Jordan is `bright spot' for N. Carroll


For 5-9 Panthers, senior leads county, batting .469

April 28, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After losing 10 seniors to graduation, defending Central Maryland Conference baseball champion North Carroll has struggled at times this spring.

At least one player, however, continues to keep hope alive for the Panthers.

On a team that enters play this week with just five wins in 14 games, senior Steve Jordan leads the county in hitting, batting .469 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

"He's a bright spot out there," said North Carroll coach Denny Snyder. "The one thing I saw last year is that hitting is contagious. When they see someone like Steve hitting the ball and playing with passion, I think it rubs off on the other players. I think they play harder when they see someone who respects the game."

North Carroll, which has shown glimpses of potential this season, as in Friday's 7-2 win over host Frederick, is hoping to ride a late-season surge into the Class 3A West Regional playoffs, where the Panthers would square off in one of the state's weaker regions, which as of Friday included just two winning teams.

If they are to make a run, however, Jordan will no doubt play a lead role.

Forced to sit most of last season behind an incumbent catcher, Jordan has taken full advantage of his opportunity to start this spring. Not only has he excelled at the plate, but also behind it, throwing out several base stealers and making a pair of critical pickoff throws to third base.

"Steve waited patiently, and he's had a fantastic senior year," Snyder said. "You could see last year that he was a solid athlete with a passion for the game. To be honest, I'm not surprised. I knew he had the capabilities."

Reservoir coaches

Reservoir High, Howard County's newest high school that opens in August, is holding a meet-the-coaches night for all players and parents of players at Lime Kiln Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Athletic director Ken Klock said that the school has all of its coaches hired except for girls soccer.

The list of coaches is as follows: football, Sam Singleton; boys soccer, Rick Bantz; volleyball, Toby Gearhart; field hockey, Karen Wolfe; boys cross country, Norm Beldon; girls cross country, Marcia Adams; boys basketball, Troy Diehl; girls basketball, Wolfe; wrestling, Adam Seidman; boys indoor track, Singleton; girls indoor track, Allen Brown; baseball, Adam Leader; softball, Wolfe; boys lacrosse, Billy Bloom; girls lacrosse, Amy Fine; boys outdoor track, Singleton; girls outdoor track, Beldon; tennis, Patricia Stewart.

Oakland Mills golf champs

Oakland Mills finished first in the Howard County Golf Club's spring standings with a record of 20-1. The Scorpions beat out runner-up Mount Hebron (17 1/2 -3 1/2 ) and third-place Howard (15-6).

Jeff Castle of Mount Hebron won the club's Medal Play Championship at Turf Valley Country Club by scoring a 74. Nick Shevland of River Hill was second (76). And Mark Nowacek of Hammond was third (78).

Others included: Scott Spranklin of Oakland Mills (79); Blair Kennedy, Howard (81); Mike Ramey, Mount Hebron (81); Josh Notes, Oakland Mills (82); and Dale Jun, Mount Hebron (83).

College signings

James Mullaly of Mount Hebron has signed with the University of Miami (Fla.) to run track and cross country. Mullaly, who carries a 4.48 weighted grade-point average, received a 75 percent academic scholarship and a 9 percent athletic scholarship.

Others who have decided upon colleges include: Carrie Selmer of Glenelg, cross country and track at Winthrop; Tai and Taj Murphy of Hammond, football at Lafayette; James Violand of Oakland Mills, football at Shepherd.

Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

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