Northwood Athletic Director Bob Thames has been named to succeed Sharma Wright as athletic director at Paint Branch. Wright announced her resignation several months ago.
Thames has been athletic director at Northwood, which is scheduled to close in June, for the last two years. A former wrestling and football coach at Southern High in Anne Arundel County, he served as an assistant football coach at Einstein and as a junior high basketball and gymnastics coach for 18 years before becoming Northwood's athletic director.
"The paperwork was initiated last Monday, but there's no real rush since the appointment doesn't become effective until July 1," Thames said. "Paint Branch has such spacious athletic facilities that I'm really excited about going there. Imagine 34 acres and no field conflicts between the soccer and football teams or the softball and baseball teams. There's even enough room for the football team to comfortably and safely practice away from the game field."
Half of Northwood's teachers already have been reassigned, according to Thames. Among those are several coaches, including Nancy Bodmer (volleyball, to Springbrook), Marv Garlick (girls basketball, to Kennedy) and Bernie Stock (tennis, to Wootton). Football Coach Billy Jones will retire next month.
Springbrook's Stephanie Foxman edged Sherwood's Nina Roffey, 36.4-35.5, to win the Montgomery County all-around individual gymnastics title last week. Foxman set a county record with a 9.5 in the uneven bars and finished first in the vault and balance beam competitions.
This might have been the last county gymnastics meet. County athletic directors agreed recently to continue the program as long as five schools participated. Only five teams competed this season.
At DeMatha's annual athletic banquet on Tuesday night, Darin Campbell (baseball and football) and Mike Anderson (football and basketball) were named as outstanding seniors and Pat Moylan (golf, baseball, basketball and cross country) was given the most valuable athlete award. Duke-bound Danny Ferry, who won the top basketball award, was recently named to the Converse Scholastic all-America team . . . Wheaton's Donna Budd and Churchill's Pam Noyes received honorable mention to the Converse girls all-America team . . . Seton swimmer Joan Costello has accepted a scholarship to West Virginia . . . Einstein's Paula Nolan pitched a no-hitter Wednesday to lead the Titans to a 2-1 victory against Magruder for the Maryland Class B, Region I championship. Gwynn Park's Chris Webb also pitched a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Broadneck in a Class A, Region III baseball playoff game on Monday . . . Paint Branch Coach Hank Gallotta again will serve as director of the Sports America basketball camp at Stone Ridge this summer. The camp, open to boys and girls from 8 to 17, begins July 8. The cost is $80 for the first week and $75 for each additional week. For information, contact Gallotta at Paint Branch.
Good Counsel's Mark House, the state's top scholastic discus thrower (174-11), will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall. Three other Falcon track athletes also signed last week: distance runners Eric Sierka and Bill Ott to St. Joseph's (Pa.), and hurdler Greg Hillyard to Gettysburg.