These seven were magnificent

Arundel's Walter, Broadneck's Herrick, Severna Park's McCandless, Spalding's Miller among candidates for baseball Coach of Year

Notebook

May 24, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

A number of county baseball coaches did outstanding jobs this spring.

In addition to the coaching efforts by Arundel's Bernie Walter, Broadneck's Jeff Herrick, Severna Park's Jim McCandless, Chesapeake's Jim Simms, Northeast's Larry Williams and North County's Wayne Feuerherd among the public school teams, Steve Miller of Archbishop Spalding shined on the private school scene.

A case could be made for any of the seven coaches to be county Coach of the Year.

Walter, whose Wildcats entered yesterday's state semifinals seeking to add to their Maryland-record nine state titles, is the only county public school coach to lead his team to the final four this season.

Herrick, the Bruins' longtime football coach, stepped in at the last moment to take over the baseball team when Gary Gubbings resigned two days into spring practice. Broadneck went from a 10-8 team under Gubbings to a 16-6 team under Herrick.

McCandless had no team speed, little power and adequate pitching coming off a 3A state championship season in 2005, and led the Falcons to a 17-5 campaign.

Simms had no big-name returnees, questionable pitching and hitting, yet the Cougars went 18-6 and were both the county and 4A East regional runners-up to Arundel.

Williams' Eagles, with two outstanding players in catcher Rich Porohnavi and pitcher-shortstop Brian Woolford, were inconsistent until the 3A East regional playoffs. Northeast (13-11) upset a pair of Harford County teams that had been ranked before losing, 3-2, at J.M. Bennett on the Eastern Shore in the regional semifinals.

In his second season as the youngest coach in the league, the Knights' Feuerherd, 28, transformed his alma mater into a 15-7 team after it went 7-14 in 2005.

The Cavaliers' Miller guided the youngest team (the 25-man roster included 14 sophomores and just seven seniors) in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference to a second-place finish in the regular season and to the final three in the playoffs.

Svoboda turns 80

Glen Burnie's Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, a fixture in amateur baseball as a coach and umpire for nearly 50 years, celebrated his 80th birthday last Friday at Union Memorial Hospital while having surgery on his right foot and ankle.

Before his surgery, Svoboda once again took the lead role in putting together the Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar Banquet.

The county's 16 baseball-playing schools nominate their top scholar, and the top three (selected from a panel of judges) from around the county are awarded $6,000 in scholarships at the June 4 banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Sun sports columnist Peter Schmuck will be the guest speaker. For ticket information, call 410-761-0642.

Tewaarton list

Nine Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse players have been nominated for the All-Tewaarton Watch List for the Toyota All-Tewaarton Regional High School team to be named at the end of the month.

The county girls are: Anastasia Adam and Bretton Bathras of Severn; Natalie Cullers, South River; Ali Flury, Broadneck; Kaitlyn Fuller, Severna Park; Megan Jendrossek, Archbishop Spalding; Erika Mihm, Annapolis; and Allison Perkins and Samantha Schrum of St. Mary's.

Quick hits

The second All-Star seniors baseball doubleheader between Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties is set for 4 p.m. June 3 at Joe Cannon Stadium. ... With the Severna Park girls lacrosse team defeating Broadneck, 12-10, in the Class 4A-3A East regional final, the trend of the county champion losing in the playoffs continued. ... With Pete Strickland resigning as boys basketball coach at Archbishop Spalding this week just a month after being hired to take an assistant position at North Carolina State, Spalding officials will look at others who were finalists for the job, including veteran Annapolis assistant Dale Chambers. ... Old Mill's baseball team finished 9-13 after losing to Arundel, 7-5, in the Class 4A East quarterfinals for only its third losing season in 28 years under coach Mel Montgomery (427-167, .719), who has won three state titles, the last in 2003.

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