Cerone, O'Rourke awarded county's Hart scholarships


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Anne Arundel County schools

April 20, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Cara Cerone of Annapolis and Arundel's James O'Rourke are this year's winners of the Dick Hart Foundation $2,000 scholarships given to two county basketball players. The awards go to one boy and one girl who exhibit team play, defense and the intangibles of high school basketball that Hart, the late Andover boys coach, espoused before dying of cancer on Feb. 2, 1991.

The Hart winners must also be good students.

Cerone, also a lacrosse standout, has a 3.65 grade point average. She is headed to the University of Delaware to play lacrosse.

"Cara is a fiery competitor, the kind of kid every coach wants," said Annapolis boys and girls basketball coach John Brady.

O'Rourke was a starter at forward the past two seasons. Coach Sam Golder said O'Rourke was an unselfish player who always put the team first.

"Jimmy is a great kid and student who improved every year on the basketball team, on and off the court," said Golder.

O'Rourke has a 4.2 weighted grade point average and a 1,200 SAT score. He will attend the University of Maryland.

Streaking Severna Park

No. 3 Severna Park's baseball team knocked off three ranked teams last week in then-No. 13 Arundel, 8-3; then-No. 5 Broadneck, 4-0, and then-No. 2 Old Mill, 11-6, in nine innings. The big week ran the Falcons' winning streak to eight in a row.

"We don't stop fighting, and we're starting to jell together," said Chris Crum, the Falcons' ace pitcher-third baseman, who had a big week. "And we're going to get better and be really tough to beat as the season goes on."

Crum had two hits, including a double, and an RBI in the win over Arundel and pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts against Broadneck.

In the Old Mill triumph, Crum had three hits, including two doubles - the second one coming with the bases loaded in the ninth for three RBIs .

Center fielder Andrew Ferris also had a big week for the Falcons, going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, triple, three runs scored, five RBIs and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

Ferris, who is headed to West Virginia, delivered clutch hits in the seventh and eighth innings of the Old Mill victory, each time putting his team ahead.

Starting this week, Severna Park and No. 5 Chesapeake were the county's only unbeaten baseball teams in league play at 6-0 each. The teams are scheduled to play once in the 16-game schedule, on April 26 at Chesapeake.

The Cougars' Jake Shibilsky has four triples, four homers and eight RBIs from his leadoff spot, and catcher Josh Ries has three homers and 11 RBIs.

Old Mill shows depth

Superstars are nice, but the top-ranked Old Mill boys track and field team proved that it can compete without them, too.

With senior Kyle Rauser nursing a strained left calf muscle and junior Ryan Callahan absent, the Patriots scored 75.5 points to finish second at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival at Mervo on Saturday.

Old Mill was aided by first-place showings from senior Ethan Burney in the triple jump (42 feet, 9 inches) and senior Chris Bryant in the pole vault (12 feet).

The Patriots girls finished sixth. Old Mill was paced by junior Ashley Rucker in the shot put (35 feet, 6.75 inches) and junior Sarah Wade in the pole vault (6 feet). Broadneck senior Charlena Tillett won the 400 (57.38 seconds).

The commitments

The following players committed to colleges this past week:

Girls basketball: South River's Stacy Hunt (UMBC) and Brittany Lambert (Washington College), and St. Mary's Sharnae Hunt (East Tennessee State).

Boys soccer: Chesapeake's Randall McCoy (Charleston Southern).

Girls soccer: South River's Rachel Fry (Furman).

Baseball: Old Mill's Jason Baumler (Marietta, Ohio).

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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