Falcons volleyball team plays it smart


Severna Park (16-0) won a third straight state title in volleyball, but that is not all coach Tim Dunbar has to be proud of.

"I'm always proud of the fact that the girls also work hard in the classroom and are champions in the classroom," said Dunbar, whose starting lineup had a cumulative 3.50 grade-point average.

The overall GPA for the 12 varsity Falcons is 3.19, and nine of the Falcons made the honor roll. The 14 JV girls had a combined 3.27 GPA, and 11 made the honor roll.

Update on Ripley

In a recent Sidelines column, I mentioned that Severna Park's Ron Green had broken the county record for sacks set by Troy Ripley of Old Mill in 1981.

Ripley, a member of the Anne Arundel County Sun 1980s All-Decade Football Team, posted 13 and Green had 16, one short of the state record of 17 set by Oxon Hill's David Carrington in 1990.

Ripley was a hero at Old Mill, having saved two young boys who had fallen through the ice in the frigid waters of the Severn River. I heard from Troy's dad, Lou, who called after reading the note on his son.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, where he played three years of football before a knee injury ended his career, Ripley married his high school sweetheart -- 1982 Old Mill grad and cheerleader Stephanie Shust -- and moved to the West Coast.

The couple has been living in California for the past five years. Their first child, Matthew, was born in August.

Stephanie graduated from Virginia Tech and is a doctor of optometry, and Troy is in sales.

Sturm schedules bout

Another Old Mill grad, former state wrestling champion Chuck Sturm, is going to fight for the Intercontinental Boxing Association junior welterweight championship Dec. 28 in Aspen, Colo.

Sturm will meet Anthony Boyle of Philadelphia on a card headlined by Vinny Pazienza of Rhode Island.

Abrams sticking with Terps?

Is the University of Maryland football team still in the future of 6-foot-4, 265-pounder Richard Abrams, an All-Metro lineman at Arundel High in 1992?

"After this semester, I can go where I want, and I think it will be Maryland," said Abrams, whose football scholarship was put on hold when it was discovered that he didn't have enough core course credits to meet NCAA Division I requirements.

Abrams is making up the credits as a postgraduate student at Arundel High.

Mullen looking at Navy?

Among the 67,852 fans in East Rutherford, N.J., for the annual Army-Navy football game was Southern All-Metro defensive back Jamar Mullen.

Navy coach George Chaump reportedly is looking for speed, and Mullen (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard --), a guest of the Mids at the game, fits the bill.

Football discussion continues

Continuing the discussion of football in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, there are a lot of reasons Montgomery has been so superior in the state playoffs.

I've talked about the coaches, strength and Anne Arundel's need for a middle-school-age youth league with no weight limits, so now let's add the almighty dollar.

Money talks, and it's there for the coaches in Montgomery. The top of the salary scale for Anne Arundel County football coaches is $3,400, while in Montgomery most of the coaches average about $4,300 to $4,500 and many of their assistants make more than Anne Arundel's head coaches.

Anne Arundel football coaches get no extra money for the two weeks of preseason in August, while Montgomery coaches get as much as $235.60 a day for the two-a-days.

Montgomery football coaches are unhappy that their county recently approved a measure to include all fall sports coaches in August fees paid, and everybody from cross country to field hockey to football will receive $12.50 an hour.

Meanwhile, Anne Arundel coaches in all fall sports will continue to get their base salaries only.

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