Williams hasn't given up on wrestling


January 25, 1995|By RICK BELZ

Hammond's Chris Williams, barred by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association from wrestling this season because he participated in two All-Star meets last season, will seek an injunction in Baltimore City District Court Monday that would allow him to return to the mats.

Williams' plea for an injunction previously was rejected by Circuit Court Judge Marvin Steinberg and also by Howard County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Sweeney.

Williams has hired a new lawyer, David Grover of Rockville, a former counsel for the Prince George's Board of Education.

"This time we expect to have a formal hearing with witnesses sworn under oath," said Alan Armstrong, a friend of Williams who has been instrumental in helping Williams pursue the case. "The other hearings were informal."

Hill nears 1,000

Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said that senior forward Mike Hill is 31 points shy of 1,000 career points and 32 short of a school record.

Of Hill's 969 points, he scored 232 as a sophomore, 433 as a junior and has 304 so far this season. The current school record-holder is Coleman Scott, who scored 1,000.

Daft still waiting

Oakland Mills football coach Ken Hovet said that running back Jake Daft has received scholarship offers from Shepherd College and Shippensburg, both Division II schools.

"But Jake is waiting to hear from Villanova, Rhode Island and Richmond before making a decision," Hovet said.

Daft, 6 feet 1 and 190 pounds, rushed for 1,412 yards on 179 carries and scored 18 touchdowns last season.

A first-team All-Metro pick at linebacker, Daft made 29 solo tackles and had 47 assists, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Dragons join MIAA

Glenelg Country School's boys athletic program will take a huge step forward next fall when the upper school joins the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The move allows the Dragons to compete with other independent schools in the Baltimore area for team championships and all-star recognition.

Other members of the association are Archbishop Curley, Archbishop Spalding, Arlington Baptist, Baltimore Lutheran, Beth Tfiloh, Boys' Latin, Calvert Hall, Cardinal Gibbons, Friends, Gilman, John Carroll, Loyola, McDonogh, Mount Carmel, Mount St. Joseph, Park, St. Mary's, St. Paul's, Severn and Towson Catholic.

Scorpions win big one

Oakland Mills boys indoor track coach Sam Singleton said he was pleasantly surprised to win the 33rd National Guard Scholastic Games last weekend.

He believes it was the first time a Howard County team has won the meet, which included 61 teams in all four state classifications.

The most amazing thing was that four athletes scored all 42 points for Oakland Mills, which defeated runner-up Perry Hall by six points.

Senior Greg Curtis won the 800-meter run and the 1,500, junior Kyle Walker finished second in the 55 hurdles, junior Steve Petro took second in the 3,000 and junior shot putter Kevin Rondon finished third.

"It helped us that Eleanor Roosevelt [Prince George's County] didn't come to the meet," said Singleton, whose team finished third a year ago and would have won except for two disqualifications caused by false starts. "Last year, we were loaded. This year, we stole it."

Football rule changes

Beginning with the 1995 football season, high school quarterbacks will be able to intentionally throw the ball forward to the ground to stop the clock as long as it is thrown immediately after the quarterback receives a hand-to-hand snap.

This change in the National Federation of State High School Associations rules brings high schools in line with college and pro rules.

It was one of 16 rule changes passed by the national federation's rules committee at its Jan. 7-9 meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.

The federation also strengthened its position against unsportsmanlike behavior. The second unsportsmanlike foul by a player in a game will result in ejection. Previously, there was no limit on the number of those penalties in a game.

It also defined for the first time what constitutes fighting and provides a penalty of 15 yards and ejection.

The 1995 rules book will define fighting as "any attempt by a player or nonplayer to strike or engage an opponent in a combative manner unrelated to football. Such acts include but are not limited to: attempts to strike an opponent with an arm, leg or foot, whether or not there is contact."

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