County sports hall of fame should add Lentz to '94 list

SIDELINES

October 16, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Now that the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame has changed the rules and increased the number of inductees to seven from five why not go for eight and add Northeast baseball coach Harry Lentz to the list of those to be honored later this month?

Lentz, the dean of county baseball coaches who boasts the most wins in county history, is battling a brain tumor and is not expected to return to teaching history this year.

His name has come up several times as a candidate, but has been put aside because he was still coaching and still young at age 51.

Lentz has a career record of 345-199 (.634) in 27 seasons, winning state championships in 1975, 1991 and 1992. His 1973 )) Northeast club won a district title before state championships commenced.

The 1991 team distinguished Lentz by going 24-0 and earning the top spot in the Easton Sports National High School Poll published by Collegiate Baseball. It was the most wins by an undefeated team in Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic history.

Lentz also coached Northeast football for five years, taking the -- Eagles to the state playoffs in 1981, and later had assistant coaching stints at Navy (lightweight team) and Bowie State.

More importantly, he has been a guidance counselor and sometimes father or brother to his players. It would be extremely tough to find a former player who has a bad word to say about him.

Quite obviously, Harry Lentz belongs in the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame and an emergency board meeting may be in order. Here's hoping the coach joins this year's list of honorees.

Questions without answers

* Have you heard that attempts to frequently flip-flop the times of boys (normally 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.) and girls (normally 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.) basketball games have failed in the best interests of the overall athletic program?

There may be an occasional flip, but certainly not the radical alterations some had hoped for the sake of pure equity. High school principals will have the final say on game times, and because they have the final say on who coaches, why not?

Also, did you know the Annapolis High sports boosters -- led by Cathy Samaras -- were vehemently opposed to the time changes?

* Can you believe that Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires chief Jack Kramp is recovering from another back operation?

"I'm still in pain, but I'll have that probably the rest of my life, but I do feel a little better and a little lighter," said Kramp.

"The doctors removed all kinds of pins and rods . . . and told me that I had a hardware store in my body."

* Isn't it too bad that the popular and very professional Al Baldwin Sr. of Riva is not refereeing high school football this fall after having a falling out with the Washington District Football Officials Association?

* Can you guess who Dennard Melton's hero is? The Severn School freshman phenom says his mom (Evonne) is.

* Hasn't Arundel High third-year football coach Bill Zucco put together an excellent staff, with Jeff Karr, Dave Maka, Len Sullivan and Kenny Gray?

Did you know that Karr, the defensive coordinator and junior varsity baseball coach, was a catcher for five years in the New York Mets system?

And Gray, who is the Arundel junior varsity coach, played at Meade and was an All-Metro linebacker and member of the Anne Arundel County Sun All-Decade Team.

"I've changed sides," Gray said recently. He gets to coach against his alma mater in the last game of regular season.

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