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Bits & Pieces: Davis is excellent choice for new athletics coordinator

JournalismThe Washington PostHoward Community College

We just said goodbye to Mike Williams as the county athletics coordinator, but his replacement is a familiar face. John Davis, the current athletics and activities manager at Glenelg, has been named to replace Mike, who was also an athletic director at Glenelg, starting on July 1.

As a manager, Davis has served as the District V president from 2008-2011, has served as committee member and chairman of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Appeals Committee and was awarded the District V Athletic Director of the Year in 2011 for the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association, just to name a few of his achievements.

As a football coach at Glenelg, John took a perennial losing program to six consecutive playoff berths, while winning three county championships, two regional titles and two undefeated regular seasons. He was also the 2002 Maryland State Coach of the Year, the Howard County Coach of the Year and the Baltimore Touchdown Club Coach of the Year in 2003. Jack holds a Bachelor's Degree from Tulane and a Master's Degree from James Madison. He is a seasoned veteran of county sports and should transition easily to his new job.

Sachs delivers under pressure

Steve Sachs showed why he is the best once again last Monday evening at the Bob Davidson Scholar-Athlete Awards presentation at Howard Community College. In its 28th year, the Davidson Awards are given to four Howard County senior scholar athletes for their performances in the classroom, on the athletic fields and within the community. The event has been sponsored by the Columbia Rotary Club and Steve, a longtime member of that club, has been the emcee for most if not all of those 28 years. He prepares diligently, making sure that all four winners are recognized.

All was going smoothly, with the first two presentations to runners up Taariq Mohammed and Emily Russo, when a tornado warning flashed on the screen and we were all sent downstairs into a small area where Steve attempted to continue. Unfortunately, students attending class that evening were also sent into that small enclosure so continuation was impossible.

Once sent back upstairs, Steve continued first with winner Daniel Rau before the tornado warning flashed on the screen again during the presentation for the girls winner, Alex McKay. Steve moved as quickly as possibly through her presentation before we were sent downstairs for the second time. He insisted that each of the winners got equal time. Congratulations to the four winners and congratulations to Steve Sachs. What a wonderful performance under the toughest of conditions.

Young journalist honored

Hammond High School's Jordan Katz has been selected as a winner in the Young Journalists Development Program of the Washington Post. Jordan, 16, was a member of Hammond's It's Academic team, served as a staff reporter for the Bear Press (2011-2013), the Sports Editor of the Bear Press ( 2012-2013) and could be elevated to editor or co-editor next year. Scott Osborne, an English teacher and advisor to the Hammond High newspaper, characterized Jordan as a "bright, enthusiastic, and highly creative young man who is determined to make a mark in the field of journalism."

The award offers journalism training and education and, more importantly, offers mentoring.

In talking to Jordan, I found him to be bright and well grounded. He already has a grasp of social media and has made contacts with professional writers. My prediction is that Jordan will be a name we get to read for years to come.

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