Andrews, Pastrana, Taylor, Lentz, Boyd form Class of '95 Hall of Fame induction is set for Oct. 26

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September 27, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Olympic gold medal swimmer Theresa Andrews, former NFL player and coach Alan Pastrana, ex-pro baseball pitcher Pete Taylor, late Northeast baseball coach Harry Lentz and assistant county coordinator of physical education Jean Boyd make up the fifth Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

This year's induction ceremony is set for Oct. 26 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. National League All-Star pitcher Denny Neagle, an Arundel grad with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and veteran Baltimore Sun columnist John Steadman will be guest speakers.

A swimming champion

Andrews won two gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, taking the 100-meter backstroke (1 minute, 2.55 seconds) and swimming a leg on the championship 400-meter relay team. She was a three-time Olympic Festival champion in the 100 backstroke before winning the gold medals.

A longtime Annapolis resident, Andrews was a three-time NCAA All-American at the University of Florida after winning five Big Ten championships as a freshman at Indiana. Florida won the NCAA championship in 1982 with Andrews as a member of the Gators' record-setting 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

Twice in her collegiate career, Andrews was a Southeast Conference champion in the 50 and 100 backstroke, and she was the USS Junior National champion in the backstroke in 1981.

A three-sport standout

Pastrana, who was All-County in three sports at Annapolis High before going on to become a record-setting quarterback and an All-American lacrosse defenseman at the University of Maryland, played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

Drafted on the 11th round by the Broncos in 1969, Pastrana became an assistant coach on the Buffalo Bills staff in 1973.

A three-time county champion wrestler at Annapolis, Pastrana made his biggest impressions in football and lacrosse, earning All-State honors (lacrosse goalie) and a two-sport athletic scholarship to Maryland.

The son of the late Charlie Pastrana, who was a 160-pound Maryland State Golden Gloves boxing champion (1940) and longtime youth sports coach, Pastrana was a senior captain of three undefeated teams in football, wrestling and lacrosse in 1962.

After a year as a postgraduate student at Severn School, which was then a prep school, Pastrana went on to College Park. Setting an Atlantic Coast Conference record for touchdown passes (17) and a school record for passing yardage (1,499) in 1966, Pastrana received the Terp Coaches Award for top offensive back in the '66 season.

Pastrana completed 183 of 367 passes (.499) for 2,552 yards and 23 touchdowns in two seasons at Maryland.

Since 1972, Pastrana has been an associate professor of physical education at Anne Arundel Community College and has served as the Pioneers' head football coach (1980 to 1989), head wrestling coach (1974 to 1977) and assistant lacrosse coach (1970 to present).

Northeast leader

Lentz, who died of cancer at age 51 on April 2, coached the Northeast baseball team from 1966 to four games into the 1995 season. Winning state championships in 1975, 1991 and 1992, and district title in 1973, Lentz compiled a career record of 348-200.

His 1991 Eagles were the first in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association to go 24-0 and were named a national champion by the Easton Sports National Poll.

Lentz, an associate scout (seven years) with the Baltimore Orioles, was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January.

Lentz, a social studies teacher at Northeast for 30 years, also coached football at Northeast (1978 to 1982), with the 1981 team going 9-2 and making the state playoffs. A longtime scout for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, Lentz was an assistant with the Navy lightweight football team and at Bowie State.

About two weeks after his death, the school named the baseball field after him with more than 600 people showing up in Pasadena for a tribute.

A big-league career

A product of the Severn Athletic Club and Gambrills, Taylor was a pro baseball pitcher for 12 years, including a brief stint with the St. Louis Browns in 1951.

Coming up during the era of only 16 big-league clubs, Taylor signed with the Baltimore Orioles, a minor-league affiliate of the Browns, at age 17 in 1945. Taylor, a 1944 grad of Glen Burnie High, was 11-3 with Poughkeepsie in 1947 and was named MVP of the Class B Colonial League in 1947.

The next season, Taylor pitched 250 innings in the Class A Eastern League with Wilkes-Barre, winning 10 games. Taylor had a career-high 12 strikeouts in a six-hit victory over Toronto in the Triple-A International League and went 4-7 before making it to the majors.

Kudos for administration

Boyd joins her former colleague Paul Rusko in the hall's wing for athletic administrators. A former teacher, physical education

chairwoman and coach at Arundel High, Boyd was a county coordinator from 1977 to 1991.

A champion of gender equity in high school sports, Boyd established the county dance program and served on various state committees.

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