Long Reach's Chuck Struhar didn't expect to be coaching softball this season.
"I hadn't planned on it," said Struhar, who stepped down as varsity coach after the 2000 season but continued as athletic director, a position he has held since the school opened in 1996.
Struhar filled the varsity coaching position with Dale Harriman, who had directed the Lightning JV softball team for four years. However, there still was a vacancy for the JV position.
"Pete Hughes was going to do it, but had a scheduling conflict," Struhar said. "I didn't feel comfortable dumping it on someone," Struhar said.
So Struhar, who coached varsity softball at Glenelg for nine seasons, including county championships in 1990 and 1994, took over the JV team just a couple of weeks before practice started. "It's a lot of fun," said Struhar, whose team is 7-2, its two losses both by one run. "I'm very happy. Very content."
Struhar said some people questioned why he would coach JV.
"I don't think it's a step down at all," Struhar said. "These kids want to learn the game, and we teach it to them.
Raiders visit Italy
Atholton softball player Aubrey Barrett got sick four times - "twice on the way over and twice on the way back" - but she called her spring break trip to Italy "the best time of my life."
Barrett, who had never flown before, and teammates Sarah Costa and Stacey DeFino went on the school-sponsored trip that included visits to Florence, Venice and Rome.
"Out of all the cities, Venice was the best," Costa said. "It was the prettiest."
The 21st annual county high school swim championships will be held at noon Sunday at Howard Community College. All students are eligible to participate on their high school team.
For more information, students can contact their team captain - Laura Allen, Atholton; Cristina Gonzalez, Centennial; Michelle Hinkle, Glenelg; Katie Mazzarella, Hammond; Chris Pearson, Howard; Jennifer Irby, Long Reach; Ashley Higgs, Mount Hebron; Rachel Lazaick, Oakland Mills; Kate Balcerzak, River Hill; Andrew Clegg, Wilde Lake - or meet director Tony Mazzarella at 301-490-2994.