All-Academic deadline coming fast Old Mill girls receive national recognition


It's Sunday sports smorgasbrowse time with a big helping of "Q's without answers."

Any answers or questions of your own should be directed to the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Do I need to remind you that the Friday deadline for the 11th annual All-County Academic-Athletic Team is fast approaching?

Please don't miss the opportunity to be recognized for your ability to combine academics and athletics. Ten boys and 10 girls will be honored at a banquet in May.

I hope you agree that there is no such thing as too much attention for the disciplined, accomplished student-athlete who knows how to manage time.

If you have any questions about entering, please call me at (410) 647-2499.

* Did you notice that the three-time state 4A champion Old Mill (25-1) girls basketball team cracked the USA Today Super 25 national rankings at No. 24 this week?

Old Mill hadn't been nationally ranked but after destroying Western of Baltimore, USA Today's then-No. 13 team, 59-35, the Baltimore Sun's No. 1 Patriots finally got their due. But do you agree that if Western (26-1) was No. 13, then Old Mill should be higher than 24?

In a column last week, I asked, "Didn't Old Mill fans and parents have a right to chant 'overrated' as the clock was winding down on their spectacular victory over Western?"

County teacher and Lake Shore resident Dave "Pop" Warner called the Sportsline to say that "they didn't have a right to taunt the Western girls, but should have been cheering for their own team.

"I think there is too much taunting in high school and college sports," added Warner, an assistant baseball coach at UMBC.

His point was well taken, and certainly a legitimate concern, but the Old Mill chanting was good-natured and not meant to be vicious.

The Western girls and their classy coach, Breezy Bishop, took it in stride and realized that such ribbing is expected when you are No. 1 for so long and then get knocked off.

* How many of you saw the outstanding piece by WMAR-TV's Keith Mills on senior Allison Wentworth, one of the Old Mill basketball players who also is a superb student?

On his regular Thursday feature that puts the spotlight on outstanding student-athletes, Mills profiled Wentworth, whose proud dad, Bill, is the principal at North County. Wentworth is a near-4.0 GPA student.

* Doesn't Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer have a tough task finding a replacement for outgoing girls basketball coach Teresa Ross, who was to be married in Annapolis yesterday?

"I'm still hoping her husband might find a job in Annapolis, and Teresa won't have to move to Kansas City," said Stauffer.

Ross took the Panthers from the county's worst team to Class 4A, Region IV runner-up (19-6) to Old Mill, the eventual state champion, within three years. She landed the job from a field of only five applicants, but her success has generated a lot of interest in the job this time.

"We've got a good number of applications, but we're not going to do anything for a while," said Stauffer.

* With three county boys basketball coaches, Jim Doyle (Severn), Wayne Mook (Severna Park) and Tom Kraning (Chesapeake) resigning at season's end, will Glen Burnie's Terry Bogle announce he is stepping down after 26 seasons?

* Did you know that Severn School had 50 applicants for its football coaching position when Doyle announced he was resigning as both the football and basketball coach of the Admirals?

Ex-Anne Arundel Community College coach Alan Pastrana landed the football job, and Doyle assistant Wayne Fowler got the basketball position.

How's this for pressure for Fowler -- Doyle's team was undefeated at home the last two years and 28-0 in Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference play.

Doesn't Pastrana have a tough job ahead with Gilman, McDonogh, Loyola and Calvert Hall to be added to the Severn schedule?

* Didn't county boys basketball coaches make an excellent choice when they named Meade's All-County swingman Danny Sancomb recipient of the third annual Dick Hart Award?

Hart died of cancer a couple years ago after 30 years as basketball coach at Andover High. He was one of the most respected coaches in county history for his integrity, character, knowledge, ability to teach and dedication to the game and its kids.

Hart hung a motto in his gym for his players to adhere to: "play as long as you can, as hard as you can."

The coaches could not have picked a better person than th hard-working and talented Sancomb, who represents what Hart stood for.

Sancomb is the first non-Annapolis player to win the award. The Panthers' Ahmed Middleton and Josh Gannon were the first two recipients.

* Finally, isn't it a wonderful gesture by the Severna Park boys lacrosse team to wear decals with "JAY" in memory of former teammate Jay Gibbs, who was killed in an automobile crash last summer?

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