upset, Northeast (7-7, 4-6) was a 5-3 victor over No. 9 Glen Burnie (8-6, 7-3). Losing pitcher Collin Bednar (1-3) hit four batters as the Gophers lost their third straight league game. ... No. 4 Broadneck (10-3, 7-2) visits Old Mill at 4 p.m. today in a makeup from Monday.

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