Hepfer seeks 250th wrestling victory tonight


Arundel High's Buddy Hepfer, the dean of county wrestling coaches in his 28th season, goes after career dual meet victory No. 250 tonight.

Hepfer's No. 4-ranked Wildcats (2-0) host Northeast at 6 o'clock in Gambrills. A member of the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame, Hepfer goes into the match with a county career-best mark of 249-86-5.

Arundel defeated South River (64-3) and Severna Park (45-16) in a tri-meet last week. Junior Shannon Webber, a junior varsity county champion last year, opened with two pins at 103 pounds, as did Steve Banvard (140), Rob Connolly (160) and Anthony Dennis (heavyweight).

Trophy winners

Running back Tanardo Sharps of county co-champion Meade and St. Mary's defensive lineman Rob Hoffman will be honored at the Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet in February as the county's Jim Rhodes and Al Laramore Memorial Trophy winners.

Sharps, who set county single-season rushing (1,862 yards) and career-rushing (3,627 yards) records along with several school records including career touchdowns (41) in just two seasons, will receive the 36th Rhodes Trophy. It goes to the county's best football player.

Hoffman played only seven games because of a knee injury, but managed to post 71 tackles and 12 sacks in taking the award named in honor of the late Annapolis coach. The Laramore award goes to the county's top lineman.

Doubling at tight end, Hoffman caught 16 passes for 299 yards and was a superb blocker for the Saints.

Sharps and Hoffman were Sun All-County selections two years in a row and Sharps was All-Metro both seasons. Hoffman was All-Metro as a junior and only his injury kept him from repeating.

The county's 15 football coaches voted for the awards which highlight the TD club's banquet.

Seahawks pull stunner

Coach Ken Dunn couldn't remember the last time South River won a boys basketball game at Broadneck in Cape St. Claire before Monday night. The Seahawks (3-1) stunned the No. 17 Bruins, 52-42, with a strong second half.

Interestingly, the Bruins (1-2) won all their home games last season at Anne Arundel Community College while their new gym was being built. But both Broadneck losses this season have come in the Bruins' new gym.

Broadneck led by 26-15 at the half Monday night before the Seahawks got going.

"It's the first time this group of kids has shown any emotion in the last couple years," Dunn said. "It was tied at 37 with about four minutes left when we pulled away [on a 15-5 run] and the kids were pretty excited."

Pernell Jackson, a 6-foot-9 senior center, and Russ Nicholson, a 6-2 senior guard, scored a dozen points each, and 6-2 junior guard Shawn Tasker scored 10.

Jackson, an outstanding student, impressed the University of Pennsylvania coaching staff for the second game in a row.

"The head coach and assistant coach have been at our last two games to see Pernell," Dunn said.

South River visits No. 16 Chesapeake (3-0) at 5: 15 p.m. today in Lake Shore.

Et cetera

Although it will not be named after anyone at this time, Broadneck plans to officially dedicate its new gym at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in a meeting with powerful DeMatha. Legendary coach Morgan Wootten's Stags started this week with a 6-0 record and the top ranking in The Washington Post's Top 20.

Severn's Dennard Melton became the fifth county boys basketball player to surpass 1,500 points in career scoring on Friday at Severna Park. Severn remains winless at 0-4.

Melton scored 24 in the Admirals' 79-76 loss to their neighbor Falcons (1-2). Melton ran his career total to 1,516 moving him ahead of Steve Stielper into fourth place all-time. Stielper, who played at Andover from 1973-76, scored 1,502.

Coach Tom Albright's veteran Bulldogs of Southern are off to a 3-0 start. Win No. 3 came by 88-68 over Glen Burnie (1-2) as Will Maynard hit five three-pointers and scored 29.

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Pub Date: 12/17/97

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