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Annapolis coach to St. Mary's: We'll play you in a fund-raiser


Annapolis girls basketball coach Dave Griffith is upset by the remarks of St. Mary's JV coach Chuck Miller in yesterday's Sun.

"Annapolis dropped us this year after we beat them last year, and Arundel won't play us," said Miller, who was filling in for head coach Harry Dobson, who was ill, in the No. 2 Saints' 78-41 romp over Severna Park.

"We have trouble getting games against public school teams in Anne Arundel County because of our success against them," he continued.

Griffith was furious about Miller's comments, and said the JV coach "should have his facts right before spouting off."

"We dropped St. Mary's to pick up Largo, which was supposed to be the best girls team in the state," the coach of the No. 7 Panthers explained. "But we changed the date. It turned out to be an exam night, so we had to cancel it and picked up No. 3 Hammond instead. The game is to be played as part of a mixer Saturday at the College of Notre Dame.

"We're not looking for somebody to beat up on. Ever since I've been at Annapolis we've played St. Mary's -- until this year -- but not because of his ridiculous reason."

Griffith, who has been head coach the last four of his seven pTC years at Annapolis, also issued a challenge. If it could be arranged as a fund-raiser for a good cause, he said, he would like to play St. Mary's after the season is over.

"All they have to do is give me a call. We'll put them back on our schedule next year," said Griffith.

Melton update

Severn junior Dennard Melton was honored at halftime of Severn's 62-48 victory over Old Mill Friday for breaking the Admirals' career scoring record, which is thought to be 1,490 points by John Vereen (1990-94).

Vereen, now a midshipman, received permission from the Naval Academy to be there and present a commemorative ball to his former teammate.

The school counted Melton's eighth-grade JV season (1993-94) at Severn, but JV records do not count toward varsity marks. Vereen's total, which was actually 1,150 points, was accumulated over four varsity seasons, and Melton finished the Old Mill game with 1,158 for a new school mark.

All-American, again

South River's Cassidie Dunbar is an All-American womens' soccer player a second straight season at Catonsville Community College and this time she's a first-teamer, says the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

"Coaches from all over the country vote on it. That is quite an honor," said CCC coach Tom Taylor, a county resident and teacher/coach (girls' lacrosse) at North County High.

Dunbar, an All-Metro player in high school, scored a school record 30 goals and had 16 assists for the Cardinals, who were eighth-ranked nationally (16-3-1). She's also on the Umbro and National Junior College Athletic Association All-American teams.

For her next two years in college, Dunbar is considering several Division I programs, including Towson State and Florida State.

College playing time

Shalisha Johnson, second-team All-County basketball player last season after averaging 12 points and 13.7 boards for Meade, is playing 10 to 12 minutes a game for Division II Clarion State.

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Pub Date: 12/12/96

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