Schedules altered, wrestling show goes on

Baltimore Co. basketball regular season likely over

High Schools

February 21, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The waiver enabling Baltimore County wrestling teams to practice today for tomorrow's county championships does not extend to basketball.

Ron Belinko, coordinator of athletics for the Baltimore County public schools, said many of the school parking lots have yet to be cleared of snow.

"We're under strict orders from our facilities people and the superintendent not to clog up our parking lots, because they need to be cleared in anticipation of opening schools on Monday," said Belinko, adding that the lots can accommodate the few cars needed for wrestling practice.

No one in the county will practice tomorrow.

As for the remainder of basketball season, Belinko said it is unlikely that any more regular-season games will be made up.

"As of now, no athletic directors have rescheduled any [basketball] games," Belinko said. "We're not saying centrally that you can't play, but I've talked to ADs who've said, `Do we have to play?' Do you want to play on Monday when you haven't practiced for a week?"

Belinko said that, especially since every team advances to the regional playoffs, he expects most coaches to use the time to prepare for the regionals, which begin Feb. 28.

None of the remaining games likely would affect which teams advance to the county championships. The times and sites for those games could be finalized today, Belinko said.

The boys final pits No. 1 Randallstown against No. 19 Woodlawn on Tuesday. The girls game, No. 4 Woodlawn vs. No. 7 Milford Mill, might be changed from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In Baltimore City, basketball teams can make up games any time between Monday and Thursday, said Bob Wade, coordinator of athletics for the city public schools.

Teams cannot play or practice until Monday, said Wade, to keep the parking lots clear for snow removal. Games will be rescheduled one at a time by athletic directors.

The city championships will be played Tuesday as scheduled at Morgan State's Hill Field House: No. 14 Dunbar girls vs. No. 17 Western at 5 p.m. and No. 4 Douglass boys vs. No. 6 Lake Clifton at 7:30.

Baltimore City wrestlers will be allowed to practice today for tomorrow's championships at Northwestern.

In Anne Arundel, today's postponed basketball slate was moved to tomorrow, with all the girls games set for 1 p.m. and the boys following at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday's scheduled basketball games will be made up on Monday at the same times originally set. That will push the county championship games to Wednesday at Chesapeake, with the boys set for 5:15 p.m. followed by the girls game at 7:15.

The one-day county wrestling tournament tomorrow at South River will start at 9 a.m.

In Harford County, the county wrestling championships, scheduled for today and tomorrow, were postponed to Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament will start at 3:30 p.m. on both days at C. Milton Wright.

Forest Wiest, the supervisor of athletics for Harford, said that athletic directors have the option of rescheduling basketball games that were postponed this week. Coaches also have the option of holding practices tomorrow. The county basketball schedule is set to resume Tuesday.

Tomorrow in Howard County, the one-day county wrestling tournament will be held at Wilde Lake, and basketball games postponed from Tuesday will be played.

The Carroll County wrestling tournament goes tomorrow at Liberty. Basketball games postponed this week will be rescheduled by athletic directors.

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

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