Wilson weighs North County return

SIDELINES

January 03, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Brad Wilson is pondering a return to North County High, this time as head football coach.

Wilson, who has been head football coach at Glen Burnie since 1998 after a distinguished tenure as defensive coordinator at North County, will take this weekend to decide whether or not to apply for the vacant North County post.

North County did not renew the contract of Greg Justice, who was 0-10 this past season after going 2-8 his first year. The Knights have yet to advertise the position.

Wilson is perfectly happy at Glen Burnie as coach and physical education teacher, but admitted yesterday that the North County job is tempting.

"I spent eight great years there [North County], but at this time I haven't decided yet [whether to apply]," said Wilson, who was an assistant to Chuck Markiewicz during the Knights' glory years, including winning Anne Arundel's third state football title in 1994 as a Class 4A team.

"I wanted to take the holidays to think about it because I'm happy coaching and teaching at Glen Burnie."

Classes will resume Monday.

Wilson said it's important to be a teacher at the school where you coach, but there are, at the moment, no vacant teaching positions at the Ferndale school.

"But things change, as you know, like teachers moving to other schools or retiring, " said Wilson, who is 9-41 (.180) in five seasons at Glen Burnie, with one winning season (6-4 in 2001).

"At this time, I haven't decided what I'm going to do."

Chesapeake is also looking for a new football coach after dismissing Tom Kraning after 15 seasons. Kraning never had a winning season and was 52-98 (.347) during his tenure.

Former Kraning assistants Chip Snyder and Jim Simms are interested in the position. As a teacher at the school, Snyder might have the edge over Simms, who is a retired county policeman and the Cougars' head baseball coach.

Snyder is Simms' top assistant coach in baseball, and they could reverse the roles for football.

Close at the beach

Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team came about as close as it's possible to get to winning the Slam Dunk to the Beach championship bracket on Monday night at Cape Henlopen High in Lewes, Del.

The No. 4-ranked Cavaliers (8-2) dropped a 49-48 decision to 7-0 St. Benedict's (N.J.) in the final. A couple of Spalding shots went awry in the final seconds in the Cavaliers' bid to become the first team from Maryland to win the event.

The Slam Dunk is host to several tournaments each year, with the championship bracket being the main event, featuring eight quality teams from around the country.

"I'm really proud of the way the kids played and we should get a lot out of the experience," said Cavaliers coach Mike Glick, who feels his team bonded.

"Spending five days together at the Slam Dunk has brought us closer together as a team."

Spalding arrived Dec. 26, played that night, Saturday and Monday, and returned home New Year's Eve.

Sideliners

The boys basketball game between No. 6 Annapolis (6-1) and No. 18 Glen Burnie (6-0) originally scheduled for today has been moved to Monday, Feb. 3 at 7:15 p.m. ... the No. 19 St. Mary's boys (9-3) have won four of their past five after being humbled, 71-42, by Annapolis. The only loss by the Saints in that stretch was by 61-51 to No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (8-1). St. Mary's won the C. Milton Wright tournament by 54-47 over the host Mustangs. ...

Old Mill (4-2) is a team to watch in boys competition in the county public school league. The Patriots of coach Greg Smith have been getting balanced scoring. They lost only by 68-65 to No. 18 Glen Burnie and won the consolation portion of the latter's Bogle Invitational by beating then No. 17 Meade (4-3), 85-74. Tion Jackson and Greg Phelps have been the Pats' top scorers. ... Severn School's boys team is 9-4, including a recent 66-60 victory over neighbor Severna Park (4-3).

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