Northwest High School hires Bob Hampton as football coach
Northwest has hired Bob Hampton as its new football coach, giving the longtime assistant his first head coaching position since his 14-year stint at Wootton ended in 1996.
Hampton, 66, had been the defensive coordinator at Sherwood since 2004, when Al Thomas took over the program. Hampton, who is a retired Montgomery County Public Schools teacher, stayed on this season after Thomas retired and helped the Warriors reach the Maryland 4A semifinals.
Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator at Good Counsel under Bob Milloy. He was also part of Thomas's staff when Seneca Valley opened in 1974. During his interview, Hampton said he had been on the staffs of 11 state championship teams, according to Northwest Athletic Director Jim Tapley.
"We said we weren't going to settle with this hire, and I'm thrilled that we have Bob," Tapley said. "Everywhere he's gone, he's been part of a successful program. He has tons of experience, yet he is a very good listener and he wants to hear what the kids have to say."
Hampton coached Wootton during its most successful period, taking the Patriots to the 1990 4A final, where they lost to Randallstown, and to the 1991 4A quarterfinals. Wootton then went 17 years before its next postseason appearance.
Hampton replaces Mark Maradei, who resigned shortly after completing his first season as Jaguars coach.
Northwest had a turbulent 2009. On June 29, the younger sister of Jaguars standout running back Hassan Dixon, 12-year-old Shiane, died in a car accident. Three days later, Edwin "Dek" Miller, a 16-year-old rising junior, collapsed during a voluntary conditioning workout at the school, and was rushed to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Miller died four days later.
On Sept. 15, Northwest suspended Maradei indefinitely, as it investigated allegations he made inappropriate contact with a player during practice on Sept. 14. He was reinstated on Sept. 22.
Northwest finished 3-7 last year, its first losing record since the program's inaugural season in 1998.
Looking the part
When Briar Woods's hockey team arrives at Ashburn Ice House on Friday night for a game with No. 5 Stone Bridge, the Falcons' players will be wearing khakis, dress shirts, ties and blazers, in order to conform to a dress code instituted by first-year Coach Bill Hughes. The approach is a perfect intersection between Hughes's hockey background and his career in business.
"It's not uncommon up north for players to come to the rink dressed in their jackets and ties," said Hughes, a Buffalo native and an employee of MorganFranklin. "It's just part of being professional."
With a 6-1-1 record, Briar Woods has matched last season's win total, when the Falcons went 6-5 and lost to Madison in the first round of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. Briar Woods has relied on an influx of talented freshmen, most notably Devin Brink, who leads the Falcons with 16 points (seven goals). Hughes also praised the work of junior Michael Reist (team-high 12 goals) and goaltender Tyler Lefebvre (3-0-1, 2.00 GAA).
Stone Bridge (6-0) has thus far been unstoppable in the NVSHL. Coach John Lynch's team has outscored its opponents, 56-3. Andrew Baron leads the Bulldogs with 22 points.
Fast start at Sherwood
Sherwood's swim teams continued their perfect starts to the season with a sweep of Northwest last weekend. Both the Warriors boys and girls remain undefeated in dual meets with 3-0 records and look like the front-runners in Montgomery County's Division II.
Led by reigning Metros 50 and 100-yard freestyle champion Emily Ryczek and freshman distance specialist Emily Martin, the girls are cruising past opponents and have their sights set on an improved result after finishing fourth at the Montgomery County championships and ninth at Metros last year. To this point, Ryczek has been relatively untested as she has won all six of her individual races in dual meets.
"Emily has been itching for some better competition, but she'll be getting that soon enough when our championship meets start," Sherwood Coach Brendan Lees said. "She's a big competitor and needs those people next to her to fire herself up."
On the boys side, Mike Anderson and Eric Conrad -- who finished second in both the 100 fly and back at Metros last season -- are leading the way for a team that finished seventh at Metros in 2009 and third at the county championships.
The Warriors face their stiffest test of the season Saturday when they take on three-time Metros backstroke champion Cara Chuang and a Poolesville team coming off back-to-back dual meet victories over Quince Orchard and Blake.