Ailing basketball coach Hart decides to step aside at North County


Dick Hart, the dean of Anne Arundel County boys basketball coaches, will not coach this season.

Hart, 53, was supposed to be North County's coach this season. Hart had been coach at Andover but was named North County's coach after Andover and Brooklyn Park merged during the summer to form North County.

Hart, who has coached for 29 years, continues to receive radiation therapy for a cancerous brain tumor, which was detected and operated on last year.

"Dick has decided that it is not in his best interest to coach this year," North County athletic director Mike Baker said. "He is still under treatment and is feeling its effects."

Hart was expected to miss the first four to six weeks of school after fluid was drained from a cyst that had developed. Baker could not say whether Hart would return to the school this season or whether he intended to coach basketball again.

Hart is one of the area's winningest coaches, with a career record of 330-294.

"I just hope that by the end of the season we'll be sitting in the stands together watching a North County game," Baker said.

Three area football coaches could join the list of active coaches with 100 or more career victories this season, but their teams would have to win the rest of their regular-season games, and two also would have to win at least one postseason game.

Havre de Grace's Tom Marron has a career record of 96-118, and his team has four regular-season games left. But the Warriors are this season and are out of the state playoff picture.

Patterson's Roger Wrenn (95-68-2) and Severna Park's Andy Borland (95-83) are within reach. Both Patterson (6-0) and Severna Park (3-2) have four regular-season games remaining.

Patterson could get another victory if it makes it to the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship contest and repeats as champion. Severna Park also has to win all of its regular-season games and would need to win a state playoff game for Borland to reach the mark this season.

It is not likely that Severna Park will make the state playoffs if the Falcons lose another regular-season game. A bye earlier this season and their two losses hurt them in the state's rating system, which determines playoff bids.

Atholton's Don Van Deusen (94-77) and Towson's Rob Davis (93-109) will have to wait until next season to join the club.

The current members are Poly's Augie Waibel (205-51), St. Paul's Mitch Tullai (182-124), Loyola's Joe Brune (141-99), Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall (124-37), Dunbar's Pete Pompey (124-48), Franklin's Claude Darr (122-74), South Carroll's Ken Parker (120-107) and Randallstown's John Buchheister (104-32).

* Have you seen St. Paul's sophomore Joe Unitas in those Nerf commercials on local television stations?

Unitas, the son of former Baltimore Colts great and National Football League Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, is a reserve quarterback for St. Paul's. He appears in the commercial tossing a Nerf football. Jay Erving, son of former National Basketball Association great Julius Erving, also appears in the commercial playing with a Nerf basketball and hoop.

* The National Federation of State High School Associations is recognizing this week as the 11th annual National High School Activities Week.

Each day this week has a title. Yesterday was National Officials ++ Day. Today is National Speech and Music Day. Tomorrow is National Chemical-Health Awareness Day. Thursday is National Sportsmanship Day. Friday is National Coaches Day. Saturday is National Fund Raising Day.

* The second annual Anne Arundel County Texas Bull and Chesapeake Oyster Roast will be held Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. The initial roast, last year, raised $7,000 in scholarship funds for the children of the late Meade athletic director/football coach Jerry Mears.

Funds from this year's event will help the sports programs in Anne Arundel County. Tickets ($25) may be reserved by calling North County's Mike Baker (859-5400) or any other county athletic director.

* Overtime: Arundel High will hold a baseball card show Saturday the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit its boys soccer program. Admission is $2 for adults and $1.50 for students under 18. For more information, call Bernie Walter at 674-6500, extension 252, or Keith Fluker at (703) 360-4303. . . . The Maryland Wrestling Officials Association will hold its first organizational meeting of the season Monday at Polytechnic High at 7:30 p.m. in the classroom near the gymnasium. Anyone interested in officiating should attend. For more information, call Joe D'Adamo at 483-2705. . . . Northeast High will hold a wrestling clinic Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The guest speaker is Chris Campbell, a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association champion, three-time All-American at Iowa, three-time World Cup champ and 1990 World silver medalist. The cost for one day is $25, and the cost for both days is $35. For more information, call Al Kohlhafer at 969-8151 or 437-6460. . . . Glenelg needs a wrestling coach. Call Chuck Strouhar 313-5539. . . . Liberty needs one team to complete the field for its boys basketball Christmas tournament Dec. 27-28. Call Bob Henard at 795-8100. . . . Annapolis needs a boys lacrosse opponent. Call coach Dan Hart at 266-5240, extension 261.

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