Adjustments made in tourney schedules

Storm forces changes for wrestling, basketball

High Schools

February 20, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

School systems around the area continued yesterday to juggle athletic schedules as a result of the worst winter storm in 132 years.

In wrestling, county tournaments are scheduled this weekend.

Howard County's two-day tournament has been condensed to Saturday at Wilde Lake. Wrestlers will be allowed to practice tomorrow, even if schools are closed, thanks to a waiver approved by superintendent John O'Rourke.

"All teams will return to practice on Friday," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics. "This is only the second time in my 18 years that we've asked the school superintendent for a waiver."

Ron Belinko, Baltimore County's athletic coordinator, said yesterday he is seeking similar permission from school superintendent Joe Hairston that will allow teams to practice tomorrow.

The school system has announced that its schools will be closed tomorrow. If the waiver is granted, Belinko will go to a one-day tournament Saturday at Pikesville High or "explore the option of moving it to Tuesday or Wednesday of next week."

"But we're so overlapped now in everything, there's always the possibility you can lose [the tournament,]" Belinko said. "There was one year in the late '70s, because of a snowstorm like this one, that schools were closed for a week. We didn't finish it and went right into the regionals."

Second-ranked Owings Mills is scheduled to play host to the state duals Class 2A-1A championships on Tuesday.

"That creates a sense of urgency for us in rescheduling our county tournament," Belinko said.

In Harford County, if schools open tomorrow, wrestlers will practice and the originally scheduled two-day tournament will be held Saturday at C. Milton Wright. If schools are closed tomorrow, Harford County supervisor of athletics Forest Wiest said the tournament will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday at C. Milton Wright.

Carroll County's one-day tournament remains on for Saturday at Liberty High. Bruce Cowan, the county's supervisor of physical education and athletics, said teams will be allowed to practice tomorrow only if schools are open.

The fate of Anne Arundel County's tournament, scheduled tomorrow and Saturday at South River, will be decided today. South River athletic director Jim Haluck said yesterday that one option is to condense the tournament to a one-day event on Saturday.

The Baltimore City tournament is scheduled for Saturday at Northwestern. Teams have been given permission to practice tomorrow, even if schools are closed.

In basketball, Howard County teams will play Tuesday's postponed games on Saturday. Teams will be allowed to practice tomorrow even if school is closed because of the waiver.

Harford County basketball games will be played tomorrow if schools are open. In Anne Arundel, it isn't certain if tomorrow's games will be played even if its schools are open. That decision will be made today.

The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's basketball tournament, originally scheduled to conclude Saturday, will resume Monday with A Conference first-round games and the B Conference play-in game between Maryvale and Park.

Quarterfinals in all conferences will be played Tuesday, followed by the semifinals on Thursday and the championships on Saturday at Villa Julie College - B Conference at 4 p.m., A Conference at 6 and C Conference at 8.

The Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Assocation's A Conference tournament has been moved from this weekend to Feb. 28, March 2 and March 3, tentatively at Goucher College.

The Baltimore County boys and girls basketball championships, originally scheduled for tomorrow, have been moved to Tuesday. Sites and times are yet to be determined. The likely matchups for the championships are No. 1 Randallstown vs. No. 19 Woodlawn for the boys and No. 4 Woodlawn vs. No. 7 Milford Mill for the girls.

The Baltimore City basketball championships are scheduled for Tuesday at Morgan State. The girls championship at 5 p.m. will match No. 14 Dunbar against No. 17 Western. In the 7:30 boys game, No. 4 Douglass will face No. 6 Lake Clifton.

The state tournament basketball draw is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at Centennial in Ellicott City.

The state indoor track championships have been rescheduled for next week at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Classes 2A-1A and 3A-2A will compete Monday at 3 p.m., and the Class 4A-3A meet will start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sun staff writers Lem Satterfield, Katherine Dunn, Glenn P. Graham and Jeff Zrebiec and correspondent Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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