Have you heard the latest rumor? Odell may return

Howard County notebook

March 29, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Rumors. They're great conversational tools. Heck, some even turn out true.

"I've heard the rumors," said Cynthia Odell.

So, is it true?

"The interest is definitely there," Odell said.

So will you take it?

"I have not applied for the job," Odell said. "I have called about it."

So what's the rumor?

Odell, who coached Oakland Mills girls soccer teams to several county and state championships before retiring after 12 seasons in 1990, is thinking about coaching again. She is considering the position at River Hill, one of two new high schools opening in August.

"I've thought about it," said Odell, whose husband, Barry, is River Hill's vice principal. "It would be fun to start a program."

Odell retired to spend more time with her family. With her daughter, Kit Carson, now married and her son, Brooks Carson, stationed in Greece in the Air Force, Odell said "the time is available for me to coach."

Odell teaches Spanish at Wilde Lake Middle and plans to do so next year. She said she needs to talk with principal Albertha Caldwell before making a decision on applying.

"I have to clear it with her," said Odell. "I wouldn't do anything she wouldn't want me to do."

But first Odell has to clear it with herself.

"I haven't made a definite commitment or decision in my own mind," she said. "If I go back, I go back. If I don't, I don't. There's no guarantee that I'd be hired."

Anyway, it's just a rumor.

Making waves

Director Laura Condon is expecting "the biggest meet yet" when the Howard County high school swim championships take place April 28 at 2 p.m. at Howard Community College.

"I'm expecting 20 swimmers from each school, maybe more," said Condon, who said last year's entries from the eight high schools were around 100. "This meet is for swimmers in the county to show off their athletic skills to their high schools."

Swimming is not a recognized team sport in the county. Swimmers have to compete in outside club teams.

Wilde Lake is the defending champion, and should be strong again this year. Some of the top swimmers expected to compete are: Brian Best, Cedric Taylor and Megan Roesch of Wilde Lake, Brian Crawford and Mike Malchak of Hammond, Beth and Johanna Blakely of Oakland Mills and Abby Mueller and Laurie Felker of Centennial.

Instead of giving trophies to the top three teams, as has been done in the past, the first-place team will receive a plaque listing its team members. Also, the first-, second- and third-place teams will receive $500, $200 and $100 donations, respectively, to help their school's drug-free graduation parties.

"The money might be higher," said Condon. "We're still trying to raise some more."

The meet is sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Columbia Clippers swim team.

Hoop notes

First-team all-county basketball players Alisha Mosley of Mount Hebron and Kellye Townsend of Hammond are on the Maryland roster for the first Pennsylvania-Maryland women's basketball shootout April 13 at 3 p.m. at Cumberland Valley High School in Harrisburg, Pa. A boys game will follow at 5 p.m.

This will be Mosley's second all-star game. She scored nine points and had three assists in the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association fifth annual senior all-star game Sunday at Goucher College.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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