County forcing Old Mill to forfeit 8 football wins

SIDELINES

December 21, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

The Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitration ruled last week that Old Mill's football team will have to forfeit its eight wins because it used an ineligible player.

The committee, chaired by county high schools director Ken Nichols, found a residency violation involving a student who resides in Glen Burnie but attended Old Mill and played junior varsity and varsity football there during the past two years. County regulations require students to attend the school in the district where they reside.

Nichols said Old Mill athletic director Bruce Lawton discovered the infraction while checking eligibilty forms for winter sports.

The student in question was trying out for indoor track when Lawton discovered a discrepancy.

Lawton reported the violation to the county. Neither Lawton nor Old Mill football coach Mike Marcus is commenting on the matter.

Nichols said the student has since transferred to Glen Burnie but is prohibited from participating in athletics for 60 days as part of the ruling.

Nichols also said he expects Old Mill to appeal to the state.

Old Mill made the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year but lost in the first round to fall to 0-7 all-time in the postseason. The Patriots went 8-3 this season.

New Bruins coaches

Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek announced Friday the hiring of two new coaches. Baseball coach Gary Gubbings and girls soccer coach John Camm were noted in yesterday's editions.

Gubbings, who coached Southern to three Class 2A Region titles in his eight years at the Harwood school, succeeds Sean Tettemer, who remains Broadneck's boys soccer coach. Tettemer said he chose to give up coaching two sports because he wasn't able to devote enough time to both.

Gubbings will continue teaching at Southern.

Camm, who teaches at Crofton Middle, succeeds Jennifer Sweeney, who resigned in October so she could spend more time with her family. Camm, a one-time assistant with the Severna Park boys team, led the Glen Burnie boys to a county title in 2000.

Parker recovering

Trayvon Parker, an Annapolis junior, fainted in the locker room at halftime of the Panthers' boys basketball game at Severna Park on Thursday. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and was accompanied by his coach, John Brady.

"He had me very concerned, but I thought he was going to be released [Friday] morning," said Brady, who coached Trayvon's father, Tracy Parker, in the mid-1980s.

"His dad told me [Friday] that he was being kept until Monday for more tests."

Struggling Panthers

Annapolis fell to 1-3 with a 51-41 loss Thursday at Severna Park. Jim Ledsome led the 3-1 Falcons with 17 points and 13 rebounds. It's the worst start in 27 years for Brady, who has never had a losing season and, with 558 wins, is Maryland's winningest active public school coach.

Replay of replay

Today's Replay Sun High School Sports show at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 2 will highlight the state football finals at M&T Bank Stadium, including Broadneck's 13-7 loss to Damascus.

Last week's show aired at 2 a.m. Monday after the Sunday time slot was pre-empted for coverage of the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Sideliners

Glen Burnie's Mitch Guest scored 17 points in a 59-31 win at North County on Thursday to move into fourth place on the Gophers' career scoring list. ...

A moment of silence was held before Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball game on Friday for the school's longtime employee Pat Hart, who died of cancer earlier that day. She was widow of former Andover boys basketball coach Dick Hart. ...

Severna Park boys lacrosse defenseman Tommy Zichelli has committed to Penn State. Jacob Baxter, an All-County defenseman as a Severna Park senior last year, has left the Air Force Academy for the University of Maryland. ...

Broadneck girls lacrosse player Rachel Bruce has signed with Rutgers.

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