Football fraternity seems to be a retiring bunch

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Changes are coming in the county's eight-team Class 4A football league, where the only coach still around next fall may be North County's Chuck Markiewicz.

Retirements are in the offing, with opportunities for new coaches a punt away from breaking up one of the metro area's oldest coaching fraternities.

Meade's Jerry Hartman has resigned, effective at the end of this, his fourth season, and Dave Rigot, Glen Burnie's coach for 20 years, will decide on retirement at season's end.

Others considering retirement at the end of the '97 season are Andy Borland,(24 seasons as coach at Severna Park; Pete Regala, 14 years at Old Mill; Tom Kraning, nine at Chesapeake; Roy Brown, eight at Annapolis; and Bill Zucco, five at Arundel.

Markiewicz, the only active coach owning a state championship (1994), is completing his 10th season in the county and seventh at top-ranked North County.

Records

In Severn's 33-8 romp over Archbishop Curley on Saturday, junior Dennard Melton tied the Admirals' school record for career touchdowns (44) set by John Vereen (1992-94), and passed Vereen (272) in career points. Melton has 278 career points going into his last two games.

Melton replaced Vereen in third place on both county all-time lists. Southern's Bob Stach (1964-66) and Troy Turner (1983-85) of Arundel share the career record for touchdowns (51). Stach is first in career points (348) with Turner runner-up (316).

North County's Corey Wright, who has 63 pass receptions for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns, is within striking distance of a few records.

Wright, who set a state single game record for receptions (13) and yards receiving (238) earlier this season, is 12 catches from the state season record of 75 set by Broadneck's Jason Smith in 1993 and 11 from the Knights' school record (74) by Lou Brown in 1994.

The state season record for touchdown catches is 12 by Smith and Poly's Martin Prosper (1994). Wright and Arundel's Joe Parker (49 for 777 yards) have 10 each with two regular games left.

With two touchdown catches Saturday in the Knights' 33-7 romp over Annapolis, Wright ran his career total to 17, tying Brown for ++ the school record. Chris Mangum (40 for 609 yards and five touchdowns) has 16 career touchdown receptions for the Knights.

The county record for career touchdown receptions is 25 by Smith.

In the ring

Amateur boxing is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club in Pasadena. The South Atlantic Association, the local chapter of USA Boxing, has paired boxers from Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania for the show.

Moe Riles, 1995 Golden Gloves Champion at 125 pounds and the '96 SAA 132-pound champion, shares the spotlight with Mike Ricasa, '96 Golden Gloves Champ and SAA champion for 139-pounders. Reservations: (410)789-4411.

Brooklyn Park's Danny Kisner, who recently completed Elite Coach training, part of the Olympic development program in boxing, in Denver, Colo., is hoping to build a gym for amateur boxers in Pasadena. Kisner is seeking sponsors. If you're interested, let him know at (410) 789-4422.

Sideliners

Old Mill inducts its third Hall of Fame class Saturday at halftime of the Patriots' homecoming football game against Severna Park. Inductees are 1984 grads Diane Gentile and David Wojciechowski, and longtime boosters Al Smith and John Brokx.

Gentile was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, while Wojo holds most of the Patriots boys soccer records.

Boys soccer coaches selected their All-County public school team with county champion Broadneck (13-0) placing four on the 16-player team.

Forwards: John Williams (Broadneck), Oscar Alfaro (Annapolis), Mark Stockman (Old Mill). Midfielders: Brad Limbacher and Mark Holmes (Broadneck); Nick Smith (Meade), Sonio Proserpi (North County), Greg Tyson (Northeast), Jimmy Traylor (Severna Park) and Josh Booth (Southern).

Backs: Saul Pollack (Chesapeake), James Gillespie (Glen Burnie), Jon Purdy (Meade) and Reid Shaklee (Severna Park). John Svec (Broadneck) is the goalie.

Everyone chosen is a senior with the exception of juniors Alfaro, Tyson and Booth, and sophomore Shaklee.

Pub Date: 10/31/96

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