Just thought I would fill you sports fans in on a few items that might be of interest.
Let's start with three things that don't get a lot of attention, but certainly are worth mentioning: Navy ice hockey, Navy boxing and JV girls basketball.
The Navy ice hockey club team is playing host to the Eastern Collegiate Division Championship of the American Collegiate Hockey Association this weekend. It's a four-team event, with Navy as the top seed.
Coming off two impressive victories in Pennsylvania at West Chester, 4-2, and Villanova, 6-3, Navy ran its record to 14-3 overall. The victory over West Chester clinched first place and the top seeding in the playoffs.
Lehigh (5-10), the fourth seed, will meet Navy at1 p.m. tomorrow at Dahlgren Hall. Admission is free.
Third-seededUniversity of Maryland (14-4), which has taken two of three from Navy, including a 6-5 overtime decision in the Mids' Crab Pot final, will play No. 2 West Chester (15-3) in tomorrow's second game at 4 p.m.
A Navy-Maryland rematch is likely for Sunday's 4 p.m. championshipgame.
"I think our guys would love to play them again," said Navycoach Jim Barry, whose Mids lost the Crab Pot on a controversial goal.
Some say the game-winner went in and bounced out, while others say it hit the pipe and bounced away.
Afterward, the Maryland contingent complained that, with two wins against Navy, it should be going to the National Club Tournament at Penn State later this month, rather than the Mids.
Navy played a tougher schedule and claimed the eighth and final seed in the tournament. The Mids were first in the division standings, followed by West Chester and Maryland.
The Terps took the first meeting against Navy, 4-2. But the Mids rolled, 7-3,in the next game. They had three-goal deficits on two different occasions before bowing in the Crab Pot final.
When the two teams play, it's like watching an NHL game, in terms of rough-housing. These guys really go at it and symbolize the competitive fires that burn whenever Navy plays Maryland in any sport.
Since the two schools can'tseem to get together and play football, which is a natural, this is the next-best contest in terms of hitting.
Another free non-varsity Navy sport that offers excitement and entertainment is the Brigade Boxing Championships. The Brigade semifinals are Friday, Feb. 21, andthe survivors advance to the Brigade finals on Feb. 28.
At least 12 bouts are on tap for each of the two nights, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Halsey Field House on the Academy grounds. Coaches Jim McNally and Ron Stutzman have been training the Midshipmen boxers hard with hopes of sending a strong contingent to the regionals, and ultimately, the nationals.
Brigade champions advance to the Eastern regional March 20-21 at Navy, and the region champs advance to the nationals April 3-4 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For further information on the Brigade championships, call the Navy Boxing Office at 267-2735. Admission is free.
An excited Nancy Czach, the JV girls hoop coach at Chesapeake, called the 24-hour Sportsline (647-2499) yesterday about her team's 42-35 victory over once-beaten Old Mill.
Why was she so excited?
"He came in there expectingto clobber us," she said, in reference to her Old Mill counterpart, Steve Levy.
"Last year, he kept the press on us to run up the score and beat us by 25. He doesn't let up, no matter what the score is, and he thought he was going to do the same thing again, but we broke his press and he couldn't handle it."
Czach said that Levy, who has been accused of running up scores by several county JV coaches, is "too cocky and always acts holier than thou," And because of that, itmade the win even sweeter.
Levy maintains that he doesn't run up scores or keep the press on, but there are an awful lot of people whohave called the Sportsline the last two years saying otherwise.
The callers have not only been opposing coaches and parents, such as Annapolis people after a 68-5 shellacking this year, but some of Levy's own players' parents.
An Old Mill parent, Joe Cohen, who said hewas related to Levy, called to say that he has watched several gamesand didn't believe Levy was keeping the press on during 30- and 40-point romps.
But another parent, who has a girl on this year's teamand wanted to remain anonymous, said on the Sportsline, "You were half wrong. Levy keeps a half-court press on at the end of the game to score more points while five girls sit on the bench. His substitutes don't get a lot of playing time, even when they are winning by 40 or more."
The same complaints came in last year, and two parents withgirls on the team last year were willing to be quoted because they were so upset about their girls' lack of playing time in runaways.
The situation apparently has remained the same. That's why coaches like Nancy Czach get so excited beating Old Mill.
Maybe Levy should take a page from the book of Old Mill's varsity coach, Pat Chance, and learn how to win with class.
The Old Mill varsity routed Chesapeake, 69-17, Tuesday night, but it was 41-6 at the half, which means the Pats only scored 28 points in the second half. Allison Wentworth was the only Patriots' starter in double digits with 10 points. In all, 12 Patriots scored.
That's what you call showing compassion without literally lying down and dying. You can't tell subs not to score,but you can limit the scoring by calling off all presses.
By the way, Czach says this 8-6 JV Cougars are getting better all the time and has a few players who should make the varsity, which is 7-10 underCoach Ginger Woods.
"This team will get Chesapeake back to the playoff team it was years ago," said Czach, who shares the JV head coaching contract with Dennis Thiele. Thiele, the school's varsity softball coach, has been out with a back ailment.
Among the players to watch in the future are Czach's daughter, Sarah Czach, and fellow guard Lori Wlodarczyk, who had 23 points against Old Mill.
"Lori hit athree-pointer from half court at the buzzer (to end the first quarter) and can really shoot," said coach Czach.
The Cougars travel to Old Mill on Friday, Feb. 28.
Congratulations go out today to coach Harry Dobson and his St. Mary's girls basketball team after clinching the Baltimore Catholic League championship Wednesday with a 64-33 romp over Mount de Sales.
The Saints (19-3 overall) finished 13-1 in the league, as Missy Holmes scored 17 points and Bridget Smithand Jen Segree combined for another 17. Smith also had a season-high15 assists.
Finally, Old Mill softball coach Debbie Shacklock is not the only spring sports coach to file a grievance. Chesapeake's Mick McGahagan has filed a grievance over the school's baseball coaching position.
Shacklock is attempting to get her job back afterAthletic Director Jim Dillon decided not to renew her contract. And if you go by what has happened to McGahagan, her case may not be heard before March 2, the start of the spring sports season.
McGahagan, a former Chesapeake baseball and football assistant, filed his grievance in September, when he learned that veteran sandlot coach Jim Simms had the Cougars' baseball job.
His case was supposed to be heard last week, but it has been postponed until March 6. When, or if, it is heard, a hearing officer would have 30 days to review it before making a recommendation to the board, which has another 30 days to render a decision.
What's interesting about this case is that McGahagan is a full-time faculty member who wants the job, and Simms, a county policeman, is considered an emergency coach. Simms is an excellent coach who was an assistant on Chesapeake football coach Tom Kraning's staff.