Lewis named coach of Reservoir football

He was 3-sport standout at Oakland Mills in 1980s

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March 25, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Joe Lewis has been named Reservoir High's football coach, replacing Sam Singleton, and is wasting no time getting the Gators on a weight-training program.

"We started lifting Monday and had 18 kids, and now we're up to 28," the former coach at DuVal in Prince George's County said yesterday. He plans to canvass the middle schools in the Reservoir district soon to drum up interest.

"Our goal is to have 100 kids out for football," he said.

During his meeting with the team, he handed out folders full of information on camps, scouting combines, financial aid and the SAT exam.

"He's very organized," said Reservoir athletic director Ken Klock, who was Lewis' football coach at Oakland Mills in the 1980s. "When he played for me, it was like having a coach on the field because he knew what was happening at every position. We're very pleased to get him."

Lewis, 36, is a physical education teacher at DuVal, where he coached the past five years. Reservoir is hoping to find him a teaching position before September.

He plans to bring his five assistants with him from DuVal.

Lewis was first-team All-County in football, basketball and baseball at Oakland Mills before graduating in 1986. He was a captain in all three sports.

He played two years at Montgomery College in Rockville, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors once. The linebacker then played three more years at Temple on a scholarship.

After college, he spent seven years as assistant varsity basketball coach at Oakland Mills, before moving on to spend another seven years as defensive football coordinator for Walter Johnson in Montgomery County.

He's married with two sons, ages 6 and 2, and will be moving to a new home in Anne Arundel County on Tuesday.

Triple play for Reservoir

The first baseball home game in Reservoir history yesterday was one the Gators won't soon forget.

The highlights included a Gators triple play in the first inning against defending county champion Centennial; principal Adrianne Kaufman throwing out the first ball; and the game being halted with one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie because the lone umpire was injured by a foul tip.

"The umpire cut his ear and it wouldn't stop bleeding so they had to take him to the hospital," said Gators coach Adam Leader. "Both defenses were amazing, and there were about 100 fans watching because it was our first home game. Both teams were loud the entire game. There was tons of spirit."

Centennial starting pitcher Todd Abict was working on a one-hitter, having struck out 10 and walked three.

Reservoir pitcher Derrick Nason allowed six hits, walked one and hit two batters.

The triple play came off a line drive to first baseman Connor Thompson with runners at first and second base. He stepped on first base and threw to Matt Rothman at second base to complete the triple play.

Van Deusen resigns

Brian Van Deusen, who was named earlier this year to follow in his father's footsteps as athletic director at River Hill, resigned this week as the school's basketball coach.

He decided to remain as varsity football coach, Under county regulations, athletic directors can coach only one varsity sport.

He broke the news to the team at Tuesday's basketball banquet.

Van Deusen was varsity basketball coach for five years. During the past three seasons, the team was 54-16, won one county title and finished second twice.

Bears ruin no-hit bid

Hammond coach Mike Lerner gave Wilde Lake pitcher Kevin Showe some high praise after yesterday's 5-2 extra-inning upset win by the Bears.

"He's as good a pitcher as there is in the state of Maryland," Lerner said. "And we were fortunate to beat him."

Showe came within four outs of pitching a no-hit shutout. After throwing 95 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, however, he took himself out of the game. He struck out nine, walked three and left with a 2-0 lead.

Hammond jumped on reliever Tim Lima, who walked the first batter he faced and, after retiring the next batter, gave up a two-run home run to designated hitter Steve Regan. The home run just cleared the fence at the 310-foot sign in left field, and Wildecats left fielder Carmen Fanzone dived over the fence trying to catch it.

"It was an inside-and-high fastball," Regan said. "I was getting scared when I saw the outfielder trotting over there and didn't think it was gone until I rounded first base."

Hammond won it in the eighth inning on a squeeze bunt by Jay Benedetti and a two-run double by Brian Briggs.

Left-hander Nick Purdy pitched a solid seven innings for Hammond, allowing six hits and two runs, and striking out eight and walking four. He threw 100 pitches.

"My curve was definitely working. And I just got a changeup this year and they weren't expecting that," said Purdy, who was beaten by Wilde Lake last season.

The Wildecats scored in the second inning on Fanzone's squeeze bunt, and Showe hit an RBI double in the third inning.

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