Glenelg pair apologizes for remarks to player

Atholton's Rizvi says comments `uncalled for'


High Schools

October 05, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Two Glenelg varsity football players have written a letter of apology in the wake of comments they made last Friday preceding a soccer match between Glenelg and Atholton.

As Atholton goalkeeper Khalil Rizvi, a Muslim, was warming up at the north end of the stadium field at Glenelg, Rizvi said that he was referred to as "Osama bin Laden" by some of the players who were standing outside the stadium fence, drinking water.

"Of course it hurt," said Rizvi. "It was uncalled for."

The first shot Glenelg took during the game went right through Rizvi's hands.

He said it was the first such incident he's encountered since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Rizvi, 17, is a senior who has lived in the United States for 15 years and wants to join ROTC in college with the hopes of becoming a Marine Corps officer.

He's an avid ice hockey player, and said he's previously encountered some prejudice while growing up and playing that sport, but that things have been much better in recent years.

Glenelg principal Linda Wise said the two students involved were being "immature" and "they should obviously have never made the remarks."

She was told by the two students that the comment was: "Tell bin Laden we're coming after him."

She said they have written a letter of apology and "have suffered other consequences as well."

"We would not want our entire community to be branded as a result of this," said Wise.

"Even before this happened, we were thinking of producing T-shirts with the new postage stamp flag logo that would read: "We stand against bullying and harassment."

Williams promoted

Natalie Williams, who coached the Wilde Lake junior varsity girls basketball team the previous two seasons, has been promoted to varsity head coach, replacing Stacy Jett.

Williams, 31, graduated from Sherwood in 1988, where she helped lead her team to the state semifinals. She also played her senior year at Bowie State.

Last season, Wilde Lake's junior varsity posted an 11-9 record, while the varsity was 3-18.

Several good players are returning, including guard Kelly Thomas.

"We have some talent and we're ready to step up," Wiliams said. "We'll need a lot of conditioning, because we didn't play in a summer league as a team."

Williams is a guidance counselor at Patuxent Valley Middle School.

Tough schedule

No. 3-ranked Centennial will play host to No. 7-ranked Mt. Hebron today in a showdown of Ellicott City boys soccer rivals.

But that's just the beginning of a rough stretch of four games for the Eagles that includes Glenelg, No. 9-ranked Dulaney and No. 2-ranked River Hill.

Randy Collins leads the Eagles in scoring with four goals and three assists. Garrett Anderson has three goals.

Centennial's freshman goalkeeper, Andy Wilhelm, has allowed just one goal in five games.

Wildecats short-handed

Wilde Lake's boys soccer team played Howard last Friday minus three starters and one reserve because they'd been suspended for throwing water balloons at a homecoming pep rally.

The Wildecats (2-5 overall, 0-3 league) lost to Howard, 3-2.

"I don't think it really had an impact on the game," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "It just came down to Howard finishing their chances and us not finishing. But it's the first time I've ever had soccer players suspended for an idiotic prank."

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