Meade coach Young hospitalized

January 14, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Veteran Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young was resting comfortably yesterday at North Arundel Hospital after he was admitted Tuesday.

Young, who is in his 28th season as a county basketball coach (the last 16 at Meade), experienced vision problems and a severe headache Tuesday. He visited his doctor who admitted him to the hospital.

"They discovered that my blood count was down considerably, only had about half the amount you are supposed to have in your system, and they've been running tests," said Young, who expects to be in the hospital a few more days awaiting the results.

Young said he had some trouble "focusing" on Monday afternoon before his team's practice, but after sitting down and eating a candy bar, felt better. The headache returned on Tuesday and became unbearable.

"I didn't have a balance problem, just had trouble focusing," said Young. "I don't feel bad and really haven't. It's just the vision thing."

Without Young, who was missing only his second game ever as Meade coach and the fourth in his career, the Mustangs dropped a 60-58 heartbreaker at Southern of Harwood (6-4). It was 18th-ranked Meade's first loss after eight straight wins.

"[Assistant coach] Jimmy [Meade] told me we only had seven turnovers," said Young, who was briefed yesterday on the game by his assistant coach.

It's doubtful Young will be back for Friday's game at Severna Park (4-5). He is the second all-time winningest boys basketball coach in county history with a career record of 380-197.

Only Southern's Tom Albright, also in his 28th season, has more wins at 405-225.

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