Mount Hebron's Drnec expects to be home today

3-sport athlete paralyzed from Dec. 9 car crash is ready to leave hospital


January 20, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Brian Drnec, paralyzed in an automobile crash Dec. 9 after basketball practice, expects to return home today from Kernan Hospital, where he has been receiving therapy four times per day.

A guard who also played soccer and baseball for the Vikings, Drnec has use of his arms but not his legs. At Kernan, he learned to shower, dress and transfer himself to an automobile, and he expects to be able to drive a car.

"It was scary at first, but then you realize you will be independent," Drnec said. "I can't wait to sleep in my own bed."

Drnec, who expects to attend Mount Hebron's basketball game tomorrow at Howard, said: "I talk to the guys every day, and I'm pleased with how they're doing, and [I'm] wishing I was out there."

Crucial mat battle

The River Hill wrestling team plays host to Hammond today at 4: 30 p.m. in what appears to be the decisive battle for county dual-meet supremacy this season.

The No. 6 Hawks (11-0 overall, 6-0 league) have never won a county title and have lost close battles to the Bears (6-3, 5-0) in two dual meets last season.

"Our matchups against Hammond this season are not great," Hawks coach Earl Lauer said. "Our two 112-pounders didn't make weight last week, and we're still not sure if Mike Dauberman will be able to wrestle after injuring his ribs Friday."

The Hawks trailed Sherwood 27-22 last Thursday before rallying with three straight pins in the final three matches.

The Bears are unranked after graduating much of their team, but they have wrestled a tough schedule, losing to Calvert Hall, South Carroll and Old Mill.

Bowen back tomorrow

Glenelg's leading scorer, Chris Bowen, is due to play tomorrow against Oakland Mills after missing four games with a hip bruise.

The 6-foot-3 junior averages 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Gladiators, who are 1-11.

He will be joined tomorrow by J.T. Smart, who has missed three games for academic reasons. Smart twice hit the school record for three-point baskets in a game, sinking six against both South Carroll and Franklin.

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