A special athlete is on the verge of another special moment.
Already the school's all-time leading scorer in football, junior Dennard Melton should become No. 15 Severn's career leading scorer in basketball tonight when the Admirals play host to Old Mill.
Melton scored 13 points in the Admirals' season-opening 75-51 loss at No. 4 Calvert Hall and needs only eight points in tonight's 7: 45 game to pass John Vereen, who set Severn's school record with 1,490 from 1992-94.
Vereen's school career football records for touchdowns (44) and total points scored (272) fell this past season as Melton completed his junior year with 48 touchdowns and 300 points.
"He's just a great kid who's going places through hard work and determination," said Severn basketball coach Charles "Tank" Duckett.
The Admiral's 6-foot guard is being recruited by Division I schools for both basketball and football.
In his first two varsity basketball seasons, Melton averaged 735 points. If he matches that number a third time, he would become Anne Arundel County's all-time leading boys scorer and the first boy to crack 2,000 career points. Southern's Vince Barnett (1988-91) holds the county boys record with 1,823 points.
Brooklyn Park's Patty Dages (1980-83) is the all-time county girls leader with 2,262 points in basketball, followed by Southern's Dayna Scott, who scored 2,064 while playing in 1982-85.
Melton could pass them all this season and go into his senior year with a chance at 3,000 points.
Three basketball coaching milestones could be reached this season, two in boys basketball and one in girls. John Brady (396-74) of Annapolis is only four wins from the 400-win plateau, and Meade coach Butch Young (391-264) is nine away.
The only county basketball coaches to amass 400 wins are Southern's Tom Albright (453-260) on the boys side and Old Mill's Pat Chance (401-141) with the girls.
North County's Sally Entsminger begins her 26th season (25th in the county) with a career record of 287-216. She can become the third county girls coach to reach 300 wins. "I'm not concerned with wins and losses as much as whether or not I got the most out of my kids," said Entsminger. "When I don't, it will be time [to retire]."
Chance and Southern's Linda Kilpatrick (312-146) are the others with 300 wins.
To all those who claim that it isn't fair that the boys play their games at 7 p.m. or 7: 30 p.m. and that all the girls want to play in prime time take heed of a veteran and very successful coach.
Old Mill's Chance doesn't care for the idea of her girls playing some of their games at 7 p.m.
"I don't like it because it's embarrassing when the boys play first and everybody gets up and leaves when we are about to start," said Chance. "Our parents and girls like it better playing all of our games at one time, 5 or 5: 30 p.m.
"I think the girls teams should be given the opportunity [to play prime time], but not made to do it because it's politically correct if they would rather play at a uniform time."
New county boys assistants include Calvin Vain, longtime girls coach at Annapolis, Broadneck and Northeast. He's back on Brady's staff in Annapolis as a varsity assistant. Former Severna Park, Chesapeake and Pallotti head coach Denny Saylor is assisting Brad Wilson at North County, along with Dan Mangum. Mangum was head coach at Arlington Baptist for nearly 10 years. Ralph Burley, whose son, Cornelius Burley, played for North County while Ralph was an assistant coach there, has moved to Severn with Duckett.
Severn lost veteran assistant Gil Goodrich and his son Gil to Cardinal Gibbons. Young Gil is playing as a freshman at his father's alma mater with his dad as an assistant.
Annapolis scrimmaged Gibbons last week, and Brady couldn't get over Goodrich raining threes. "You wouldn't believe this kid," said Brady. "He doesn't miss. Right now, he's very small and young looking, but he can shoot."
Gibbons visited Archbishop Spalding Tuesday and a three by Goodrich at the buzzer gave the Crusaders a 50-47 victory.
St. Mary's first-year boys basketball coach Roger Reed is a part-time disc jockey at WANN radio in Annapolis. Reed's older son, Saints running back Rashi Reed, is considering Salisbury State.
St. Mary's girls coach Harry Dobson lost an outstanding guard in All-County second teamer Heidi Moldenhauer (4.1 assists), who moved to Queen Anne's for her senior year.
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Pub Date: 12/06/96