Long Reach's Struhar is taking over softball after one-year absence

Athletic director coached junior varsity last season

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February 05, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Chuck Struhar, the Long Reach athletic director since the school opened in 1996, is taking over the Lightning's varsity softball team again this spring after a one-year hiatus.

"I'm not really coming back beause I coached the junior varsity last season after four years of coaching the varsity," Struhar said.

The varsity opening was created because Dale Harriman, last year's coach, took a job in the central office at the board of education.

Struhar had coached the varsity at Long Reach for four seasons before stepping back.

"I wanted to coach my daughter's fast-pitch softball team last spring and wasn't sure I'd have enough time and energy to do that and a varsity team," Struhar said.

He discovered he can coach both and still do a good job.

The Lightning varsity finished in second place in the county race two years ago.

During his nine-year varsity softball coaching reign at Glenelg, his teams won county titles in 1990 and 1994.

"I just really enjoy coaching softball," said the five-time county softball coach of the year.

Kevin Broadus will coach the junior varsity team.

Dragons on a roll

Since losing to county rival and league-leading Chapelgate, the Glenelg Country School Dragons have won three straight games and remain just one game behind the Flames with three games left to play.

Glenelg is 10-3 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference and faces a crucial test Friday night at Annapolis Area Christian, a school that also has three losses.

Glenelg is led by Sean Rozanski, who is averaging 27 points. Todd Vocke, at 6-foot-8, gives coach Charlie Stewart's Dragons 12 points and nine rebounds per game. And guard Mitch Waters averages 10.4 points.

Indoor track this week

The indoor regional track championships are this week.

Oakland Mills, Glenelg, Centennial and Atholton will compete in the Class 2A-1A Central meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex today along with schools from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

The Oakland Mills boys and Glenelg girls are the county champions.

Six other schools, including Hammond, Howard, Long Reach, Mount Hebron, River Hill and Wilde Lake will compete on Saturday in the 3A-2A West region championships at Hagerstown Community College.

Regional duals tomorrow

The state wrestling regional duals begin tomorrow, and the winners of each of eight regions will advance to Saturday's finals at Lansdowne High.

Dulaney (22-4), ranked No. 13, and Kenwood (11-1) will wrestle at third-ranked Mount Hebron (14-0) in the Class 4A-3A North region duals.

Mount Hebron, the No. 1 seed, meets fourth-seed Kenwood in one semifinal. The other semifinal features Dulaney, the No. 2 seed, against fifth-ranked River Hill (15-3), the No. 3 seed

Patterson (12-1), ranked 14th, is the third seed in the 4A-3A East and will face eighth-ranked host Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (13-1), the No. 2 seed. The other semifinal pits seventh-ranked, defending champ Old Mill (13-0), the top seed, against ninth-ranked Annapolis (12-2), the fourth seed.

Fourth-ranked Owings Mills (19-1) is favored to defend its 2A-1A North crown at home, as is 11th-ranked host Hammond (12-2) in the 2A-1A South.

Top-seed Owings Mills meets fourth-seeded defending Baltimore County tournament champ, Eastern Tech (9-4). Two-time Harford County dual-meet champ Harford Tech is the No. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Joppatowne (10-3) in a rematch of an earlier match won by Harford Tech.

Although it will host its 2A-1A North region, Hammond is seeded second behind Bladensburg (13-0) of Prince George's County. The homestanding Bears meet third-seed Poly (8-0) of Baltimore City in one semifinal, with Bladensburg meeting fourth-seed Glenelg (10-4) in the other.

Et cetera

Oakland Mills folks still are talking about the shot from the top of the circle that a triple-teamed Andre Brooks made Friday night at the buzzer to beat Howard, 74-72, and give coach Dave Appleby his 300th win.

Appleby remembers another similar miracle shot in 1995 made by Jeff Ngare that defeated Glenelg in the regional championship game and sent the Scorpions to the final four.

Long Reach's Anthony Gaither is enjoying a great season for the Lightning and set the school record for most points in a game earlier this season against High Point. The 41-point effort eclipsed the mark of 36 points held by Chris Smith.

Mike Glancey, a first-team All-Metro striker for Mount Hebron, said he plans to attend Towson University and walk on.

The 5-10, 150-pound first-team All-State player led Mount Hebron to an unexpectedly fine 12-5-1 season with 15 goals and eight assists.

Carol Satterwhite, Wilde Lake's athletic director for 29 years, and the first woman athletic director in Howard County and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, is the interim athletic director for Reservoir High, which will open next August.

Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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