Hines has Severna Park football 7-1



Severna Park is on the verge of doing something no other Falcons football team has done in the school's 46-year history - make three consecutive trips to the playoffs.

At 7-1 after Friday's 48-7 victory at Chesapeake (1-7), the No. 8 Falcons (6-0 in the county) have all but clinched another berth in the Class 3A South region. A victory at winless Glen Burnie (0-8, 0-8) Friday should clinch the postseason spot.

J.P. Hines, who is only the third head coach in Falcons history, has a 47-35 record in eight seasons. He also led Severna Park to the playoffs in 1999 in his second season.

Andy Borland, who coached the Falcons from 1973 to 1997 after succeeding George Roberts (who compiled a 71-48-9 record from 1960 to 1972), took his team to the playoffs five times.

The Falcons first made it to postseason under Borland in 1974, the inaugural year of the state football tournament.

Borland's Falcons did not make it back until 1987 and 1988, and again in 1990 and 1994 before he retired with a 145-108 record, the third-most wins in county history.

The current team is characterized by a defense that gives up 11 points a game, a strong offensive line, quickness on both sides of the ball and an option offense led by senior quarterback Greg Zingler.

"I'm the only returning starter on the offensive line, " said senior center Ethan Vidal, who is 6 feet 1 and 245 pounds and also plays on the defensive line. "We have a lot of young guys on the line and senior Chase Kettler, who didn't start last year, is playing both ways this year and doing a great job."

The biggest wins by the Falcons so far this season were over then-No. 3 Old Mill (28-17) and then-No. 15 Annapolis (16-0). Those victories left the Falcons as the only unbeaten team in the county league.

One contributor to the Falcons' success has been senior kicker Steve Pecevich. Severna Park had been inconsistent on extra points, but Pecevich has been steady.

Pecevich converted all four extra-point attempts against Old Mill and hit a 32-yard field goal against Annapolis that gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead until they scored two touchdowns in the last four minutes.

"Steve is doing an awesome job for us," said Zingler, who had been the kicker. "I wasn't doing my job kicking-wise and we brought Steve in and he has been doing an absolute phenomenal job for us."

Starr ready for season

New Annapolis girls basketball coach Jeff Starr is excited about being a head coach for the first time.

Starr had been an assistant to John Brady with the boys and girls teams the past three years, and he was named the girls coach when Brady recently announced that he was stepping down from that job.

"I was the interim head coach of the girls last year, " said Starr, who handled most of the duties while Brady experienced health problems.

"I feel good about leaving the program in his hands," said Brady, who enters his 29th season as the boys coach with a career record of 590-112 (.840).

Basketball practice begins Nov. 15.

Quick hits

Corey Overholtzer, an All-County outfielder at Arundel as a junior last spring, has orally committed for a scholarship to UNC-Greensboro. ... Glen Burnie's Jocko Svoboda, 79, completed his 24th season as the commissioner of the Anne Arundel County High School Fall Baseball League on Sunday with a 24-game slate. ... For the first time in school history, the Severna Park baseball field has a grass infield with grass base paths and a well-manicured pitcher's mound. ... The 11th Anne Arundel County volleyball championship match is set for 7:15 tomorrow night at Severna Park with Broadneck taking on Severna Park or South River. ... Arundel boys soccer standout Justin Kondos orally committed to Georgetown.


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