Bel Air looking for four varsity coaches

Boys basketball, soccer are among job openings


March 24, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Bel Air High is looking for four varsity coaches, including replacements for boys soccer coach Bill Jefferson and boys basketball coach Bill Georg.

Georg retired this month after 34 seasons, and Jefferson retired last fall after 36 seasons. Bel Air is also seeking replacements for varsity swim coach Carrie Gale and varsity tennis coach Chris Schall. The school also needs junior-varsity coaches for tennis and boys soccer.

Jefferson and Georg have offered to resume their posts for another season, but longtime athletic director Phyllis Hemmes said the Bobcats are seeking in-school teachers to coach.

Hemmes, 52, is in her 31st year with the Bobcats as a physical education teacher and coach. She is not only the school's athletic director but also coaches field hockey in the fall.

But Hemmes, who also has coached girls lacrosse, basketball, softball and gymnastics, said seeing two of her longtime coaching colleagues retire has not caused her to consider doing the same.

"I'm still enjoying myself, and I don't feel like I've been here 30 years," Hemmes said. "When I start to feel old, that's when I'll go."

Interested parties can call Hemmes at 410-638-4600, or mail resumes to Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe Street, Bel Air, Md., 21014.

Taking their best shots

Six local girls basketball players have been invited to play in the B4 The Madness Shootout tomorrow -- one week before the NCAA women's Final Four -- at Villanova University.

Keisha Blackwell, Seton Keough; LaTonya Blue, St. Frances; Lillian Drumgold, Western; Katie Nelson, McDonogh; Esther Ehrmann, Bryn Mawr; and Jill Marano, Arundel; are among 60 non-seniors from all over the East Coast heading to the shootout, which will include games as well as skills competitions. The event is expected to draw at least 100 college coaches.

Each player will participate in two full games and will have the opportunity to participate in three-point shooting, one-on-one and hot-shot contests, among other competitions. They will also attend a dinner along with several WNBA players.

Most of these girls know each other well. Blackwell, Drumgold, Nelson, Ehrmann and Marano all played last summer for the Under-16 AAU team, the Maryland Hurricanes. Blue, however, played for the Baltimore Cougars.

Final career notes

Dundalk's LaRhonda Garrett finished her four-year basketball career with 1,040 points and 985 rebounds. The 5-foot-10 swing player averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds this season for the 8-13 Owls. She also contributed four points and 11 rebounds at the Baltimore City/County Senior All-Star Game.

Towson Catholic's Erica Haywood had 17 triple doubles this season while leading her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship. The 6-2 senior center averaged 18.1 points, 16.4 rebounds and 12.8 blocks for the season.

She finished her career with 1,500 points and 1,515 rebounds. She had 794 blocks in three years, but no statistics were kept for blocks during her freshman season.

On the run

Woodlawn finished fourth in the sprint medley with Anthony Jenkins, Clevon Johnson, Vincent Fuller and Antonio Thomas at the recent New Balance National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York. Johnson also ran seventh in the 800 meters (1: 55.45), three spots behind Jesse O'Connell of Westminster (1: 54.91). O'Connell, The Sun's All-Metro performer of the indoor season, ran a 1: 53.5 split on the distance medley relay team.

At the Nike Indoor Classic in Indianapolis, Chanel Lattimer of McDonogh ran 25.6 in the 200 and 69.7 in the 400.

All-Metro Monday

A special All-Metro section for high school winter sports will be published Monday, March 27. The section will highlight the top athletes and coaches in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and boys and girls indoor track and field.

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