Wright's McNicholas to retire this year

Athletic director stepping down in July

Notebook

April 29, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Reporter

C. Milton Wright athletic director Jim McNicholas is retiring after 22 years to "move on and relax a little bit and do some traveling with my family."

McNicholas, 60, will officially step down July 1 to complete a tenure of 35 years in the Harford County school system, spending four years each at Aberdeen Middle School and Bel Air High before going to C. Milton Wright, where he worked for Jack McCracken for five years before becoming the athletic director.

McCracken and McNicholas have been the only athletic directors in the history of C. Milton Wright. McNicholas served as a physical education instructor before adding the AD duties to his job title.

"The biggest accomplishment has been seeing our kids succeed and having our sports teams well-known statewide," McNicholas said. "We have a respected program, and our coaches work hard. I think that's what makes me feel best - that people know who we are and we have a good reputation."

Unknown Cobras

Harford Tech baseball coach Johnny Watson believes his Cobras (6-6) might be the "best team in the state nobody ever heard of, and I like it that way. We can sneak up on people.

"We're just a little 1A school and we're playing in a very tough league this year because we won our division," Watson said of his team's move up to the Chesapeake Division from the Susquehanna Division in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. "We have to play Bel Air twice, C. Milton Wright twice, and North Harford two times. We've done well. We've held our own with Fallston in the first game and ended up losing, but we played them a second time and beat them."

Watson said his team led C. Milton Wright in both meetings going into the last inning before losing, but "we hung in there."

Harford Tech is led by senior right-handed pitcher Dan Wydra, who has a 4-1 record, leads the team with three home runs through last Wednesday and has a .384 batting average.

Also contributing to the cause are junior left fielder Chris Peacher, who is hitting .424 with a team-leading 25 RBIs, and junior center fielder and leadoff hitter Jason Young, who leads the team in steals with 11 and is hitting .420.

Hawks stranded

The North Harford softball team has no trouble getting runners on base, but pushing them across the plate is a different story.

"The biggest thing we need to improve is getting those runs across the plate so we can compete with some of the better-hitting teams," said coach Sarah Voskuhl, whose team is 7-6.

Utility player Kaitlynn Angelilli leads the team with a .650 batting average.

Fallston rolls on

The Fallston boys lacrosse team improved to 11-0 after Wednesday's 12-2 rout of rival C. Milton Wright.

Senior attackman Chad Palmer scored four goals, giving him 30 goals and four assists this season. Palmer leads the team in goals and is second to sophomore attackman Pat Mull in points (46). Mull has 11 goals and 35 assists.

Other top scorers are Tim Gill, Luke Raab, Ben Hoganson and Ryan Strasdauskas. The team is led defensively by goalkeeper Brad Motley and defensemen Dave New, Nelson Hannahs, John Lawton and Tom Amos, as well as defensive midfielders Dennis Roche and Phil Bisker.

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