Brooks' honor turns focus to other prolific scorers


With Broadneck honoring Kurtis Brooks before Tuesday's 7: 15 p.m. game with Old Mill, Anne Arundel County's all-time single-season leading scorers come to mind.

Brooks scored 937 points in only two seasons -- the fifth-best career total in school history -- and led Anne Arundel County both seasons. In 1983-84, he scored 592 points, averaging 26.9 points in 22 games, the fourth-best average all-time in the county.

Brooks, who played under Jim Morris, was the only county player to average 20 points -- actually 20.3 -- in 1982-83.

Jason Smith (1992-95) is Broadneck's leading scorer with 1,662 points, followed by Johnny Williams (1,169, 1993-97), Kenny Wood (1,047, 1987-89) and Matt Campbell (992, 1988-90).

The Bruins' top four scorers played for current coach Ken Kazmarek.

Brooks' accomplishments earned him a banner with his name on it, and also put the spotlight on two current players.

Brooks' 592 points in 1983-84 is the eighth-highest on the all-time county list, but Ayyub Ali, Severna Park's 6-foot-3 senior, is on a pace to crack the top 10 and possibly catch Brooks.

Travis Blake, Chesapeake's 6-5 senior center, was right there with Ali when this week started. Blake had 215 points in nine games (23.9), but a six-point effort in a 48-29 loss to No. 15 Old Mill on Monday knocked him down a bit.

Blake stands at 22.3 points per game (245 points in 11 games) and at that pace would finish with 513 points. That would not crack the top 10 all-time. Blake really has to turn it up to have a shot at joining the elite club.

Ali leads county scorers this season with an average of 24.4 points a game on 268 points in 11 games. With at least 12 games (11 regular season and at least one playoff game) left, Ali would finish with 559 points in 23 games, an average of 24.3.

The 24.3 point-average would tie him for 10th in county history with Meade's Corey Wallace (Clemson), who is an assistant to Mike Francis at North County.

Only two county players have ever averaged 30 points per game for a season -- Andover's 6-7 Steve Stielper (33.0 in 1975-76) and the late James Butler of Annapolis (30.4 in 1985-86).

Stielper also holds the record for the most points in a season with 892 in 27 games.

Butler, The Sun's county Player of the Decade for the 1980s, was called "the best pure shooter" to ever play in the county by his coach, John Brady, and many others who saw him play.

The three-point shot would have been perfect for Butler, but it was not put into play until the season after he graduated.


The nine three-pointers by sophomore Marques Neal in Annapolis' 70-39 romp over Arundel was one short of the boys county record (10) by Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault in 1990.

Calls to the 24-hour Sportsline asked what the girls record is. Answer: 11, by Northeast's Jen Johanson at South River in 1995. Johanson scored all 33 of her points that night on three-pointers, 10 of them in the first half.

"Jen thought she had a chance at a national record and didn't have a good second half," recalled former Northeast coach Calvin Vain, now assistant boys coach at Annapolis. "She was sure on fire that first half."

St. Mary's No. 2-ranked girls team plays at the MCI Center in Washington at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Archbishop Carroll, the Washington area's 14th-ranked team. It's the first of four games scheduled in the DeMatha Invitational. The Stags' nationally ranked boys team plays Highlands High, of Fort Thomas, Ky., in the feature game at 7: 45 p.m.

Juan Johnson, All-County at Annapolis in 1994, has resurfaced at Anne Arundel Community College. Johnson, who spent a year at Hagerstown Community College and dropped out, played his first game at point guard Wednesday. He scored nine points and made three assists for coach Larry Alvis in an 82-63 loss to Frederick. AACC is home at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Harford Community College.

As expected, Chesapeake named Jimmy Beardmore, former Severn and University of Maryland goalkeeper, boys lacrosse coach. He succeeds Brien McMurray, who resigned in the fall and is a candidate for the vacant Annapolis job.

Beardmore is the son of Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore, National Lacrosse Foundation and Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame player/coach, who stepped down this year as AACC athletic director.

Men's lacrosse coach Bill Gorrow, who led the Pioneers to a national title last spring, is serving as interim athletic director at Anne Arundel.

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Pub Date: 1/17/99

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