AACC softball team is top 20 material


It's Sunday smorgasbrowse day, and I've got a full menu.

How about congrats to the Anne Arundel Community College softball team for cracking the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 for the first time in two years?

Ranked No. 12 this week, the Pioneers of coach Jim Hendricks took a 14-0 record into yesterday's game against the University of Maryland.

In baseball, bad luck and arm problems continue to follow AACC left-hander Lee Haney. Haney, an All-County pitcher at Old Mill in 1993, was 5-0 for the Pioneers before arm problems.

Haney started the summer with the Corrigan's Insurance 20-year-old team of Walter Youse, but never finished because of elbow pain.

After an off-season operation and therapy, Haney's comeback was short-lived and he's back on the disabled list.

"I've been told I have calcium deposits on my elbow and am going back to the doctor," said Haney. "It's pretty frustrating because I want to be out there pitching and can't.

"But I'm not giving up and intend to come back."

Pioneers on the links

Coach Cal Peterson's AACC golf team survived "very windy conditions" in Garrett County on Thursday to post its third straight

victory without a loss by 336 to 364 over Garrett C.C.

Matt Hoffman shot an 82 and John Lowden an 83 to lead the Pioneers.

Giving back

Jenny Parsons, who pitched coach Bob Broccolino's Glen Burnie softball team to the 4A state championship in 1989 after going 15-1 on the mound and batting .469, is the pitching coach at East Carolina University.

Parsons, the Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Player of the Year as a junior when she went 16-2 with an 0.38 ERA and batted .375, went on to star for the Pirates at East Carolina.

Bruins don't hibernate

Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek has announced the dates for the Bruins' annual summer camps.

Head baseball coach Mark Stover leads off with the Bruins' baseball camp, June 12-16 and Kazmarek follows with his basketball camp, June 19-23.

Other Bruins coaches and their camps: field hockey, Phoebe Kelly, June 19-23; tennis, Kelly, July 17-21; boys and girls soccer, John Braun and Leann Shuck, June 26-30; boys and girls lacrosse, Clay White and Jennifer Shuck, July 24-28; volleyball, Tom Cole and Glenn Brainer, July 24-28.

All the Bruins camps are daily from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. For more information call (410) 757-1300.

Eckman update

Charley Eckman, the 73-year old Glen Burnie legend, is still in there battling cancer.

A couple months ago doctors thought Eckman might not make it, but the feisty former sports broadcaster keeps rolling with the punches as he did throughout his colorful career in sports.

"Daddy has been having his ups and downs from day to day, and is really amazing everyone the way he keeps bouncing back," said Eckman's daughter, Linda Watts.

"He still has a cigar once in a while and watched part of the NCAA championship game Monday night. He watches a little TV, but not a lot, and sometimes just sits and stares out the window."

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