Snow causes Hammond to miss its date to play at MCI Center

Coach seeks rescheduling of game against St. John's


High School

January 21, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Not every high school student was happy about yesterday's snowstorm.

"Usually, I would be, but not today," said Hammond sophomore Melissa Workman.

That's because Workman and her teammates on the girls varsity basketball team were scheduled to play St. John's in the opening game yesterday of the DeMatha Invitational at MCI Center in Washington. When the school system closed yesterday, Hammond's trip was canceled.

"I really wanted to play at the MCI Center," said Workman, who had a career-high 27 points earlier this week against Atholton. "It's very disappointing, but we can't do anything about it."

Hammond coach Mike Mongelli said he hopes to reschedule the game against St. John's for next month.

Yesterday was an emotional day for Mongelli. He and identical twin Joseph were born 57 years ago yesterday. Joseph, who also coached basketball, and Mike were very close. Joseph died of heart failure March 30, 1989 at St. Agnes Hospital.

"This is a rough day every year," Mongelli said.

Girls basketball

River Hill's girls basketball team is halfway through an undefeated county season. The third-ranked Hawks are 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the county. Their average margin of victory against county opponents is 28.7 points.

River Hill's closest game was against Centennial. The Hawks trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Eagles 34-12 to win, 58-43.

"I think we've played well, but we haven't played up to our potential," said Hawks leading scorer Greeba Outen-Barlow. "I think we're winning because of our hustle and intensity, but we're not at the point where we can win a state championship. Hustle and intensity may get you far, but we're trying to work more together as team."

No. 6-ranked Mount Hebron (11-1, 7-1) has handled every team but River Hill, losing last week to the Hawks by 20 points.

"We've got a good group, and we're really playing well," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson. "It's been a good first half, and I think everyone is having a lot of fun and enjoying it."

Glenelg (8-5, 6-3) and Wilde Lake (9-4, 6-3) are tied for third place, followed by Hammond (6-6, 5-4), Howard (5-8, 4-5), Oakland Mills (7-6, 3-6), Centennial (6-7, 3-6), Atholton (3-9, 1-8) and Long Reach (0-13, 0-9).

Junior Melissa Roche's running jumper in the lane banked off the glass and in with three seconds left to give host Oakland Mills a 46-44 overtime victory Wednesday night against Centennial.

"Talking with the seniors, they had never beaten Centennial," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. "It was a very big win for us, and hopefully, we can build off this."

Roche scored three of her eight points in overtime, and Heather Romich had four of her nine in the extra period. Rayna DuBose led the Scorpions with 15 points.

Centennial's last second shot in overtime fell short. Both teams missed shots to win the game in regulation.

Girls soccer

River Hill senior Natalie Klisas, The Sun's Howard County co-Player of the Year, has committed orally to a scholarship offer from Towson University.

"I liked the school, it has a nice campus, and I wanted to stay close to home," said Klisas, an All-Metro selection on defense.

Klisas, a sweeper in high school, helped the third-ranked Hawks (18-1) to the Class 3A state title.

Klisas said she might be moved to midfield at Towson.

"I like playing sweeper, but I could adjust to that," said Klisas, who had six goals and a team-high 12 assists at River Hill.

Mount Hebron senior Katie Elliott, the other co-Player of the Year, also will play close to home. She has a scholarship to Loyola.

Julie Broden has committed orally to attend a Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The Mount Hebron senior, who had a team-high 12 goals, earned athletic and academic scholarships.

Broden, a first-team All-County selection, selected Duquesne because "it had a good balance between academics and soccer."

She intends to major in pharmaceuticals and will enroll in a six-year Ph.D program.

Dye honored

Davidson College's Ginny Dye (Oakland Mills, 1996) was named last week to the 1999 National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Scholar Athlete All-American second team.

The award is based on academic and athletic performance.

Dye, who has a 3.88 grade-point average, earned All-Southern Conference honors for the fourth consecutive season. A forward, Dye had a team-high 22 points (six goals, 10 assists) in her senior season, and is third in career points (73), third in career goals (28) and tied the single-season record with 10 assists.

Dye, an All-Metro performer at Oakland Mills, will graduate with a degree in psychology and is planning to attend graduate school.

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