Frazier to Bowie

Henry Frazier was the quarterback when Bowie State made its lone NCAA playoff appearance in 1988. Now he'll try to become a winner with the Bulldogs once again.

Frazier, 31, took over last week as football coach at Bowie State, replacing Sherman Wood, who left for Salisbury State. Frazier said the Bulldogs won with the wing-T in his playing days and he'll install that offense when preseason practice starts next month.

Frazier comes to Bowie State from Central High, where he posted a 20-30 record over five seasons while working to rebuild the program. Eleven players attend Frazier's first practice in 1994; the team won two games that season. However, the Falcons improved to 6-4 last season.

Frazier ran the wing-T at Central, having to work at getting the players to accept it at first, something he expects may happen at Bowie State.

"I want to do what I know, and what I know is the wing-T," Frazier said.

"Some kids don't think it's explosive because they think the West Coast offense and short passing is. But you can score from anywhere on the field with the wing-T."

Frazier's task will be made easier by the fact that the Bulldogs were 6-3 last year and return a number of players. Athletic Director David Thomas said they're looking forward to what Frazier will do with the program.

"He brings some new energy, perhaps a historical perspective of Bowie because he was a quarterback here and took them to their only playoff appearance," Thomas said.

As for Central, school officials said candidates are being interviewed this week and Frazier's replacement is expected to be named by early next month.

Diamond Perfect

The Bowie Junior Babe Ruth 13-15 Black team completed a 19-0 season July 17 with a 7-1 victory over Lanham.

The team relied strongly on pitching and defense during the year, something that showed in the final game. Pitcher Greg Benedict threw strongly, going five innings to earn the victory. Greg Berlin pitched the final two innings.

Youth Basketball

The Kettering-based Maryland Run 'N' Slam 12-and-under basketball team dominated the Youth Basketball of America international tournament this month in Polk County, Fla.

Run 'N' Slam beat the Lakeland (Fla.) Eagles, 71-33, in the title game. Tournament MVP Irving Jones, a 6-foot-2 forward, scored a team-high 18 points.

Darrell Johnson, Jerome Dyson and Raymond Brewer were selected to the tournament's all-American team. . . .

The Potomac Valley Blue Devils got a boost from county players en route to placing third at the Amateur Athletic Union 12-and-under national championships this month in Greensboro, N.C.

Justin Castleberry (Upper Marlboro) scored 18 points, Travis Ivey (Greenbelt) had eight rebounds and Tywon Lawson (Clinton) played solid defense as the Blue Devils beat the Greensboro Gators, 54-41, in the third-place game.