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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Diane Richardson, who guided the Riverdale Baptist girls' basketball team to national prominence over the past five years, has accepted a job as an assistant coach at American University.

"I've been entertained [with offers] in the past, people have tried to get me in the past and I didn't think it was a good time at those times," Richardson said last night. "Now I figured I'd take that step."

Under Richardson, Riverdale Baptist was a powerhouse in the Washington area, finishing in the top 11 in The Post's rankings the past four seasons. The Crusaders went 142-20 during Richardson's tenure and finished No. 1 in The Post poll in 2005, when Richardson was named the national high school coach of the year by the Black Coaches Association.

Madison 'Dynasty'

Before the season when Madison baseball coach Mark Gjormand asked his players about team goals, time after time he heard some variation of the following: Our unbeaten 2002 team was great, and we respect what that team did, but we want to create our own identity.

"That's what I've been looking to hear for a couple years," Gjormand said last night after his No. 2 Warhawks notched a 3-0 home win over Langley to improve their record to 13-0, 7-0 in the Virginia AAA Liberty District.

"We want to create our own dynasty," said junior left-hander Jason Farley, who tossed a one-hitter, retiring 17 consecutive batters between allowing a single to sophomore Foster Dunigan in the first and a walk to Dunigan in the seventh.

Farley (6-0), who struck out six, has not given up an earned run in 32 innings this season.

Langley fell to 8-4, 2-2. . . .

-- Josh Barr, Preston Williams and Ryan Young


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