Earlier starts pondered for Hammond


January 17, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In the wake of a fight that followed a Jan. 5 game against Glenelg, Hammond principal Sylvia Patillo said yesterday that she is considering a request by boys basketball coach Mike Mongelli for an earlier starting time for games.

"I appreciate that our coach is taking a stand," Patillo said. "For security reasons, we're hoping it will be possible."

If the change is made, it would mean that any games now played at 7 p.m. would be moved to 5 p.m.

Hammond has only two remaining 7 p.m. games, at Glenelg Feb. 2 and at Wilde Lake Jan. 26.

Patillo said that her school had contacted those two schools, both of whom were in agreement with an earlier starting time.

She said that a part-time Hammond staff member, who was inadvertently punched during the Jan. 5 incident, is back at work. She also said the fight was started by a non-student, and was the first such incident since she became Hammond principal last summer.

"I have concerns that there is an increase in the smell of marijuana and alcohol at games, and that language is getting out of hand," Patillo said.

"Athletics is supposed to be an educational experience, and going to high school games under the influence is not appropriate behavior. It's at the point where we need to re-evaluate."

She believes that an earlier starting time may cut down on the amount of pre-game substance abuse by spectators.

Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams said that no Glenelg people were involved in the fight, but that the Glenelg team bus was broken into and had its radio vandalized. Some of the bus driver's personal items were stolen.

Mongelli said: "The fight had nothing to do with the game. What's happening is not fair to the players or to the fans who want to watch."

Vikings think positively

Mount Hebron wrestlers prefer to see the glass as half full.

The Vikings have only 19 wrestlers for two teams, and 14 of them are first-year wrestlers.

Their team is 0-6 and forfeited seven of 13 weight classes in its last match against Oakland Mills, a 54-19 loss.

But the Vikings won four of the six matches they actually wrestled against the Scorpions, a perennial county power.

The victors included Andrew Boyer (119 pounds), Quint Lears (125), James Thomas (130) and Tim Dash (145).

"We have six guys on varsity, but we can fill 12 of the 13 slots [with junior varsity wrestlers] if I think we can be competitive," coach Jeff Quinn said.

"We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and I can't see letting them get beat up [on varsity] unless they have a chance. Almost everyone on our team has at least a couple of wins, even the junior varsity guys."

Things are looking up for the program. Last year it scheduled no tournaments. This year it was entered in two tournaments.

This year the Howard County Wrestling Association, a feeder program for high school teams, added a team in the Mount Hebron school district.

"It's encouraging that no one has quit this season," Quinn said. "And we have tough practices."

The Vikings wrestle Wilde Lake today -- a match that Quinn thinks may be competitive.

Friedman to Towson

Hammond lacrosse player Dave Friedman has accepted a full tuition lacrosse scholarship to Towson State University.

Friedman made the Baltimore Sun's All-Howard County Lacrosse Team last season when he had 123 ground balls and won 28-of-56 faceoffs.

Walker to Brown

Centennial's Kumi Walker will take his soccer skills to Brown University next fall.

Walker, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, played outside fullback for the Eagles and was a two-time first-team All-Howard County pick.

He was a mainstay on a defense that allowed seven goals and recorded 13 shutouts.

Walker will join former Eagles teammate Doug Ulman, who is a freshman at Brown.

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