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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1998
It takes a nice-sized person to eclipse St. Frances All-Metro forward Shawn Hampton, a sinewy 6 feet 8 and 215 pounds.Yet after almost every game -- "especially the big ones," said Hampton's senior teammate, David Manigault -- Hampton always finds himself in the shadow of his 6-5 former teammate Mark Karcher."
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Gary Coleman Jr. learned that his uncle, Marvin Matthews, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 17, Coleman thought he would have to keep up the former Dunbar and Morgan State wrestler's spirits. He quickly found out that wasn't going to be the case. "When I saw him, he said, 'I'm not going to let it beat me,'" Coleman recalled Monday of Matthews, who was a Maryland Scholastic Association champion at 105 pounds in 1972 and 112 pounds in 1973. "He was a fighter.
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By Todd Karpovich and Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun | December 6, 2006
When Sean Mosley walked onto the court at St. Frances his freshman year, the comparisons to Mark Karcher, one of the most honored players in Panthers history, were inevitable. The two players are similar in size (Mosley is 6 feet 4, Karcher 6-5) and in their style of play, combining strength and flair. Although some players might downplay a comparison to someone as accomplished as Karcher, Mosley embraces it. In part, that's because Mosley has been working with Karcher to improve his game.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Mark Karcher's hiatus from local high school basketball is coming to an end. Starting this fall, Karcher will lead the varsity boys program at Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy. The former St. Frances coach's first-year program is located on the old Walbrook campus in West Baltimore. Karcher, who said in November that his departure from St. Frances was a “forced resignation,” has some familiarity with the Bluford system. Karcher's son attends the school's East Baltimore campus, and one of his former Panthers assistants - Marcus Wise - is the boys JV coach.
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By Derek Toney and Derek Toney,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 24, 1995
The emergence of Mark Karcher as one of the area's top players should come as no surprise. Since arriving at St. Frances as the Catholic League's most highly regarded freshman since Duane Ferrell, he has lived up to expectations.But if you ask his coach, Karcher also is exceeding expectations off the court."He has done a 150-degree turnaround since the ninth grade," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "He has made great academic strides and sees what he can do in the classroom. At this point, he wants to be somebody."
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1997
Mark Karcher, St. Frances' 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior swingman, is one of the nation's most sought-after Division I basketball prospects.But could you see him as an equally talented quarterback?Nearly eight years ago, at Collington Square Recreation Center, Karcher was exactly that. He could throw a football better than he could dribble a basketball."I started playing football when I was 7, and I played for four years. I was good," said Karcher, 18."I was bigger than most kids my age. I looked down on everybody.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1999
BOSTON -- From the time he was the Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1996-97 to the start of his college career this season at Temple, Mark Karcher had become an entirely different person.And not necessarily in a good sense, having spent the year away from the game -- while academically ineligible and rehabilitating from fractures in both feet -- making sure that the Philadelphia fast-food restaurants remained profitable."I was eating at midnight and sleeping on the things that I was eating, like McDonald's," Karcher said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1999
Mark Karcher's return to the basketball court this season at Temple has taken place mostly away from the spotlight.Karcher, who sat out his freshman year after failing to qualify under the NCAA's academic guidelines, had been off-limits to the media in accordance with coach John Chaney's rules regarding first-year players.But Chaney relaxed his rule, perhaps by accident, Tuesday. While answering a question about the former St. Frances Academy star from his office, Chaney put Karcher on the telephone to answer the question himself.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- When the game is on the line, Temple's Mark Karcher knows the ball will be in his hands. He can drive to the basket, spot up for a three-pointer or try a pull-up jumper from the foul line. So many options, so much control. But there's another side to the former Baltimore high school basketball standout, a personal ordeal that has left Karcher feeling powerless. His 17-month-old daughter, Aria, has sickle cell anemia. It's an inherited, chronic disease in which the misshapen red blood cells function abnormally and lead to sudden, painful episodes affecting the bones of the back, chest and abdomen.
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By Derek Toney | March 22, 1997
Coach of the Year: Terry Leverett, Southwestern2 Player of the Year: Mark Karcher, St. FrancesFirst teamName, School, Year, PositionDemon Brown, Randallstown, Junior, GuardJuan Dixon, Calvert Hall, Senior, GuardShawn Hampton, St. Frances, Junior, CenterAaron Herbert, Calvert Hall, Senior, GuardMark Karcher, St. Frances, Senior, ForwardMichael King, Lake Clifton, Senior, ForwardTim Lyles, Dunbar, Sophomore, GuardCornelius McMurray, Southwestern, Junior, GuardTony...
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
The first day of practice for the St. Frances boys basketball team on Wednesday had a much different feel than expected. Coach Mark Karcher, a 1997 alum who is regarded as one of the finest players to ever come out of Baltimore, resigned suddenly Saturday after three seasons, leaving the school to announce on Wednesday morning that assistant coach Nick Myles has taken over the duties. Karcher, who turns 33 later this month, leaves his alma mater appreciating the time he spent coaching there, but also disappointed.
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December 17, 2010
No. 1 City (3-0) at No. 2 St. Frances (5-0) When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Coaches: Mike Daniel, City; Mark Karcher, St. Frances Last meeting: First meeting Players to watch: City — Nick Faust, Sr., G; Mike Cheatham, Sr., G; Charles Tapper, Jr., F; St. Frances — R.J. Williams, Sr., G; Greg Lewis, Sr., C; Eddie Tarver, Sr., G Keys to the game City coach Mike Daniel put this showdown of...
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2010
In their first three years of varsity basketball at St. Frances, point guard R.J. Williams and center Greg Lewis consistently improved their games and made greater contributions with every season. This year, as seniors, things are different for the two captains. This year, it is their team. That was evident Friday night in the opening game of the Under Armour Invitational against No. 3 Digital Harbor. With Williams setting the tempo and Lewis dominating play inside, the No. 2 Panthers came away with a surprisingly comfortable 72-50 win over the Rams at St. Frances.
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By Glenn Graham, THE BALTIMORE SUN | December 9, 2010
Boys basketball No. 3 Digital Harbor (1-0) at No. 2 St. Frances (2-0) When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. Coaches: Johnnie Grimes, Digital Harbor; Mark Karcher, St. Frances Last meeting: First meeting Key players to watch Digital Harbor – Kevin Smith, Sr., G; Daquan Cook, Sr., G; Antonio Manns, Jr., F St. Frances – Greg Lewis, Sr., C; R.J. Williams, Sr., G Keys to victory...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
At St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, the most ardent sports fan is the one on the bench in a black habit and veil. If the Panthers are playing, Sister John Francis Schilling, president of the East Baltimore school, is cheering. "She's like another coach or a general manager on the sidelines," said Mark Karcher, boys basketball coach. "If I have a bad game, she will get on me. " Sister Schilling also keeps the stats and writes a weekly blog detailing nuances of the games. "I keep record of the rebounds, assists, turnovers and steals," she said.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Special To The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2010
St. Frances handed Mount St. Joseph a 13-point loss last Thursday in a South Carolina holiday tournament. The Panthers got off to another good start when the two teams met again Tuesday night, holding the host Gaels scoreless for the first four minutes. But Eric Atkins took over shortly after that. The Notre Dame-bound guard scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the final 12 minutes of the first half to help No. 3 Mount St. Joseph take command, and the Gaels rolled to a 56-46 victory over No. 2 St. Frances in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League game.
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December 5, 2007
.864 Area-best winning percentage for Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. Rivers, who led the Rams to a fifth state title last season, is 292-46 going into his 14th season. 2 State boys basketball titles won by Baltimore County teams last season, by Randallstown (2A) and New Town (1A). The Rams defeated Fairmont Heights, 66-63, and the Titans outlasted Dunbar, 74-69, in overtime. 16 The national ranking among Class of 2009 shooting guards by Rivals.com for Towson Catholic's Leshon Edwards, who is ranked No. 70 overall.
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By Christian Ewell | March 13, 2000
Going to Indianapolis: This is the toughest region there is. Eight of the teams have Rating Percentage Indexes in the top 25. The best is Duke, which seemed to be slipping a few weeks earlier. The Blue Devils seem to have regrouped. Team on the rise: The waxing by Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game notwithstanding, Illinois has won 10 of its past 12 games. The Illini also have a coach, Lon Kruger, who has been to the Final Four before, with Florida in 1994. Team on the decline: That vote goes to Seton Hall, which built a glossy record early with a weak nonconference schedule and is now fading fast, having lost five of its past seven games.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
The state dropped all charges yesterday against Mark Karcher, the boys basketball coach at St. Frances, who had been arrested on assault and burglary charges in September. A spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office said the charges against Karcher, 29, were dropped for lack of evidence. "He's very relieved and just wants to move on," said Karcher's lawyer, David B. Irwin. "I think Mark's going to go forward and be a great basketball coach for St. Frances, and I think he'll be a good role model for kids."
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Mark Karcher, the boys basketball coach at St. Frances who was arrested last week on two outstanding warrants, was released from jail Tuesday after posting nearly $450,000 in bail, court records show. Karcher was arrested Sept. 30 on two second-degree assault charges and third- and fourth-degree burglary charges. In the most recent incident, on May 31, Karcher kicked in his ex-girlfriend's front door in North Baltimore, pulled the ex-girlfriend out of bed, and punched and kicked her in the face, according to a statement of charges filed by a police officer.
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