Bowie St. coaches pull off double team

D'Alessio, Frazier lauded

Prather headed to NCAAs

State notebook


March 14, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Bowie State basketball coach Luke D'Alessio has a $500 annual recruiting budget and he won 20 games for the first time in school history.

Yes, that's five hundred, not five thousand dollars.

Bulldogs football coach Henry Frazier III shocked the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association last fall by guiding his young Bowie team to a 7-3 record and to the semifinals of the league playoffs.

D'Alessio and Frazier have been honored by the CIAA as the basketball and football Coaches of the Year.

Hardly anybody raised an eyebrow.

But D'Alessio sees the accomplishment as similar to Maryland's Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams walking off with back-to-back Atlantic Coach Conference Coach of the Year honors in football and basketball.

On a smaller scale, of course.

"I'd say our two programs were second only to Maryland in the state during this school year," said D'Alessio yesterday. "Next year, we [basketball team] hope to win it all. Yes, I mean a national Division II title."

D'Alessio has some strong arguments to back up his optimism.

He has four junior starters returning among seven players who will be experienced seniors next season.

Tim Washington, a burly 6-foot-8, 240-pound center, headlines the seven returning seniors.

Washington led Bowie's magical 20-7 run this season by averaging 19.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in one dominating performance after another. He was named to the All-CIAA first team and to the CIAA all-tournament team.

Other junior starters returning are 6-3 guard Cornelius McMurray, 6-6 forward Stephen Moss-Kelly and swingman Omarr Smith. Moss-Kelly was second in the conference with 74 three-pointers and was an All-CIAA first-team choice.

Prather headed to Texas

UMBC freshman Lindsey Prather became the first Retrievers' swimmer in 12 years to qualify for the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas, making 200 breaststroke field with a school-record time of 2 minutes, 15.84 seconds.

Prather (Joppatowne High) also qualified for the NCAA championships in the 100 breaststroke with another school-record time of 1.03.69.

She is scheduled to swim the 100 breaststroke March 21 shortly after 11 a.m., and the 200 breaststroke March 22 around 11 a.m.

Et cetera

Former Towson University basketball greats George "Bucky" Kimmett and Danielle Barry were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association at a Legends' Breakfast March 2 at the Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Va.

Kimmett (1947-51) was the school's first 1,000-point men's scorer, and Barry (1990-94) is the all-time leading women's scorer with 1,555 points.

Kathy Holmes, a senior at St. Mary's College, was recently named to the Verizon Academic All-America Division II-III women's soccer team. Holmes (Bel Air High) has been a regional All-America in soccer and lacrosse the past three years at St. Mary's.

Catonsville Community College freshman Sarah Albert was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America volleyball first team recently. Albert is from River Hill High.

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