Mongelli to coach another Hammond team


May 19, 1999|By Stan Rappaport and Rick Belz | Stan Rappaport and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Veteran basketball coach Mike Mongelli has been named to succeed Joe Russo as Hammond's girls basketball coach.

Mongelli, 56, began Hammond's boys basketball program in the 1977-78 season. He coached the Golden Bears for eight years and won county and region titles in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. His 1982-83 team won the state championship, the first boys basketball team from Howard County to do so.

Mongelli, a physical education teacher at Hammond, returned to coach four more seasons: the JV boys in 1988-89, the varsity boys in 1994-95 and 1995-96, and the JV boys in 1996-97.

An avid fan of Baltimore-Washington high school basketball, Mongelli said he looked forward to getting back in the gym.

"Basically, a couple parents had contacted me, and I knew a couple of the girls on the team," said Mongelli. "I figure I have a few years left, and I might as well coach basketball something that I know what I'm doing."

Jack Burke, a social studies teach and ninth-grade team leader, will be an assistant coach. Mongelli said both he and Burke will coach the varsity and JV.

Burke took over the varsity boys program when Mongelli stepped down following the 1984-85 season. Burke coached the varsity boys from 1985-86 until 1993-94.

Mongelli has coached a girls team once -- an Amateur Athletic Union team a few years ago -- and did not watch last year's young Hammond's girls team play.

"I understand what I'm getting into," he said. "We just want to be competitive every night and learn how to play."


Five county teams play today in region semifinals.

Class 3A East: Wilde Lake, coming off a 1-0 win over Calvert County's Patuxent, travels to top-ranked Northeast (20-2) of Anne Arundel County for one region semifinal.

"I'm confident that we'll play well," said Wilde Lake coach Sal Milio, whose 15-4 team got only two hits against Patuxent but made them count.

Wildecats pitcher Jen Babish faced only 22 batters. She allowed two hits, had no walks and struck out seven.

Class 2A South: Long Reach (12-8) visits nearby Howard (14-6), and Centennial (10-10) plays host to Charles County's McDonough. Long Reach has defeated Howard twice this season. McDonough defeated Mount Hebron, 12-2, Monday to advance.

Class 1A South: Catoctin plays at Oakland Mills (1-17). Catoctin defeated Glenelg, 7-0, Monday to advance. The Scorpions had a double bye.


Class 2A South: The key matchup today features Centennial (17-5) at Mount Hebron.

The No. 11-ranked Eagles, who have lost twice to the Vikings, twice to Howard and once to Glenelg, will start Steve Fredrick against the pitcher who has beaten them twice, Steve Swiech. The Vikings feature hot-hitting Max Marcotic, who hit his fifth home run in eight days Monday against McDonough.

No. 10 Howard (18-4) also faces a team with a losing record that has given it problems twice. The Lions defeated Long Reach 9-8 the first time and 15-12 the second time.

With Monday's 13-10 win over River Hill, Howard climbed into second place for most runs by a Maryland team in a single season. The Lions passed Arundel's 261 runs in 1986 but trail Northeast's 325 in 1991 -- a season in which the Anne Arundel County squad went 24-0, averaging 13.5 runs a game.

Class 1A South: Hammond (13-8) travels to Brunswick in Frederick County. Hammond's Jason Maxey has broken the county home run record with 11 and is three away from tying the county RBIs record of 43 set by Glenelg's Ben Gugliotta in 1996.

Oakland Mills (0-20) comes off a double bye to face No. 9-ranked Glenelg (17-4) in the same region. The Gladiators defeated Catoctin, 12-2, Monday behind No. 1 starter Jeff Starcher.


Mount Hebron is the only place to see lacrosse today. Glenelg visits Mount Hebron at 3: 30 p.m. for the boys Class 2A South region title. The same two schools will battle for the girls championship at 5: 30 p.m.

Pub Date: 5/19/99

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