Broadneck parents work to void forfeit ruling

Anne Arundel board order seen as `poor judgment'

High Schools

April 23, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The parents of Broadneck football players are mobilizing their objection to an Anne Arundel County Board of Education ruling earlier this week that forced the Bruins to forfeit their victories as well as county and region titles from last season.

"We as parents are organizing and planning strategy to contact all of those who can help us correct what we think was very poor judgment on the part of the county committee that administered the letter of the rule as opposed to the spirit of the rules," said Mick Marino, father of Broadneck junior quarterback Tony Marino.

"We're hoping reasonable people will listen. There was no intent to deceive. We have a forthright coach in Jeff Herrick, who every parent would want their kid to play for."

A Board of Education committee ruled Tuesday that Broadneck - The Sun's No. 1 team after a 13-1 season that ended with a loss in the Class 4A state championship game - used an "out-of-area player," according to a source close to the Broadneck community and its football team.

The player in question has lived in the Broadneck community since middle school and is now a junior, but was not living with a parent or legal guardian - as is required by the school system - for most of the season.

Broadneck filed an appeal with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Wednesday.

Before the first practice on Aug. 15, the mother of the boy involved signed the permission form that states the residency rule. A few games into the season, the mother left the Broadneck district, and her son moved in with a teammate in the Bay Hills neighborhood.

The player's move was not reported to the school, as is required.

Herrick noticed last week that two players had the same home phone number. After investigating, he notified principal Cindy Hudson and athletic director Ken Kazmarek about the violation, and together they reported the information to the school system.

The team met Wednesday morning and was told about the ruling.

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