Katie Neatherton, a 6-foot-3 senior center who has contributed more than her share to the revival of girls basketball at Meade, has committed to sign for a basketball scholarship to Baltimore's Loyola College.
Neatherton, who averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, becomes the first player in coach Phil Popielski's four seasons to commit to a Division I college.
"We're pretty proud of her," Popielski said. "She's got a lot of potential and is an outstanding student/athlete."
Neatherton carries a 4.2 grade-point average and scored a 1,220 on her SAT.
She has started since her sophomore season under Popielski, a period in which Meade has gone 43-9.
Meade was 9-70 overall the four seasons before Popielski took the job. But they won the county championship in his third season, 1996-97, with a 22-4 record that ranked them No. 15 in The Sun's final poll. Popielski earned county Coach of the Year honors.
With Neatherton as an integral part, Meade was 21-5 last season and ranked No. 8.
"Now we've got to get Angie in school," said Popielski, referring to Angie Creek, the team's All-Metro guard who averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 steals a game as a junior last winter.
An Eagles mid-term
Northeast coach Charlie Parks' upstart girls soccer team (6-1) gets a big test at 5: 15 p.m. Tuesday, when they visit No. 7-ranked Severna Park (7-1).
Northeast, 6-7 a year ago, already has matched that season's win total but must prove they can play with the big girls.
Sign of the times
For years, a tacky metal sign with "Severn School" in white letters on a maroon background hung on a chain-link fence at the busy Severna Park corner of Maple Avenue and Evergreen and McKinsey Roads.
Passers-by and visiting teams are greeted now by a glistening brick wall, fronted by eye-catching landscaping and a new maroon, white and gold sign, complete with a mariner's compass and the words: "Severn School, Founded in 1914."
Chesapeake's volleyball team got rookie coach Shannon Pastrana her first win Thursday, outlasting Southern-Harwood, 15-5, 5-15, 15-4 and 15-8. Senior setter Kristen Bland had nine kills and 11 service points for the Cougars, now 1-6 for the season.
Talk about lopsided, the No. 2-ranked Severna Park field hockey team outshot Old Mill 46-3 in an 8-0 victory Thursday. Senior Jess Gaither had a hat trick for the Falcons (8-1).
County championship game site changes: Field hockey at Severna Park on Oct. 22, and volleyball at Chesapeake on Nov. 4, both at 7 p.m.
Salisbury State University's football team has nine defensive touchdowns in the last four years -- three in this fall's first four games under defensive coordinator Wayne Bradford, a Glen Burnie alumnus.
Pete Bush, a standout at Brooklyn Park in football and baseball in the late 1960s, is giving back to football in a big way, coaching the Pasadena Chargers' 75-pound "B" team.
Bush also played line for the semipro Baltimore Eagles football team and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts, where his coach was Marv Levy.
Walt Blahut, Archbishop Spalding defensive line coach, another Brooklyn Park grad, finds time to assist Larry Rzepkowski in coaching the Pasadena Chargers' 75-pound "A" team.
Glen Burnie's Tiffany Jordan, who plays volleyball and softball for the Gophers, is the daughter of Steve Jordan, an All-Metro catcher at Mount St. Joseph in 1978.
Mark Campbell, an All-County third baseman at Old Mill last spring, is impressing pro scouts pitching for Essex Community College. He's throwing nearly 90 mph consistently.
Friday's football capsules incorrectly reported Queen Anne's classification. Queen Anne's dropped to Class 2A this year with the opening of Class 1A Kent Island High, not to be confused with Kent County High, also a Class 1A school.
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Pub Date: 10/04/98