High School Sports

Fall Preview

September 04, 2001

Havre de Grace will continue to get schedule dispensation

C. Milton Wright, a Class 4A school, and Class 1A Havre de Grace do not play each other in Harford County, but each is still eligible to compete for the league title.

"Havre de Grace's program has been down for a few years, so last year [when C. Milton Wright was reclassified from 3A to 4A], the school appealed to the county and asked not to play C. Milton Wright," said Forest Wiest, the county's athletic coordinator. "There's an extreme size disadvantage, and Havre de Grace is the only 1A, and C. Milton is the only 4A. We've allowed it to occur on a temporary basis. Even though they don't play Havre de Grace, C. Milton Wright is still in the league."

The league will continue to exist "temporarily," Wiest said, until Havre de Grace, once a small-school state power, builds up its program. C. Milton Wright, the county's largest school with more than 1,600 students according to Wiest, has won eight county titles under coach Steve Harward.

Glenelg will have a home to call its own, after all

Until early last month, Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams thought his Gladiators would have to play all of their games on the road because of construction of a septic system that was slated to begin this month under the stadium field.

It seems, however, that Glenelg will play its home games as planned. "The project has been pushed back to October or November," Williams said.

"Otherwise, we'd have played Oakland Mills at River Hill, and Mount Hebron, Howard and Hammond at South Carroll," said Williams. "We're glad we get to play at home again."

North County, Mt. St. Joe lose offensive firepower

North County receiver Kevin Hammack and Mount St. Joseph quarterback Joe Peeler will skip their senior seasons for basketball and baseball, respectively. Hammack had 56 receptions for 756 yards and eight touchdowns, and Peeler had 30 scoring passes.

Conversely, Broadneck linebacker Matt Lewis and Glen Burnie quarterback Keith Williams will play football in addition to playing weekend baseball games with the Oriolanders' showcase team.

Southside Jaguars nearly ready to join varsity ranks

Baltimore City's Southside Academy in Cherry Hill, entering its fourth year of existence, will field a JV team for the second straight year before becoming a varsity program next season.

The 210-student school, nicknamed the Jaguars, opened with a freshman class whose members now are seniors, said athletic director Donnae Bushrod.

Quick hits: Changes in the air in Baltimore Co.

There are six new coaches in Baltimore County: Leonard Hart (Woodlawn), Mark Lehman (Loch Raven), Anthony Ruocco (Kenwood), Scott Zoschin (Chesapeake), David Turybury (Franklin) and Harry McNair (Towson). ... Mount Zion Christian Academy in Towson will field its first varsity team. ... Baltimore County will move from four to five referees in its games this fall.

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