Perry Hall athletic director Al Miller has elected to step down as wrestling coach after 19 seasons because of a new Baltimore County rule that allows ADs to coach only one sport.
Miller, who will continue to assist football coach Joe Stoy, yields his wrestling post to his distant cousin, Jeff Langrehr.
Langrehr became a Perry Hall assistant wrestling coach a year after taking Randallstown's team to a runner-up finish in 1993.
Miller, who has coached four individual state titlists, was inducted into Maryland's Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1990. He has a 19-year dual-meet record of 216-57-3, including a 14-0 regular-season record last year.
Last year, Miller's Gators won his fourth overall county tournament crown and were dual-meet 4A state semifinalists.
They were six-time county tournament runners-up and finished fourth in the state tournament to Bowie in 1980 and second to Westminster in 1986.
"It's going to be hard to give up being head wrestling coach because I loved it," said Miller, who enters his 38th year as a teacher. "But I'll stay involved by working tournaments and things like that."
Perry Hall is coming off an incredible sports year -- one that was extremely demanding for the 58-year-old Miller.
Perry Hall's baseball team won a state title, its soccer team won a regional crown, its softball team was a state finalist, its boys lacrosse team was a state semifinalist, its cross country team won its eighth county title, its football team won its third county crown in the past five years and its golf team was a county runner-up.
In addition, the boys basketball, volleyball, field hockey, girls lacrosse and soccer teams all reached the playoffs.
"It was definitely one of the better years we've had, but we've always been up near the top," Miller said. "I've been coaching the offense with Stoy ever since I've been here, but I leave wrestling with mixed emotions."
Strouse's endless summer
Kevin Strouse, 14, won his 19th straight match and his fifth consecutive title in a United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament when he beat Pat Graniri, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, Friday for the Maryland outdoor junior crown.
Strouse, who lost his only set of the tournament to Graniri, rebounded from a 3-0 deficit in the second set.
Strouse, a Loyola freshman, was believed to be the youngest player ever to have won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown -- which he accomplished as an eighth-grader last spring -- to complete a 9-1 season.
The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring its third annual Sen. Larry Young Basketball Classic beginning with a seminar Tuesday at Lake Clifton High, and followed by two tournaments Aug. 25-28 at Coppin State.
The 16-team, boys 15-and-under tournament will be conducted Aug. 25-28, and the four-team 15-and-under girls tournament runs Aug. 27-28.
On Tuesday, the event opens with a seminar at Lake Clifton, featuring professional basketball players Sam Cassell (Houston Rockets), Moses Malone (Philadelphia Sixers) and Sam Jones (Boston Celtics), and Channel 2 sportscaster Keith Mills and Baltimore Superintendent of Recreation Bob Wade.
Ed Waters shows speed
Members of Ed Waters track club excelled in the United States track and field Junior Olympic National Championships, July 26-31 in Gainesville, Fla., and at the AAU National Championships in Cocoa Beach, Fla., July 31-Aug. 6.
In Gainesville, second-team All-Metro sprinter James Carter of Mervo, who placed third in the 400 meters for the 15-16 age group, ran the lead-off leg of the title-winning 3,200-relay squad, which was victorious for the second straight year.
The other relay team members were Garfield Thompson (Mervo), Sterling Hart (Carver) and Antoine Collins (Edmondson).
In Cocoa Beach, Toni Flemming (Woodlawn), competing in the girls 17-18 category, placed third in the heptathlon.
In the boys 9-10 category, Billy Lawal took first in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 6 inches.
Carter, who was third in the triple jump with a leap of 44-6, led off the 3,200-runner-up squad of Thompson, Collins and Mike Curtis (Mervo).
The 13-14 group of Marshall Davis, Jonathan Thomas, Tyrone Dyson and Isaac Tallie was third.
Cason to prep school
Three-time first-team All-Metro pick Damon Cason, the point guard for the area's No. 1 basketball team this past season, Southern of Baltimore, will attend Wincedon Prep in Massachusetts. Cason averaged 18.0 points and 9.9 assists.
Walbrook's Anthony Tyrell, who recently helped Cecil Kirk's 19-and-under squad to a ninth-place finish in the July 28-Aug. 5 AAU junior nationals, has signed with Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla.
Tyrell, a 5-foot-7 guard, helped last year's 17-and-under Cecil Kirk squad to the AAU national championship.
A friendly exchange
Two weeks ago Baltimore played host to a youth exchange competition with South Orange, N.J.
The event, sponsored by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, featured youths from ages 11 to 14 competing in basketball, track, swimming and tennis.
"This is for kids who might not get the opportunity to compete in events across the country," said Leon Howard, assistant director of Bureau of Parks and Recreation. "This gives them good competition and interaction with other kids that could last for the rest of their lives."
The youths went to The Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the Inner Harbor, where they took a cruise on the Bay Lady.
Baltimore has been involved in exchange programs for the past seven years with Burlington, N.J., and Rockville.
Howard said he hopes to have competitions involving three or four cities.