Dahlan not coaching at Hebron JV volleyball coach takes over varsity

November 10, 1995|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron volleyball coach Henry Dahlan no longer is coaching his team and yesterday did not report to Mount View Middle School, where he is a physical education instructor.

Patti Caplan, spokesperson for the Howard County school system, would not say if Dahlan had been suspended.

"It's a personnel matter so we can't comment on it," Caplan said. "But incidents of this matter are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action will be taken."

The incident occurred Tuesday at the end of practice. According to witnesses, Dahlan and a Mount Hebron player got into a confrontation. A parent of a player on the team witnessed what occurred, and reported it to school officials.

Dr. James R. McGowan, associate superintendent/instruction school administration division, has investigated the incident but would not comment.

Dahlan also would not comment.

Dahlan, who coached for 13 years at Hammond before becoming an assistant last year at Mount Hebron, did not coach Wednesday when the Vikings defeated Howard in a Class 3A East Region semifinal game. Daryl Beard, Mount Hebron's junior varsity and assistant head coach, has taken over the varsity.

Beard, who works as an audio visual equipment technician at Howard Community College, said he received a call at work Wednesday that he would coach the team against Howard.

"I was told I would coach the team until this is resolved," said Beard, who coached the varsity volleyball team at Wilde Lake for seven years before coming to Mount Hebron in 1993.

Third-ranked Mount Hebron (13-2) plays at No. 2 Centennial (18-2) today at 5 p.m. in the region final. The Eagles defeated Mount Hebron twice in the regular season, each time in four games. In the second match, Mount Hebron led 10-0 in the first game, 11-5 in the third game and 12-5 in the fourth game only to lose the match, 15-13, 13-15, 15-12, 15-13.

Beard said the third time might be the charm for the Vikings.

"I think they can do it," said Beard. "The two teams are evenly matched. I think we have fantastic players on our team. If they're on, I think we'll win."

Beard wasn't sure how his players would react to his new position.

"It's hard to say," he said. "Obviously, it's a new situation and they're not used to me as their coach. "Most of the girls I've coached. I know them all."

Centennial's Jen West said the Eagles have been anticipating this match for a long time.

"I think it will be very competitive," said West, who said her team's 15-3, 15-5, 15-2 victory Wednesday over Broadneck was "one of our best matches, if not the best" of the year. "Both teams have been waiting for this since the season began. This is do or die."

Centennial beat Mount Hebron in five games in last year's region final en route to its fourth straight state title.

Eagles in playoff form

Centennial's field hockey and girls soccer teams continue their state championship bids this weekend, and both teams will play Fallston.

In field hockey, the No. 15 Eagles (9-4-2) play No. 2 Fallston (16-0) at 2 p.m. in the class 3A state final at Goucher College. It's the fourth time a Howard County team has made the final -- no winners yet -- and the first for Centennial coach Gail Purcell in 19 seasons.

"We're the spoiler," said Purcell. "It's a comfortable role for us. We really have nothing to prove. The pressure is not on our shoulders. We're just going to show up and do our jobs."

Fallston is 46-0-2 over the past three years.

"I think that if we keep ourselves together, play as a team, play aggressive and not lazy, things can pull through for us," said Allison Altscher, whose 10th goal of the season on Monday lifted the Eagles past Magruder in the state semifinal. "I think we can do it. It just depends on how hard we play."

The Eagles' soccer team will meet No. 1 Fallston (15-0), which beat Dulaney, 2-0, last night, in a class 3A state semifinal game tonight at 7:30 at Catonsville Community College.

"It will be a challenge," said Centennial co-coach Dave Greenberg. "But we can play with anybody now. We've proven that."

Oakland Mills on a roll

Let's not forget Oakland Mills. The school's volleyball team plays today at Glenelg in the Class 2A South Region final, and the girls soccer team takes on North Harford at 7:30 tomorrow in a 1A-2A state semifinal at Catonsville High School.

The soccer team has won four straight to go over .500 for the first time this season (7-6-2). The Scorpions won the state title in 1992, lost to Hammond in the regionals in 1993 and last year lost to Fallston in the state final.

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