Realignment? Ho-hum, say county school officials

CARROLL SPORTS

December 09, 1992|By BILL FREE

Yawn. Yawn.

That was mostly the reaction from the five Carroll County high schools this week when the state athletic association came out with its realignment of schools for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 academic years.

No wonder.

None of the five Carroll schools is changing classification, and all of them are locked into their present classes for the foreseeable future.

In the new regional alignments, only South Carroll was involved in a major shake-up. The Cavaliers will be moving to Region I from Region III and joining 10 different schools.

North Carroll and Liberty are staying together in Class 2A, Region I.

Westminster remains in Class 4A, Region I, with Central Maryland Conference rival Frederick and nine Montgomery County schools.

Francis Scott Key is staying home in Class 1A, Region II, and the Eagles will be joined by two of their Monocacy Valley League opponents, Boonsboro and Smithsburg.

But Dunbar of Baltimore City will leave Key's region and move up to Class 2A.

South Carroll athletic director Fred Baker said he wasn't losing any sleep over the changes.

"We'll be going against schools that are tougher in some sports but easier in others," Baker said. "We'll hold our own."

The 3A Cavaliers are moving from their longtime Region III home to Region I, where they will compete with eight Montgomery County schools and Linganore and Thomas Johnson under the state playoff point system.

The Cavaliers are parting ways with three Howard County schools: Centennial, Howard and Atholton.

Moving away from the always tough Howard soccer schools is a break for the South Carroll soccer team.

But the Cavaliers football team is moving in with the two best 3A squads -- Seneca Valley and Linganore -- the state had to offer last season.

Thomas Johnson also isn't shabby, and the other seven Montgomery County schools in addition to Seneca Valley have turned out strong football teams in the past.

Baker said, "We've played the Montgomery County schools before, and we've lucked out in the past."

The South Carroll athletic director said he already has received a call from defending state 3A football champion Seneca Valley for a regular-season game next season.

South Carroll competes in the Central Maryland Conference with Linganore and Thomas Johnson, setting up the possibility of the schools meeting three times (twice in the regular season) in basketball if they make it to the regionals.

"You want to stay away from Thomas Johnson in basketball," said Baker. "They're always a real tough team."

North Carroll athletic director Ed Powelson said he never gets upsetover realignment of regions for the state playoffs.

"If you keep winning, you're going to have to face the toughest teams sooner or later," he said.

The only changes in the North Carroll and Liberty Class 2A, Region I will be the addition of Montgomery County schools Damascus, Einstein and Rockville, and the departure of Glenelg of Howard County and Southern of Garrett County.

In soccer, where both schools excel, that represents trading one strong school, Glenelg, for another, Rockville.

For Westminster, the change is so small that athletic director Steve Thomson and football coach Jeff Oeming barely blinked.

Oeming said: "It's hard for anyone to say that Montgomery County isn't the best in football in the state, and we'll still be matched up against them. Any time you want to make the playoffs, you'd rather play the teams in your region in the regular season. To a certain extent, you can control your own fate."

Francis Scott Key athletic director Gary Watson likes the idea of MVL teams Boonsboro and Smithsburg in his region.

But Watson doesn't understand why Forestville and Central of Prince George's County also will join his region and Westlake of Charles County remains with the Eagles.

"We're far away from all three of those schools and know very little about them," said Watson. "All four schools that are leaving our region [Dunbar, Milford Mill, Owings Mills and Sparrows Point] are closer than those three schools. It doesn't make sense."

Reclassification

The 1993-94/1994-95 classifications for Carroll County schools the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association:

Francis Scott Key

Class 1A, Region II

Liberty

Class 2A, Region I

North Carroll

Class 2A, Region I

South Carroll

Class 3A, Region I

Westminster

Class 4A, Region I

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