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St. Mary's, Falcons' top booster like Broadneck's spirit concept

Let's start this sports smorgasbrowse with reaction to last week's Sidelines on school spirit. To refresh your memory, the column basically cited Broadneck as a model for school spirit.

The column was geared toward public schools, but Brad Best, St. Mary's football coach and director of boys athletics, rightfully asks that the Saints be included when talking about school spirit.

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"We only have 580 students, and our school spirit is great despite the fact we don't have one central field for our events," said Best. "I agree that school spirit starts at the top. We have a very supportive administration."

Severna Park boosters club president Fran Korwek, an ex-basketball star in Pennsylvania and father of Falcons' junior quarterback Greg Korwek, said he admires the school spirit exhibited by Broadneck.

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Korwek and Falcons boosters are searching for ways to kindle such enthusiasm.

"We're exploring ways to get our students more involved in the entire athletic program," said Korwek. "We like what Broadneck does. You go to a basketball game at Broadneck, the gym is packed, and they've got that pep band playing. It's a great atmosphere. It's great they encourage their kids to go to games in all sports."

Coaches hired at Broadneck have more than the responsibility of running a team.

"Our coaches are told to support the overall athletic program by getting their kids to come out and root for the other teams," says Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen. "If you've ever noticed, at our football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse games, a lot of our coaches attend.

"Coaches who don't get involved beyond their own program don't coach long at Broadneck. We replace them."

Broadneck, ninth largest county high school, has been No. 1 in basketball receipts and close to the top annually in football and soccer admissions.

A rumor is that Broadneck student/athletes get in free at Bruins athletic events.

"Our kids pay," said McMullen, "but cost is a legitimate concern, and I think the county would do well to give the students a break on ticket prices."

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Most schools charge $3 for events and use discretion when it comes to youngsters, something the state doesn't do in postseason.

"When a dad shows up with a couple little ones [for a regular-season game], we give them a discount and don't charge every kid," said McMullen.

But admission to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs is $4 for those, get this, "7 years of age and older."

MPSSAA officials strictly enforce the admission, too, charging an adult with two 7-year-olds for a playoff game $12.

That's the kind of stuff that hurts attendance and, in general, school spirit. It keeps some families away from their child's current or future high school.

Sideliners

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Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter attended Game 1 of the World Series last Sunday at Yankee Stadium, compliments of his protege, Atlanta Braves left-hander Denny Neagle. Neagle, Anne Arundel County's 1986 Player of the Year and a Baltimore Sun All-Metro player, got tickets for his old coach.

Neagle's start in Game 4 came in a unique game. It might have been the first time three Baltimore-area pitchers appeared in the same World Series game -- Mike Bielecki, who resides in Crownsville and relieved Neagle, and Jeff Nelson of Catonsville came out of New York's bullpen.

Ex-Arundel All-County and second-team 1984 All-Metro shortstop Jerry Osuna is managing Surf Side-7 in Edgewater and has a multiple sclerosis benefit today.

Since the start of the county championship game format three years ago, Class 3A Broadneck has won titles in three boys sports -- basketball, lacrosse and soccer.

Class 4A goalkeeper was one of the toughest decisions county boys soccer coaches had in selecting their All-County team. Broadneck's Jon Svec got the nod over Glen Burnie's Frank Servideo.

Severna Park's successful JV football coach, Mark Frye Sr., will coach the Falcons' JV boys basketball team.

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Hank Kuzma, who played basketball at Navy with David Robinson, will assist Arundel's rookie boys coach, V. J. Keith, who replaced Gerald Moore.

About that coaching change, Arundel's starting senior backcourt duo of Joe Parker and Erik Lipton may not play in protest of Moore's dismissal.

Archbishop Spalding's all-time leading basketball scorer, Karen Pipkin (1,472 career points, 1979-82) was recently inducted into the Cavaliers' Hall of Fame.

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Pub Date: 10/27/96


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