Lentz, Duff head Hall's class of '95


January 11, 1995|By PAT O'MALLEY

Harry Lentz, the veteran Northeast baseball coach, will receive a well-deserved honor Friday at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.

Lentz, who has been battling a brain tumor since the fall, will be inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame along with retired Navy coach Joe Duff.

Maryland Orioles youth coach Dean Albany is to receive the Amateur Coach of the Year Award.

Lentz has won more games than any county high school baseball coach. His career mark of 345-199 (.634) includes state championships in 1975, 1991 and 1992 in 27 seasons at Northeast.

The 1973 Northeast team won a district title before state championships began in baseball. The '91 team was his crowning achievement. It went 24-0 and was named a national champion by the Easton Sports/Collegiate Baseball Poll.

"I'm going to be there to accept the award, and my dad, Harry Sr. [85] is coming down from Pennsylvania to be there," Lentz said. "I'm walking better, still need my cane, but I'm making progress.

"If I continue to progress, and I've gotten some strength back on my left side, I will be coaching this spring. That's what I'm hoping for. Over 300 cards and letters from all over the county and country, and even a nice letter from Bobby Ross, have kept my spirits up."

Lentz was the Northeast football coach in the early '80s when Ross, currently the coach of the San Diego Chargers, was the University of Maryland coach. Lentz played a prominent role in getting Ross and his staff interested in Northeast standout Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof, who went on to set several pass receiving records at College Park.

Duff compiled a career record of 593-328-11 in 32 seasons at Navy, retiring after the 1993 season. His final team was 17-15, just missing an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Under Duff, the Mids made it to the NCAA tournament in 1979, 1982 and 1986.

Duff's teams also claimed Eastern League titles in 1962, 1963, 1979, 1982 and 1986, and among his players were Roger Staubach (center fielder) and Joe Bellino (catcher).

After a brilliant high school career, Albany, who lives in Linthicum, has given many volunteer hours to developing young players.

Albany led his Maryland Orioles of Brooklyn to a second straight Baltimore Metro Championship, a National Amateur Baseball Federation Championship and fourth-place finish in the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series in New Mexico last summer.

Albany, the Baltimore Sun Baseball Player of the Year in 1981 after going 9-4, including three straight one-hitters in the playoffs for state runner-up Brooklyn Park, pitched briefly in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Albany led the Bees of then-coach Tim McMullen (now at Broadneck) to the state Class B championship as a junior, going 7-2 with an ERA of 1.17. Albany topped that ERA with on 0.97 mark in his senior year and finished with a county- and state-record 164 strikeouts in a season.

His career total of 271 strikeouts is the Anne Arundel County record. Albany was also a standout basketball player and was named the 1980-81 Anne Arundel Sun Male Athlete of the Year.

On the ice

Navy's club ice hockey team (8-1-1) defeated SUNY-Buffalo, 5-3 and 6-2, this past weekend.

Jamie Waldinger, Ryan Brown, Brian Erickson, Brian Wood and Charlie Case scored in Saturday's 5-3 triumph, with Sam DeCastro handling the net.

Mike Murnane had a hat trick in Sunday's victory, and Eric Sager, Brown and Jeff Corriveau scored single goals. John Bruzza was the winning goalkeeper.

Navy's next home game is 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Dahlgren Hall against the University of Delaware. Admission is free.

In the ring

Josh Hall of Round One Promotions has rescheduled his first pro boxing show in more than a year, for Feb. 2 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Hall has six solid bouts scheduled and hopes to add a seventh.

For ticket information, call (410) 760-2699.

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