Friends to honor baseball players

Top scholarship $3,000

Billy Ripken to serve as speaker at banquet


High Schools

May 17, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium will hold its 11th annual Baseball Scholar-Athletes Banquet Sunday May 19 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie with former Baltimore Orioles infielder Bill Ripken as guest speaker.

Ripken, who was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame this week, is the guest speaker for the second straight year at the affair which runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

Each year the Friends honors one senior baseball scholar from each of the county's 16 public and private baseball-playing schools with the overall winner receiving a $3,000 scholarship. In addition, $1,500 and $500 awards will be presented at the dinner.

This year's 16 seniors nominated by their coaches are: Mike Carr (Annapolis Area Christian School), Dan Jarashow (Annapolis), Ryan Simeral (Archbishop Spalding), Bob Goldbeck (Arundel), Chris Wakefield (Broadneck), Jim Wienke (Chesapeake), Mark Harris (Glen Burnie), Jose Cruz Jr. (Meade), Norm Stumpf (North County), Joe Brockmeyer (Northeast), Brandon Sanders (Old Mill), Brendon Slyman (St. Mary's), Chris Avery (Severn), Steve Weber (Severna Park), Teddy Wood (South River) and Doug Green (Southern-AA).

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance by calling Friends president Joe Rider at 410-766-8573. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Earlier on Sunday, the Friends Committee will hold its annual youth (9 a.m.) and high school seniors (noon) all-star games at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Lewis commits

Matt Lewis, a two-time All-County baseball player and All-County and second-team All-Metro football linebacker, has orally committed to Penn State for a baseball scholarship.

Lewis, a 6-foot-2 and 205-pound catcher turned outfielder, batted .500 with 27 runs scored, 15 RBIs, five triples and three homers for the No. 9 Bruins (14-7) this spring.

In his final game, a 13-9 loss at No. 4 Arundel (16-7) in the Class 4A East quarterfinals, Lewis went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a triple and an RBI.

Falcons family

There is something to be said for senior leadership and team unity when you look at the No. 10-ranked Severna Park boys lacrosse team that plays at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Broadneck against Winston Churchill in the Class 4A/3A state semifinals.

Most of the 15 seniors on the Falcons (14-4) have been together for eight years and at the high school level made four trips to the region final winning three times, including Wednesday's 4A/3A East title by 16-7 over No. 14 South River (12-5).

"Most of us have known each other since Green Hornets rec league ball and I guess we have played together for about eight years," said senior attack Mike Osborne, who had four goals and three assists in the regional final romp over South River. "We're pretty close and are on the same page a lot. We keep an eye out for each other on the field and off the field."

Ballard steps down

Annapolis track and field coach Mike Ballard has decided to step down after six years at the position to spend more time with his family.

Ballard, who also coaches the indoor team during the winter season, said he told school officials before the start of the spring season about his intentions to be with his wife, who is expected to deliver their second child in October.

Staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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