The responsibility for budget cuts that could severely affect high school athletics in Anne Arundel County for the winter and spring seasons will be shifted to the school board as early as Thursday, said Louise L. Hayman, a spokeswoman for County Executive Robert R. Neall.
"He [Neall] will give them [the school board] a target figure for reduction, probably on Thursday, but will not tell them how to do it," Hayman said yesterday.
Friday, Gov. William Donald Schaefer signed into law a budget-cutting bill containing the "Neall Amendment," specifically requested by the Anne Arundel County executive. It gives local government broad powers to cut funding in several areas, including education.
"County government now has the authority to make cuts [in education], but he [Neall] is not going to say, 'Cut X, Y or Z,' " Hayman added. "He could go through the budget and say, 'Cut this, cut that,' but he's not going to do it. If sports programs are cut, it will be the board's decision and not the county's."
In a letter to county schools Oct. 10, acting Anne Arundel County schools superintendent C. Berry Carter warned that "elimination of extracurricular pay for all extracurricular activities, including winter and spring sports" could be pending.
Baltimore County's winter and spring athletic programs are expected to suffer minimal cuts when the county board of education makes budget reductions.
"There will be some adjustments, not in the number of contests," said Ron Belinko, county coordinator of physical education and athletics. "There will be some cuts, particularly in the area of transporting teams. If you have cuts across the board on in other educational areas, interscholastic sports can't go untouched."
The Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference football committee has decided to give Patterson and Northern one loss each for the game between the two teams that was not played this season because of a fight after last season's game.
Northern beat Edmondson on Friday and would lead the B Conference with a 3-0 league mark, but with the automatic loss, it is 3-1, trailing only 4-1 Edmondson. Patterson goes from 3-1 and sole possession of third place to 3-2 and a tie with Northwestern for third.
Notable performances from last week: Girls -- April Kaiser was 12-for-12 serving vs. North County and Jaime Pirotte was 12-for-12 vs. Northeast, as Severna Park's top-ranked volleyball team improved to 11-0 with consecutive wins. . . . Centennial's Laura Taneyhill led her team to volleyball victories over Atholton, Glenelg and Oakland Mills with 19 kills, six aces and a serve percentage of .920. . . . Hammond's Sonia Kiner sparked the Bears volleyball team to a 2-1 record last week, as she went 69 for 70 on serves with 12 aces and also had 28 kills. . . . North Harford's Tonia Bruno had one goal and three assists in a soccer victory over Bel Air (3-1) and a tie with Aberdeen (1-1). . . . Bel Air's Amy Sullivan totaled two goals and two assists in field hockey victories over Aberdeen (6-0) and North Harford (3-0).
Boys -- Wilde Lake's Matt Nesbitt had six goals and two assists in soccer victories over Mount Hebron (7-0) and Howard (5-3). . . . Pikesville's Chris Huffman had five goals in the Panthers' 8-1 soccer victory over Chesapeake-BC. . . . Severna Park's Mike Crawford had four goals in soccer victories over Glen Burnie (3-0) and Chesapeake-AA (4-2). . . . Liberty's John Monar had three goals and one assist in soccer victories over South Carroll (7-1) and Thomas Johnson (4-0).
Overtime: Bel Air field hockey coach Phyllis Hemmes notched career victory No. 200 with Friday's 3-0 win over North Harford. Hemmes, who has been at Bel Air for 20 years, is 200-54-12 with 9 county titles, 5 regional titles and 1 state title. No. 1 Bel Air (11-0) and No. 3 Fallston (10-0) will meet today at Bel Air (3:15) for the Harford County title. . . . IAABO Board No. 290 will hold its 1991-92 basketball rules interpretation meeting Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the wrestling room at Calvert Hall College. . . . C. Milton Wright needs boys and girls swimming coaches. Call Jim McNicholas at 879-1560. . . . Andrew Bowden, a former assistant lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, has been named varsity lacrosse coach at Mount St. Joseph. . . . Beth Tfiloh needs girls varsity basketball opponents and coaches for boys junior-varsity basketball, varsity tennis and varsity wrestling. Call Stuart Tarleton at 486-8991.