Meade's Young detoured on road to 400


January 26, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

When Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young said before the season, "I would hate for it to take me three years to get to 400," he may not have been kidding after all.

It shouldn't take three years but zthe 400-win plateau is a lot farther away than first thought. Some inaccurate record-keeping combined with Young not knowing his career record for sure had everyone thinking the veteran coach was just one win away from 400.

As it turns out, Young's 27-year career record as a head varsity coach stands at 373-226, including the team's current 6-5 mark. It was believed that he started this season at 393-203, but further research revealed he was 367-221.

Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley and Mustangs basketball newsletter publisher Tom Stevens had been planning 400-victory party for Young. A video cameraman had been taping recent games to capture the moment.

The Mustangs lost their last two games to avoid what would have been an embarrassing moment.

Young spent his first 10 years as a varsity head coach at Severna Park from 1967-77, compiling an overall 86-118 record. As the only head boys coach Meade has ever had, Young has gone 287-108 (including this season) in 17 years beginning in the fall of 1977.

The problem started with Young, who couldn't care less about records, and Severna Park's athletic department, which doesn't have records going back to his tenure.

Young's record at Meade is accurate because the late athletic director Jerry Mears insisted his coaches keep good records. Each of Young's first 16 seasons at Meade is available.

"Jerry came out with a printed program with everybody's record init and whoever did mine counted part of my JV record at Brooklyn Park," said Young, who was 62-18 in four JV seasons at Brooklyn Park before moving to Severna Park.

"I always questioned it, but it was never changed and the papers just kept adding to it. I really don't know what it is."

Now we know it's 373-226 (.623). His 400-win party will have to wait.

In case you are wondering, Southern's Tom Albright is the only county coach with 400 wins, and Albright, who has spent all 29 seasons in Harwood, hit it last year. Albright's No. 8 Bulldogs are 7-2, putting his career mark at 420-232 (.644).

John Brady of 10th-ranked Annapolis stands third at 344-63 (.845), including his team's 9-2 start in this his 17th season.

News from the gridiron

In football news, St. Mary's coach Brad Best has his first Division I scholarship winner in kicker Mark Kiefer, and Arundel's Richard Abrams has orally committed to the University of Maryland.

Kiefer, The Baltimore Sun's All-County and All-Metro place-kicker last fall, has accepted a full scholarship to Villanova.

"Mark chose Villanova not only because of its football tradition, .. but also because of its academics," said Best, who just completed his fifth season as Saints' head coach.

"We are really proud of him at St. Mary's and it feels good to have a young man continue his football career. He's the first scholarship winner we've had since I've been here."

Kiefer, who will punt and place-kick at Villanova, tied the Anne Arundel County record for most field goals in a season (nine) and set the county career record of field goals (16).

As a punter, he was first in the county with an average of 46.6 (second-highest in county history) and was second in the metro area.

Abrams, an All-County and second-team All-Metro lineman in 1992 with 51 tackles and five sacks, received a full scholarship to Maryland, but it later was discovered that he had not met all the academic requirements.

"There were three courses I took in Virginia before moving up here [for his junior year] that were not core courses and I was short," said Abrams, who made up the courses at Arundel High this semester.

Cheerleading competition

Scott Wagner of Michael's Eighth Avenue and his fiancee, Glen Burnie High cheerleading coach, Serena Vance, have organized 50 teams for the second annual Maryland State Cheerleading Championships on Feb. 5 at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory.

Home Team Sports plans to tape-delay Maryland's biggest cheerleading event, which also includes a youth division and has college coaches as judges.

For more information, call Wagner at (410) 768-7901.

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