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Thillet and Sloan likely to repeat in county track


Old Mill's Victor Thillet and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan are expected to repeat as champions in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in today's Anne Arundel County indoor track championships at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory.

The 3: 30 p.m. meet should be the first major step for both toward state titles.

The Class 3A-4A region and state championships follow on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, also at the armory.

Thillet was a double winner in last weekend's 1,500 and 3,000 runs at the Maryland National Guard indoor track scholastic games at the armory. Sloan was a disappointing fifth in the 1,500, third in the 3,000.

But Sloan has posted the county's best public school times for both long distance jaunts at 5: 24.9 (1,600) and 11: 42.7 (3,200).

The Glen Burnie girls were third at the National Guard meet, where shot putter Susan Sperduto and high jumper Delrhea Godwin were winners. They have led those events all season, and with a typical Sloan effort, the Gophers should challenge Old Mill, Annapolis and Arundel.

With Thillet leading well-balanced Old Mill, the Patriots are favored in the boys competition, but Arundel, North County and Meade can't be counted out.

Hot-stove notes

John McCurdy, Class 4A state champion Arundel High's returning All-County middle infielder, received the "Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year Award" at last night's Bowie Baysox mid-winter baseball banquet in Lanham.

The Maryland-bound McCurdy, who batted .302 with three homers, 32 RBIs and 22 runs scored as a junior last spring, has a 3.3 grade-point average, scored 1,100 on his SAT, and has had perfect attendance since elementary school.

Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, Glen Burnie's veteran umpire and founder/commissioner of the Anne Arundel County High School Fall Baseball League, will be honored Feb. 12 by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches at its annual banquet at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Svoboda, a local umpire for over 40 years, has been selected Umpire of the Year.

Other county residents to be honored are Severna Park's Mark Teixeira and Pasadena's Dave Norton.

Teixeira,a switch-hitting infielder at Georgia Tech, was The Sun's All-Metro baseball Player of the Year at Mount St. Joseph last spring and will receive the 1998 High School Player of the Year Award.

Norton, Teixeira's high school coach who has a career record of 313-104 in 16 seasons, will be inducted into the MSABC Hall of Fame. Norton, a former Mount St. Joseph lacrosse player, is a director and past officer of the MSABC.


Broadneck could have used the scoring of 1984 grad Kurtis Brooks, whose No. 35 jersey was retired before the No. 16-ranked Bruins' 55-48 loss to 17th ranked Old Mill Tuesday.

Brooks, who had 937 career points in only two seasons, the fifth highest in school history, received a banner with his name and number on it. The banner will be raised to the rafters in the Bruins' gym, joining those of Kenny Wood (No. 32), Jason Smith (31), Matt Campbell (34), Johnny Williams (25), Betsy Given (13) and Brooke Smith (53).

Old Mill (11-2 overall, 6-1 league) squandered an 18-point lead with four minutes left and had to hold on for the seven-point win over Broadneck (7-5, 4-2). Senior Tim Smith, who led all scorers with 21 points, was asked what happened down the stretch?

"I think it was the speech coach [Paul Bunting] told us at the beginning of the fourth quarter," Smith answered with a smile.

"He said 10 years ago, we had a 32-12 lead with about two minutes left in the third quarter, and the other team came back [to force] overtime. He said Old Mill came back to win it that night."

Add Dennis Edwards to the list of top county single-season scorers in basketball. Edwards, who had 596 points in 22 games (27.1 a game) in 1990-91 for Annapolis, was inadvertently left off the chart in Sunday's Sidelines.

Annapolis is expected to name its boys lacrosse coach tomorrow or early next week from among Bob Bohanan and John German, both ex-Panthers assistants, and former Chesapeake coach Brien McMurray.

Trivia time

Question: Who are the only two Arnold residents to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated?

Answer: David Orso and Dennis Keller.

Orso, a former Severna Park High golfer, was on the Nov. 17, 1997, cover with his friend and Duke classmate, Steve Wojciechowski. Wojo, the ex-standout Blue Devils' point guard, is a Severna Park resident who attended Cardinal Gibbons.

Keller was the Miami University football player kissing cheerleader Tammy McPhee after the Hurricanes won their second national title in 1988, beating Oklahoma, 20-14. The embrace appeared on the Jan. 11, 1988, cover entitled "How Sweet It Is!"

Keller, son of NFL official Tom Keller, lives in Arnold, along with Orso. McPhee resides in San Diego, where she is a Chargers' cheerleader turned squad director, according to SI.

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Pub Date: 1/21/99

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