Thomas to take over Lions varsity

HOWARD SPORTS

March 29, 1995|By HOWARD BELZ

Howard High named Joe Thomas as its head varsity football coach Monday.

Thomas, 30, replaces John Quinn who gave up the position after being named supervisor of science for the county school system after last season.

Howard has had two straight highly successful seasons, including a county championship two years ago -- its first since 1975. It missed winning the county title by one game last season.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet that I'm the coach," said Thomas, a math teacher at Howard. "There's an awful lot of work to do in a little time."

He anticipates that most of last season's coaching staff will return.

Thomas was the assistant varsity coach last season and spent five seasons as the Lions' junior varsity head coach. His area of expertise is the lines.

That area is expected to be Howard's strength next season. Most of Howard's top skill players graduated, including quarterback DaLawn Parrish, who is headed to Wake Forest on an athletic scholarship. Running back Corey Curtis is headed to Bowie State on an athletic scholarship.

Thomas also was an assistant football coach for one season at Glenelg where he wrestled, played football and ran track.

He graduated from Western Maryland College where he wrestled.

Thomas is also Howard's varsity wrestling coach and varsity girls outdoor track coach. The wrestling program is up and coming, and the girls track team is the class of the county.

"One or more of those other head coaching jobs probably will have to go," Thomas said.

Good start for Glenelg

With victories over Fallston and Liberty and an 8-3 lead in the sixth inning of a suspended game with North Carroll, the fifth-ranked Glenelg baseball team is off to a strong start for first-year head coach Ed Ashwell.

The only negative is that No. 1 pitcher Sean Lookingbill, the best pitcher in the county, is sitting out this week with a strained back muscle.

"It's very slight," Ashwell said. "But we don't want to take any chances. He did it warming up before a scrimmage with Middletown."

Lookingbill, twice a first-team All-County selection, batted .423 last season and was 7-3 on the mound.

Shortstop Mike Goldberg, another two-time All-County player, went 4-for-4 with a home run in a 4-2 victory over Fallston and also picked up a save.

Glenelg will finish its suspended game with North Carroll tomorrow. The Gladiators trailed North Carroll 3-1, but rallied for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning. Because they were leading when the game was called for darkness, the sixth inning must be completed. Had North Carroll been ahead, the game would have been declared official, because five innings had been completed.

Lots of offense

High-scoring games were expected to be the norm in county baseball, and so far the teams have lived up to that expectation.

Howard, expected to challenge Glenelg for the county title, allowed 29 runs in its first three games, including 15 to Frederick.

Atholton allowed 38 runs in its first four games, including 15 to Westminster and 12 to Gibbons. Atholton scored 14 against Loyola.

Errors also have crippled Howard and Atholton. Atholton has 17 errors in four games, and Howard has 14 in three. Atholton made seven errors against Gibbons, and Howard made seven against Thomas Johnson.

The most runs allowed in one inning this season was by Mount Hebron, which surrendered 13 runs in the third inning of a 13-5 loss to Westminster.

Oakland Mills gave up 11 runs in the seventh inning of a 14-5 loss to Linganore.

Dayton grads in college

Seven players from last summer's Dayton Raiders 18-and-under baseball team are playing college baseball -- five in Division I.

They are: Dave Hudson (Centennial) Ohio University, Greg Hylock (Mount Hebron) UMBC, Ryan McGonigal (Mount St. PTC Joseph) Towson State, Joey Mellendick (Centennial) West Chester University, Matt Morraye (Glenelg) Mount St. Mary's, Jeff Price (Hammond) High Point and Kurt Weitzel (Centennial) Frederick Community College.

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