Owings Mills' Pritzker surpasses 250 wins

19th-year coach says: `We kind of low-keyed it'


January 23, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With Friday night's 66-12 victory over Bowling Brook of Carroll County in last weekend's two-day Friends School dual meet tournament, eighth-ranked Owings Mills earned career win No. 250 for 19th-year coach Guy Pritzker.

"It means something, but we kind of low-keyed it. I didn't say anything to the kids about it," said Pritzker, 46, whose Eagles went 6-0 in the tournament, raising his career record to 253-39. "I called up my high school coach, John Lowe [Milford Mill]. I told him he was one of the major influences in my life."

The Eagles are 15-1 this season. Pritzker's teams won consecutive 2A-1A state titles in 1990-'91 and 1991-92, and again in 1994-95 and 1995-96. His four state titles are the most by any active coach in the state. He also has won five Baltimore County titles and 15 regional tournaments.

Pritzker has coached 14 individual state champs at Owings Mills, including Steve Kessler, the state's second four-time champ and the only Maryland wrestler to go undefeated over a four-year career.

With Kessler, a runner-up at the national high school championships, and three-time state champs Greg Kessler (fifth at nationals) and Grant Johnson (second), he has coached three high school All-Americans. Johnson earned collegiate All-American honors by placing fifth in the NCAAs as a Boston University senior.

Pritzker also has coached the Owings Mills recreation program (formerly Randallstown Optimists) for 29 years.

Franklin got individual titles from the Mays twins, Luke (160) and Sam (171), along with another from Matt Schuster (130) en route to winning its second annual Indians Invitational.

The surprise of the tournament might have been Towson's Al Smith (152), who improved to 15-1 after winning his title. Smith pinned Eastern Tech's Randy Roberts, who was ranked No. 5, in the semifinals, then scored a 15-3 major decision over Loch Raven's Aidan Smith, who dropped from 160 pounds where he was ranked No. 5.

NDP blazes swim trail

Notre Dame Prep's swim team has won six straight private school championships, and the Blazers have set themselves up for another when the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meet gets under way Sunday morning at UMBC.

Friday's 100-70 victory over their closest rival, McDonogh, makes the Blazers the favorite Sunday largely because of the depth that helped them get past the visiting Eagles.

Bridget Kimmel led the Blazers in Friday's meet, taking the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke events as well as helping the 200-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams to victory. Kate Hopkins won the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg on the medley relay team.

The Blazers swept the relay events. Kimmel, Hopkins, Lauren Taylor and Meghan Sackett took the medley relay. Taylor, Adrienne Wiegmann, Jasmine DeGross and Katherine Godwin won the 200-freestyle relay. Godwin, DeGross, Kimmel and Sackett took the 400 free relay.

For the Eagles, Liz Williams (200 free, 500 free) and Jinji Fraser (50 free, 100 free) were double winners.

1,000-point club

Roland Park's Kelsey Twist became the latest member of the 1,000-point club when she hit the milestone in the No. 16 Reds' 49-41 girls basketball victory over Institute of Notre Dame on Sunday.

An All-Baltimore City/County selection the past two years, Twist is an All-Metro field hockey and lacrosse player who signed early to play lacrosse at Stanford.

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