Mount Hebron varsity football coach Bill Winder resigned Monday after one season as head coach.
Winder, 46, inherited a team that had lost 17 straight games and 40 of its past 44.
But last fall Mount Hebron won its first two games, lost two games by less than a touchdown and finished at 3-7, a noteworthy improvement.
After scoring just 22 points and being shut out in their last five games in 1994, the Vikings scored 140 points last season and were shut out just three times.
"I'm just spread too thin," Winder said. "Football is a huge time commitment, and I need to give my family all the time I can."
Winder has three sons, ages 10, 6 and seven months.
His wife developed complications and nearly died after the birth of their youngest child last fall. And Winder's father died just before Thanksgiving.
"All that makes you think how little time we have," Winder said. "I hate to leave the kids in football, but my family is the most important."
Winder, who also had been an assistant football coach at various schools for 20 seasons, will continue to coach softball and teach physical education at Mount Hebron.
He was the fifth Mount Hebron head football coach since 1986.
Sometimes one team catches another one by the throat and won't let go. Such has been the case recently between the Glenelg and Atholton baseball teams.
Glenelg, the defending state Class 2A champion, has beaten Atholton five straight times in close games over the past two seasons.
Those teams hook up today at Glenelg in what promises to be another outstanding game that will be crucial toward deciding the eventual county champion.
Glenelg is 11-4 overall, including losses to Westminster (8-7), Mount Hebron (6-5) and Centennial (3-2) and a forfeit to Liberty. They are 7-2 in league play, a half-game behind league-leading Atholton.
The Raiders, who are supposed to be rebuilding this season, are 10-3 overall and 7-1 in league play. The surprising league leaders have lost to Westminster (8-5), Wilde Lake (14-4) in a non-league game and Glenelg, 4-3.
Glenelg has outscored its opponents, 127-56. Atholton has outscored its opponents, 100-57.
Glenelg, winner of state championships in 1993 and 1995, also has won county titles three of the past four seasons.
The two shared a county title in 1992 -- the last time Atholton won the title.
Last season Glenelg defeated Atholton four times, by scores of 6-5, 6-3, 6-5 and 3-1. Atholton was 14-8 overall and finished second to Glenelg in the league.
The Gladiators defeated Atholton in the regional championship game on a two-run, last-inning rally.
The teams won't meet in the regionals this season, because Atholton has moved to Class 3A.
So today is Atholton's last chance to break Glenelg's stranglehold until next season.
Sean Williams and Jason Sandner are Atholton's leaders.
Williams is batting .486 (18-for-37) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 25 RBIs. He's hot. He has 10 RBIs in his past two games, including a three-run homer Monday.
Sandner is batting .444 (20-for-45) with seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBIs.
Greg McDonald is batting .355 and Travis Devine .340.
Atholton's top pitcher is sophomore Doug Airel, who is 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 29 innings. Scott Sabot is 2-1 and Chris Russ 1-1.
Glenelg sports a .348 team batting average, led by David Boteler (.415), Brent Waskey (.409), Steve Dulaney (.408), David Harris (.395) and Ben Gugliotta (.375).
Gugliotta leads the team with 28 RBIs, followed by Davis with 23. Waskey leads in home runs with five. Dulaney has eight doubles.
Gugliotta is 5-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Doug Sinon is 4-0.
Pub Date: 5/01/96