Swimmers ready for 1st county title meet

The Baltimore Sun

Beginning with this week's inaugural swimming championships, county titles will be decided over the next two weeks.

The county swimming championships are set for Friday at 3:30 at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center.

Wrestling follows on Feb. 16-17 at Arundel, with the boys and girls basketball championships to be decided Feb. 20 at South River High. The boys will play first at 5 p.m., with the girls following at 6:45.

The top contenders for the county's swimming championships are Severna Park and South River, each of whom went 10-0 in county meets, and Broadneck (9-1).

On the mat, No. 4 Old Mill (11-3 overall, 9-1 county) will be challenged by No. 12 Broadneck (15-6, 8-3) and No. 14 Arundel (17-4, 9-2).

With three games remaining, the No. 3 Broadneck boys basketball team (17-1, 11-1) figures to be the top seed. The Bruins' opponent most likely will be No. 10 Glen Burnie (14-4, 10-2) or No. 11 Annapolis (15-3, 10-2).

The girls basketball matchup is set, with No. 8 Old Mill (15-2, 11-1) challenging fourth-ranked and defending county champion Arundel (14-3, 12-0). Old Mill's only county loss was to Arundel.

Pitt fundraiser

The Severna Park Boosters, who have raised almost $60,000 during this school year for the family of former Severna Park teacher and coach Jim Pitt, are planning another fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.

Pitt's son, Jimmy was left paralyzed from an auto accident last February.

Jimmy Pitt, 22, who was a student at Marshall University when the accident occurred, has been hospitalized ever since.

This Friday, the Falcons will host neighborhood rival Broadneck in a boys and girls basketball doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a donation box present when spectators enter the gym and a bucket will be passed around at halftime.

"A lot of the money has been used and we need to give the fund a surge," Severna Park Boosters president Larry Sells said. "We're in this thing together, and while Broadneck is a great rival, we rally for each other's causes often."

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Jimmy Pitt Foundation can do so by mailing it to Falcon Athletic Boosters, Pitt Foundation, P.O. Box 1341, Severna Park, 21146, calling Sells at 410-987-6239, or e-mailing him at larry.sells@comcast.net.

Quick hits

Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter, the state's all-time winningest public school coach at 566-164 (.775) with a record 10 state titles, was presented the Cal Ripken Sr. Award for service to youth at the Aspire Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center on Jan. 26. ... Three members of the Class 3A state champion Severna Park field hockey team have committed to college: Amanda Himmelheber (Maryland), Brittany Zorn (Ohio University) and Claire Horn (Lehigh).


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