Beth Tfiloh turns up heat with two straight victories

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January 15, 1991|By SAM DAVIS

The inclement weather last week didn't stop Beth Tfiloh's boys basketball team.

The Warriors not only squeezed in two games, but also posted their first two wins of the season.

Wednesday, the Warriors beat Friends, 74-70, for their first win of the season and first over a Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference team. The next day, Beth Tfiloh beat Arlington Baptist, 79-64, for its first win over a division opponent.

"I don't think we've turned it around," said Beth Tfiloh coach Gordon Caplan, whose team is 2-10 overall and 1-2 in Division II. "We played some schools that are struggling a little, but we've found ourselves, and [Joe] Shuster has been incredible."

Shuster, a 5-foot-11 guard and forward, had 19 points and seven rebounds against Friends. He had 41 points and seven rebounds against Arlington Baptist.

Caplan said the Warriors are excited about the wins but also are realistic after beating teams with a combined record of 3-14.

"I don't think we will go undefeated the rest of the season," said Caplan, whose team lost to St. Paul's, 71-36, last night, "but I think we have a shot at getting into the playoffs."

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Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter has been chosen the Easton Sports Master Coach for 1991.

Last spring, Walter led his team to a 17-5 record and a state playoff appearance. During the summer, he coached the Mayo American Legion Post 226 team that compiled a 71-7 record and won a national championship.

Walter had to leave that team before the championship finals to coach the USA Junior team in the world tournament in Havana. That team went 14-3 and placed third.

"This presentation is never predicated on wholly the won-lost record," said Jim Darby of Easton Sports, a California firm that manufactures baseball and softball equipment. "The Master Coach is Easton's way of honoring some truly outstanding high school coaches for their other contributions to the game.

"In this isolated case, we just happened to come up with a local coach who not only made many significant contributions to the game and his players but also happened to set the world on fire with one of the most remarkable seasons overall that I can ever remember."

Walter, who previously coached at Archbishop Curley, has been at Arundel 19 years. His teams won state titles in 1976, '77, '81 and '87. He also coached a U.S. Junior team to a gold medal in

Sydney, Australia, three years ago.

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Lake Clifton, which won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference football championship last fall and played in the title game in 1989, has been promoted to the A Conference for the 1991 season.

The league also had sought to promote Patterson, the 1989 B Conference champ and 1990 runner-up, and move McDonogh from the A to the B Conference. But both schools filed appeals, and the league decided to let both remain in their respective leagues.

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Records, streaks, milestones: Aberdeen wrestling coach Dick Slutzky could win his 200th career match this week with victories over C. Milton Wright tomorrow at home and Friday at home against three-time defending Howard County champion Oakland Mills. Slutzky, whose team is ranked No. 8, has a career record of 198-31-1. . . . Severna Park's Tina Riley broke the Anne Arundel County record for three-point goals with six in Wednesday's 70-57 loss to Old Mill.

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Overtime: Glen Burnie basketball coach Terry Bogle is organizing an alumni game Friday. Gophers alumni interested in playing should call Bogle at 761-8950. . . . Terry Mangan has been named to succeed the retired Bob Abend as boys lacrosse coach at Archbishop Spalding.

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