Scheduling problems snowball for county's high school teams

Sidelines

January 14, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Makeup problems are snowballing for Anne Arundel County coordinator of physical education Rick Wiles, and that's no pun.

Just when Wiles thought he had a makeup schedule all worked out, he's had to put things on ice and not just because of the weather.

"Nothing is etched in stone until I talk again over the weekend and Monday to the athletic directors and we know when we will be back in school," said Wiles who was snowed out of his office Friday.

Tomorrow is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, so schools and the central office are closed. County teams are not allowed to practice until Tuesday and play is to resume Wednesday.

"Many of the school parking lots are in such bad shape that we decided not to try and practice on Monday," said Wiles. "It would not be fair for some schools to practice while others couldn't. So, nobody can practice until Tuesday when we will hopefully be back in school.

"Last Tuesday's basketball and wrestling schedule will be played Wednesday with the Jan. 16 games moving to Thursday maybe and Friday as scheduled."

The makeup schedule was set up before it was discovered that vo-tech schools are having mid-semester exams Friday. Schools are not allowed to have athletic events the night before an exam.

"We might not be allowed to play Thursday and that changes everything," said Wiles, who is faced with other exams on Jan. 22, 23 and 24.

Games already are scheduled for Jan. 24 and 26, so Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 5 are possible makeup dates being considered. If games are not allowed Thursday, which is very likely, it might be in the best interests of the athletes.

Three straight days of games was not well received last week because of the burden it puts on the athletes. It's a grind getting home late and trying to be alert in the classroom the next morning, especially after back-to-back games.

And after being out of school over a week and exams set to begin Monday, Jan. 22, playing three straight school nights may be too much.

Profits from gate receipts are important to schools. However, asking students and fans to come out three straight nights at $3 a pop can be a little costly for some.

It would seem that spacing out the games would increase attendance, and with only two makeups, there is still time to do it.

The athletes really at a disadvantage are the indoor track teams. If school is open Tuesday, they will compete in a regularly scheduled meet at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory the first day back.

"We've already lost two dates at the armory and can't make them up, so they have to compete Tuesday," said Wiles.

The Anne Arundel County indoor track championships are set for Jan. 24 at the armory.

Snow balls

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has given schools a one-week grace period (Monday to Jan. 22) to file their state tournament applications and team photos.

After Jan. 22, teams must pay the MPSSAA a $100 fine to be eligible for the open tournament draw on Feb. 18.

* In the last game (Jan. 5) before the snow, junior Germaine "Boo" Diggs led No. 7 Annapolis (8-2) to a 93-54 romp over South River (2-7) with the season's most prolific performance in one period. The 6-foot-7 Diggs scored 13 of his 29 points and grabbed nine of his game-high 15 rebounds in the third period.

"Boo had every rebound we had in the period and practically blew South River out by himself," said Panther coach John Brady. "He only played 18 minutes total."

* Since Arundel's huge success last season going 25-1 as a 4A state finalist in girls basketball, there has been a lot of whining around the county charging that coach Lee Rogers runs up scores. There were some rumblings after the No. 2 Wildcats (8-2) knocked off (2-6) Broadneck, 56-20, on Jan. 5.

The fact of the matter is the Wildcats had more than half (32) of their points at the break and Rogers used 11 players who scored. His game-leading scorer, Chavonne Hammond, had 19 points, which is not outrageous.

Some county coaches can't accept the cold, hard reality that Rogers has built a powerhouse program. He knows what it's like to be on the other end, but revenge is not his mission.

When the reserves get a chance to play, you can't tell them not to score, and that is the bottom line.

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