While the success of the Severna Park girls fall teams is well documented, the icing on the cake is their remarkable achievements in the classroom.
Not only do they win championships, but the majority of the girls are honor roll students.
Falcons field hockey and cross country teams won state titles and the volleyball and soccer teams were state finalists, but when it comes to academic achievement, the volleyball team is a cut above.
The cumulative grade-point average per the weighted GPA scale (4.0 is an A; Advanced Placement and Honors courses raise it) for the 12 varsity volleyball players was a 3.78. The starters overall GPA was 4.10 and the six seniors had a combined 4.21.
Of the 27 players in the entire program, JV (15 players, 3.41) included, the cumulative GPA was a 3.57. Some 23 of the 27 players had a GPA of 3.0 or better (11 of 12 varsity). The state's Minds in Motion award (3.25 or better during the playing season) went to 19 players.
"My goal is to teach the girls to excel whether on or off the court, " said coach Tim Dunbar. "A volleyball career only lasts for so long, but a solid education lasts a lifetime."
Dunbar decided to practice later this season in order to give the girls the opportunity to get a start on their homework.
"Winning has its place, but the real accomplishment for these athletes is what they have done in the classroom, " said Dunbar.
The fourth-ranked Annapolis boys basketball team opens its season at 7.30 p.m. tomorrow when it plays host to defending 1A state champion Forest Park, the team that won only two regular-season games but peaked at the right time in the open state tournament.
In girls action, No. 4 Arundel, a 72-63 winner over No. 6 Western in its season opener Friday, play host to No. 7 Seton Keough at 7.15 p.m. Tuesday.
Corey Wallace, former county boys basketball Player of the Year (1988) who went on to play at Clemson, is assisting his former Meade classmate Mike Francis at North County.
Chesapeake boys coach John Spinnenweber has been named supervisor of Joe Cannon Stadium with the promotion of Don Brooks. Brooks is now Chief of Recreation facilities and will oversee Cannon, Randazzo Park and the new complex on Ordnance Road.
Spinnenweber was running the Annapolis pool.
Julie Shank, a three-time honorable mention lacrosse All-American and All-Metro field hockey defender at Severna Park, has signed a letter of intent for a lacrosse scholarship to the University of Maryland. Shank, who has a 4.2 GPA and plans to major in engineering, will join her sister, Becky (1996 Severna Park graduate) on the Terps. Annapolis grad Holly Magliano, a senior at Roanoke (Salem, Va.), was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Division III All-Academic Team. Severna Park's Vanessa McCarthy scored four goals and two assists as a sophomore on the first-ever Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, Maine) women's soccer team, which went 6-9-1. Limestone (Gaffney, S.C.) College sophomores Kristin Briggs (Annapolis) and Julie Petryszak (Glen Burnie) were named to the Carolinas/Virginia Athletic All-Conference team for women's soccer. Bethany (W. Va.) College senior soccer defender Matt Weibe of Severna Park was named to the All Presidents' Athletic Conference team. Weibe led a defense that gave up just 20 goals in going 17-3 to win its 19th consecutive PAC title. Southern's Missy Bond, a junior at Cedar Crest (Pa.) College, was co-captain and a bright spot on a 1-18 field hockey team. Severn's Bess Freedlander completed her sophomore season with eight goals for the 8-9 Penn field hockey team. Broadneck's James Miante (sophomore) and Brian Baker (senior captain) of Annapolis were members of the Bucknell water polo team. Baker had 21 goals for the Bison.
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Pub Date: 12/06/98