Mount Hebron girls to forfeit two games for illegal practices

Howard notebook

February 02, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Rules and Infractions Committee

yesterday confirmed the violations against Mount Hebron's girls basketball team and imposed the following penalties:

* For practicing twice on Sundays (Jan. 7 and 14), the Vikings will forfeit victories against Glenelg on Jan. 18 and Centennial on Jan. 24. The violations broke a state rule that states teams cannot play or practice on Sundays.

* For practicing on Thursday, Jan. 11 when the schools were closed because of the blizzard, Mount Hebron will forfeit a future Saturday practice. The violation broke a Howard County rule.

Mount Hebron principal Adrian Kaufman said she would not appeal the committee's decision.

The 10th-ranked Vikings drop from the top of the county standings to the middle, but still are very much in contention for the county title.

Here are the new county standings: Hammond and Glenelg, 6-2; Wilde Lake and Centennial, 5-2; Mount Hebron, 4-3, Howard, 2-5; Atholton, 1-6 and Oakland Mills, 0-7.

Hammond and Glenelg played yesterday instead of today because Hammond High is scheduled to play host to a wrestling tournament today and tomorrow. The six other girls basketball teams are scheduled to play tonight.

The forfeits will not hurt Mount Hebron's chance of making the playoffs because there is an open playoff format this season and all teams are eligible.

Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker, who teachers at Howard, said she was at the Mount Hebron gym on the Sundays when some of her players were shooting around with other people. She said, however, that it was an open gym and no practice was conducted.

"We did not have a practice," she said.

The state rule against Sunday games and practices was put in so that players and coaches would have a day of rest.

While a coach cannot keep players from practicing on their own on Sundays, a coach being in the gym on a Sunday during the season with the players is going against the intent of the rule.

"What is so frustrating," said one Mount Hebron parent who wished to remain anonymous, "is that the rule constituting a practice is so unclear."

Mount Hebron athletic director Mark Cates said another county athletic director informed him of the allegations last week.

He investigated and the school reported the practice violations to county Coordinator of Athletics Don Disney on Monday.

The Rules and Infractions Committee -- Wilde Lake principal Bonnie Daniel, Atholton athletic director Don Van Deusen and Glenelg's girls basketball coach Randy Wallenhorst -- met yesterday to rule on the violations.

Boehm, Wilmer are hurting

Howard and Hammond girls basketball teams both won their games Monday. But the victories had a price.

In Howard's 47-35 victory over South Carroll, Megan Boehm, a 5-foot-11 senior center, dislocated the ring finger on her left hand. It happened in the second quarter when Boehm and a South Carroll player went for a pass intended for Boehm.

She is out a minimum of three weeks, meaning she will miss the rest of the regular season. Her status will be re-evaluated before the playoffs.

Wilmer, a starting guard, reinjured a ligament sprain in her right knee at the end of the Golden Bears' 57-36 win over Mount Hebron. Coach Joe Russo said Wilmer will be out at least two weeks.

Updating the records

Here is a brief look at how the private school girls basketball teams are faring this season.

Chapelgate is 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the Christian Schools Athletic Association. Senior forward Faith Meisinger is averaging 17.4 points (on 48 percent shooting) and 12 rebounds a game. Heather Davison averages seven points and 3.5 assists per game.

Glenelg County is 0-11 overall and 0-4 in the Association of Independent Schools B Conference. Kim Green is top scorer, averaging six points.

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