Broadneck forced to sit out Fuel Fund Classic

February 13, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

The Fuel Fund Classic will be played Wednesday at the Baltimore Arena, but without the scheduled boys basketball matchup between No. 5 Lake Clifton (12-5) and No. 12 Broadneck (12-3).

State and Anne Arundel County rules prevent Broadneck from playing Lake Clifton.

"We're trying to find another team to play Lake Clifton, but we're not optimistic," said Joni Scholwin, chairman 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, 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 cannot play four games in one week.

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

"So, we had no choice but ask Broadneck to withdraw from the Fuel Fund to fulfill its county obliga tions. 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' decision. "I thought he was paid to interpret fairness, not just read out of the rule book which anybody can do," he said.

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