High School Sports Scene June 4, 2012

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>> We wrap up the spring season
with regional and state
That's next on
"High School Sports Scene."
>> Hi, and welcome to this
edition of
"High School Sports Scene."
I'm Sydney Callahan.
The Hereford boys lacrosse team
made a return trip to the 3A2A
state championship, looking for
their fifth consecutive
state title.
>> It was the perfect day for
the Class 3A2A State Lacrosse
Championship between
the Glenelg Gladiators
and the Hereford Bulls.
The Bulls were looking for
their fifth consecutive state
The Hereford fans were ready and
so were the players, because
they did not waste any time
getting on the scoreboard with a
shifty move by sophomore attack
Jason Ashwood.
Then quickly, senior midfielder
Morgan Pritchett gets into
the act and fires a shot to
the back of the net
and Hereford takes an early
2-0 lead.
The Bulls added another goal
which put Glenelg down by 3.
But the Gladiators answered when
senior attack Nick Wynne fired
a shot for the score.
The Bulls went back on
the attack.
Junior attackman Joe Seider
absolutely put on a lacrosse
clinic for the crowd.
He scored five straight goals
to end the half with an 8-1
The Bulls also played excellent
defense and looked to put
Glenelg away.
But the Gladiators came out
fighting in the second half,
with goals by Mark Darden
and an assist from Nick Wynne
to Mikey Wynne for the goal.
And Nick Wynne makes a move and
gets a goal of his own,
cutting the deficit by two.
Just like the true champions
they are, the Bulls were able to
take a punch.
They came back swinging with
goals from Jason Ashwood
and then a goal from Jack Adams
which put the game on ice.
Glenelg gave Hereford a good
fight but fell in the end.
The Bulls finished the season
with an impressive 18-1 record,
winning their fifth consecutive
state championship.
>> With their win, the Bulls
tied Delaney for the most boys
lacrosse championships from
Baltimore County with 8 total.
The Loch Raven girls lacrosse
team had a streak of their own,
as they looked for a fourth
consecutive regional title.
>> The Girls 2A1A North Lacrosse
Regional Championship pitted
the host Loch Raven Raiders
against the Pikesville Panthers.
The Raiders struck
30 seconds in.
After Lindsay Wagner was stopped
on a point-blank shot,
Christie Moyer gathered the
loose ball and found
Meredith Moore,
who converted for the score.
Less than a minute later,
Courtney Genovese dodged
the Panther defense and buried
a shot for a 2-0 Raider lead.
Loch Raven controlled
the ensuing faceoff and
Meredith Moore circled the goal,
then found Taylor Sartor
sneaking in the back side
to make it 3-0.
Before the game was two minutes
old, Maggie Wagner fired a shot
into the top corner, giving
the Raiders a 4-0 lead and
sparking a Pikesville timeout.
Loch Raven went up 6-0 when
Meredith Moore split the Panther
"d" and found the goal.
The Panthers' nightmare
continued as Taylor Sartor
connected with Sammie Knapp for
the seventh Raider score.
Loch Raven's sharp passing
resulted in another
Meredith Moore goal, pushing
Loch Raven up 8-0, 6 1/2 minutes
into the game.
A Courtney Genovese goal at 7:51
stretched the Loch Raven lead
to 9-0.
Pikesville finally got on the
board at the 8:45 mark, when
Arianne Schreier put the first
ball past Kelly Bilz, making it
9-1 Loch Raven.
The Raiders stretched the lead
to 14-1 at the half and
eventually cruised to a 16-6
victory and their fourth
consecutive regional title.
>> A highlight of each school
year is the naming of the
recipients of
the Mildred H. Murray
Scholar-Athlete Awards.
>> On May 30th at Greenwood,
BCPS Superintendent
Dr. Joe Hairston joined former
BCPS Coordinator of Athletics
Mildred Murray to present
the 25th annual Mildred Murray
All Academic Scholar-Athlete
Award and Scholarship to two
deserving senior
This year's recipients were
Stephanie Honig from
Pikesville High School and
Kennedy Akwo from
Chesapeake High School.
>> It is a great school system
because we have great students,
great teachers, great
administrators and a great
community, and those homes that
are run by those incredible
I think, when you put it all
together, you're talking about
commitment, you're talking about
values, you're talking about
discipline, you're talking about
tenacity, you're talking about
all of those things that are
inherent within the human
condition, those traits that
enable us to surpass all those
things that are considered
>> REPORTER: Stephanie,
a three-sport varsity athlete,
ranked first in her class of 216
students and maintained a 4.0
unweighted GPA throughout
her high-school career.
She participated in field
hockey, indoor track,
and lacrosse.
Among many honors, Stephanie is
a five-time Carson Scholar.
She will attend the University
of Virginia in the fall.
>> I definitely think it's
taught me a lot of leadership
and being confident in myself
and I think that's definitely
helped me in school and in my
demanding classes, and it will
definitely help me later on
in life.
>> She's the best that
Pikesville High School has
to offer.
She's the best that Baltimore
County has to offer, and she's
going to be a great ambassador
for our school system and for
our state.
>> REPORTER: Kennedy, also
a three-sport varsity athlete,
maintained a 3.67 unweighted GPA
during his high-school career
and ranked 9th in his class
of 261.
He participated in soccer,
indoor and outdoor track.
>> Scholar-athlete means
maintaining excellence in
the classroom and playing your
best in the field.
It helped me to become
self-disciplined, taught me
time management skills
that will help me in college
and beyond.
>> I've known Kennedy for
four years.
I had him in physical education
class four years ago, and I
quickly identified that he
was a special young man.
He was always on time,
he did his job, he came
He was very, very attentive.
He was always listening.
Just an outstanding young man.
>> REPORTER: The scholarships,
worth $2,000 each, are awarded
annually to a male and female
senior student-athlete who has
maintained an unweighted 3.5 GPA
and participated in at least two
varsity sports.
Congratulations to Stephanie
and Kennedy.
>> Now, let's learn more about
Stephanie as she is this month's
Outstanding Female
Here's Janie Brown
with the story.
>> BROWN: Stephanie Honig is
a senior at
Pikesville High School.
While she had played field
hockey before starting high
school, she began to play
lacrosse her freshman year.
>> I decided to play
freshman year.
I had never played before.
I just decided I wanted to try
something new, and I went to
clinics during the off season
to prepare me coming in
for freshman year.
>> BROWN: Beginning a lacrosse
career at the high-school level
may be difficult for some but
Stephanie hit the ground
>> I can remember coaching with
my sister at that point and
within the first week of
practice, her and I looking at
each other, saying, "Stephanie's
going to be something very
special here in the next couple
of years," and she's proven us
right so far.
>> BROWN: Although she may have
faced some challenges entering
the sport like that, Stephanie's
diligence and strong work ethic
quickly helped her to become one
of the team's strongest players.
>> In school, she's a hard
worker, she's very smart, she's
number one in her class.
But in lacrosse, she's running
before, after practice.
If she noticed that her shot
wasn't great at practice that
day, she's after practice
shooting around, playing
wall ball.
>> BROWN: In addition to her
lacrosse skills, Stephanie has
also managed to improve her
leadership skills
through the sport.
>> I think playing sports has
given me a lot of confidence.
Like I used to be really shy but
given these leadership positions
on my sports teams, I feel like
I've kind of gotten out of
my shell a little bit more and
become more vocal.
>> She brings the qualities that
every coach looks for and kind
of being the coach when
the coach is not around.
Her attitude, setting a tone
for practice, setting a tone
for games -- that really helps
spread to the rest of the
teammates to really bring
everybody's best efforts out
on the field.
>> BROWN: Stephanie fully steps
into her role as team captain by
acting as a role model for
other players.
>> She certainly sets the tone
during games.
Her attitude and her intensity
come game time really kind of
sheds off on the rest of
the team.
She certainly is a very vocal
Before games, after games,
during games.
>> When people come to practice,
they see her running and warming
up and they're like, "Wow, she's
very into this team.
She wants to do well and she
wants the team and herself
to do well."
>> BROWN: Not only is Stephanie
an exceptional lacrosse player
but an excellent student
as well.
She is currently top of her
class and she has twice received
the Carson Scholarship, an award
given to top students who are
also active in the community.
>> I founded this organization
a couple of years ago
called Eyes in Need, where
patients can donate their used
eyeglasses and
the ophthalmologist, if they
have patients that can't afford
glasses, they can take these
donated glasses and give them
to these patients.
>> BROWN: Stephanie's
outstanding leadership,
enthusiasm, and determination
make her an integral part of
the team, and those skills will
certainly be beneficial to her
once she graduates.
>> She is certainly the type of
individual that, when she puts
her mind to something, she's
going to accomplish whatever
she wants.
>> We wish Stephanie and the
rest of the lacrosse team the
best of luck in the future.
For "High School Sports Scene,"
I'm Janie Brown.
>> Congratulations to Stephanie.
To honor her selection as this
month's Outstanding Female
Student Athlete, she'll receive
an award provided by
Allogram Incorporated in
Coming up next is Randy Dase
with "Coach's Corner."
This is our last program
for the year.
We hope you've enjoyed our
coverage of BCPS athletics.
We'll be back in the fall.
I'm Sydney Callahan.
Thanks for watching,
and have a great summer.
>> Hi, I'm Randy Dase, and
welcome to "Coach's Corner."
My guests today are
Michael Sye, the acting
coordinator of athletics in
the Baltimore County Public
School System, and our old
acting coordinator of athletics
in the Baltimore County Public
School System, Mr. Ron Belinko.
And, Ron and Michael, welcome
to "High School Sports Scene."
I apologize for saying
"Old Ron," but how long have you
been around the Baltimore County
Public School System, Ron?
>> 46 years, Randy, so you
could say that.
>> That's outstanding.
And, Michael, it's great.
You are a Baltimore County
graduate of Woodlawn
High School.
And when you were there, you
were a student-athlete.
Tell us the sports you
participated in.
>> Well, I'm a product of
Baltimore County Public Schools,
graduated from
Woodlawn High School.
Played football there and
track standout and enjoyed my
career there and went on to
the University of Delaware.
>> And then came back and has
been involved in the school
system since, and, I guess, as
of January, you became the
acting coordinator of athletics.
How's it been going so far,
>> It's been a whirlwind.
It's been extremely busy.
It's been exciting.
Very blessed to have Ron here
with me, help me, walk me
through, but I work with a bunch
of great guys, 24 great athletic
They have all been very
supportive and been right there
with me helping me to get
through this process as we move
on through this transition.
>> Ron, you've been an acting
consultant for the last year
in the athletic department,
and when Michael came along,
real excited about seeing him
come, a homebred student-athlete
from Baltimore County?
>> There isn't any question,
When Mike was named and finally
moved into the office, you have
a product of the county, as you
just heard Mike say, from
Woodlawn High School.
It doesn't take that long, when
you're a product of it, to know
the system, know the folks in
here, and someone coming from
the outside, that transition
would be tremendously hard, and
Mike has made that transition
because of his ability, the
reputation he earned as
an athletic director at
>> Now, Ron, as of June 14, 15,
it's all over for you --
>> Retirement, officially
June 15 will be my last day,
as far as with Baltimore County
Public Schools.
Everyone asks me, "What are you
going to do?"
First I'm going to go down
to the beach, and then decide at
the end of the summer, might
work with NIAAA a little bit and
with the State Athletic
Directors Association,
but that's it.
>> So, Michael, as we were
joking before the taping,
the training wheels will be
coming off and you're going to
be riding by yourself.
Anything first on your
agenda list?
>> Well, I don't know if
anything's first on the agenda.
The training wheels I think have
been off for about the past
Ron has been turning everything
over to me and it's like,
"Here you go," so I'm kind of
taking it one step at a time,
learning as I'm going, and just
getting used to the process,
getting used to the different
things that Baltimore County
expects and trying to live up to
the standard that Ron has set.
>> You've been a coach at
Woodlawn and you've also been
the athletic director at
Looking back, and I know you're
in a completely different role
now, but as a coach, you know,
teacher, participant,
what's great about Baltimore
County's athletic program that
you always thought that you were
greatly proud of?
>> I think the thing that I'm
most proud of is this, that,
the amount of love and support
that you get from the teachers,
the administrators, the staff.
And I think what Baltimore
County really does that maybe we
can't say for every single
school system, that they raise
young men and young women to be
And that's the thing that I was
most proud of coming through
because they made sure that I
had an opportunity.
They presented opportunities
for me.
They made sure the academics
were there.
They made sure the athletics
was there.
They took an interest in me as
a whole person, and I think
that's what Baltimore County
does so well.
>> It's ironic, Ron, but the
number of coaches I have on
throughout the year, and I say,
"Oh, another graduate of a
Baltimore County High School."
I know myself I'm a graduate of
Towson High School.
I came back because of the role
models that I had in the
classroom and as coaches and,
as you said, Mike, it's a great
system, and when you have people
come back and want to do the
same thing, you know something
is going right.
Ron, I first ran into you in
1977 at Overlea High School.
I was a student-teacher, and as
a great example, Ron was
a phys-ed teacher at
Overlea High School.
And you were going to start
coaching a pretty new sport
over there, right, for Overlea?
>> That was the lacrosse
>> And I'll never forget, you
offered me that opportunity to
work with you and it didn't work
out that way, but the
opportunity was great.
And, Ron, you've been from
the trenches to the top dog.
Looking back, talk to us a
little about your career.
>> When you talk about the
career, you mentioned at Overlea
High School, starting a new
sport there at the time in
lacrosse, along with
Glenn Boston, who's over there
at Towson with you, he's the
mover behind it, and when you
take a look at, when I first
first started in Baltimore
County, Randy, we didn't have
So you saw football grow, you
saw the sport of lacrosse grow,
the wrestling program, and you
saw the county grow
tremendously since I've been
We made a cultural change in
the early '90s in athletics by
putting up some lighted fields,
playing at night, playing
football, particularly on Friday
night or Saturday afternoons,
without lights, so when you take
a look at that potential, and
the students, our offerings
have grown.
We added girls sports.
We added girls golf over the
years, girls track and field,
girls soccer.
So being part of that and coming
up through the trenches, and
it's similar to what Mike
has done.
He has come up through
the trenches
and you know every phase of it.
Someone can't come up to you and
say, "Well, you haven't
done this."
Yes, I have.
Trouble is, when you're around
as long as I have, it's, "What
can you do for me lately?"
And all these things have been
in place and people like
yourself do remember some
of these things.
>> And another thing I don't
think a lot of people realize,
Ron, but besides being the
coordinator of athletics of
Baltimore County, you served on
so many different committees.
And I know your special sport,
that you had great love
for lacrosse,
wrestling, football.
And people don't realize all
that additional time that
you're putting in.
>> Well, in order to make
an impact on the state level,
it's part of our responsibility
to be active on the state level
and serve on the MPS committees.
And if you're not active,
the County or the LEA gets
shortchanged, so you must be
very active in order to look out
for Baltimore County and make
your presence known.
>> Ron, let me ask you.
The first day that Michael came
into your office and you sat
down, you talked about things,
what was your first words of
advice to Michael?
>> The first words of advice?
Gave him a lot of words of
advice, Michael might remember
that, but one thing I advised
Mike to do is be visible.
Be highly visible, be out there,
let folks see you.
It's going to be a tough job
because there are a lot of
things that have to take place
in the office, principals are
expecting you in the morning,
but you cannot operate by e-mail
and texting.
You have to make that personal
contact, be out there to see
what's going on.
You know, when you coached,
Randy, if I were on the
sidelines watching what happens,
if there was a bad call by
the officials, you would come
running over right away, say,
"Ron, where do these
officials come from?"
But you have to be out there to
know that you listen and care
and support things when they go
bad or when they're going well.
>> Ron, that was a set-up
question because I knew
the answer.
The reason I asked him that is
because if he didn't tell you
that, I was going to tell him
that today, but to be seen,
because I've always seen Ron in
the gym, on the field, on
the track, and that visibility
has been very important as
a coach and also from the
parents and also from
the teachers.
Michael, think you're going to
be out in those fields?
>> I've been out in the fields
Like Ron said, that was the
first thing he told me, is to be
The second thing he told me was
to be visible, and the third
thing he told me was to be
visible, so --
>> He's a realtor, like
location, right?
>> For me, it was easy just to
go out and be myself, get to
know all the coaches.
At Woodlawn High School, I
worked with a staff of about 40,
50, we were working with
the entire county and 24 A.D.s
and hundreds of coaches.
So I want to get to know each
and every one of them, get to
know what they bring to the
table as far as Baltimore County
athletics is concerned, and that
way, I'll have my finger on
the pulse of Baltimore County
athletics, and like Ron has done
for so many years,
he knows everybody.
It's amazing how many times we
go out and somebody says,
"Hey, Ron," and he calls them
back by their name.
So if I can ever get to that
point where I know all of my
staff, all 24 schools,
the middle schools included,
then I'll think that I'm
on the right track.
>> We come up this fall, summer
will be like this, right?
And something's new this year,
It's called August 11 is the
first day of fall tryouts.
And that's the earliest day
we've ever had.
Have you had any e-mails or
complaints yet about that one or
does everybody just say,
"That's the way it is,
let's move on"?
>> No complaints yet.
We have some things coming down
the pipeline that might get some
complaints going, but no
complaints yet.
I think everybody is just
excited to get the new year
I'm excited, being new
leadership coming in.
It's going to be a short summer.
It's already short for me as
the training wheels are
taken off.
We're real excited.
No complaints as of yet, but we
can't make everybody happy.
>> Gentlemen, we're just about
out of time, but, Michael, I
would give you one suggestion --
you might want to get a name tag
so your family knows who you are
when you come home.
>> There's a lot of late nights
>> Listen, Michael, good luck.
>> Thank you so much.
>> I think we've got a great man
for the job.
I'm looking forward to working
with you as all the other
coaches and parents and athletes
of Baltimore County.
Ron, what else can we say?
You've dedicated basically
your life to the school system
of Baltimore County.
You did one super job and
we'll miss you.
But I think we'll probably still
see you in the field or gym
somewhere because I know you've
still got that in your blood,
but enjoy your retirement and I
wish you good health also.
>> Thank you, Randy.
>> For "High School
Sports Scene," I'm Randy Dase.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.