The news that Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall won his 150th game this weekend prompted some obvious questions. Who are the area's winningest coaches? Where does DuVall rank on that list?
Among active coaches, here's the top five:
1. Augie Waibel, Poly 212-53
2. Mitch Tullai, St. Paul's 190-124
3. Joe Brune, Loyola 150-101
Tie Doug DuVall, Wilde Lake 150-36
5. Frank Ewing, Hereford 136-95.
That's right. Joe Brune also got his 150th career victory this weekend as Loyola defeated McDonogh, 26-14.
* Calvert Hall's Will Harcum quietly scored four touchdowns for the Cardinals in a 40-6 victory over Lake Clifton Saturday. In contrast to the hoopla of Family Day -- which included hot air balloon rides, paratroopers landing on the field before the kickoff, military helicopters and vehicles for the kids to climb on, a full-scale flea market and more than 1,000 spectators -- Harcum easily was the quietest Cardinal of them all.
The team roster lists him at 5 feet 7 and 150 pounds. That's generous, but word of his acceleration and cutting ability on a football field is no exaggeration.
Harcum travels from South Baltimore to the Towson school because ". . . I used to go to the Calvert Hall-Loyola games on Thanksgiving Day and always wanted to play for Calvert Hall."
The Cardinals are 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll of coaches and writers, and Harcum has been their chief weapon, rushing for 573 yards.
Lake Clifton, which has yet to win a game in six tries since moving from the MSA B Conference to the A Conference this season, has a small but hard-working squad. Led by quarterback Mike Fitzgerald and tailback Prentice McNair, the Lakers of coach David White gave Calvert Hall fits with their no-huddle offense in the first quarter Saturday.
So what happened? The Lakers could not hear Fitzgerald's audibles, so noisy was the large crowd and the Calvert Hall band.
* Anybody got a coin? MPSSAA schools will experiment with a coin flip to start basketball games this season. All subsequent jump balls will be determined by the possession arrow. This will be carried out at games between member schools for 1991-92, including playoffs. Why bother? Why not just allow the visiting team to have first possession? That is, after all, the neighborly thing to do.
* If memory serves, this week marks the first time the same school has claimed the top ranking in football and boys soccer. Severna Park came close in 1988, its football team being No. 1 and its soccer team being No. 2 for part of the season. Today, Calvert Hall claims top billing in both sports, although the 9-1 soccer team shares No. 1 with Centennial (7-0-1), which was tied 1-1 by Wilde Lake.
* Loch Raven's girls remained unbeaten in soccer as Michelle Dejuliis had a big week in victories over Pikesville, 8-1, and Towson, 3-2. The junior had four goals and one assist. She also is a standout in lacrosse for the Raiders.
* Perry Hall's Jill Fennekohl had 10 goals and four assists in three soccer victories over Meade, 7-3, Eastern Vo-Tech, 11-0, and Woodlawn, 6-0. The senior striker also runs track in the spring.
* Mount St. Joseph has named Andrew Bowden as varsity lacrosse coach, replacing Rocco Vicchio, who resigned during the summer. Bowden, an attorney, has served as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania as well as for area recreation leagues and high schools.
* The new field house at Broadneck is only about 75 percent complete, but it already has a name. The Bruins officially dubbed it the Tim McMullen Field House in ceremonies Saturday. McMullen was Broadneck's first and only athletic director until resigning that post.
Incidentally, don't be too riled by Anne Arundel County's threat to balance the budget by pulling the plug on interscholastic sports. Another way to resolve the fiscal problems will be found before the sports programs are cut off.
* Poly has two openings for its girls holiday basketball tournament. Contact coach Mark Sawyer (377-0124 evenings).
* The spectacular Amanda White of Dulaney smashed the cross country course record at Hereford yesterday by 45 seconds. Running in a triangular meet with Perry Hall and the host school, White completed the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 40.7 seconds. The record had been 18:25. Last Saturday, White won a meet at Harford Community College in 17:34.