Girls to get a Saturday in sun next fall Howard notebook

October 24, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

For one Saturday next fall, football won't be the only sport to watch in Howard County.

The tentative fall 1998 schedule calls for field hockey, volleyball and girls soccer to be played on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The county is doing this to comply with an order from the federal Office of Civil Rights under the Title IX agreement.

"We've been found in violation of scheduling Saturday events," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletic. "Because of football being played on Saturday, the girls do not have the same number of Saturday times, and we have to give the exact opportunities for prime time, weekdays and including Saturday.

"This is basically their definition. If we feel it's important enough to play a boys event on Saturday, then we have to play a girls event also on Saturday."

Girls events are scheduled to start at either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. on Sept. 26. The start of football games will be moved back a half-hour to 2 p.m. Some stadiums will have doubleheaders, and some schools could plan their homecoming around the many activities. This year, three schools had homecoming on Sept. 27.

"I don't think it's a hindrance. I don't think its really hit them yet, though," said Chuck Struhar, Long Reach athletic director. "They'll find out the first Saturday game whether they like it or whether they don't like it. It's going to be different. The plus side of it is we might get a few more parents out who are able to see their child play, and that's important."

Soccer kicks

A year ago, Hammond's girls soccer team ended River Hill's season with a playoff upset that was decided on penalty kicks. The Golden Bears surprised River Hill again Wednesday, 2-1 in overtime, but it didn't end its season. It did, however, end the Hawks' bid for a perfect county record.

"Hammond was very quick, and beat us to the ball," said River Hill coach Cynthia Odell. "They played very well."

River Hill (10-2 overall, 8-1 league) had clinched the county title Monday with a win over Atholton and was presented the championship trophy after Wednesday's game.

Hammond (7-7, 6-3) came into the game having lost to Wilde Lake, 1-0, Monday and Laurel, 2-1, Tuesday. The absence of consistent play has hurt the Golden Bears this season, but everything was working against the Hawks.

"We were really playing aggressive," said Hammond coach Peter DiMarco. "The whole team was working as a group.

"It was really a big, big win."

Meg Tilley's goal 20 seconds into the first overtime gave Hammond, which got excellent goaltending from Lindsey Mitchell, the victory.

Hammond had the best improvement from last season, going from 2-6-1 to 6-3. Mount Hebron took the biggest fall, going from 6-2-1 to 4-5. Here are the final county standings in girls soccer:

Team W-L-T

River Hill 8-1-0

Mt. Hebron 4-5-0

Oak. Mills 7-2-0

Glenelg 3-4-2

Centennial 6-3-0

Long Reach 2-7-0

Hammond 6-3-0

Howard 2-7-0

Wilde Lake 5-3-1

Atholton 0-8-1

Volleyball spikes

The county championship will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday River Hill. Admission will be charged.

Unbeaten Centennial (12-0) has won its division and will play Oakland Mills or Hammond.

Hammond (8-4) defeated Oakland Mills (7-4) for the second time last night, 15-5, 12-15, 15-9, 15-4. The Golden Bears play host to Wilde Lake (2-10) Monday, and the Scorpions go against Glenelg (7-5) Monday and River Hill (9-2) Tuesday. The schedule favors Hammond winning its division.

Centennial defeated Hammond 15-5, 15-5, 15-9 last week.

Long Reach played two five-game matches and one four-game match last week and lost all three.

"It's very disappointing for the girls," said Long Reach coach Christine Ewing, whose team lost to Atholton, Howard and Wilde Lake. "They've worked really hard, but they have to learn to win. We have some great plays at times, but we don't piece it all together."

Field hockey corner

Long Reach won its first-ever playoff game Wednesday, topping McDonough, 3-2. County champion Mount Hebron and Atholton also had victories.

River Hill had the biggest improvement this season, going from 2-3-4 last year to 6-2-1. Howard took the biggest drop, going from 7-1-1 to 0-8-1. Here are the final county standings in field hockey:

Team W-L-T

Mount Hebron 8-0-1

Atholton 3-3-3

River Hill 6-2-1

Long Reach 2-6-1

Centennial 6-2-1

Wilde Lake 2-6-1

Hammond 6-3-0

Oakland Mills 2-7-0

Glenelg 5-4-0

Howard 0-8-1

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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