Makeup dates quickly filling up

Harford needs to make up 3 or 4 games

High Schools

January 27, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

While most area high school teams still have plenty of time left in the regular season to make up the games postponed in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm, the available dates are quickly filling up in some leagues.

Harford County teams have fallen the furthest behind with most basketball teams needing to make up three or four games before regional playoffs begin Feb. 25. In addition to Friday's snow day, most teams have not yet made up games from Jan. 19, which were postponed to allow those involved in athletics to attend a county budget hearing.

"It's getting harder and harder [to reschedule games]," said Fran Matthews, athletic director at North Harford. "While we have plenty of time to reschedule from last Wednesday, now we've added games from Friday and Tuesday on top of that. We're getting in a position where a lot of weeks already have three games, so we have to juggle to find a space in both teams' schedules."

Matthews has managed to reschedule last week's postponements, including the girls basketball showdown between county unbeatens North Harford and C. Milton Wright for Feb. 14. She said she planned to work on makeup dates for Tuesday's and today's games as soon as school reopens.

Wrestling teams in Harford County have fared better, missing just one dual meet. "Wrestling is harder to reschedule because of gym use," said Matthews, "so what happens is we end up wrestling on Mondays and giving the kids a pound or two."

Time is tighter in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland girls basketball, where several coaches must fit in two postponed games before the postseason tournament begins Feb. 14.

"We all have the next two Sundays open, so there's two days we can use," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion, the IAAM basketball chairperson. "With those Sundays I think we'll be fine. It's only if we have to use another date that we could be in trouble."

Marion's team has two home games to make up -- one with St. Mary's postponed from last Friday because Anne Arundel County schools were closed and another with C. Milton Wright postponed from Tuesday. The St. Mary's game will be played Sunday at 2: 30, but Marion said the C. Milton Wright game might not be rescheduled because it is not a league game and league games take priority.

Beth Ahearn, IAAM executive director, said several other teams might have to do the same thing.

"Some people are moving into four games in a week," said Ahearn, "but I don't know what alternative we would have. We might have to cancel non-league games to fit in league games."

In Baltimore County, yesterday's basketball games were the first lost to a snow day. They will be rescheduled on a school-by-school basis, said Ron Belinko, coordinator of athletics for the county.

Indoor track and wrestling, however, have not fared so well.

The county indoor track championships, scheduled for yesterday, will be moved to Wednesday at 3: 45 at the 5th Regiment Armory. The fresh-soph meet scheduled that day will be canceled.

Tuesday's full slate of county wrestling meets had to be postponed, coming on the heels of last Thursday's snowed-out meets. They also will be rescheduled by athletic directors.

Despite three snow days in Baltimore County within the last five school days, Belinko said there is no cause for concern.

"It's going to be panic time if it snows next week and we lose that track meet," said Belinko, "because that's a big meet. For the other sports, we have time even if [the effects of Tuesday's storm are] worse than anticipated and we're off for more than a couple days."

Baltimore City coordinator of athletics Bob Wade said games postponed this week likely will be played next week, with rescheduling being up to individual schools.

"It causes concern with school being closed out these last two days, considering we lost a day last [Thursday]," said Wade. "We have games scheduled on Friday [tomorrow], so we'll play those scheduled games. But most schools have five remaining games on their schedules, so we're getting into February, and the likelihood of having to cram three or four games in a week."

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association executive secretary Rick Diggs said: "Each school has their own policy. Some schools, like Spalding, can't have activities if their school is closed. Loyola can."

Diggs said he doubts the closings will affect the MIAA B and C Conference championship basketball games, slated for Feb. 26 at Gilman.

"Even if it becomes a problem making those games up, we can bump the championships back a week and it shouldn't be a problem because we're not renting a facility outside of the organization."

Diggs said, however, that "making up matches in wrestling could be a problem."

The dual meet championship, which is determined by the MIAA's dual matchups, could be affected if the meets can't be made up.

There is little flexibility for rescheduling the MIAA wrestling tournament, being held Feb. 11-12 at Mount St. Joseph. The independent schools state tournament is the following weekend, followed by the National Preps the next weekend.

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