Kelly to carry on county's tradition

A week from today, Marlene Kelly of Central Middle School will become the county's specialist of physical education and athletics. It's a position similar to the one held for two decades by the retired Jean Boyd.

No replacement had been named for Boyd after her retirement nearly two years ago.


"Marlene has coached and knows the county and its physical education program well," said Rick Wiles, county coordinator of physical education.

"Marlene will basically do what Jean did for all those years. The county has named a quality person."


Wiles succeeded Paul Rusko, who announced his retirement around the time Boyd did, but Wiles wasn't named coordinator until almost a year later. Rusko served nearly 30 years in the county school system, and he and Boyd ran a top-notch program.

The Wiles-Kelly duo should carry on the tradition in an athletic program that has had a face lift during the past two years.

* Is the county loaded with outstanding quarterbacks or what?

There's Justin Rice, North County, 18-for-29, 276 yards, five touchdowns, one interception in the Knight's 39-14 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt. . . . Joe McCafferty, Southern, four touchdown passes, 7-for-8, 160 yards in a 41-0 romp over Hammond. . . . Sean Ryan, Broadneck, 17-for-23, 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 13-0 triumph over Old Mill. . . . Brad Davis, St. Mary's, 9-for-12, 146 yards and no interceptions in the Saints' 10-0 win over Nansemond-Suffolk. . . . Juan Johnson, Annapolis, just 5-for-14, 109 yards and one interception, but two of his passes went for scores, including a 43-yarder to Orlando Downs with time expired in regulation.

* How about the game by Broadneck junior Jason Smith in the Bruins' 13-0 win over Old Mill?

Smith, an All-county split end as a sophomore, sparkled on both sides of the ball for coach Jeff Herrick. He caught 11 passes from Ryan for 176 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Smith intercepted two passes and was in on six tackles at his defensive halfback position.

* How about St. Mary's kicker, senior Mark Kiefer?

Kiefer had a 39-yard field goal and 73-yard punt in the Saints' season-opener.


"That's got to be tops in the metro area for the first weekend," coach Brad Best said.

* Isn't Anne Arundel Community College left-hander Lee Haney, VTC who made the All-County baseball team at Old Mill last spring, a great example of how overrated and unfair radar guns can be?

Haney, who throws about 75-77 mph, which causes scouts to write him off, does nothing but win (18 in three years at Old Mill and a great season for state legion champion Mayo Post 226 this summer) everywhere he goes.

It was interesting after the 14th annual Baltimore Sun-Oriolelanders all-star game Sunday, how many people came to me to say how much they enjoyed watching Haney pitch. Haney gave up one run and two hits to the Oriolelanders in three innings of work.

If radar guns and 60-yard speed counted so much in the old days, Scott McGregor and Brooks Robinson probably would have never played in the majors.

* Did you know that Severna Park golfer David Orso made it an unprecedented four straight titles this summer in the 32-year-old Chartwell Juniors Golf Championships?


Orso, captain of the Falcons' links squad and reigning District V high school champion, was the youngest to win the Chartwell juniors at age 14 and is the first to win four straight.

A host of colleges are recruiting Orso, but he is leaning toward the United States Naval Academy.