Northeast expects Lentz back in dugout


Harry Lentz of Northeast got his job back as a social studies teacher after sexual harassment charges were dropped by the school board last week, but what about his head baseball coaching position?

Coaches' contracts are considered on an annual basis, and with all that has happened at Northeast since spring, Lentz was not offered a contract for the 1994 season until Monday.

"I talked to Harry yesterday [Monday] to see if after all that has happened if he would be interested in coaching baseball again, and he told me he, indeed, was," Northeast principal Joseph Carducci said yesterday.

"I have offered him a contract and expect him to be back as baseball coach."

Lentz has been the Eagles' head baseball coach for 26 of his 28 years at the Pasadena school.

* How many of you remember Bruce Newman, who graduated from Arundel in 1989 after playing baseball his senior year?

Newman was the third outfielder on a team that included All-County outfielders Tommy Taylor, also Baltimore Sun All-Metro, and Josh Bullock, now pitching in the Montreal Expos' organization.

Newman played this year in the Atlanta Braves' organization in the rookie-level Pioneer League, much to the amazement of his former coach, Bernie Walter.

"Bruce was a late bloomer who is a 6.7 runner [in the 60-yard --]," Walter said. "It blows my mind that he's playing pro baseball because had he stayed around here, he probably never would have gotten a shot."

Newman moved a couple of years ago to California, where the scouts look at players for what they can do, not as they do back here, in the words of Walter, "where they scout the kids on what they can't do."

* Did you know that UMBC landed two 1993 Baltimore Sun All-Anne Arundel County baseball players,Old Mill first baseman Ryan Dempsey and Arundel designated hitter-catcher Mike Cozzone, plus 1990 All-County outfielder Frank Billings of Chesapeake?

Billings, who batted .500 as a senior at Chesapeake, played first at Anne Arundel Community College before moving to Montgomery-Rockville College, where he hit over .300 and stole 27 bases in 28 attempts.

Doesn't UMBC baseball coach John Jancuska have an edge with assistant Dave "Pop" Warner being a Lake Shore resident and Anne Arundel County public school teacher?

* How many of you knew that Old Mill second-team All-County pitcher Ken Pumphrey also can catch?

Pumphrey caught a fall league game last weekend and showed soft hands and great, lateral movement, according to observers.

* How about Old Mill third baseman Ryan Wood stealing eight bases in a fall league doubleheader?

* Isn't Northeast junior Jeff Dolch, who quarterbacks the Eagles' football team, also a good-looking shortstop playing fall baseball for the Pasadena Saints?

* What kind of homecoming will it be tomorrow night at 7 for former Anne Arundel Community College women's soccer coach and security guard Mike Miles when he brings his Chesapeake CC men's team into Arnold to play AACC?

* How about congratulations to St. Mary's grad Kim Maiste, a sophomore field hockey player at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., for being named Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Week after she scored both goals in the Red Devils' 2-1 season-opening victory over Haverford?

* Won't the Northeast baseball and Arundel basketball teams be better this year with the transfers of Norm Stephenson and Bakari Ward, respectively, to those schools?

Stephenson is a senior left-handed pitcher and right-handed-hitting first baseman who transferred from Chesapeake to neighbor Northeast. He is a pretty good player.

Ward, after averaging 30 points as a freshman on the Severna Park JV, showed flashes of brilliance his sophomore year before leaving the team. He played this summer in the outdoor league at Lake Waterford with the Arundel Wildcats.

Officials at both schools said Stephenson and Ward have received legal transfers.

* Shouldn't high school baseball players be careful of the increasing number of tryout camps involving pro teams in the Mid-Atlantic area during the school year?

Unfortunately, a few entrepreneurs are selling gullible players and parents on the notion that if they attend their camp, they're guaranteed to be drafted by a pro team or receive a college scholarship.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

Do you know that pro or college tryout camps are not allowed during the school year and that attending one could affect high school eligibility?

Ned Sparks, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive secretary, is looking into these camps to make sure athletes don't risk their eligibility.


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