Blizzard keeps schools' athletic directors busy


January 17, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Athletic directors around Carroll County have been busy looking to find enough makeup dates to get all the postponed basketball games and wrestling matches in. So far, it hasn't been a problem.

"We're still not in bad shape. It's early enough in the season that [last week's blizzard] is not a crisis, just a pain in the neck," said South Carroll's Fred Baker.

Baker and his fellow ADs have been spending plenty of time on the telephone recently. There's calling the opponent to find a compatible makeup date, reaching the referees, security people and bus drivers, not to mention the parents who volunteer at the concession stands

"By the time it's over, you're talking around 10 phone calls for each game," Baker said.

Perhaps one good argument for the new open playoff format could come should there be more postponements later.

"The county and CMC games always come first," Westminster (( AD Steve Thomson said. "One advantage of the open tournament is if you don't get all the games in it's not going to hurt you. So that's one thing we don't have to worry about."

Tough week for wrestlers

The county's wrestling coaches have an interesting week in front of them.

Before yesterday, a lot of them hadn't seen their wrestlers in more than a week with practices and matches postponed. How much work the wrestlers did on their own during the lost week will play a big role.

Green Terror slide

A solid 85-73 win at Ursinus put Western Maryland men's basketball team at 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Centennial Conference on Dec. 2.

At that point, things looked good considering the Green Terror would close out its 1995 portion of the schedule with four home games before the break.

But the Green Terror (3-10) dropped all four of those games by a combined 20 points -- including a two-point overtime loss to Catholic and a one-point loss to Caldwell -- and the slide has carried over into 1996, reaching eight straight losses going into tonight's home game against CC foe Gettysburg (8-4).

The women's team got a strong effort from sophomore forward Katie Haley last week, but saw its six-game winning streak end Saturday with a 57-65 loss at Haverford.

After a 29-point, 14-rebound night in a 91-88 overtime win against Dickinson on Thursday, Haley scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds in Saturday's loss.

She shot 63 percent from the field in the two games and was 5-for-7 from three-point range.

Kathi Snyder also had a fine shooting night against Dickinson, hitting 11 of her 15 shots from the field to finish with 22.

Green Terror wrestling

The Western Maryland College wrestling team is 4-3 going into a busy and important portion of its schedule, starting tonight when it travels to Albright.

Junior Phil Simmerer (167 pounds) is 12-1 with senior Joe Fleming (190) at 10-2.

The Green Terror will be at home Friday night against Gettysburg before traveling to Haverford on Saturday to compete in a CC tri-match, which also includes Muhlenberg.

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