South River will not have to forfeit

Arbitrators' decision overturned after appeal

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 19, 2001|By Ed Lee | Ed Lee,SUN STAFF

The South River girls soccer team will not be forced to forfeit last month's win against Southern of Harwood.

Michael Walsh, spokesman for Anne Arundel County public schools, confirmed yesterday that Marlene Kelly, the county's coordinator of athletics, overturned a decision by the Board of Arbitrators ordering the Seahawks to forfeit the victory because their coaches had left the game at halftime to attend a back-to-school night activity.

"That decision was reversed," Walsh said, adding that Kelly had received an appeal from South River yesterday. "I understand that it was a verbal agreement Marlene made with the principal [South River's James Hamilton] and that a letter will be sent out."

Kelly and Walsh declined to comment about the reason for the reversal.

The game in question took place Sept. 20 in Harwood. At halftime, Seahawks head coach Keith Fontaine and assistant coach John Camm left the contest to attend a back-to-school night at Crofton Middle School, where they both teach. Junior midfielder Melissa Curry managed the team in the second half with athletic director Jim Haluck on the sideline.

Kelly had told The Sun that an athletic director or assistant director was permitted to step in only if the coaching staff had to leave because of an emergency. She also had said that prior knowledge of an event did not qualify as an emergency. Haluck said he was pleased with the Kelly's reversal, considering the Seahawks are in contention to play for the Anne Arundel County title.

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