Girls sports will get Saturday billing, too Howard notebook

September 25, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Football won't be the only game to watch tomorrow in Howard County.

Field hockey, volleyball and girls soccer games will be played to comply with an order from the federal Office of Civil Rights under the Title IX agreement.

"Basically, their definition is that 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," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics. "We will continue putting them [girls events] on Saturday and Friday evening to match the boys."

Tomorrow is the only day in the fall that regular-season girls events have been scheduled.

Five field hockey games were scheduled tomorrow, but two of them are being played today because of homecoming complications -- Oakland Mills at No. 12-ranked Centennial (3: 30 p.m.) and Hammond at No. 9 Mount Hebron (3: 45 p.m.). Tomorrow's games include Long Reach at Wilde Lake (9 a.m.), Atholton at Howard (10 a.m.) and River Hill at Glenelg (11: 30 a.m).

In girls soccer, Hammond travels to Glenelg today (3: 15 p.m.). Tomorrow, Centennial travels to Howard (10 a.m.), Wilde Lake is at Oakland Mills (10: 30 a.m.) and River Hill is at Long Reach (11 a.m.) Mount Hebron plays Archbishop Spalding (10 a.m.) in the Old Mill Tournament.

Three volleyball matches are scheduled tomorrow, including No. ranked Centennial playing host to No. 4 Mount Hebron (11: 15 a.m.). Long Reach plays at Howard (10 a.m.) and River Hill travels to Wilde Lake (11: 15 a.m.).

The starting time for tomorrow's football games -- Centennial at Long Reach, River Hill at Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake at Mount Hebron and Atholton at Hammond -- has been pushed back 30 minutes to 2 p.m. Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Hammond are celebrating homecoming.

Hall of Fame

Oakland Mills will induct Jennifer Whitfield (1978), Ken Hovet tTC (1979) and Auretha Fleming (1980) into its Hall of Fame during halftime of its homecoming game tomorrow against River Hill.

Whitfield starred in track and field and received the first full scholarship for women's track at Villanova University. An All-Metro performer at Oakland Mills, she ran on four world-record setting relay teams at Villanova. She has three children and is married to Spencer Prescott, an assistant football coach at the University of Connecticut.

Hovet was an All-County performer in football and lacrosse and played football at Davidson College. He coaches the Scorpions' football and lacrosse teams and has earned Coach of the Year awards in both sports. An attorney, Hovet teaches social studies at Oakland Mills. He and his wife, Maria, have two children.

Fleming was a four-year varsity basketball player and earned All-County honors before playing at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder and has been inducted into the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame and the Penn Hall of Fame. A senior associate systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems, Fleming is married to Dr. Edward Baldwin Jr. and has two children.

Seminar on recruiting

Students, parents and coaches are invited to a seminar on the college athletic recruiting process on at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Mount Hebron.

This is the second year that Centennial counselor Dave Greenberg and Mount Hebron counselor P.J. Kesmodel have coordinated the program. Panelists include Kathy Zerrlaut, UMBC assistant athletic director and NCAA compliance officer; Chris Weller, University of Maryland women's basketball coach, and Dick Edell, University of Maryland men's lacrosse coach.

Topics include goals of the recruiting process, role of the NCAA, role of the student and parent, role of the college coach and role of the high school coach and guidance office. Handouts will be available, and a question-and-answer period will be conducted.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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