The Francis Scott Key baseball team didn't have to look far to find its new varsity coach.
Bob Reese, who coached the "B" squad the previous three seasons, has been named to replace former coach Bob Caples, who took an administrative position at South Carroll this year.
Reese is a 1987 Key grad who has spent the past five years at the school counseling at-risk students. He also is an assistant coach for the boys basketball and soccer teams.
"I'm pretty excited to get started. This group of seniors were freshmen when I first started," Reese said.
"I don't think the adjustment will be as drastic being in the building and coaching more than one sport. The kids know what I'm about and what I'm going to expect from them and they know what to expect from me."
Caples, now an assistant principal at South Carroll, leaves after seven seasons.
The Eagles qualified for the region playoffs the past four years and are coming off their best season at 13-5 in 1995. Caples said the biggest satisfaction was seeing the program improve every year and everyone having fun along the way.
"There's nothing I won't miss more, but it was just one of those things where it was time to move on," Caples said.
"In the middle of October and November when I was making the decision, baseball season was so far off. Now, it's like wow, I won't be out there at 4 o'clock on March 1 for practice -- that's a little tough.
"I know Bob is real dedicated to Francis Scott Key and he'll succeed. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the game and that's a big part of high school sports. He's also very organized, which also is important in this business."
In other baseball news, Westminster senior pitcher Mike Peters was named to the 1996 Preseason All-State Baseball Team by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.
Last spring, Peters went 9-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 81 strikeouts. He also hit .324 with 15 RBIs to help lead the Owls to a 20-3 season.
The MSABC also selected Western Maryland's Dave Seibert as its College Coach of the Year. Seibert, starting his 16th season this spring, guided the Green Terror to a 19-8 record in 1995.
The sixth annual MSABC awards banquet will take place Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
End for Western Maryland
A fine season came to an end for the Western Maryland women's basketball team on Monday.
The Green Terror dropped a 95-85 decision to visiting Dickinson in a one-game playoff to see who would advance to the Centennial Conference playoffs.
Dickinson seniors Annie Guzek and Gretchen Muller were the difference. The two combined for 64 points and were 14 of 17 from the floor in the second half.
Guzek added 15 rebounds, six assists, five blocked shots and four steals.
Green Terror junior point guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) was selected to the All-CC first team. Murphey, who also was named to the CC Academic Honor Roll Team, averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, four assists and 2.6 steals per game this season.
Katie Haley, who averaged 17.6 points per game, was chosen to the second team.
The Green Terror finished 17-7, setting a school mark for points in a season with 1,839. The team also gave up the most points in a season with 1,696.
For the Western Maryland men, sophomore Will Marshall (17.8 ppg., 7.4 rpg.) earned second-team All-CC honors.
The Green Terror (4-20) suffered its first 20-loss in school history.
Carroll Christian wins
The Carroll Christian boys basketball team captured the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference tournament championship with a 81-78 overtime win against Granite Baptist on Monday.
Junior guard Josh Belcher scored 29 points to lead the Patriots, who had three others score in double figures.
The Patriots next will compete in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools tournament starting tomorrow afternoon in Hagerstown.