Atholton All-Met pitcher Ed Bach and Centennial catcher Dan Shillingburg graduated this month, but they will put on their high school uniforms one more time -- to play in the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game at Camden Yards after the Baltimore Orioles game July 10.
Bach and Shillingburg will be on the South team, led by Centennial Coach Denis Ahearn, Cambridge-South Dorchester Coach Kermit Hines and former Bowie coach Bill Seibert.
The game features 29 players who graduated from Maryland schools this spring.
Those players were selected from more than 100 who tried out last month.
"It's a great way to end my high school career," said Bach, who will play for the University of Maryland Baltimore County next year. "I'd like to see some guys hit some home runs, just not off me."
Bach was 6-2 and had a 0.83 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 59 innings this spring. He hit .365 and scored a team-high 21 runs. Shillingburg hit .472 and drove in 16 runs.
"It's an honor to be a part of this game and to play with so many good players," said Shillingburg, who will play for the University of Maryland next season.
"I'm sure it's going to cross my mind that I'll be playing on the same field that so many great major league players have, but it probably won't sink in for a while."
The high school game comes after Baltimore hosts defending World Series champion Boston at 1:35 p.m.
Scorpions Name Coach
Jon Browne has been named boys' basketball coach at Oakland Mills for next season, replacing Marcus Lewis, who left to start the boys' basketball program at the new Marriott's Ridge High School.
Browne coached junior varsity and served as a varsity assistant at Oakland Mills for nine years. He will take over what is expected to be the county's most experienced team this fall.
The Scorpions return four starters from a team that finished 14-6 but will have to find a post player to replace Jamal John, the county player of the year, who graduated this month.
"I've waited for this opportunity for a long time," Browne said. "We knew when next year's seniors were sophomores two years ago that they had a lot of talent, and we were looking forward to their season. I'm looking forward to coaching them."
Song to Coach River Hill
Brian Song, who spent two years as an assistant coach for the River Hill girls' soccer team, was promoted to head coach after Willie Ibarra stepped down to focus on coaching club soccer.
Song has eight years' experience coaching select teams for the Soccer Association of Columbia and Thunder Soccer Club in western Howard County and will take over what is traditionally one of the area's best high school teams.
Ibarra, who guided River Hill to a record of 26-7-1 over two seasons, will coach SAC's Under-15 boys' team in the Super-Y league and serve as an assistant for SAC's Under-23 men's team, which is coached by Wilde Lake boys' soccer coach Dave Nesbitt.
Song is also a collegiate referee and has officiated games in the Atlantic Coast, Big East and Big 10 conferences.
"Everything I've learned, whether it's been from playing or refereeing or coaching, has laid the foundation for what I will bring to River Hill," Song said. "I've really enjoyed working with Willie and I learned a lot; and I'm very, very excited about this opportunity."
Golf Goes Varsity
Golf has been funded to become a varsity sport this fall at the county's 12 public high schools, said Mike Williams, county coordinator of athletics.
Howard County had been the only county in the state not to recognize golf as a varsity sport; it was cut from the county school budget in 1994 and was a club sport for the next 11 years, Williams said.
A committee will determine how many players will compete in matches, which begin Aug. 29. Matches will be held at the county's seven golf courses, and girls will be allowed to play from the women's tees.
"We'll have one group of four whose scores will count, or we'll have each team have five players and only count the top four scores," Williams said. "But since you golf in groups of four, we'll let eight golfers play so everyone has a chance to get better."