County track event in snow jeopardy

SIDELINES

High Schools

January 28, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Marlene Kelly, Anne Arundel County coordinator of physical education, intends to lobby the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive council for a date at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory so the county indoor track championships can be held.

But the possibility exists that there will be no county indoor track championships.

Yesterday's school closings canceled the indoor track championships on what was the final date reserved for the event at the Armory.

"Thursday was the last day we could use the Armory, but I'm going to the state executive council and beg for another date, maybe a Saturday, at the Armory," said Kelly.

"It would be too bad for the kids if we can't get another date, but I trust that [MPSSAA executive secretary] Ned Sparks will do what he can for us."

Kelly attempted to obtain permission to transport the competitors to the Armory yesterday but was turned down by the board of education, mainly for insurance reasons.

As for the other public high school winter sports, the boys and girls basketball games and wrestling matches scheduled for today are on if school is open today for the teachers' in-service day. The students are already off today but will be allowed to play games tonight.

Kelly said the county considered moving today's games to another date so teams could practice today.

The Jan. 21 slate was postponed to Jan. 24, but that's the only day games were played this week. Snow knocked out the Tuesday schedule with those games to be played Monday, although more nasty weather is forecast for Sunday.

"With that [forecast] in mind, we thought it would be better to get Friday's games in," said Kelly, who formed advisory committees for each sport this year to get input on the best way to go in the event of developing situations out of the schools' control.

"Our committees agreed that it would probably be better to practice Friday, but didn't want to take a chance of getting too backed up in games. They agreed that everybody was on the same page [no one has practiced all week], so we might as well play."

County teams are scheduled to play Monday, Tuesday and Friday next week, with the exception of Annapolis and Glen Burnie, which will play boys and girls basketball Thursday instead of Friday.

Three games are already scheduled for the following week for basketball and two for the last week, with the county hoping to finish its regular-season schedule in time for the Feb. 20 seeding and drawing meeting for the region tournaments.

The various jurisdictions are allowed to schedule three games in a week once during the season but over the years have waived that rule for emergencies such as these.

Anne Arundel County's last scheduled date for regular season contests is Feb. 18, but on Feb. 22 the county championship games are to be played, along with games being played among the other county teams according to the order of their finish in the county league.

Feb. 19 is the state's last date for seeding consideration, although games can be played and made up through Feb. 24, with the regionals scheduled for Feb. 25-26.

Big games tonight

At least three boys basketball games with bearings on the top four seeds for the Class 4A East region race are scheduled tonight.

No. 2 Annapolis (12-0) plays host tonight to Meade, which has beaten the Panthers 14 times in 23 seasons, more than any other team. Also, Severna Park plays host to Arundel (3-9) and Glen Burnie travels to North County.

No. 16 Westminster (12-1) of Carroll County leads the region with a 10-1 record in games that count, followed by No. 14 Meade (9-3, 8-2).

Severna Park (8-4, 7-3), Glen Burnie (7-5, 7-3) and No. 17 North County (7-5, 6-4) are right on Meade's heels for the second seed.

Sideliners

The visit by top-ranked Towson Catholic (17-4) to No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (10-8) in boys basketball in the Baltimore Catholic League has yet to be rescheduled.

The weather also postponed the appeal by Meade's LaTanya Eldridge, who was suspended for a residency violation by the county. The MPSSAA hopes to rule on the case sometime next week.

The county board of arbitration heard the case of Annapolis' Sharika Adams on Monday and upheld her suspension for the rest of the season because of academic ineligibility.

No action was taken against Panthers girls basketball coach Dave Griffith because it was proved that Adams being allowed to play despite two E's on her first report card was an honest oversight by Griffith and the school administration.

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Call in makeups

The Sun is updating its winter high school sports schedule to reflect the snowed-out events of the last two weeks. To make sure all makeup dates are included in the daily schedules, coaches or athletic directors should call 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200, between 7 and 9 p.m. as soon as possible.

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Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. Athletes nominated must be available the next Monday to have their pictures taken. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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