Three earn Hart scholarships

Spinnenweber, Chubb, Riggs will get $2,000 each in honor of late Andover coach

Quigley resigns as Broadneck field hockey coach

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April 05, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Two girls and one boy will receive $2,000 scholarships from the Dick Hart Foundation. The nonprofit group usually awards the scholarships to one boy and one girl county basketball player each year in honor of the late Andover boys coach.

Chesapeake's Amanda Spinnenweber and Kelley Chubb of South River are co-winners of the girls scholarships, while D.J. Riggs of Southern is the boys honoree.

The trio will receive their scholarships from the Hart Foundation at its annual golf outing, which is set for June 22 at Queenstown Harbor Country Club on the Eastern Shore.

Hart died of cancer on Feb. 2, 1991, and it wasn't long after that a group of former Andover players, coaches and students formed the Hart Foundation to perpetuate the name of the highly respected coach.

Money for the scholarships is raised through the proceeds of the golf outing and the annual boys and girls senior all-star basketball games.

During his 30-year coaching career, Hart emphasized defense, team play and the intangibles that it takes to be successful in high school basketball. County boys and girls coaches have the opportunity to nominate one of their players who represent Hart's philosophy in addition to being a good student.

The Hart scholarship committee reviews the nominations and selects the winners.

Spinnenweber, who has a two-thirds scholarship to the University of Maryland for lacrosse, led county basketball players in scoring with 22 points a game for the Cougars. She also displayed leadership qualities that her father and coach, John Spinnenweber, appreciated.

"Amanda was an effective tool of motivation for her teammates," Coach Spinnenweber wrote in his recommendation letter to the committee. "I was blessed to coach a gifted player that happened to be my daughter. It's an honor to be [a] recipient of the Dick Hart award."

Spinnenweber has a 3.8 grade point average taking seven Advanced Placement courses and playing three sports (also soccer).

Chubb, a 5-foot-10 forward, was a two-year starter for the Seahawks, averaging six points and seven rebounds, with defense her forte.

"Kelley has a never-give-up attitude, great sportsmanship and academic prowess," South River coach Dave Klinger wrote.

Chubb, who has been accepted to both Maryland and Penn State but is undecided, has a 3.6 grade point average and scored 1,580 on her SAT (out of 2,400). She also is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Youth R.I.S.E.

Riggs drew high praise from his coach, Ray Bowen.

"D.J. is a fine example of what it takes to be an excellent student athlete," Bowen wrote. "There has been so much growth and maturity from D.J. over four years that it seems certain he will have a bright future."

Riggs, who has a 3.0 grade point average, was voted Southern's Most Valuable Player this season.

In describing Riggs, Bowen said that he is "motivated, a hard worker, achiever and a team player, but overall the best term is that he is a great person."

Quigley resigns

Melissa Quigley has resigned as field hockey coach at Broadneck after four seasons and an overall 44-16-2 record, including the Class 4A state title in her first season in 2002.

Quigley cited wanting to spend more time with her family as the main reason for her stepping down. She was the Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year in her debut season, when the Bruins went 12-4-1.

Cassillys commit

Twins Matt and Marian Cassilly of Archbishop Spalding have committed to colleges. Matt, who has earned eight varsity letters playing football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Cavaliers, will play football at Washington and Lee.

Matt was a second-team All-County defensive end and kicker on the school's first football champion, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

Marian will attend Catholic University after an All-County and second-team All-Metro season as a field hockey goalie in which she allowed only 14 goals in 20 games and had a .911 save percentage.

Quick hits

Annapolis quarterback Matt Vollano will get the chance to make the Connecticut football team as a walk-on. ... No. 15 Old Mill dropped its league home and season opener in baseball to Chesapeake, 4-1. Seniors Rob Brisentine (six innings) and Jesse Wiggington held the Patriots to three hits. ... St. Mary's high-scoring girls lacrosse senior Samantha Schrum had her second six-goal game of the season last week in a 17-5 romp over C. Milton Wright, and two days later her fourth goal in the second overtime gave the unbeaten No. 2 Saints a 12-11 victory at No. 5 John Carroll. ... The Annapolis boys lacrosse team had its hopes of a big season hurt last week when South River eked out a 7-6 victory in Edgewater, as Brock Arter scored three goals. It appears that No. 9 Severna Park and No. 12 Broadneck are still the teams to beat.

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