Reservoir names Va. alum Mohler lacrosse coach

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January 29, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Brenndan Mohler, 24, a Catonsville High graduate who played lacrosse for four years at the University of Virginia, including on the Cavaliers' 1999 national-championship team, is the new Reservoir High boys varsity lacrosse coach.

Mohler, a midfielder, played on two Atlantic Coast Conference championship teams at Virginia and was selected to play in the senior North-South All-Star game. He was drafted by Major League Lacrosse's Bayhawks after his senior season but decided to finish his education.

"I'm extremely excited to be coaching," Mohler said. "It's something I've always looked forward to. My playing days are over, but I still have that competitive edge. It will be a challenge to build a program at a new school like Reservoir. "

Mohler said he's still interviewing candidates to be his assistant varsity coach and the JV coach. Reservoir, in Fulton in Howard County, opened in 2002 and does not have a senior class.

Mohler's father, Mike, is the girls basketball coach at Catonsville.

James goes for 500

After Tuesday's game against Aberdeen was postponed until tomorrow afternoon due to the weather, North Harford girls basketball coach Lin James will get her first shot at win No. 500 when the Hawks play host to Harford County rival C. Milton Wright at 7 p.m. today.

Wright enters the game with an 11-3 mark (4-2 in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division), but the Hawks handed the Mustangs their first loss, 44-37, on Jan. 6.

James, whose team is 7-7 overall, 3-2 in the league, has coached at the Pylesville school for 35 years, compiling a 499-226 career record (including two seasons at Langford in Georgia). She has more victories than any other Baltimore metro area girls basketball coach.

Ziegler picks Terps

Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett usually takes her team on field trips in the fall to watch the Maryland field hockey team play. Next season, the Cougars will get to watch one of their own.

Kim Ziegler, Fallston's two-time All-Metro forward, has orally committed to Maryland and will sign a letter of intent to play for the Terps as early as next week.

Ziegler, who had 10 goals and 10 assists in leading the Cougars to a Harford County crown and a berth in the state semifinals, chose Maryland over UMBC, Lafayette and Johns Hopkins.

"It's going to be awesome," said Ziegler, who talked about watching former Cougar Kateri Simon play for Maryland. [The Maryland players] have always been my idols. They are so good, and it's going to be exciting to be a part of that."

Pallotti boys rising

Pallotti, seeking its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference boys basketball title, is unbeaten (10-0) in the league and two games ahead of second-place St. Paul's (8-2).

The Panthers, 18-3 overall, have a new, multi-million-dollar gymnasium in Laurel and haven't lost a league home game in it.

`The program is taking off," said coach Brett Davis, whose team was 8-20 overall last season and 5-11 in the league.

The Panthers are led by Jerel Thomas, a 6-foot-1 senior forward who averages 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. Junior guard Jeremy Bell averages 12.7 points and shoots 80 percent at the foul line. And 6-2 freshman Eric Whatley is averaging 12 points and six rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field. Shola Falekulo, a 6-5 center, averages five points and seven rebounds.

Pallotti defeated St. Paul's, 58-55, in their first meeting Jan. 16, and the teams play again on Feb. 13.

Franklin's challenges

Franklin boys' basketball coach Mike Thomas has gotten more than expected out of two undersized players who have led his Indians to a spot near the top of the Baltimore County 4A-3A League standings.

Leading the way is Alan Mahan, a 6-4 forward averaging 19.8 points, 17.2 rebounds and 7.6 blocks a game. Teammate Allen Reitter, a 6-3 guard, is contributing 21.6 points, seven rebounds and 7.9 assists.

"The play of those two, plus our point guard, Kevin Snee, has some coaches calling us a sleeper in the league," said Thomas, in his fifth season. "We've beaten Milford Mill twice. We won the North Carroll Holiday tournament. But we've got some games coming up that will tell us what we're really made of."

The Indians (13-2 overall, 3-1 league) play at No. 14 and defending champion Randallstown tomorrow, and on Wednesday at home against No. 11 Woodlawn.

Et cetera

Tickets are on sale at St. Frances for tomorrow's boys basketball game between the No. 6 Panthers and visiting Archbishop Spalding, ranked No. 3. Admission for the Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A conference game is $3 for adults and $2 for students and children 12 and under. Floor seats are $5. ... The No. 1 Mount St. Joseph (18-1) at No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons (20-3) BCL/MIAA A conference game postponed Tuesday has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 11.

Sun staff writers Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield and Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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