Hall of Fame sets up all-star softball game

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High Schools

April 27, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

Great news for Anne Arundel County girls softball players. The county Sports Hall of Fame is going to sponsor an all-star game for seniors.

Veteran youth coach and administrator Jack Conley, who is on the Hall of Fame Board of Directors, is the coordinator for the game to be played at 7:30 p.m. May 27 at the Bachman Complex in Glen Burnie.

"All high school seniors who reside in Anne Arundel County will be eligible to play," said Conley, who is looking for ideas to make the game a successful showcase of Anne Arundel County's top senior players.

Players from public and private schools will be eligible, but how the two teams are selected is still up in the air. "The seniors don't have to necessarily be from a county school," Conley said. "As long as they are from the county is what matters."

Conley is surrounding himself with county softball luminaries such as windmill pitching guru Jack Crandell and former Northeast coach Lynn Pitonzo. Crandell and Pitonzo are also Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

The last time such a game was organized was during the 1980s by the Anne Arundel County Sun in conjunction with the Oriolelanders and Anne Arundel County all-star baseball game.

The Friends of Joe Cannon hold an all-star baseball game for high school seniors each year. This year's event is set for 7 p.m. May 16 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Now, thanks to Conley and the county Hall of Fame, the girls will have their own showcase.

Montgomery retiring

Mel Montgomery is retiring as a science teacher after 35 years in the Anne Arundel County education system, but he hopes to continue coaching baseball at Old Mill.

"Teaching is starting to grind on me ... but I hope to keep coaching," Montgomery said. "I am eligible to coach five more years because I was re-certified."

As a retired teacher, but qualified as hirable because of his re-certification, Montgomery could stay eligible for the job. He has been the Patriots baseball coach for the past 25 years, earning 363 victories and state titles in 1980 and 1989.

Montgomery would continue a trend started by Annapolis boys and girls basketball coach John Brady, Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young and Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton. They are all retired teachers but still coaching.

Annapolis on the rise

The Broadneck boys lacrosse team visits Annapolis at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow for a makeup game with county championship ramifications. Both teams are 7-1 in league play, tied for second behind unbeaten Severna Park (11-0 overall, 9-0 county).

The top two teams over the 11-game schedule will play in the county final, May 6 at Annapolis.

"I think Annapolis is well-coached by a terrific young coach," said Broadneck coach Clay White, referring to Joe Keenan, who is in his second season with the Panthers. "And they've got some offensive punch, and I'm real impressed with their young defense."

"They're the most improved team in Anne Arundel County, almost beat Severna Park and they put it to South River."

This week, Annapolis dealt No. 11 South River (9-2, 6-2) a 10-3 loss on Wednesday. Broadneck beat the Seahawks, 7-3, on Friday.

Sideliners

The surprising Arundel baseball team knocked off Annapolis, 15-4, on Wednesday. Travis Chamberlain and Barry Kitchen homered and Joe Zimmerman doubled. On Friday, the Wildcats beat South River, 5-0, as senior right-hander Joey Frykman earned his second pitching win of the week. Arundel is 9-4. ... Old Mill junior Danielle Ziegler followed up her three-run homer that beat No. 5 Severna Park, 3-1, on Wednesday with two homers and six RBIs in the No. 12 Patriots' 12-0 rout of Annapolis on Friday. ... Believe it or not: The draw for the baseball and softball state tournaments is set for May 5. ... Through the efforts of county Sports Hall of Fame president Bernie Walter and state athletic commission member Bill McCaffrey of Pasadena, the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at Michael's Eighth Avenue for the first time on May 20.

Have a note? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499 or send e-mail to patomalleysports@aol.com.

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