Blizzard forces rescheduling of dozens of high school events


January 14, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Blizzard of '96 has created relatively few rescheduling problems for Howard County athletic teams.

The saving grace for the county was that it had not scheduled any sports events from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25 to allow students time to study for mid-term exams.

It will now use that week to reschedule the games postponed by the blizzard.

Most basketball teams will be playing five games instead of the normal four games during the next two weeks.

Oakland Mills boys basketball team will play six games in nine days, including three games in three days, Jan. 18-20. Oakland Mills will play Centennial, Atholton and Loyola in those games.

The wrestling tournament scheduled at Hammond this weekend has been moved to Feb. 2-3.

The revised sports schedule issued by Don Disney, county director of athletics, is as follows:

Monday and Tuesday: no events, normal practice schedules.

Wednesday: wrestling as scheduled with a three-pound weight allowance.

Thursday: county indoor track championships as scheduled; basketball as scheduled, but the games will be at 3:30 p.m. for junior varsity and 5 p.m. for varsity.

Friday: wrestling as scheduled; rescheduled basketball games from Jan. 10, with junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m.

Saturday: wrestling as scheduled; boys basketball, Oakland Mills Loyola, junior varsity at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 22: rescheduled basketball games from Jan. 12 with junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m.

Jan. 23: rescheduled wrestling matches from Jan. 12 with junior varsity at 4 p.m. and varsity to follow.

Jan. 24: rescheduled basketball games from Jan. 16 with junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m.

Jan. 25: rescheduled wrestling, Centennial at Wilde Lake, with junior varsity at 4 p.m. and varsity to follow.

?3 Jan. 26: basketball and wrestling as scheduled.

Eagles soaring

At 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, Centennial is experiencing one of itsfinest starts in boys basketball. Its only blemish is a 74-46 loss to Thomas Johnson.

"Our kids are team-oriented," coach Jim Hill said. "Four of them have been playing together since they were 10 years old."

In the first two league games, Centennial's shooting was inconsistent, however. The Eagles shot 55 percent from the floor in beating Glenelg, 71-59. Then they shot 31 percent and nearly lost to Howard, 49-47.

The Eagles trailed the entire Howard game until the final two minutes.

E9 Matt Laycock is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Mackey gone for season

Phil Mackey, Hammond's talented 6-foot-7 center, has been dismissed from the basketball team by coach Mike Mongelli.

Mongelli refused to comment about why Mackey was dismissed shortly after the game against Oakland Mills on Jan. 3.

Mackey stayed on the team bench and did not attend the team meeting in the locker room after the 61-50 loss to Oakland Mills. Mackey scored six points and was on the bench much of the game because of foul trouble.

Playing without Mackey, the Bears ended a 15-game streak of league losses Jan. 5 by beating Glenelg, 73-70, in overtime, as 6-5 Karl Friedheim scored 20 points.

Hammond led by 17 at one point, but Glenelg tied it with eight seconds left to send it to overtime.

Hard-luck team

Mount Hebron's boys basketball team is 4-6, but has lost several close games.

Nothing could be much closer than a triple-overtime loss to Wilde Lake, 71-70, on Jan. 3.

Brad Bode sank a three-pointer over Carl Jackson at the buzzer to end the first overtime.

But Mount Hebron missed a wide-open layup with one second left in the second overtime that would have won it.

Against Atholton on Jan. 5, the Vikings trailed by five points with 50 seconds to go and had possession of the ball, but lost 56-46.

The Vikings also have lost to Poly by two points and to Linganore by six points.

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