Oakland Mills waiting to get season started

Scorpions hope to begin at home Friday vs. Glenelg

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High Schools

September 19, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The boys soccer season is two weeks old, but no games have been played by Oakland Mills, the area's No. 1-ranked team - based on the high number of its returning starters and its No. 3 ranking last season.

The Scorpions' season opener against Gwynn Park was scheduled for Sept. 11, the day terrorists attacked America, and schools closed early.

An attempted makeup game was quickly scheduled for Sept. 14, but Prince George's County schools decided to cancel all after-school events when President Bush declared a national day of prayer and remembrance.

The Oakland Mills players, who are required to wear sportcoats and ties to school on the day of games, thus have dressed up twice needlessly.

And today's scheduled game against Aberdeen also was postponed after a directive from Superintendent John O'Rourke denied the high school teams their customary waiver allowing them to play on the third day of Rosh Hashana.

The Scorpions are crossing their fingers and hoping that nothing cancels Friday's home game against Glenelg.

Scorpions coach Don Shea said he's now concerned about the growing number of three-game weeks his team faces down the road.

Boys soccer notes

Mount Hebron center-midfielder Brian Swiech, one of the Vikings' best players, did not practice last week because of a sore back, but played in Saturday's 3-2 win over Curley. The Vikings' big game against No. 4-ranked McDonogh is rescheduled for Oct. 3 at McDonogh. ... Atholton's most skilled player, Zach Silverman, can't play in the Raiders' next game at Glenelg Sept. 23 because he was given a red card against Centennial. ... Wilde Lake is 1-2, with a win over Bel Air and losses to Hammond and Sparrows Point. Evan Rodway and Julius Fon lead the team in scoring with two goals apiece. ... Hammond is 1-2 with losses to Eastern Tech and La Plata, and a 4-3 win over Wilde Lake in a non-league game. Gordon Murray scored three goals against Wilde Lake. Those two teams meet again Friday in a league game at Hammond. Hammond's game against No. 7-ranked Fallston is rescheduled for Oct. 8 at Hammond, and the Bears' postponed Sept. 11 game against Magruder is now Sept. 24 at Hammond. ... Centennial is 2-0 with wins over Atholton and Catonsville, and the Eagles' leading scorer is Garrett Anderson with two goals.

Golf standings

Jeff Castle was the medalist in Howard County High School Golf Club play last Wednesday, shooting a 33.

The standings are: Mount Hebron, 9-0; Howard, 7-2; River Hill, 6-3; Oakland Mills 5 1/2 -3 1/2 ; Wilde Lake 4 1/2 -4 1/2 ; Mount Hebron II, 2 1/2 -6 1/2 ; River Hill II, 1 1/2 -7 1/2 ; Glenelg, 0-9.

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