Scheduling problems dogging Broadneck

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February 11, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

This wacky winter weather is causing problems for all sports teams in Anne Arundel County, but the boys basketball team at Broadneck High faces a particularly difficult situation.

Big decisions about making up games will have to be made by Broadneck and the county athletic program.

Rescheduling is easier said than done for Broadneck, which like other county teams has two games to make up from this week with school closed again today.

Most teams already had played two or three games before Broadneck opened its season Dec. 17. Things were going just fine until the ice storms hit this year.

Now the Bruins must play four games next week, or possibly lose a game from their schedule.

There is even the remote chance of a forfeit if the Bruins choose to honor an outside commitment over their county obligations. ,, And it's all because of this miserable weather.

The season is scheduled to end on Friday, Feb. 25, but Saturday, Feb. 26, could be used for a final make-up. It might happen the way things are going.

There are only five possible days to play the final week, including Saturday, because Monday, Feb. 21, is a holiday and no games are allowed.

Regional tournament play must start the week of Feb. 28.

"We could lose games," said Rick Wiles, county coordinator of physical education.

With school out today, Wiles said there would be no practice or games through the weekend, which could necessitate practice Monday. In that case, games would be played Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

"I don't see how we could play Monday, Wednesday and Friday if they haven't practiced or played for six days," said Wiles, who will make a decision today to play Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Only Annapolis and Southern played this week in a make-up game on Monday while everybody else practiced.

Going into next week with two games to make up for the second time this season, things get really hairy with Broadneck.

Broadneck already has three games scheduled but would be allowed to play a fourth under state rules. Although the Bruins have a comfortable lead for the top seed in the 3A East Region with 76 playoff points over Mount Hebron (60) and Poly (54), four games in one week is pretty rough.

"We just recently played six games in nine days," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek, whose team has a 19-game schedule (not counting three games in the Wes Unseld Christmas tournament), unlike most teams that play 20.

Broadneck is 10-2 in games that count toward the playoffs and needs three more to reach the state minimum qualifying number 15 games.

The state rule says, "One postponed contest may be rescheduled in addition to the maximum number [three in basketball] permitted per week."

Broadneck plays Old Mill at home on Monday and has a date at the Baltimore Arena with fifth-ranked Lake Clifton on Wednesday in the rescheduled Fuel Fund Classic. The Bruins play host to Northeast next Friday.

Old Mill agreed to move its originally scheduled Tuesday game to Monday so Broadneck would have a day off before making up its Fuel Fund game on Wednesday.

"We're already committed to playing the Fuel Fund game, locked into it," said Kazmarek, who is also Broadneck's athletic director.

The Bruins' dilemma is what to do with this past Tuesday's home game with Glen Burnie, which is crucial to the three-horse race for top seed in the Class 4A East Region.

"We hope to play Glen Burnie on the Monday of the last week of the season," said Kazmarek.

Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle said that can't be done, not only because that Monday is a holiday and games already are scheduled that Tuesday (Feb. 22), but county rules require playing make-ups in the order of postponement.

"We expect to play at Broadneck Monday or Tuesday of next week," said Bogle, whose team is two points behind Annapolis in the 4A East.

Annapolis leads the region with 93 playoff points, followed by the Gophers at 91 and Calvert High of Calvert County with 79 points. All three teams are 12-2 in games that count. Glen Burnie owns a win over Annapolis, which lost to Broadneck.

Glen Burnie at Broadneck is a crucial game. So is Glen Burnie at Annapolis, which was postponed today and is expected to be played as a third game the final week.

Cancellation of the Fuel Fund would solve Broadneck's dilemma. If that doesn't happen, Wiles might have to make an unpopular decision for the Bruins based on the county schedule taking first priority.

"It's an important game and should be played," said Bogle. "If they can't play, the county will have to do something."

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