Centennial taps Lerner for baseball coaching job

Former all-county pitcher was Howard assistant in '99


January 19, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mike Lerner is Centennial's new baseball coach.

Lerner was an all-county pitcher for Hammond in 1991, when the Bears won their only county title and reached the state championship finals, losing to Northeast.

Lerner was an assistant baseball coach at Howard last season, and the Lions shared the county title with Glenelg and Centennial.

He replaces Ron Martin, who coached the Eagles nine seasons, winning three county and four regional titles before resigning after Centennial's winningest season (20-6).

The Eagles compiled a 126-63 record and had one losing season under Martin.

Hawks upset Vikings

River Hill first-year boys basketball coach Brian Van Deusen developed a formula for defeating Mount Hebron's match-up zone defense, and his Hawks executed it perfectly to defeat the then-No. 20 Vikings last Friday, creating a three-way tie for first place with Mount Hebron, Centennial and Wilde Lake.

River Hill (5-5, 5-3) is one game back, tied with Long Reach and Oakland Mills for fourth place.

A patient offense, multiple defenses and doubling down on Vikings center Eric Toback were the main factors.

"We worked it down low and stressed patience," said Van Deusen. "We kept them off balance by switching defenses, and we cut down on our turnovers."

River Hill's 22-point second quarter proved decisive, although the Vikings crept within two points early in the fourth quarter. The Hawks made only two three-pointers.

Center Alex Nowak led the Hawks with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Augustine still out

Long Reach wrestler Mike Augustine, a defending county champ, has missed all but two matches this season because of a knee injury, and coach Bill Flick said he may miss the entire season.

Augustine, 22-4 last season, was a top contender at 171 pounds and regionally ranked before his injury during practice. The senior chipped a bone in his hip during regionals last season.

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