Northeast asks Williams to coach, rebuild winner

SIDELINES

High Schools

January 06, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Northeast athletic director Roger Stitt made the right choice in naming Larry Williams as head baseball coach.

Williams, an assistant the past three seasons, should be the right fit for what is more than just a coaching position with the defending Class 3A state champion.

Succeeding Marshal Kawecki, who resigned to take a teaching position at Northern-Calvert, Williams has the unenviable dual role of coach and fund-raiser, the result of vandalism.

During the summer, vandals set fire to the team's field house, burning it to the ground. All the equipment in the building was destroyed, leaving the Eagles with quite a financial loss.

"We lost everything and need corporate help and donations to replace things we desperately need to function," Williams said.

Any local corporations or others wishing to help can call Williams at 410-437-7485 or the school at 410-437-6400.

As for the baseball coaching part, Williams is very excited, saying that he was "pleasantly surprised" that he got the job despite not being a teacher in the school.

"I understand the importance of having a teacher in the school, but while I'm not, my top assistant Al Kohlhafer is, and you couldn't have anybody better," said Williams, who is a mortgage banker.

Kohlhafer will be back for his 34th season as an assistant, having started under the late Harry Lentz, the man who put the program on the map with three state titles and a 348-200 (.635) career record in 28 years.

Williams also is excited that longtime JV coach Tom Caines and former Brooklyn Park minor-league hurler and Orioles' batting practice pitcher Bobby Englemeyer have agreed to be assistants.

Williams will also have his son, Anthony, a junior middle infielder, on the team.

Sideliners

Several pro baseball scouts and a couple national preseason publications consider Glen Burnie outfielder Keith Williams, a three-sport standout, as one of the top three high school prospects in Maryland, and former All-County Arundel High infielder John McCurdy the top college prospect. A junior at the University of Maryland, McCurdy is eligible for the June draft. ... What a week by Severna Park's boys basketball senior guard, Theo Brown, who had a school-record 47 points Wednesday in a loss to No. 4 Annapolis and 37 in Friday's 76-63 upset of No. 20 Southern-AA. That's 84 points. ... Annapolis (9-0) takes a county regular-season winning streak of 45 games into No. 13 Meade (8-2) at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday. ... Richard Peroutka, who was a second-team All-County soccer defenseman and the No. 1 boys singles golfer at Archbishop Spalding, has received an academic scholarship to Johns Hopkins. Peroutka's grade-point average is 4.6. ... After a 1-22 season, Broadneck's boys basketball team has emerged as the best 2-8 team in the county. The Bruins have suffered close losses to No. 20 Southern, Arundel, Glen Burnie. They lost, 53-50, on Friday to North County, which was coming off a 62-60 upset of Meade. "I really believe this team has the capabilities of some major upsets and going on a big run in January and February," coach Ken Kazmarek said.

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