James closing in on 500-win mark

North Harford coach tops in area all time


March 25, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

North Harford's Lin James continues to pull away from the field on the all-time victory list for Baltimore-area girls basketball coaches.

A 16-7 record in the 2000-01 season, boosted James' career record to 464-199 in her 35th year of coaching the Hawks.

"I think I'll go for 500," said James, with a laugh.

James, who passed former Western coach Breezy Bishop during the 1998-99 season to become the Baltimore area's all-time win leader, has no plans to retire.

Her nearest rival has a long way to go. Towson coach Bev Snyder is the only other active coach in the 400s, at 426-121 after 28 seasons.

Snyder, whose team finished 11-11 this season, moved into second place, passing former Mount Hebron and Centennial coach Dave Greenberg (425-113) with a first-round regional playoff victory over Edmondson last month.

Only two other girls coaches are members of the 400-win club - Bishop (424-40) and Old Mill's Pat Chance (415-140).

Hitting 1,000 far from home

Darby Burke, a Perry Hall resident who played basketball at nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist this season, reached the 1,000-point milestone in her final game.

The senior scored 14 points in the title game of the girls National Association of Christian Athletes tournament in Erie, Pa., on March 11 as the Crusaders (25-3) won their fourth straight championship. Averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 assists and four steals per game this season, she finished with 1,003 points.

Burke, the starting point guard for the No. 23-ranked team in the nation, spent two years at John Carroll and her junior year at Perry Hall before transferring to the Upper Marlboro school. Each day, she commuted for more than an hour with her father, who works in Beltsville

"When somebody's going to travel that far to come to school, it shows she believes in the program and she's committed," said Crusaders coach Keith Lynch, who spotted Burke playing Amateur Athletic Union ball with the Baltimore Cougars and offered her a scholarship.

"She brought something we've been needing," Lynch said. "She feeds the ball inside very well to the post player, and she just brought a balance to our team. She creates and makes things happen."

Burke, who carries a 4.0 grade-point average this year and scored 1,220 on the SAT, is still considering several Division I scholarship offers.

Next step for Schlenoff

Adam Schlenoff, a senior catcher from Loyola High, has orally committed to play baseball at Mount St. Mary's College.

Schlenoff, who will receive a four-year grant, also played for the Carroll County Rangers in the Fall Showcase League and was named as a "National Player" by All-American Showcases.

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