Entsminger inches toward 300th win

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January 22, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

After the 1995-96 season, North County's Sally Entsminger had 287 career wins and was perched to become only the third Anne Arundel County girls basketball coach to win 300 games.

A lot of people around the county have been pulling for the dean of girls coaches to reach the milestone, but it's been a struggle.

Going into tonight's 5: 15 home game against 16th-ranked Severna Park (8-5), the Knights are 2-10, leaving Entsminger at 295-259 with at least 10 games left.

Entsminger is the only coach the Ferndale school has had in nine seasons. Her career started back in 1972 at Brookeville (Va.) High. The following year, she coached her first of 18 seasons at Andover High, where she won a state championship in 1977.

She also led Andover to a state final and 20-4 season in 1988-89. When Andover and Brooklyn Park merged in 1990 to form North County, Entsminger was named head coach.

It's been a struggle at North County in both girls and boys basketball, but Entsminger, a coach for 28 years, obviously loves working with female athletes.

Retired Old Mill coach Pat Chance has the most wins (415) in county history, and Linthicum resident Art St. Martin won the most state titles (six) and most in succession (five, 1985-89) at Brooklyn Park.

Southern's Linda Kilpatrick, who has 343 career wins, has won five state titles; Chance won four. St. Mary's Harry Dobson has the top winning percentage (.818) for coaches of at least eight seasons.

Spalding visits St. Joe

Archbishop Spalding (15-2) puts its No. 1 boys basketball ranking on the line at 8 tonight in a Catholic League visit to No. 14 Mount St. Joseph (11-6).

Third-ranked Annapolis (13-0 overall, 7-0 league) visits Glen Burnie (7-5, 4-2) and red-hot Owen Gaither for a 7: 15 tip-off. Gaither has scored an even 30 points in each of his last two games, a 58-53 victory over Southern-Harwood (4-9) on Tuesday and a 76-60 loss to Meade on Friday.

Gaither, a 6-foot-4 senior who has fighting a nagging ankle injury, had a trio of three-pointers in each of the two games. The win at Southern was the first in Harwood in at least 15 years, coach Mike Rudd said.

The Gophers and Annapolis met Dec. 15 at Annapolis in a non-county league game, with the Running Panthers prevailing, 69-52. Gaither was limited to 12 points that night while the victors lit it up with 10 three-pointers.

Thomas Hawkins had 19 points with two threes while Marcus Johnson and Marcus Neal had 18 points and four three-pointers each.

With their 54-43 triumph over No. 16 Broadneck (7-6, 4-3), the Panthers won their 13th in a row with coach John Brady notching career win No. 450 in his 22nd season. So, what's the Panthers' longest winning streak?

It's 19 in a row during the 1985-86 season, when they finished 23-2 overall. The winning streak was broken by Brady's alma mater, Mount St. Joseph. The other loss was by 60-54 to Montgomery's Walt Whitman in the Class 4A state semis that year.

Sideliners

Did you know no boys or girls basketball team in the county has ever been undefeated for a season? Several teams on both sides have lost just once.

County athletic directors approved the new football schedule for next fall at their monthly meeting Wednesday. Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer drew up the schedule that offers the chance to schedule nine Anne Arundel opponents and determine a true county champion with all classes included. He said the schedule needs only the approval of the high school principals.

Six All-County football players from Class 4A county and region champion Annapolis have been nominated for the Feb. 7 tryouts at the University of Maryland for the Chesapeake Seniors Classic to be played in July.

The six All-County Panthers hoping to make the East team which will play a seniors all-star team from Virginia are: Kyron Belt (QB), Rashad Wills (OT), Dewayne Hunt (DB), Henry Downs (LB), Charles Carter (DL) and Jack Brooks (DL).

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Pub Date: 1/22/99

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