Female coach gets Ohio football contract


Mary Ann Smith, a former assistant football coach at Joppatowne High, has signed a football coaching contract at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio, where she will be reunited with ex-Mariners head coach Karlis Larsen.

Smith, who will continue coaching the Mariners' swimming and tennis teams, leaves for Ohio tomorrow. During her four-month stay -- which could be longer if Howland makes it to the postseason -- Smith will live with Larsen and his wife, Michelle.

"When Karlis called and said he had an opening on his staff, my husband [Ted] and I thought about it awhile and decided 'Why not?,' " said Smith, who will coach the Howland Tigers' wide receivers. "I grew up in Pennsylvania, which is football country, and I love the sport and the boys seem to respond to me well.

"So far, the parents out there are not much in favor of it, but all the other coaches have accepted me and as long as I have their respect and the respect of the players, I don't care what the parents think."

Friends' Smith honored

Taylor Smith of Friends School recently was named an Academic All-American by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association.

Smith, who finished his senior year with 45 points, was selected to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team after leading the Quakers to a 9-6 record and a berth in the B Conference championship, where they lost to John Carroll.

"That's what being a high school student-athlete is all about and I'm thrilled for him," said Friends coach Jon Garman. "He was an excellent rider, an excellent groundball guy, a good finisher and as you might guess, a very smart player. We're going to miss him."

Smith will attend Williams College (Mass.) in the fall.

Goucher gets Ward

All-Metro guard Bakari Ward of Arundel will take his act to Goucher College next year.

Ward, 5 feet 10, averaged 22.8 points last season while leading the Wildcats boys basketball team to its first state semifinal appearance in 20 years.

"Every year we seem to get one really good player and this year we got Bakari," said Goucher coach Leonard Trevino. "He's a big-time athlete, a good scorer and he's going to be tough to stop."

Schmidt headed to Delaware

Thad Schmidt, a three-year starter at defense for St. Mary's boys lacrosse team, will attend the University of Delaware this fall, Blue Hens men's lacrosse coach Bob Shillinglaw announced earlier this week.

Schmidt, who was named a first team All-Anne Arundel County selection last spring after helping the Saints to a berth in the MIAA A Conference finals, is expected to bolster a Delaware squad that was 6-9 last season and finished second in the North Atlantic Conference.

Thretlow to W. Va. Wesleyan

Jonathan Thretlow, a three-year football standout at Milford Mill High, will attend West Virginia Wesleyan. The 6-foot, 250-pound nose guard/defensive end heads to camp on Aug. 12 and and will play for head coach Bill Struble.

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