Basketball stars bounce to new schools


March 16, 1994|By RICK BELZ

As this season's boys basketball season finally grinds to halt, the rumor mill has begun to churn with reports of players shifting schools.

Hammond star guard Irving Conwell, disciplined and removed from the team late in the season, has already enrolled at Oakland Mills.

Devon Montoute, another Hammond star removed from the team late in the season for disciplinary reasons, said he is leaning toward a return to Howard, where he played in 1992.

Oakland Mills star forward Michael Hill, whose team was ripped apart by disciplinary actions after a brawl with Mount Hebron, said it's "a real possibility" he will attend Glenelg next year.

He indicated that his brother, Sean, would remain at Oakland Mills, however.

With Hill, Glenelg would have the makings of another fine team. Starting guards Jeff Cline and Earl Frazier are back. Damian Miles is a talented returning sub at forward.

In addition, the Gladiators may have a newcomer, Dorian Price, whom coach Klaude Krannebitter says is of all-county caliber. And 6-foot-4 Dave Alexander, who sat out this season with a hand injury, could also help.

Small world

When Krannebitter played basketball for Kenwood High, his team made it to the state semifinals his senior year but lost to Springbrook.

The coach at Springbrook was Al Moraz, who is now the girls assistant coach at Hammond and was formerly Hammond's boys assistant coach.

Glenelg record

Kevin Curtin set the career three-point record for Glenelg this season, finishing with 51 and breaking the record of 46 held by Todd Smith.

Cline finished strong

Junior point guard Jeff Cline was not noted for his shooting early in the season but made 14 three-pointers in Glenelg's last six games.

Singing a happy tune

Krannebitter, who teaches at Glenwood Middle School, is a paidsoloist for University Baptist Church in Baltimore.

He has to cut back on his singing during basketball season because he damages his voice shouting instructions to his players during games.

Wrong shoe size

Mount Hebron's Patrick Ngongba made a big splash in basketball this season after coming to the United States from the Central African Republic.

Early in the season, the powerful 6-foot-7 center displayed an unusual gait whenever he ran down the floor.

It turned out that he was wearing size 13 shoes on his size 15 feet. Once that was corrected, Ngongba's play improved immensely.

Howard's nemesis

Howard's boys basketball team struggled to an 8-14 season but upset such good teams as Mount Hebron and Wilde Lake.

The Lions had a particularly thorny time with Glenelg, however, losing to the Gladiators three times, including 77-76 in overtime.

Jones at Salisbury

Sarah Jones (Glenelg), a sophomore forward at Division III Salisbury State, finished with a 9.0 point scoring average and a 4.0 rebounding average.

She averaged 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals.

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