Wave of illness at Mt. Hebron forces postponement of NDP lacrosse game


March 27, 2004|By Edward Lee and Rick Belz | Edward Lee and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's girls lacrosse showdown between No. 1 Notre Dame Prep (1-0) and No. 3 and host Mount Hebron (1-0) was postponed indefinitely because of a wave of illness that struck the latter school.

Mount Hebron athletic director Michael Duffy said about 11 percent of the 1,600 students did not report to school yesterday.

Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said at least seven members of her varsity team fell ill with symptoms that included vomiting and weakness, and Duffy said it was prudent to postpone the game rather than allow players from Notre Dame Prep to travel to the school and possibly become ill themselves.

"It's a major disappointment for me and for the girls who were ready to play," Kuhl-McClelland said. "We felt confident after practice [Thursday], but what can you do?"

Blazers coach Mary Bartel, who also serves as Notre Dame Prep's athletic director, said a rescheduled date was still in the works.

"It was going to be a fun afternoon," said Bartel, whose team will play host to No. 2 Roland Park on Monday. "But it's a part of life. ... We'll see if we can make it up."

Mount Hebron's softball and baseball teams did play their games yesterday, meeting visiting Wilde Lake.

Vanderpool named

Centennial has named Jean Vanderpool as its new AD, replacing Jim Hill.

She becomes only the third female AD in Howard County history, following Carol Satterwhite (Wilde Lake) and Gail Purcell (Centennial).

Vanderpool has coached tennis for 13 years, eight at Glenelg and five at Centennial.

She has a master's degree in administration and supervision from McDaniel College, a master's in economics from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor's in business from East Carolina. She teaches accounting and computer science.

"Centennial is a great place to work. It has good athletes and great parents," Vanderpool said.

She assisted Hill with the AD's job during the winter season.

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