Graves, former college assistant, to coach basketball at River Hill


High Schools

April 08, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Matt Graves has been named the boys basketball coach at River Hill, athletic director Don Van Deusen said yesterday.

"Basketball has always been my passion, and I'm looking forward to it," said Graves, 34, a physical education teacher at the school and River Hill's tennis coach.

He replaces Brian Van Deusen, who will succeed his retiring father as athletic director after the school year ends. Athletic directors can coach just one sport, and Brian Van Deusen also coaches football.

The Hawks have had one of the county's most successful teams for three seasons, a trend Graves hopes to continue. Graves played basketball at Whitman High in Montgomery County; his team was a 1986 state finalist. He also played at Wesley College in Dover, Del.

He was assistant basketball coach for four seasons at Lynchburg while earning a degree in administration. He began teaching at River Hill in 2000 and coached the JV team two years.

Graves is married and has two children, a 4-year-old and a 3-month-old.

Dougherty to miss season

Centennial's top scoring threat in boys lacrosse, junior Brennan Dougherty, will miss the entire season because of an anterior cruciate ligament tear, Eagles coach Mike Siegert said yesterday.

Dougherty, who missed much of last season after tearing the knee ligament, was operated on and rehabbed the injury during the offseason before tearing it again this season. He will be operated on tomorrow.

At first, the most recent injury was thought to be a medial meniscus tear, but during an operation last week to repair that, the ACL tear was discovered.

"I feel really bad for him, because he worked so hard to get ready for this season," said Siegert. "It's a freak thing that usually doesn't happen a second time."

Mount Hebron field begun

If the summer is dry enough, Mount Hebron expects to have a new Bermuda grass hockey field in place in time for September play, said Vikings athletic director Michael Duffy.

A bulldozer is on the property and clearing the land near Route 99 in front of the school.

"There will be a significant drop-off below the road and a fence around the field," said Duffy. "It will be close to the road."

A second normal grass field is expected to be completed by the spring.

Two fall teams and two spring teams must leave the Mount Hebron campus to practice at nearby Patapsco Middle School. By fall, only one team will leave campus; by spring, none will.

"This has been a huge safety concern," said Duffy. "The athletes have no access [at Patapsco] to locker rooms, bathrooms or trainers."

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