At tense moment, everyone comes together

SIDELINES

February 09, 2003|By Pat O'Malley

Anna DeVoe, the mother of Annapolis' Elliott DeVoe, who is expected to return to school and basketball tomorrow after suffering a concussion Monday in a game at Glen Burnie, wants to publicly thank a number of people for the comfort and support they gave her and her son.

Elliott DeVoe, who is the son of Navy men's basketball coach Don DeVoe, landed on his head in the final moments of the No. 5-ranked Panthers' 78-64 win over No. 17 Glen Burnie.

Slowly, DeVoe got up and finished the game. But as he went to the locker room, he felt lightheaded.

He fainted in the locker room and began trembling. He was then taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

His mother said she is very thankful to Glen Burnie trainer Kelly Kimmel for taking care of her son while they waited for the ambulance.

"I'm so glad she was there, " she said.

Glen Burnie athletic director Bruce Sider and football coach Brad Wilson acted quickly when concerned Annapolis coach John Brady sought them out for help for the young DeVoe. Sider called for an ambulance and Wilson met the paramedics and showed them to the locker room.

Anna DeVoe said she "really appreciated" it and it meant "a lot to her" that Annapolis coaches Brady and Dale Chambers; Mike Gunther, a former student of Brady's and longtime Panthers fan; and DeVoe teammate Sam White and his mother not only accompanied her to the hospital but stayed until her son was released at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Anna DeVoe had gone home after the game and had no idea what was going on until the Whites called her. The Whites drove from Glen Burnie to Annapolis to pick her up and take her to the shock trauma center.

Busy week

Inclement weather on Friday resulted in Anne Arundel County's entire sports schedule being moved to tomorrow.

For the basketball teams, it means playing tomorrow and Tuesday, with a third game on Friday. With more snow possible tonight or tomorrow, the situation could get more complicated.

County athletic administrator Marlene Kelly advised the schools of the plan for make-ups on Thursday and also told everyone if Friday's games were called, there would be no practice on Saturday.

Power outage

Adding to the stress for the No. 6 Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team, which must play six games over nine days, including yesterday's 53-44 win at McDonogh and today's game against No. 18 Cardinal Gibbons, was a power outage in the Severn area Tuesday.

No. 10 St. Frances' varsity and JV teams arrived at Spalding on Tuesday afternoon, but the schools never played.

"It's kind of a bummer when a game gets canceled because of a power outage - never happened to me before, " said Spalding coach Mike Glick.

"I don't know what happened. It was weird. The Papa John's near Spalding had no power, but a nearby Exxon and WalMart had power. It was bizarre. About 60 percent of the power came back on, but then all of sudden, at about 5:15, bam, everything went off."

Glick said the power did not come back on until 3 a.m. Wed- nesday. Spalding rescheduled St. Frances for this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"It will be interesting to see how we finish, " said Glick.

Spalding point guard Jesse Brooks said after yesterday's nine-point victory at McDonogh: "We've got to take it upon our- selves to get in the house and get our proper rest."

Sideliners

The Alhambra Invitational in Cumberland that Spalding and the other Baltimore Catholic League teams are shooting for is scheduled for the same weekend this year as the state public semifinals and finals at the Comcast Center, March 13-15. ... Florida International right-handed pitcher Josh Banks of Severna Park had a no-hitter through seven innings before coming out in his first start last week. Banks, a junior, is expected to go high in the June draft. ... . Chesapeake girls basketball coach John Spinnenweber, who runs the Bachman sports complex on Ordnance Road, will co-run Joe Cannon Stadium with former county softball player Jeff Porter. Also, Friends of Joe Cannon vice president Stuart Schmidt is selling tickets to the group's March 15 bull roast, with the proceeds going to the high school baseball players scholarship fund. For information, call Schmidt at 410-768-5216.

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