Hammond, Wilde Lake declare forfeits over ineligible athletes


January 29, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Hammond's wrestling team and Wilde Lake's boys basketball team both have discovered ineligible players and reported the infractions.

The Golden Bears will forfeit their Francis Scott Key Tournament championship from Dec. 27-28, and the Wildecats will forfeit an 84-55 victory over North Carroll from Jan. 9.

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association bylaws also require a letter of censure to be given to coaches of the respective teams.

"It was a bad oversight on my part," said Wilde Lake basketball coach Phil Chenier. "I was told initially he was ineligible, and I told him to get it straightened out with his teacher. Then he was out three or four weeks with an injury."

The player in question was not a starter. The Wildecats drop from 4-8 to 3-9.

Hammond athletic director Joe Russo said the wrestler in question was new to the team this season and not certified at any weight.

"He only wrestled in the Francis Scott Key Tournament and against Mount St. Joe and lost all three of his matches," Russo said. "The school recommended forfeiture of the tournament."

Hammond already had lost the Jan. 4 match to Mount St. Joseph, so no forfeiture was needed.

Quinn picks Towson

Colin Quinn, Wilde Lake's 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle, will attend Towson on a partial football scholarship.

The two-year Wildecats starter, who also considered Shepherd, West Virginia Wesleyan and Connecticut, said he selected Towson for its academics and improving football program.

"I also thought I would get a chance to play within two or three years," Quinn said.

Rozanski hits 47

Sean Rozanski of Glenelg Country School, the area's leading scorer with a 31.9-point average, poured in 47 points against county private-school rival Chapelgate on Friday, as the Dragons prevailed over the Yellow Jackets, 69-59.

The two teams were tied for first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference with 7-2 records.

Rozanski was 13-for-25 from the field, including 4-for-8 from three-point range. He was 17-for-21 at the foul line. He also had 13 rebounds, four blocked shots, five steals and two assists.

His career high game is 49 points.

The Dragons play host to Park tonight in another fight for first place. Both teams are 8-2.

Wildecats, G. Park to play

Wilde Lake's football team has scheduled perennial Prince George's County powerhouse Gwynn Park for next season. It will be the Wildecats' only nonleague game and the first time they will have played Gwynn Park.

"It was a chance to fill an opening with a quality team that is always in the playoffs," said coach Doug DuVall. "They are also in our district next year, and that will give us a chance to control our own destiny."

It will be Wilde Lake's sixth game of the season next fall.

Soccer change proposed

The state has proposed changing the new Class 1A South region for next school year. But only for soccer.

Under the proposal, Poolesville of Montgomery County and Catoctin, Brunswick and new school Tuscarora of Frederick County, slated to be part of the West region, would be included in the South region only for purposes of soccer.

If the change is not made, the Oakland Mills girls would have automatically been regional champs, because the Baltimore City schools which comprise most of that South region do not play girls soccer.

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