Shelton joins elite group of coaches


October 19, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park routed South River 8-0 in field hockey Tuesday, giving Falcons coach Lil Shelton her 300th career win. Shelton (300-38-5 in 23 seasons) is the first in her sport to achieve the milestone and the 10th county coach to do so.

As the accompanying chart shows, Shelton also is one of seven to join the county's 300-club while coaching at one school. Her nine state championships are tops among women coaches.

Southern's Linda Kilpatrick has five state titles in basketball and three more in lacrosse for a total of eight.

Fit to be tied

Joyce Stefancik, Severna Park's veteran girls soccer coach and winner of four state titles, responded to Wednesday's Sidelines that pointed out the county's tie-breaker policy that gives zilch for ties.

"A tie beats a loss, and why can't the county athletic directors build in giving two points for a win, one point for a tie in field hockey and soccer, and two points for a win in the other sports?" Stefancik said.

"It doesn't seem to take a rocket scientist to figure out that a tie should mean something."

Stefancik also wonders why "head-to-head" is the fourth and final tie-breaker step before a coin flip.

"When we're only dealing with five teams [two six-team divisions], head-to-head competition should be very important," said Stefancik.

"The ADs need to revise the tie-breaker, since they won't let the two best teams, regardless of division, play each other for the championship."

What's interesting is that when the county went to two divisions, head-to-head competition was left out and wasn't added until last year, when it was brought up in Sidelines.


Broadneck's Brooks Barnard tied the county record for career field goals (16) last week against Laurel. St. Mary's Mark Kiefer (1991-1993) was the first to kick 16.

Annapolis Area Christian school's volleyball team (16-1) is top seed for the Oct. 27 Association of Christian Schools 16-team regional tournament for Maryland and Virginia teams.

The finals are Nov. 7-8 in Philadelphia.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced that athletic participation was up by 2.5 percent for 1996-97, but its report said 5,290 boys and one girl played baseball.


Two girls played baseball: Jackie Rolfes, Southern-Harwood varsity, and Becky Carlson, Arundel JV.

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Anne Arundel 300-win club

Ten high school coaches in Anne Arundel County have led teams to 300 or more wins over a career. Here's the list:

Coach .. .. .. ...School .. .. .. .. .Sport .. .. .. Record ..Years

Tom Albright .. ..Southern .. .. .. ..Basketball .. .464-272 ....32

John Brady .. ....Annapolis .. .. ... Basketball .. .416-80 ... .20

Pat Chance .. ....G. Burnie, O.Mill ..Basketball .. .415-150 ....25

Bernie Walter ....Arundel .. .. .. .. Baseball .. .. 407-113 ....24

Butch Young .. ...Sev. Park, Meade .. Basketball .. .402-276 ....30

Jim Pitt .. .. ...Annap., Sev. Park ..Baseball .. .. 354-209 ....28

Harry Lentz* .. ..Northeast .. .. .. .Baseball .. .. 349-200 ....30

Dick Hart* .. ....Andover .. .. .. .. Basketball .. .331-294 ....28

Linda Kilpatrick .Southern .. .. .. ..Basketball .. .324-157 ....20

Lil Shelton .. ...Severna Park .. .. .Field hockey ..300-38-5 ...23

* Deceased

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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