There's more at stake at Glen Burnie High School than a volleyball season. There's a team on the precipice of greatness, a program on the verge of breaking through.
On paper, Andrew Lazzor's team is 7-5. But with a roster loaded with talented seniors, Glen Burnie is capable of making a late-season push that would boost the program.
"This team is so close," Lazzor said. "They work hard. They've showed me that they're capable of doing things that you may not expect."
If Glen Burnie surprises Anne Arundel County with a late-season run, it would be a long-awaited advancement for the program. Lazzor's team, consistently solid, has always lagged just behind the county's traditional powers: Severna Park, Arundel and Broadneck.
This year may be the team's best chance to make up some of that distance. In seniors Deeannah Taylor, Michelle Davis, Katherine Morris, Chrystal Morris and Shautauqua Downs, Glen Burnie has the most experienced group of starters in the county.
"I'm not even sure those girls have realized that this is it for them," Lazzor said. "They can do something special. I don't want them to get together down the road and say, 'Ah, remember what we could have had.' This is their big chance."
It's Lazzor's big chance, too. The head coach is in the midst of trying to build up his program. He plans to start running a camp for beginners this summer, and he's encouraging his girls to play club volleyball.
"Our goal is to be up there with the elites, like Severna Park, Arundel and Broadneck," Lazzor said. "It's not easy to get there. There's a lot of things you have to build up as a program. And obviously, you've got to win, too."
Annapolis basketball Coach John Brady led a class of four inductees into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame last week.
Brady, who's coached at Annapolis since 1977, has 570 wins as a basketball coach -- the second-highest number in the state, behind former Thomas Johnson High School Coach Tom Dickman's 593 victories.
His total grows every year, as Brady -- the coach of the boys' and girls' teams -- has never experienced a losing season.
"I've been lucky," said Brady, who spent a few days working on his induction speech. "It's just a nice honor. It's something that I'll look back on down the road, when I retire."
Also inducted: Eddie Mullen, an All-American lacrosse player at St. Mary's; Old Mill football's public address announcer Al Smith; and Rene Cook, an Annapolis High School graduate who competed in gymnastics for Penn State.
No Room for Five
Matt Guanti and Eric Florenz have learned that there's a drawback to playing golf for Severna Park, the county's best golf team. The two players, who routinely shoot in the mid- to high 70s, will have a playoff today to see who gets to represent Severna Park at the state tournament on Tuesday.
Severna Park can send a team of four, and Mitch Van Zandt, Brendan O'Brien and Kelly Lynch have already earned spots. Kristine Flack shot an 80 at the district tournament, earning her an individual spot in the state contest.
"I wish we could take everybody," Severna Park Coach Paul Pellicani said. "Matt and Eric both want to go very badly. It's a shame that both guys can't go."
Both Guanti and Florenz are just sophomores, so each will have two more chances at qualifying.
"Their best golf is ahead of them," Pellicani said. "It would be a much worse situation if it had to be decided between two seniors."