Sources: Wrenn to coach at Poly

Pallotti upsets No. 1 Spalding in softball

High Schools

March 31, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD | LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER

Longtime Patterson football coach Roger Wrenn could be named to the same position at Poly as early as today, replacing Anthony Knox, who resigned after last season, according to both an alumni official and a source with knowledge of the decision by the Engineers' search committee.

Wrenn, 59, Baltimore's winningest coach with a career record of 237-96-2 over 32 seasons, was offered the job last Friday by Poly prinicipal Barney Wilson during a meeting that also involved alumni president Adrian Palazzi.

According to a source, Wrenn's appointment "is a done deal," pending his signing of a contract today.

"I can say that as a representative of the alumni, we're ecstatic of him coming on board, and we expect great things from him," said Palazzi, adding that Kelly Bagdasarian, an academic coach, will assume a similar position with the Engineers' program.

Another move by the alumni, could be to "get the Poly-City game back on Thanksgiving Day where it belongs," Palazzi said of a move that would involve the Engineers' secession from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Wrenn informed Patterson principal Laura D'Anna of his intention Monday during a tearful meeting and did the same Tuesday with the players who will return to the Clippers' program next season, according to a source.

Wrenn was at Poly yesterday, where he met with the Engineers' returning players, the source said. It is unclear whether Wrenn will receive a teaching position at Poly or be allowed to retain his position as Patterson's athletic director while at the new school.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Softball

No. 14 Pallotti 3, No. 1 Spalding 2 -- Lynn Brown drove in Katie Donovan for the winning run as the host Panthers (2-2) upset the Cavaliers (2-1). Pallotti led 2-0 before Spalding scored two runs in the seventh inning to force the extra inning.

No. 12 IND 9, McDonogh 2 -- In her first varsity start, freshman Kayla Mohr pitched a complete game with four strikeouts to get the win for the Indians (3-2). The Eagles fell to 0-4.

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