Appleby's `equation' about to total 300


Oakland Mills boys coach can hit milestone tonight

three to join women's Hall

High Schools

February 01, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Dave Appleby's personality is so quiet and unassuming that few people realize he's about to record his 300th victory as boys basketball coach at Oakland Mills.

Appleby can reach that milestone tonight if the Scorpions (6-9 overall, 5-6 league) defeat visiting Howard (8-8, 6-6).

With a 20-year record of 299-160, Appleby is the county's second-winningest boys coach behind Frank Rhodes (329-153), who retired after 25 seasons at Atholton and Wilde Lake. Appleby deflects the credit away from himself and onto his players.

"You set out to be a coach, never thinking that you'll coach for 20 years, and never thinking that it will all be at one school," Appleby said. "What it means is that I've had good talent, because that's what makes you a good coach. We've had kids that were committed to play, and I'm just proud to have been part of the equation."

His teams have averaged 15 victories a season while winning one state championship (1989-90), seven regional championships and seven county titles, including five in a row from 1987-88 through 1991-92. His teams reached the state finals three times.

The Scorpions, who had only two winning seasons before Appleby arrived in 1982, have had only two losing seasons since. And they came back-to-back in 1992-93 and 1993-94. His teams have had 20 wins or more four times.

And through those years he has insisted on playing the toughest non-league schedule of any county school because of his belief that such competition makes your team stronger later in the season.

Loyola and Thomas Johnson have been on the Scorpions' schedule throughout the 20 years.

Three join Hall of Fame

The Howard County Women's Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three members tomorrow night at River Hill, then two of the top girls basketball teams will take the floor when the 12th-ranked Hawks play host to No. 6 Glenelg.

The new Hall inductees are Joan Kelso Smedley, a standout soccer player at Wilde Lake and the University of Maryland and the current girls soccer coach at River Hill; Mia Dammen, an accomplished soccer and basketball player at Oakland Mills who starred in soccer at Brown; and Helen Moody, a longtime field hockey and lacrosse official.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1997 will have 23 members after tomorrow night.

The alumnae basketball game will start the evening's festivities at 5:30. Expected to play in the game are: Candy Somerville and Kathy Tucci Smith of Centennial; Jill Younce and Carrie Brown Minard of Glenelg; Kellye Townsend, Brandy Peaker and Sonia Keiner of Hammond; Mona Jackson, Laurie Governor Curtis and Katie Kile of Howard; Tammy Webster, Amy Eberhart, Amy Mallon, Erica McCauley, Doris Makowski Harrington and Jeanne Makowski Waagbo of Mount Hebron; Auretha Fleming Baldwin and Dammen of Oakland Mills; Barb Stack of Wilde Lake.

The induction ceremony will follow that game, with Hawks (10-6, 9-3) and Gladiators (14-2, 10-2) scheduled to start at 7:30. Glenelg beat River Hill, 66-60, in December. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

In another important girls game, ninth-ranked Centennial (12-3, 10-1) travels tonight to No. 8 Mount Hebron (13-3, 10-2). The Eagles downed the Vikings, 49-43, in December.

The Eagles survived a scare Wednesday night, edging Long Reach (8-8, 4-8), 46-44.

Baskets by Claire Anderson and Jasmine Hammond broke a tie and gave Centennial a 46-42 lead late in the game. Long Reach scored to get within two, then Centennial's Lisa Richardson missed the front end of one-and-one free throws with eight seconds left.

Long Reach worked the ball inside, but Sandy James' shot rolled off the rim as time ran out.

Indoor track

Seven meet records were broken at the Ivan Walker county track and field championships Wednesday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover.

Angie Watkins, a Long Reach senior, was voted the Iron Woman award for breaking two meet records in the 300 and 500 meters.

Her 500 time of 1:18.7 not only was a meet record, but also broke the county record of 1:18.9 set by Tee Carter of Long Reach in 1998.

Shane Stroup of River Hill set meet records in the 500 (1:05.9) and 1600 (4:18.8) and earned Iron Man honors.

Jeanette Curtis of Mount Hebron set a meet record in the 55-meter hurdles with an 8.3 performance in a preliminary heat that eclipsed Kisha Jett's 8.4.

The Hammond girls 800-meter relay ran a meet record of 1:47.2, beating the mark of 1:48.5 set by Long Reach last season.

The Mount Hebron girls set a meet record in the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:04.1, beating the 10:13.6 set by River Hill in 1999.

In other action, Alana Black was Wilde Lake's only girls individual champion, winning the 800 in 2:25.4 and the 1600 in 5:25.3.

Chris Barksdale of Oakland Mills won the 300 (35.8) over teammate Anthony Cole, and the Scorpions' Jaovon Wright won the 55 hurdles in 7.8.

Sean Stewart of Hammond won the shot put at 44 feet, 4 1/2 inches, and Howard's Chris Krutsch took the boys pole vault at 12 feet. Phil Derosier of Long Reach won the 55 dash in 6.5 seconds.

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