Brown's out, maroon to be in at Hammond

Bears to save money with color change in fall

softball race tightens


High School

April 05, 2002|By Rick Belz and Kevin Van Valkenburg | Rick Belz and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

They had to change county regulations to do it, but Hammond High will change its colors from brown and gold to maroon and gold starting next September.

Every varsity team will have new uniforms and warm-ups.

"Everything is ordered," said interim Bears athletic director Joe Russo. "We will look like a million bucks. School spirit is at its highest."

The cost for the Bears' new uniforms is $58,000. The Board of Education is not paying for it. The school community is raising the money.

Russo said that the impetus for the change was dissatisfaction among Hammond parents with how the old uniforms looked.

"Kids on the same team were running around with different shades of brown, because you couldn't match replacement jerseys," he said. "Now, we'll look like Florida State."

Uniform cost was the other big concern. "Brown is a special-order color, and you pay 30 percent more for special orders," Russo said. "So, we were spending $130 for every $100 that other schools were spending, and in my opinion, we didn't look good."

Hammond won the unanimous approval of the Sports Committee, composed of the county's 10 athletic directors and two coaches, for the change. The committee had to rewrite a county regulation that prohibited changing the school's original colors. Now, a change can be made if there is a hardship. The additional cost for brown uniforms qualified as the hardship.

Russo said that Hammond's PTSA, Booster Club, SGA and coaches all supported the change.

The only opposition came from people concerned about school tradition.

"We're starting a new tradition," said Russo, who was the school's first football coach.

Close softball race

It's early, but plenty of teams seem likely to vie for the county softball title. River Hill and Hammond lead with 3-0 records, and are both coming off strong efforts Wednesday. The Hawks' Kelly Smith pitched a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Wilde Lake, striking out eight Wildecats and walking one.

"It's funny, after the game I went up to her and said, `Congratulations, you threw a no-hitter,' " said Hawks coach Dave Vitagliano. "She looked at me and said, `No, I didn't. They hit the ball, didn't they?' I had to show her in the books that she didn't give up a hit. She was a little surprised, but she threw the ball pretty well."

Hammond continued its strong start with a 4-3 win over Mount Hebron, which had turned heads in the season-opener by beating Howard, 1-0.

"I'm not surprised at all to see Hammond doing well," Vitagliano said. "They really made some strides last year, and they're going to be right there in the thick of things."

River Hill could get its first real test today from Glenelg, which surprised everyone by beating No. 2 Atholton on Monday, 1-0. Today's game concludes a brutal county stretch for the Gladiators, who will have played Atholton, Howard and River Hill - the league's three top teams - in the same week.

"It's tough. It seems like every time we have a close game with Atholton, we have to turn around and play Howard and River Hill right away," said Gladiators coach Cameron Rahnama, whose team lost to Howard, 17-5, Wednesday. "I'm sure River Hill will be ready."

Atholton, which rebounded from its loss by beating Oakland Mills, 12-1, plays host to Wilde Lake.

Long Reach upsets Eagles

Long Reach experienced one of its finest baseball moments in school history Wednesday, upsetting No. 4 Centennial, 7-1. The Lightning (2-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 league) rapped 11 hits off Brad Loveless, the county's top pitcher, and had 14 for the game.

D. J. Disbrow pitched a six-hitter and went the distance for Long Reach. Lightning catcher Jason Scott hit a home run and had four RBIs. Robbie O'Brien had three hits. Ryan Pope, Scott Peddicord and Josh Prozeralik each had two hits.

"Everyone but our pitcher had a hit," said coach Tim O'Brien. "We were aggressive. This is an attitude bunch and is resilient."

DuVall joins Legends

The Touchdown Club of Baltimore will induct Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall into its Legends Hall of Fame during its annual May banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. DuVall will join a fabled list of coaches that includes City's George Young and Poly's Augie Waibel.

One qualification was having 200 wins; DuVall is 240-68.

Others being inducted: Severna Park's Andy Borland, Westminster's Jim Head, Urbana's Dave Carruthers, and Middletown's Tim Ambrose.

The Touchdown Club also conducts an annual Super 22 All-Star football game each fall and has selected 22 top players from Baltimore City and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association schools who will face the Top 22 players from Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties.

County players selected for next year's game include: Centennial's Pat Davis, River Hill's Chris Martin, Glenelg's Kevin Ganascioli, Mount Hebron's Steve Bloom, Long Reach's Ryan Pope, Wilde Lake's Colin Quinn, and Hammond's Ravi Nastvogel.

Girls lacrosse

Mount Hebron should get its last non-conference test tomorrow before it tries to continue its streak of having never lost in Howard County play. The Vikings host the Mount Hebron Lacrosse Tournament and open against St. Paul's at 10 a.m. Bel Air and No. 8 St. Mary's square off in the other bracket. The championship game begins at 3:30 p.m.

In Mount Hebron's past two games, junior attack Kristen Waagbo has scored eight goals and assisted on three more.

Because of a stadium light pole that fell March 21, Howard has moved today's scheduled 7 p.m. game to 3:15 p.m.

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