Wilson sends a message to grade-poor seniors

SIDELINES

February 09, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A coach with his priorities in order leads off this Sunday's sports smorgasbrowse.

North County boys basketball coach Brad Wilson should be commended for a noble move this past week. Wilson learned at the start of the week that three senior starters will be academically ineligible when report cards come out Tuesday.

Instead of allowing the trio to play until then, Wilson told them goodbye before last week's games. In the first two games without the trio, the Knights lost, 49-36, at Severna Park on Tuesday and lost Friday to Meade, 67-53.

Other coaches may lose players when report cards are distributed this week, but it appears Wilson is the only one to send such a message. By not holding up their end in the classroom (a minimum 2.0 grade-point average is required), those players have let down their coaches and teams.

Those on academic probation are not allowed to play for 15 school days, but can practice. Student-athletes with two or more failing grades are academically ineligible for the rest of that sports season and have no chance of returning.

With report cards being distributed Tuesday, the 15th school day of probation will be March 3. The county regular season ends Feb. 21. The boys and girls county basketball championships are scheduled for Feb. 25, and the first round of playoffs are to begin Feb. 28 and March 1.

Region quarterfinals follow on March 3 for the boys and March 4 for the girls. Those on probation who correct an academic deficiency and become eligible again could play, at best, by March 4 or 5 in the region semis.

The disappointment is even worse for indoor track and wrestling. Seeding for state indoor track tournaments is Feb. 15, and the state meets are set for Feb. 18-20. So, those on academic probation as of Tuesday can forget the rest of the season.

In wrestling, the dual-meet region tournament finals are on Feb. 12, with the state dual-meet finals on Feb. 15. County, city, or sectional tournaments are to be completed by Feb. 22 and region tournaments by March 1.

The state wrestling tournament finals are scheduled for March 7-8 at Western Maryland College.

Coaches who don't allow those on academic probation to return for the playoffs or tournaments send the right message, as Wilson did. Players who work hard to meet the requirements have to be considered.

It's not fair to allow a student-athlete to return from academic probation and take the place of another who did his or her part, even if it means sacrificing winning.

Milestone for Williams

Senior swing man John Williams became the third player in Broadneck boys basketball history to crack the 1,000 career points milestone Friday night at Southern-Harwood. Williams, who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, scored 20 points in the No. 8 Bruins' 47-45 win over Southern.

With 1,007 points, Williams is not far behind Kenny Wood (1987-1989), whose 1,047 points put him second to the Bruins' all-time leader, Jason Smith (1991-1995), who scored 1,662 in four years.

The county's all-time leading scorer is Southern's Vince Barnett (1988-1991) with 1,823 career points.

More records

Butch Young, Meade's boys basketball coach, is closing in on career wins. The Mustangs (8-10) notched No. 398 for Young on Tuesday by 51-50 over Southern and No. 399 Friday at North County.

Young (399-276 in his 30-year career) can post No. 400 Tuesday at home (7 p.m.) vs. Old Mill (6-12).

Severna Park's 6-foot-2 junior Greg Korwek became the Falcons' all-time rebounder in Tuesday's 49-36 victory over North County. Korwek has more than 520 career rebounds, surpassing the school record of 514 by Kenny Coates (1986-1990).

Charles Johnson, who had 502 rebounds (1983-1986) is the only other Severna Park player with 500 or more.

Sideliners

Severna Park's Ville Jarvi, who started the week as the county's leading scorer (21.5 a game), has hit six three-pointers in a game twice this season.

St. Mary's linebacker Monte Graves, The Sun's Anne Arundel County and Metro Defensive Player of the Year, is still pondering over Maryland, Navy and Delaware State. "If Monte chooses Navy, he would attend prep school for a year," says Saints' coach Brad Best.

Southern's Mike Price, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman, chose Navy over Lehigh, Bucknell, Towson State, Richmond, Elon and Shepherd.

Rashi Reed, St. Mary's running back, said this week that he probably will attend Salisbury State.

Former Arundel boys basketball coach Gerald Moore expects to receive a master's degree in May and hopes to get back into basketball.

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Pub Date: 2/09/97

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