Chesapeake's Bowen hits 3,000-yard mark

SIDELINES

High Schools

October 20, 2002|By Pat O'Malley

Chesapeake's Nick Bowen became only the 11th county player to rush for 3,000 or more career yards during the Cougars' 34-6 loss to Old Mill on Friday.

Bowen, a senior running back in his third varsity season, ran for 40 yards Friday to lift his career total to 3,022, good for 10th place on the all-time Anne Arundel County list.

His total is a Chesapeake school record, as is his 34 career touchdowns. He did not score against Old Mill.

Former Annapolis standout and two-time Player of the Year Rayvon Johnson is the all-time county rushing leader and the only one to amass 4,000 yards. Johnson rushed for 4,044 yards in just two seasons (1998-99) and scored 49 touchdowns.

The state record is held by Georgetown Prep's Marcus Mason, who has 5,409 career yards through five games this season.

Near passing record

Broadneck quarterback Fred Steinmark tossed five touchdown passes, three to Mike Heidler, in No. 5 Broadneck's 33-0 romp over Glen Burnie (1-6) on Friday. Steinmark finished one short of the county and state record for touchdown passes held by two county quarterbacks.

Tom Terry of Annapolis first did it in 1970 against Southern-AA, and North County's Eric Howard matched it vs. Meade in 1992.

Southern still in hunt

Class 2A Southern stunned 4A Severna Park, 26-6, in Harwood on Friday, leaving both teams 5-2 overall. The victory put the Bulldogs of coach Russ Meyers in position to make a run at the 2A playoffs for the first time since 1993, the school's only postseason appearance.

Senior quarterback Justin Holland led Southern to the big win by running for a touchdown and throwing for two, one to Bobby Atwell (25 yards) and Mike Monkelian (17 yards).

Atwell's 90-yard opening kickoff return set up Holland's 2-yard touchdown run.

Severna Park's offense was hampered by the absence of leading rusher Jeff Hoffman (721 yards, four touchdowns), who was out with a shoulder injury.

Soccer update

The county has decided to move the Anne Arundel boys and girls soccer championship games from Tuesday to Wednesday or Thursday so that all 11 league games can be played.

Makeups will be played at 4 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday with the championship games at Southern-AA.

The boys game is still undecided, with No. 3 South River, No. 6 Severna Park and unranked Old Mill vying for the berths.

No. 2 South River (12-1 overall, 10-0 league) and No. 6 Severna Park (12-0-1, 9-0-1) have clinched berths in the girls final. The two teams will play the final regular-season game against each other at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Severna Park.

Ninth-ranked Arundel (7-2-3) had to win over Severna Park on Friday to stay alive, but they tied. That left the Wildcats 7-1-2 in league play with only one game left.

On the boys side, South River (9-1-2) has road games left with Severna Park (9-2-1) and Old Mill (8-2-2), tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively. South River and Severna Park are each 8-0-1 in the county and Old Mill is 7-1-1.

Old Mill has to win both games to get in. Severna Park visits Meade on Tuesday for its 11th league game.

New girls record

Paige Cheek, a senior striker at Annapolis Area Christian School, scored five goals in a 9-0 rout of Beth Tfiloh this week to give her a county season record 34 goals in 12 games.

Cheek broke the school record of 32 set by Amy Hendricks in 1999, and the county mark of 33 by Meade's Julie McCormick in 1986.

Old Mill's Michele Salmon had 31 goals in 1993, and there have been three 29-goal scorers: Archbishop Spalding's Maureen Martyn in 1983, McCormick in 1987 and Meade's Amanda Simmons in 1990.

The state record is 69 by Laurie Schwoy of McDonogh in Baltimore County in 1994. Schwoy also had 23 assists that year. She finished her four-year career with 188 goals and 78 assists.

Sideliners

Severna Park's 4-1 win over South River in the county field hockey championship game was the eighth in a row for the Falcons and their Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame coach, Lil Shelton. Before the creation of the championship game eight years ago, Severna Park had been declared county champions nine straight times. ... Annapolis Area Christian School plans to field a football team for the first time next year. ... The football game pitting No. 14 Severn (4-1) at Cardinal Gibbons (1-5) was postponed Friday and rescheduled for Nov. 14. ... Linthicum's Steve Clevenger, a junior shortstop at Mount St. Joseph, has emerged as the top player on the Oriolelanders' fall showcase team, according to coach and Orioles' scout Dean Albany. ... Alex Vitale, Severna Park's All-County first baseman, has had a great fall season with the Carroll County Rangers. ... Former Northeast player and coach Donnie Gilbert, who has been coaching at Dunbar, is a leading candidate for the vacant Spalding baseball coaching position. ... The official announcement should come this week that Arundel volleyball coach/teacher Greg Legrand is the new assistant director to Ned Sparks with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

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