Saunderson is new Atholton AD

March 27, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Pat Saunderson will replace Don Van Deusen as Atholton's athletic director.

Saunderson, 27, who coaches track and teaches social studies at Atholton, was one of six candidates.

"He rescued the track program from next to nothing, taking it from 25 to 100 kids in the program," Atholton assistant principal Bill Davis said. "So there's no question he can coach in his field.

"He has a strong relationship with the kids, is highly regarded by the staff, has excellent organizational skills and is willing to give of his time."

Atholton's boys track team finished second in the state Class 2A championships last season, losing the state title by a point to Oakland Mills.

The job became vacancy earlier this month after Van Deusen was named athletic director at River Hill, which opens in August.

"It's an exciting challenge to replace someone [Van Deusen]considered one of the best," Saunderson said. "I hope to be an advocate for the kids and the coaches."

Moraz to Long Reach

Al Moraz, an assistant basketball coach at Hammond for the past nine years, will be the boys varsity basketball coach at Long Reach when it opens in August.

"I've signed a contract and it's time for a new challenge for me," he said. "It will be hard leaving Hammond, but opportunities like this just don't come along often."

Moraz, 51, will teach physical education. He has taught at High Point for 29 years.

He coached High Point to the boys state championship in 1982 and later was an assistant coach at the Naval Academy for four years under Paul Evans.

Ref recognized

John Morningstar, principal of Manor Woods Elementary School in Ellicott City, was named a Naismith Award winner on national television Sunday for his work as a Division I women's college basketball referee.

The award is voted on by the supervisors of the country's 36 athletic conferences.

"It is a true honor to win the award because it is voted on by your peers," Morningstar said.

Morningstar, a 1965 graduate of Francis Scott Key, where he played basketball, has been a Howard County educator for 21 years -- 18 of those as a principal at elementary schools that include Jeffers Hill, West Friendship and Hammond.

He began officiating at the high school level right after college, and has officiated at the Division I level for 14 years.

"This is a once in a lifetime award," Morningstar said.

The Naismith has been awarded since 1988 in the categories of best player, best coach and best referee.

Rough practices

Mount Hebron boys lacrosse coach Warren Michael was operated on Monday for a ruptured disc. He's hoping to return to coaching in a month.

"The doctor said that because of my age and good overall health that I should bounce back quickly," Michael said.

The injury happened during practice March 18 while he was showing his players how to check.

"My foot was falling asleep in class the next day. I was doing nerve damage," he said. "It was a serious rupture that was pressing against a sciatic nerve."

Michael had at first thought the lack of feeling in his foot was the result of a hamstring muscle he had pulled during practice March 15.

"If we make it to the state championships again I guarantee I'll be there coaching," Michael said.

Duckworth Run

Former Howard County supervisor of physical education Steve Duckworth died in 1991 and the annual Glenelg relays were renamed in his honor.

The relays were also expanded to include a 5-kilometer road race.

That race will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Glenelg with the proceeds going to the Steve Duckworth Scholarship Fund.

For information, call (410) 313-6631.

Raiders tryouts

The Dayton Raiders 15-16 baseball team will have tryouts 3: 30 p.m. March 30, 1 p.m. March 31 and 2 p.m. April 6 at the Dayton Rod and Gun Club's Buckshot Field in Dayton. The 17-18 team will hold tryouts April 27-28 and May 5 at 1 p.m. at Buckshot. Call Ed Hylock at (410) 461-8024 for information.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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