Another link in the growing chain of violent incidents taking place during or after basketball games occurred Friday night at Centennial High.
As the gymnasium was clearing after Centennial's 55-50 victory over Howard, Centennial basketball player Rob Haye was attacked by three Howard students.
The attack took place in the main hallway near the gymnasium doors with as many as 150 people milling around.
"A Howard student got in his [Haye's] face and either punched or pushed his face, and two of his buddies on either side pulled him to the ground and kicked and punched him," said Centennial coach Jim Hill.
Centennial principal Edgar Markley, who was on duty at the time, said he did not think the fight was about basketball. "It had something to do with something that happened outside of school," he said.
But one of the Howard students involved had been dismissed from Howard's team earlier this season because of an unsportsmanlike incident after a game against Centennial.
HCC in Region 20
Howard Community College lost to Garrett by 14 points in the Maryland JuCo Tournament semifinals last Saturday, but is in the Region 20 tournament this weekend.
The Iron Horse Express (22-6) travels to Hagerstown Community College Sunday, where at noon it will play the winner of Saturday's Montgomery-Rockville/Butler City semifinal.
HCC's Kamau Street has been selected to the Maryland JuCo first team. Darrin Johnson and Richard Avent made the second team.
Hebron can play Hammond
Mount Hebron and Hammond most likely will play each other in basketball one more time after all.
The Feb. 10 boys and girls varsity match-ups were postponed due to inclement weather. The make-up date was supposed to be Feb. 16.
But that was also the make-up date for the postponed Fuel Fund games. Because Mount Hebron's girls and Hammond's boys and girls teams were scheduled to play in the Fuel Fund Classic, and teams can play only three times per week, a scheduling crunch developed. So County Supervisor of Athletics Don Disney originally announced that those league make-up games would be canceled.
The cancellation announcement created bad feelings, however, because both the boys and girls teams at Mount Hebron still have shots at winning county championships.
As of Monday, Mount Hebron's girls trailed Hammond by one game and Mount Hebron's boys trailed Wilde Lake by 1 1/2 games.
Disney has received permission from the state to schedule make-up games March 7 -- the best solution left under the circumstances.
Disney, the Region 3A East chairman, said that not playing the Hammond game until after the state playoffs should not change the Vikings boys regional playoff standing.
"Broadneck is No. 1, Poly No. 2 and Mount Hebron No. 3 in that region," Disney said. "Even if Mount Hebron had the six points they would get for beating Hammond, they could not catch Poly for the second seed."
Mount Hebron will open the playoffs at home against either City orDouglass. And Centennial, the likely No. 4 seed, will open at home against Northern.
Wilde Lake in 1A South and Glenelg and Atholton in 2A South are other boys teams that have playoff spots clinched or nearly clinched.
A wild race
The final week of the regular boys basketball season started with five teams still alive in the county title chase.
Wilde Lake was in first place at 8-3. Atholton and Glenelg were tied for second place at 7-4. Mount Hebron was next at 6-4. And Centennial was 6-5.
None of the teams had easy remaining schedules, but the schedule seemed to favor Glenelg.
Wilde Lake faced Atholton yesterday, has Mount Hebron today and Howard tomorrow. The Wildecats beat Mount Hebron and Atholton the first time around but lost to Howard.
Atholton had Wilde Lake yesterday, has Howard today and Oakland Mills tomorrow. The Raiders beat Wilde Lake but lost to Howard andOakland Mills the first time around.
Glenelg had Oakland Mills yesterday, has Centennial today and Mount Hebron tomorrow. The Gladiators beat all three teams the first time around.
Mount Hebron faced Centennial yesterday, has Wilde Lake today and Glenelg Thursday. The Vikings lost to all three teams the first time around.
Centennial had Mount Hebron yesterday, has Glenelg today and Hammond tomorrow. The Eagles beat Hammond and Mount Hebron but lost to Glenelg the first time around.
Many fans think that referees have been inconsistent this season. A good case is the two-game series between Mount Hebron and Atholton.
In the first game, the two teams shot a combined total of 12 free throws. In the second game, they shot 66 free throws. The style of play didn't change from game to game. The officiating did.