Denny, Kennedy win Hart scholarships

Bruins boy, Falcons girl honored for team play, excellence in classroom


High Schools

May 04, 2004|By Pat O'Malley and Glenn P. Graham | Pat O'Malley and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Two student-athletes who were important to their respective basketball teams in Alex Denny of Broadneck and Erin Kennedy of Severna Park have been awarded $1,500 scholarships given annually by the Dick Hart Foundation.

The Hart Foundation awards the scholarships to one boy and one girl basketball player who exemplify the intangibles of team play while also excelling in the classroom.

Those attributes were stressed by the late Dick Hart, for whom the scholarships are named.

Hart, a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, coached Andover High for 28 years before dying of cancer in 1991 at age 53.

Andover had merged with Brooklyn Park to form North County, and Hart was named the Knights' first boys basketball coach for the 1990-91 season by principal Bill Wentworth. Hart never got to coach the team.

The Hart committee reviews the nominations from county coaches and selects the winners.Denny and Kennedy, both captains of their teams, are certainly of the impeccable qualities the awards represent.

Denny, a 6-foot-5 center-forward, was outstanding in the paint as a shot-blocker and rebounder on what was the Bruins' first winning team (14-9) since the 1998-99 season.

Denny, who was also a member of the school's 4A state finalist football team, will attend Duke or Maryland. He has a 3.96 grade point average, scored 1,410 on his SAT and is a National Merit scholar.

Kennedy was the senior leader of the Falcons' team that included five freshmen. A 5-9 guard, Kennedy was a solid defensive player and served as a role model to the younger players.

Headed to the University of Richmond, Kennedy has a 4.0 grade point average and scored 1,180 on her SAT.

Gosnell wins 300

Arundel High's Clint Gosnell became the first Anne Arundel County boys or girls lacrosse coach to win 300 games last week when his Wildcats boys (6-6) edged Glen Burnie, 8-7.

Gosnell, who is in his 28th season at the Gambrills school, led the Wildcats to a state title in 1995 and won three district/ region titles during the 1980s. Lacrosse did not become a state championship sport until 1990.

Hubbard sparkles

Jenna Hubbard, a senior attack, had five goals and two assists in No. 8 St. Mary's 11-2 girls lacrosse victory over No. 12 Roland Park on Friday. Hubbard, who coach Sue Chittim says "is usually instrumental in our wins," had six goals in a win over No. 10 Notre Dame Prep the week before.

Softball race tight

Look no further than last Wednesday to see just how tough it will be to get out of the Class 4A East region in softball come playoff time later this month.

While two-time defending state champ and No. 5 North County lost a 5-3 decision at No. 13 Glen Burnie, No. 1 Chesapeake dropped a 2-1 game to No. 11 Old Mill.

North County, which has won three state titles in four years, always seems to pick up its play when the playoffs arrive.

Chesapeake, which came back with an impressive 1-0 win over Class 3A state champ Severna Park on Thursday, is experienced and hungry after losing an eight-inning game to the Knights in last year's region final.

Glen Burnie, led by senior pitcher Beth Slater, has shuffled its lineup and found positive answers, and Old Mill gained confidence coming out on top in a close game against Chesapeake.

"For Glen Burnie and Old Mill right now, they've got to believe that on any given day anything can happen, and with the region playoffs it's one and done, so you have to be on your game," said Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger.

A team that can't be overlooked is Thomas Stone from Charles County, which won 3A crowns in 2000 and 2002 before making the switch to the 4A East this school year.

Arundel and Broadneck are contenders, as well.

Tennis tournament set

The county tennis tournament is set to begin this afternoon at Anne Arundel Community College and run through Thursday.

Severna Park is one of the favorites, with senior Allison Daciek going after her second straight girls singles title. Old Mill, led by boys top seed DerekRalet, will be in the hunt along with defending champ Broadneck.

Seniors win approval

A proposal to allow seniors to play in two all-state games was passed over the weekend at the Maryland State Athletic Directors Conference in Ocean City.

"It now goes to the [state board of control] and will likely be approved, " said Ned Sparks, the executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Under current MPSSAA regulations, athletes are allowed to play in one all-star game when their high school eligibility ends. The two-games rule would become effective in all sports for the 2004-05 school year.

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