Shelton joins those against blind draw for hockey


Add the area's most successful field hockey coach, Severna Park's Lil Shelton (270-36-5, eight state titles, 21 years) to the growing list of coaches not enamored of the lottery draw for the playoffs.

Severna Park is the metro area's top-ranked field hockey team and is seeking its fourth consecutive 4A state championship.

The Falcons (14-0) have not lost since October 1992 and extended their winning streak to 50 Thursday, outlasting Arundel (6-3-2) in sudden-victory overtime, 1-0.

For all their efforts, including Monday's 4-1 county championship victory over Chesapeake (8-5), the Falcons were nearly eliminated by Arundel in the first round of the 4A South Region.

"It was the luck of the draw that we had to play Arundel, and I'm not very happy about it," said Shelton. "We might be the two best teams in the region."

Why should Shelton be happy? Why should Arundel coach Clint Gosnell be happy after drawing the defending state champion after his Wildcats had a very good season, losing only once in the South division -- to Severna Park in the final 30 seconds by 1-0?

It's a crime that the best teams can meet in the first round instead the final.

County champion Old Mill played runner-up Severna Park in the first round of the girls soccer playoffs on Friday.

Old Mill had just edged Severna Park, 1-0, in double overtime of the county championship game Tuesday.

State directors have got to seed the teams in the open tournaments by virtue of some kind of points system and reward the winning teams. There is too much disparity under the current system.


The 10-minute, sudden-victory overtime period in field hockey when the teams go to seven players a side is much more exciting than regulation.

"It becomes a long ballgame when you have fewer people on the field," said Shelton.

The girls seem to play with more speed and passion when it's seven-on-seven, and they score.

Cream of the crop

The varsity boys soccer coaches have voted for their All-County team, and four players from county champion and No. 2-ranked Chesapeake (13-0) head the team.

Forward Ryan Frommelt is joined on the first team by midfielder Rich Kuhn, back Saul Pollack and goalkeeper Phil Demske.

Severna Park placed forward Scott Vane and backs Eric Lenfest and Jimmy Traylor.

Rounding out the coaches' first team are: John Williams (midfield) and Brad Limbacher (back), Broadneck; Pat Fridley (midfield), Jimmy Woods (back), Arundel; Bob Davis (midfield), Chris Case (back), South River; Glen Burnie's Keith Culotta (back); Old Mill's Joe McNally (back); Meade's Chris Balko (midfield); and Brock Nelson (back), Annapolis.

Calling Bruin champs

Broadneck is conducting a 10-year reunion of its 1985 state champion girls soccer team with a noon reception Saturday before the 1 p.m. homecoming football game between the Bruins and Southern. All Bruin football alumni also are invited.

Quick pops

Former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson showed up Thursday at Michael's as a surprise speaker at the fifth Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame dinner. Theresa Andrews, Jean Boyd, the late Harry Lentz, Alan Pastrana and Pete Taylor were inducted.

* Steve Peroutka is one of many ecstatic parents in the Greater Glen Burnie youth program over word that Wayne Fowler, who turned Severn School into a basketball power, is going to coach the GGB sixth- and seventh-grade basketball team.

* With North and South divisions in county public school sports instead of classification leagues (4A and 2A-3A), is there going to be just one All-Sports trophy? County coordinator Rick Wiles says athletic directors have not decided.

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