Construction halts play at Glenelg, Atholton

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At Reservoir, four teams going varsity, rest to be JV

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January 29, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

School construction projects in Howard County have forced the lacrosse teams at Glenelg, the softball team at Atholton and the track teams at both schools to alternative playing sites.

Glenelg will play its home lacrosse games at Glenwood Middle School because its stadium field will be torn up at the end of February to install a new septic tank.

"I have no idea how it will affect us," said Glenelg boys lacrosse coach Rick Kincaid. "I've been told that the field at Glenwood is a very good one, but it won't have a scoreboard. We may have to borrow a portable one from the field hockey team."

Atholton will play its home softball games at Clemens Crossing Elementary because of renovation to the main school building.

Atholton's pole vault pit was vandalized in December by a gasoline-fueled fire. The damage was $7,000 and the police are investigating.

Reservoir varsity teams: 4

Scheduling at the new Reservoir High in Howard County was one of the agenda items when Don Disney, county coordinator of athletics, met with the high school athletic directors yesterday.

Reservoir, which will open in August with only freshman and sophomore classes, will field only four varsity sports - cross country, indoor and outdoor track and tennis.

All other sports will be at the JV level.

Disney originally had compiled a countywide schedule that had included a full slate of varsity teams for Reservoir, but that was disrupted when the school board approved a plan last week to open the new school without a junior class.

Because of that decision, five schools are left with only nine football games and are seeking additional opponents.

Stara wins sectional award

River Hill boys soccer coach Bill Stara was named Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year for boys soccer by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Stara, who teaches Earth Science at River Hill, will receive the award July 20 at a ceremony in Montgomery, Ala. The national award winner will be named at that time.

The Mideast Region includes Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Chapelgate wins

The Chapelgate boys basketball team won its eighth straight game, beating county rival Glenelg Country School, 67-58, on Friday night to maintain a share of first place with Arlington Baptist in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference.

The Flames (13-4, 9-2 league), who had lost on the road to Glenelg Country and Arlington earlier in the season, enjoyed their home-court advantage by jumping to a 13-point lead at halftime.

Glenelg rallied to gain the lead in the third quarter.

"It was a nail-biter until the end," said Flames coach John Schuit. "It was tied with a couple of minutes left, and Steve Evans hit a couple of jumpers for us. Then we sealed it with free throws."

Evans led the Flames with 21 points. Seth Dickey scored 20.

Change in policy sought

The Interscholastic Athletic Advisory Committee, the county coaches and athletic directors have asked assistant superintendent Roger Plunkett and the high school principals to allow sports teams to practice on mid-term exam days in January next season.

Currently, the county prohibits practice to allow students time to study.

"There are some safety concerns about not practicing," Disney said. "And research shows that athletes have higher GPAs than non-athletes and that the grades are even higher during the students' participation seasons."

2 Hawks headed to Brown

Two of River Hill's best athletes are headed to Brown University next fall.

Matt Hostetler, one of only three county quarterbacks ever to pass for more than 3,000 yards in his career, chose Brown over Dartmouth and Cornell.

And Matt Boras, the Hawks' midfielder who led his soccer team to a county championship, also selected Brown No. 1.

Hostetler, who also posted impressive academic numbers with a 1,360 SAT score and 4.5 weighted grade-point average, chose Brown for its strong academics and a football team that likes to pass from a shotgun formation.

Boras, a two-year team captain and four-year varsity player, scored six goals and had 12 assists. Four of those goals were game-winners.

In the classroom he had a 4.42 weighted GPA, and he scored 1,290 on the SAT.

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