Club honors coach's work at Northeast High School


April 06, 2001|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ACCOLADES FOR a job well-done were the order of business as the Mountain Road Kiwanis Club presented its Service to Youth 2000 award to a Pasadena native last week for his longtime dedication to high school sports.

Mike Cotham, Northeast High School's football coach, was selected by club members to receive the honor. The award was presented by William Pratesi, past president of the club.

Kiwanis spokesman Robert Baxter said Cotham was the club's obvious choice for the award, given his almost 30-year involvement with Eagles football at Northeast. Cotham works as an estimator for an industrial company in addition to the part-time coaching job.

Cotham's football career began as a student at Northeast, where he was a starter on the struggling team for three years. After graduation in 1976, he played college ball at Salisbury State University.

His love of the game - and of Northeast - led Cotham to accept an assistant coaching position at the school in 1980. He stayed on for nearly two decades until, after being passed over for the head coaching position in 1999, he accepted a job as an assistant coach at rival Old Mill High.

But last year, he was offered the head coaching job at Northeast and returned.

With the veteran Eagle in charge, the team experienced a turnaround last year - so much so that Cotham was named high school football coach of the year by the Maryland Gazette.

"We wanted to reward Mike for his longtime dedication to the school, his players, and to the Pasadena community," Baxter said.

Easter Bunny tradition

Families with young children in tow will be heading to Lake Waterford Park from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow for the park's annual Hop Along the Bunny Trail.

Youngsters who walk or hop down the trail can search for sweet treats and prizes that the Easter Bunny and a crew of helpers have left. Children may bring an Easter basket or bag to carry what they find.

Admission is $2 per child.

To give the Easter Bunny and his friends time to prepare, the park will close this evening at sunset and reopen at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In case of rain, the event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-222-6248.

Fishing group anniversary

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.

Monday's gathering will feature an open microphone for members to share fishing facts and fables. Those sharing tales will receive an appreciation gift.

The group also will honor "unsung heroes" who have helped it in the past.

Membership is free and open to anglers of all ages. No smoking is permitted in the fire hall.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH (439-3474) or

Last call on citrus

Spring signals the end of winter and the end of this year's East Anne Arundel Lions Club fruit sale season.

The club is accepting orders through April 14 for pickup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road. Available are Valencia oranges and ruby red grapefruit for orders by the full, half or quarter case.

The Lions Club also will be taking orders for Georgia Vidalia onions. The cost for the onions is $5 for a 5-pound bag or $10 for a 10-pound bag. The delivery date has not been announced. Proceeds will benefit local Lions Club sight and hearing projects, and Lions-sponsored programs at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' Wilmer Eye Clinic in Baltimore.

Orders: 410-255-7207, 410-255-1128 or 410-255-1783.

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