Broadneck loses shot at No. 5 Lake Clifton

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February 13, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

The 12th-ranked Broadneck (12-3) boys basketball team won't get a chance to play No. 5 Lake Clifton (12-5) in the rescheduled Fuel Fund Classic on Wednesday at the Baltimore Arena.

State and Anne Arundel County rules prevent the Bruins from playing the game.

"We're trying to find another team to play Lake Clifton, but we're not optimistic," said Joni Scholwin, chairwoman of the planning committee. "If we don't come up with an opponent for Lake Clifton, we will go with four games."

The girls games are No. 3 St. Mary's (16-2) playing No. 6 Mount Hebron (10-5) at 2 p.m. and No. 1 Western (16-1) playing No. 2 Hammond (13-1) at 6:30 p.m.

On the boys side, Edgewood (9-4) and Hammond (6-9) play at 3:30 p.m. No. 3 Dunbar (14-3) and No. 4 Woodlawn (15-0) are set for 8 p.m.

"The other schools worked things out and Broadneck is the only one that has told us they can't play," said Scholwin.

Broadneck had three games scheduled, including the Fuel Fund, going into this week, but bad weather forced two postponements last week. The county moved one of the games to Monday (Glen Burnie at Broadneck), giving Broadneck the fourth game.

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Executive Secretary Ned Sparks has interpreted state rules as saying that teams can not play four games in one week.

"Our Anne Arundel handbook says that county-scheduled league games take precedence over other games," said county coordinator of physical education Rick Wiles.

"So, we had no choice but ask Broadneck to withdraw from the Fuel Fund to fulfill its county obligations. The state would not budge and that's a shame because the classic is for a good cause and a community service."

Needy area families unable to pay fuel costs benefit from the proceeds of the classic.

"We're upset an exception couldn't be made with everybody knowing what kind of weather we have had and the fact that we have been overwhelmed with requests [for fuel assistance]," said Scholwin.

"Broadneck had sold a lot of tickets and their game with Lake Clifton would have been a big draw. What would it hurt to play a fourth game?"

Sparks said yesterday that "there are no provisions in our rules for exceptions."

Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek was extremely unhappy with Sparks and said, "I thought he was paid to interpret fairness, not just read out of the rule book which anybody can do."

Kazmarek said the way things stand his team would play tomorrow and Tuesday and practice on Wednesday when "we could be playing a game for a good cause. Instead we have to disappoint a lot of kids and parents."

Questions

* We have athletes and players of the week, but can you believe that Annapolis coach John Brady nominated Dr. Marshall Steele of Annapolis for "Doctor of the Week?"

After Lewis "Moon" Day Jr.'s sprained an ankle Jan. 31, Steele had him ready to play Feb. 4 at Old Mill.

Day had six three-pointers and 24 points in a 73-62 victory.

"Coach, I can play because I don't shoot with my foot," Day told Brady the day of the game.

* Did you know that Broadneck's Jason Smith became the first Bruin junior to hit 1,000 career points?

Smith is only 48 away from breaking Kenny Wood's two-year total and Broadneck career record of 1,047 points.

* Will Southern girls basketball coach Linda Kilpatrick, stuck on 297 wins and the possibility of games being lost from the schedule, have to wait until next year for No. 300?

Southern is 6-10 overall and has make-up games with 10th-ranked Old Mill (12-3) and North County (5-8), plus regularly scheduled games with Meade (2-11), South River (7-8), Broadneck (7-7) and Northeast (6-7).

Bielecki's chance

Isn't it great that Crownsville resident Mike Bielecki is getting another shot to pitch in the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves?

Bielecki, released by the Cleveland Indians and Orioles last year while rehabilitating after elbow surgery, signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Thursday.

It's the 34-year-old right-hander's second stop in Atlanta, and he will receive a $150,000 bonus if he makes the big club in spring training and be eligible for another $30,000 in incentives.

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