County's top scholar-athletes to receive $3,000 scholarships


Some great news for our All-County Academic-Athletic Team.

This year's overall winners, one male and one female, will each receive a $3,000 scholarship from The Sun.

The 10 boys and 10 girls chosen for what will be our 15th annual team will each receive a plaque at a banquet in May and, as in the past, the top male and top female receive an additional award, this time a scholarship.

All high school students who play at least one varsity sport and reside in Anne Arundel County are eligible to apply. The application will be published Sunday in The Sun sports. Also watch for it in The Sun's Anne Arundel County local news sections.

Mangum to Maryland

North County's Chris Mangum, twice an All-County football player and an All-County second-teamer last spring in lacrosse, has signed a letter of intent for a lacrosse scholarship to the University of Maryland.

Another in the long line of Mangums who played high school sports in Anne Arundel County, Chris Mangum is a midfielder for the Knights.

He is completing his fourth varsity season, the last three as a starter, with career totals to date of 71 goals and 55 assists. That includes 16 goals and eight assists this season for the 5-5 Knights.

"Chris' future at the next level can be as a midfielder or attackman," said Knights head coach Paul Shea. "He's a very unselfish player who is a great feeder as his stats indicate."

Jon Appelt, Shea's longtime top assistant, echoed the head coach's remarks, and added, "Chris is very intense and has gotten better each year."

Mangum will be joining former North County teammate Chris Lamy, an All-County defenseman in 1995 who transferred from Penn State to Maryland this year.

Dan Mangum, Chris' father, was an outstanding baseball, basketball and football player at the old Brooklyn Park High. Dan was one of six Mangum brothers who were All-County in various sports, but Chris is the first to play lacrosse.

The late "Big John" Mangum, Chris' 6-foot-1, 350-pound grandfather, was a frequent spectator, flanked by his sons, at county athletic events in the 1960s and 1970s. Big John, who died just over 10 years ago, always hoped his grandsons would carry on the Mangum name. Chris has done him proud.

As a three-year starter at wide receiver for the Knights' football team, Chris Mangum was All-County and second team All-Metro his final two seasons. His 118 career pass receptions are fourth ++ on the all-time county list, and he's third in career touchdown receptions (18), as well as sixth in career yards receiving (1,609).


Boys lacrosse: North County (5-5) visits No. 15 Chesapeake (7-3) at 7: 30 tonight in a game that could determine the North representative for the county championship on May 5 against the much stronger South division champ.

The Knights and Cougars are the North's only two non-losing teams, while the South features all winning teams. Eighth-ranked Severna Park (7-0), No. 11 Broadneck (5-2), No. 14 Arundel (7-2), Annapolis (7-1, including Tuesday's 8-6 victory over Arundel), South River (6-3) and Southern (6-4) comprise the loaded south.

Softball: As well as No. 5 Northeast (6-3) has been doing with only three seniors, the Eagles still have work to do.

"We've had trouble scoring in the late innings and haven't had that big inning," said coach Lynn Pitonzo, who owns more state softball titles (seven) than any other county coach. "But we're still very young with mostly sophomores."

Second-ranked Arundel (9-2) edged Northeast, 4-3, Monday despite Wildcat designated hitter Emily Walther striking out for the first time this season. "Emily had not struck out once, not even in a scrimmage, until today," said Yannuzzi of his clean-up batter who went down swinging twice.

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Pub Date: 4/18/97

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