Chambers, Spalding are a match

With previous ties to school and strong roots in the county, new boys basketball coach sees `great opportunity' with Cavaliers

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May 31, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Dale Chambers is not having second thoughts this time.

Chambers, who was named boys basketball coach at Archbishop Spalding last week, accepted - and later turned down - an offer to coach Cardinal Gibbons last summer. Chambers, who has roots in Anne Arundel County, decided to remain an assistant to John Brady at Annapolis.

"Something told me that it wasn't the right move and I decided to stay at Annapolis," Chambers said.

He interviewed for the Cavaliers' job last month after Mike Glick resigned, but lost out to Pete Strickland. Strickland, however, resigned just a month later to take a position at North Carolina State, opening the door for Chambers.

Chambers played basketball at Severna Park and Anne Arundel Community College before going to Bloomsburg (Pa.) University.

"Dale needs no introduction locally and was an ex-faculty member here," Spalding athletic director Lee Dove said. "He's been at Annapolis with John Brady and it's nice to have him back in the building and work with him as basketball coach. Dale brings a lot to the table and there is no doubt in my mind that he will work extremely hard to put the program back on top."

Chambers taught business at Spalding for four years before going to Annapolis.

"I know the school ... and think it's a great opportunity to build something," Chambers said. "I'm looking to continue the basketball tradition at Spalding."

Chambers played for current Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci at Anne Arundel CC.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Dale will do a great job at Spalding," said Amatucci, who now becomes a rival in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. "Dale is a good man and quality person."

Said Brady: "It's a great opportunity for Dale in a good league, with a new gym and a team coming off a subpar season [14-19]. He's got the opportunity to grow and should be able to attract players from the northern end of the county."

Lone champion

The top-ranked Arundel baseball team is the only Anne Arundel baseball or softball team to win a state title this spring.

The Wildcats (23-3) notched their Maryland-record 10th state championship by defeating No. 10 C. Milton Wright (17-9), 5-3, Friday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

Sophomore Tyler Hibbs led the Wildcats in the final by working the last four innings to notch his county-record 13th win. Hibbs also had two hits, including his 17th double of the season, which was the 22nd of his two-year career, a school record.

"Tyler is the key player. There is no question, he's a premier player, a star in every sense of the word," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, the winningest public school coach in Maryland history with 566 victories and 10 state titles.

As a freshman, Hibbs had suffered a 10-9 loss to Quince Orchard in the 2005 Class 4A final.

"We got some timely hits and I just came out pitching like I always do," Hibbs said of this season's final.

He struck out nine in four innings, including the last batter of the game with a runner on base.

"That last pitch, I decided to throw it as hard as I could and see if they could hit it," he said.

Quick hits

Northeast baseball coach Larry Williams said the county coaches have asked Frank "Jocko" Svoboda to throw out the first pitch at Saturday's all-star seniors doubleheader, which begins at 4 p.m., between Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties at Joe Cannon Stadium. Svoboda, who recently turned 80, has been a fixture in amateur baseball as an umpire, coach and administrator. ... . Severna Park's Jennine Strange, who was sidelined during the indoor track season with reactive arthritis (a bacterial infection that attacks the joints), ran a leg of the Falcons' Class 3A state champion 3,200 relay team at the outdoor championships last week. She said it was her "last race" and that she "wanted to leave everything out there and have no regrets."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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