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Digest: Bernie Walter selected for National High School Hall of Fame

Digest: Bernie Walter selected for National High School Hall of Fame
Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter shown during a practice in 2009. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / The Baltimore Sun)

Former Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter is one of 11 individuals selected for the 2017 class of the National High School Hall of Fame administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Walter is the first inductee from Maryland, which was the only state without one.

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Walter won 670 games during a career that ended in 2009, earning 15 regional titles and a record 10 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championships.

His teams finished second in the state tournament three times and won 16 Anne Arundel County titles. His 1993 team was selected mythical national champion by Collegiate Baseball.

Walter won 80 games in six years at Archbishop Curley to begin his career, and he served four years as director of baseball operations at Maryland after retiring from Arundel.

Bernie Walter pictured in May 1975.
Bernie Walter pictured in May 1975. (George Cook/The Baltimore Sun)

He coached the USA Baseball junior team to medals in 1986 (bronze) 1988 (gold) and 1990 (bronze).

Walter was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007, and he was a contributor to the Coaching Baseball online course on the NFHS Learning Center.

Arundel High School athletic director and baseball coach Bernie Walter stands in front of the baseball trophy case at the school in June 1996.
Arundel High School athletic director and baseball coach Bernie Walter stands in front of the baseball trophy case at the school in June 1996. (George N. Lundskow/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

He was a four-time National Coach of the Year, including the NFHS baseball Coach of the Year in 1996.

Among the others selected to the Hall are former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson and record-setting softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez.

Details on the other inductees below.

Varsity

Sean Sandora to coach Curley; TCU gets Rafus

Sean Sandora, who turned Dundalk's football program around and took the Owls to the Class3A state final in 2015, has been named coach at Archbishop Curley. The Owls made the program's first appearance in a state football championship game under Sandora, The Baltimore Sun's 2015 All-Metro Coach of the Year. In one year, he turned a .500 team into a 12-2 team, with a school record for wins. While Sandora said it was heartbreaking to tell his young team Friday that he was leaving, he said opportunities to coach in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association don't come around that often. "I just wanted the opportunity to compete at the MIAA level and it opened up some doors for me and it's a good position to be in with my two young children. I'm going to teach there too," said Sandora, who will teach science. Sandora follows Sean Murphy, who resigned after 21 years as the Friars' head coach earlier this year.

--Katherine Dunn

Boys basketball: Lake Clifton senior forward Andre Rafus committed Friday to play at Texas Christian. The 6-foot-10, 185-pound player was also recruited by Georgetown, Kansas and Old Dominion, among others. Rafus, a three-star prospect and the No. 190 player in the class of 2017 according to 247Sports.com, averaged around 13 points and nine rebounds for Lake Clifton as a senior, Harried said.

--Matt Bracken

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Et cetera

Lyle Thompson heads to Bayhawks in trade

The Chesapeake Bayhawks have landed one of the most dynamic players in Major League Lacrosse. The Bayhawks announced Friday that they have acquired attackman Lyle Thompson from the Florida Launch for Mike Lowe (Towson University) and other considerations. The Bayhawks also received midfielder Jeremy Thompson in the deal, which also involved draft choices. The Bayhawks also traded their first round pick (eighth overall) in the 2017 MLL college draft and short-stick defensive midfielder Mark McNeill (St. Mary's High). In addition to the Thompson brothers, Florida gave up the 38th overall pick in this year's college draft. Lyle Thompson was a two-time winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top player in college lacrosse while playing at Albany; he set NCAA Division I records for career points (400) and assists (225). Jeremy Thompson was a two-time All-American at Syracuse.

—Baltimore Sun Media Group

Men's college basketball: No. 16 Salisbury (20-8) lost, 71-68, to Endicott (23-6) in Aston, Pa., in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Senior Wyatt Smith (John Carroll) led the Sea Gulls with 15 points. Kamahl Walker scored a game-high 32 for the Gulls.

College baseball: Maryland (2-5) rallied with two runs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame (1-7) in the first game of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Terps junior right-hander Brian Shaffer (North Harford) tied a career-high with eight strikeouts and gave up just one earned run. Junior right-hander Ryan Hill earned the first win of his career with 11/3 innings of scoreless relief, and redshirt junior Ryan Selmer earned his first save of his season. Maryland senior designated hitter Brandon Gum reached base all five times he came to the plate.

Men's college basketball: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday that Towson would be among four teams competing in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. The Tigers will face La Salle on Dec. 1 and play the following day against Holy Cross or Manhattan in a championship or consolation game.

—Jonas Shaffer

Women's college basketball: Senior Sara Tarbert had her 29th straight double double with 40 points and 12 rebounds as Stevenson defeated fellow Middle Atlantic Conference member Misericordia, 82-65, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III quarterfinals in Pittsburgh. The Mustangs (19-9) will face No. 1 seed and host Carnegie Mellon in the semifinals. Tarbert was 17-for-23 from the field, including 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.

NBA: DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, including a key 3-pointer late, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards, 114-106, on Friday night despite giving back a 19-point first-half lead. Norman Powell added a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as the Raptors (37-25) pulled back into a tie with the Wizards (36-24) for third place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto also secured a 2-1 victory in the season series, a potential tiebreaker for playoff seeding, two days after losing to Washington, 105-96, in the first game of a home-and-home set. John Wall scored 30 points and Bradley Beal added 27 for Wizards, who have lost nine consecutive regular season series to the Raptors. Washington shot 37 percent (34 of 92) from the field. After the Wizards' second unit played a key role in a 26-1 second-quarter run Wednesday night, Washington's bench was outscored 44-14 by the Raptors' reserves. Beal's baseline 3-pointer gave Washington its only second-half lead at 72-71 before DeRozan hit a baseline jumper a few possessions later to give Toronto the lead for good, 76-74 late in the third. Washington last got within one possession when Wall's 3 cut it to 108-105 inside a minute, but DeRozan answered with his own 3-pointer from an almost identical spot with 20.9 seconds left. ... The Wizards assigned forward Chris McCullough to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule. This will be McCullough's first stint in the NBADL as a member of the Wizards. He also appeared in 31 games with the Long Island Nets while a member of the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, earning 2017 D-League All-Star honors. McCullough was acquired in a trade with Brooklyn, along with guard-forward Bojan Bogdanovic, on Feb. 22. He appeared in 14 games with the Nets, averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds. The second-year pro has appeared in one game with Washington, playing two minutes at Toronto on March 1.

Harness racing: Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington will begin its 34-day spring harness meet Sunday night with an expanded schedule and live racing on Kentucky Derby Day and Preakness Day. The spring meet will be Rosecroft's second live meet under The Stronach Group, the parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club, which completed purchase of the 67-year-old facility in August. For details, go to rosecroft.com.

From Sun staff and news services

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