Lak­ers’ Schell doesn’t take much time to en­joy 100th win

Boys’ Latin coach is third in area to reach mark this year

Baltimore Sun - - NFL - By Jonas Shaf­fer jshaf­fer@balt­ twit­­fer

The Ga­torade shower felt good and the framed jer­sey was a nice touch, but Boys’ Latin foot­ball coach Ritchie Schell al­ready was half-wor­ried Sun­day about what his 100th ca­reer win at the school would mean for the Lak­ers’ chances at No. 101.

“Ev­ery time I’ve got­ten a lit­tle ac­co­lade,” he said the day af­ter a 28-6 win over Sev­ern, “we haven’t al­ways played well.”

Never mind Fri­day’s game against St. Vin­cent Pal­lotti (6-2, 4-0 Maryland In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion B Con­fer­ence), a likely pre­view of this year’s B Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game. Schell was happy to talk about all that has gone right since he ar­rived at Boys’ Latin (5-2, 4-0) in 2001.

The pro­gram was in “pretty bad” shape when he took over, he ac­knowl­edged, but he’d taken the job be­cause he trusted in the school’s abil­ity to pro­duce a win­ner and in his own abil­ity to trans­late his lessons learned un­der Johns Hop­kins coach Jim Mar­graff’s wing.

The mea­sur­ing stick in those early years was St. Paul’s. By 2004, Schell’s fourth sea­son with the Lak­ers, the Cru­saders’ win­ning streak against their con­fer­ence ri­vals was in dou­ble dig­its, but “each year, I could see us get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,” he said. And then? “We just played an un­be­liev­able game at our place and I think we beat them, 27-14.”

Now Boys’ Latin is in po­si­tion for its first B Con­fer­ence ti­tle since the Lak­ers won the Sil­ver cham­pi­onship in 2002.

“Af­ter 16 years, the kids know what to ex­pect,” said Schell, who is 100-56 over­all. “They buy right into it, and it’s pretty easy af­ter that.

“Hav­ing con­fi­dence in your­self and be­liev­ing you can win is half the bat­tle, and I think the kids know they’re well coached and they play hard, and that’s all we ex­pect from them. But they have a win­ning con­fi­dence.”

Schell is the third Bal­ti­more-area coach to reach100 wins this sea­son, af­ter Dun­bar’s Lawrence Smith and Mil­ford Mill’s Reggie White. He would take credit only for hir­ing his coach­ing staff, and even then, he ex­pected them to keep his ego in check af­ter Satur­day’s mo­men­tous win.

“It’s all about the kids, and re­ally, any good coach will tell you that, and the kids knowthat,” he said. “If you’re ego­tis­ti­cal and self­ish, they’re not go­ing to play for you.”

Ron Fritz, Se­nior Ed­i­tor/Sports, 410-332-6421, fax: 410-783-2518, e-mail: sports@balt­ Rasheed Su­lai­mon (Maryland) and the Hor­nets will face the Bulls in pre­sea­son tonight

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