Spring programs under review as CCBC consolidates sports

Three fall or winter teams suspended amid changes

Colleges

March 26, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Three fall or winter sports have been suspended at three Community College of Baltimore County schools, and more changes are looming as CCBC officials evaluate spring sports at the schools.

Dundalk is losing men's soccer, and Catonsville and Essex each will be without women's basketball.

With strong lacrosse programs at Essex and Catonsville and outstanding baseball teams fielded every year at Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville, it will not be easy to cut any of those teams even for one year.

CCBC athletic director Brian Farrell wouldn't speculate on any cuts in spring sports, preferring to "wait and see how things play out this spring."

Farrell said "suspended" is being used until a final allotment of sports for the three schools is determined.

Though Dundalk won't have men's soccer, it is reviving women's basketball after being without a team since 1994. The women's basketball players at Catonsville and Essex can travel to Dundalk to continue their careers or transfer to Dundalk.

Dundalk soccer players can travel to Essex or Catonsville to play or transfer to those schools.

Farrell said these consolidation efforts were being made because CCBC has considered itself a single school since 1997 and is "now evaluating sports after looking at all the other areas of the college."

The AD said none of the changes was based on financial reasons.

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