Let's take a whirl around the county, sports fans, and catch up on afew local happenings, including Friday night entertainment for thoseof you who don't feel like watching hoops and wrestling.
We should know by the middle of next week who will be named the new head football coach at Archbishop Spalding in Severn.
"Our committee has made its choice, but we can't say who it is, because we have to first offer the position to the coach," said Spalding Athletic Director Domenic Pachence. "So, I would say by about Wednesday or Thursday of next week, we should make the announcement."
Greg Fuhrman's surprise resignation came after only two seasons as the Cavaliers' coach. Fuhrman, who inherited a program on the skids, won only two games -- both last season -- and said he stepped down because of the long commute home to Westminster in Carroll County.
Sources close to the program say that Fuhrman told his players after thethird game of the season that he would be leaving.
Pachence and acommittee that included Principal Barbara Schwitzer, faculty member Bert Kiessling and U.S. Naval Academy scout Steve Belichick (the father of Annapolis graduate and Cleveland Browns coach Bill Belichick) interviewed six coaches.
Del Hughes, an assistant at both Annapolisand North County, and ex-Southwestern of Baltimore head coach Fred Kaiss were among the six. Hughes still is in the running, but Kaiss asked that his name be withdrawn.
"I told them not to consider me any further, because they have dragged it out and dragged it out, and they finally gave me an interview, which I thought was a little bit ridiculous," said Kaiss, who hasaccepted an assistant coaching positionto Ricky Diggs at Morgan State in Baltimore.
"They had more questions about the type of offense I was going to run, what my whole numbering system would be and how many plays I would have ready by the first week, but they never asked me for my philosophy on football and what my goals were. I was very displeased."
Pachence disputes the claims of Kaiss, who resigned at Southwestern at the end of last season -- when the team went 6-3 -- because of philosophical differences with the Sabres' administration. Kaiss teaches at the county's vo-techcenter.
"We wanted to find out what kind of system he would run if he got the job, and from what I recall, we asked him about his philosophy," said Pachence. "He didn't tell me he was withdrawing his name because of the way the interview went. He said he didn't want to beconsidered because he was taking the assistant position at Morgan State."
Spalding plays in the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference and has an enrollment of just under 600 boys and girls, which makes it tough to field a competitive football team.
Shut outa year ago, Anne Arundel County high school graduating seniors may get some good news next week, when state football coaches will announce the roster for the Maryland team in the prestigious Big 33 Game.
The Big 33 pits the seniors from our state vs. Pennsylvania's best in an all-star game played in late summer at Hershey, Pa.
Not one Anne Arundel County player was named to the Maryland squad last year, but at least one should be named for this year's showcase. North County's superb linebacker/running back Anthony Walker, the Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, appears to be a shoo-in.
If the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Walker, who is headed to Syracuse University on a football scholarship, is not selected, it's a joke and county coaches should withdraw from the game.
Other players from our county with achance to be picked include Severna Park's All-County two-way lineman Mark Miles (6-2, 230), Broadneck All-County defensive lineman JamalMuse (6-3, 250) and Old Mill All-County kicker Steve Oliver (5-9, 145).
North County head coach Chuck Markiewicz already has been named an assistant on the Maryland staff.
Good news from the Baltimore Catholic League, where two county girls have been named to the All-Catholic League team, as voted by the coaches. Randall Goldsborough of league-champion St. Mary's (20-3) and Archbishop Spalding's AmyLangville have been named to the first team.
Goldsborough, a 5-foot-4 senior, is averaging 16.3 points a game for the Saints, who willplay Baltimore champion Walbrook (18-1) at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Metro Classic at the Baltimore Arena.
Baltimore Catholic League foes will have to contend with the 5-8 Langville for yet another season. Langville, who averages 13 points a game, is a junior who hasled the Cavs to an overall 8-15 record.
St. Mary's senior Amy Mikula (5-11) and sophomore Bridget Smith (5-4) were named to the All-Catholic League second team, and Spalding junior Kelly Mabe (5-5) received honorable mention.
Boxing fans can attend the always-exciting U.S. Naval Academy Brigade Boxing Championships, free of charge,at Halsey Field House. The semifinals are set for 7:30 tonight, withthe finals to take place at the same time and location next Friday.
Brigade champions advance to the Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association Southern Regional on March 20-21, with a shot at the nationals at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on April 3-4.
Senior Marvin Reed heads up the list of returning brigade champions, and the New Yorker has moved back down to the 165-pound weight class.
Two years ago, Reed won the 165-pound title in the brigade and regional competitions before losing a controversial decision in the national championship.
Last year, Reed, the heavy favorite in the brigade at 165, moved up to 172 and finished third in the nationals.
"Marvin has moved back down to 165 because he feels stronger at that weight,"said Navy boxing coach Jim McNally.
Last year's 165-pound brigadechampion, lanky senior Dirk Cooper, has moved up to the 180-pound division because of his height. Cooper is about 6-foot-3, according to McNally.
Shane Voudren, only a sophomore, is hoping for better luck this year if he repeats as the brigade 132-pound champion. After copping the brigade title as a freshman, Voudren also won the regional,but fractured his hand and had to pass up the nationals.
Another boxer who has had problems with untimely injuries is senior Clint Chelbowski, a 172-pounder. Chelbowski was a brigade champion as a freshman, losing in the nationals, but was held out last year with a hand injury.
Senior Dan Holsberg of Annapolis is the returning champion at 156 pounds. Holsberg lost in the regionals a year ago to the eventual national champion.
Tom Shanley is another Annapolis resident in the brigade semis. Shanley, the fourth brother to attend the academy, is from St. Mary's High and will vie for the heavyweight title.
Navy may play host to the South Regional in March, but McNally says it is not definite.
Finally, you community- and volleyball-conscious types may want to mark Sunday, March 8, on your calendars.
The Sunshine Foundation, with assists from the Anne Arundel Life Underwriters Association and the county police and fire departments, is conducting a day of volleyball at Old Mill High to raise money for terminally ill children. The organization does its best to grant the special wishes of many unfortunate children.
Usually, sports events are used as fund-raisers by the Sunshine Foundation, and Charlie Brewer reports that 16 teams are armed with pledges for a round-robin of volleyball from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional donations or more information on the volleyball day, call Betty McWilliams at 647-8483.