North County must forfeit all nine wins Ineligible, little-used sub scuttles 9-2 season

March 21, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County arbitration panel has ruled that North County's varsity football team, 9-2 last fall, has to forfeit all nine victories for using an ineligible player.

Confusing terminology caused the ineligibility of a little-used reserve.

The Knights, who were ranked 11th in metropolitan Baltimore and lost to Lake Clifton, 58-30, in a state quarterfinal after winning the Class 4A East region, used a player involved in home schooling, a program in which the student is taught at home by a parent.

Students involved in home schooling are not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities because they are not actually enrolled.

However, students involved in home teaching -- in which a county teacher is paid to visit the home to provide instruction -- are allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz explained that when the student, who lives in the North County district, filled out the "parent consent" form, he wrote that he was involved in the home-teaching program, although he was actually involved in home schooling.

Markiewicz said he asked principal Pat Grunkiewicz and athletic director Mike Baker if it was permissible for "a student being taught at home to participate" and was told that it was OK.

"I don't know why we should be held responsible when the terminology was never explained to us," said Baker, who wants to appeal.

"This is the first year home-taught kids are allowed to play, and because of what happened with us, they're rewriting the county handbook so everyone will better understand the rule."

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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