Oakland Mills makes Lewis new boys basketball coach

'88 graduate had guided girls varsity past 4 years

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High School

April 08, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Marcus Lewis was named as Oakland Mills' boys basketball coach yesterday.

Lewis, 33, has coached the Scorpions' girls varsity for the past four seasons. No girls coaching replacement was announced.

A physical education teacher, Lewis graduated from Oakland Mills as a three-sport star athlete in 1988. He also currently serves as the defensive coordinator in football and as a varsity assistant in lacrosse.

"He'll be a good role model because he represents the qualities we want Oakland Mills athletes to have," said Scorpions athletic director and head football coach Ken Hovet. "He will put a disciplined team on the court and will encourage the students to work hard both in the classroom and on the basketball court."

Lewis graduated from the University of Delaware, where he was a four-year football letterman and two-year starter at running back.

As a high school senior, Lewis played football, basketball and baseball - and the Scorpions won county titles in all three sports.

The basketball team compiled a 22-5 record and lost to Walkersville in overtime, 66-64, in the 2A state finals. He played point guard and was selected All-County.

In football that year, he was Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback.

In baseball, he batted .536 and earned All-Met honors. That was the only year Oakland Mills ever won a county baseball title.

Lewis replaces Dave Appleby, who coached the Scorpions for 21 years while they won 312 games, seven county titles and reached the state semifinals eight times. They won the state title in 1990. Appleby resigned March 27.

"I've always wanted to coach the boys team," said Lewis. "There will be a little bit of pressure to win following the record of someone like Mr. Appleby. I just hope to get the team back to winning consistently."

Transfer helps Lions

Steve DiMarzo, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound transfer from Pallotti, struck out nine and pitched six innings in one of the season's biggest baseball upsets last Friday, as Howard edged defending Class 2A state champion and then-No. 10 Atholton, 5-3.

"This was his third start and his best game so far," said Lions coach Rich Jenkins. "It was a gutty performance. We're not hitting well and haven't fielded well behind him. He throws in the low 80s and has a pretty good curve."

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