Annapolis star Venerable ineligible for first 2 games

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Academic problems cited

Strickland back in school

September 05, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

All-Metro running back Eric Venerable, the 2000 Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year as a junior at Annapolis, will be ineligible for the first two games of the season.

Venerable, who set Anne Arundel County records last year for rushing yards (2,346), rushing touchdowns (30), total touchdowns (32) and points (198), is academically ineligible dating to last year's final report card. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior is on probation for the two-week period, but has the opportunity to become eligible by the third game under county regulations.

Student athletes in Anne Arundel County are required to have a 2.0 grade-point average to participate on sports teams. Ranked No. 4 by The Sun, the Panthers are at home in their first two games, against Meade on Friday and No. 3 Broadneck on Sept. 14.

Strickland returns

All-Metro basketball player Marshall Strickland has enrolled South Carroll High for his senior year even though the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has ruled he cannot play in the upcoming season.

"He's played high school basketball for four years and has exhausted his eligibility in Maryland public schools," said Ned Sparks, MPSSAA executive director.

Strickland, who averaged 30.5 points last season and has orally committed to Indiana University, reportedly was thinking of attending a prep school this year. But the 6-2 point guard is just another student at South Carroll, where classes began last week.

"Right now he is enrolled and taking classes," said South Carroll athletic director Jim Horn. "The last I heard he intends to stay here. He wants to graduate from South Carroll."

Strickland could not be reached for comment.

A Mount Airy resident, Strickland transferred from DeMatha in December after only three games with the Stags. Strickland said he played two years at The Winchendon School in Massachusetts and one year at Thayer Academy, another Massachusetts school.

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