Arundel to forfeit 16 baseball wins

No. 6 Wildcats lose Hobbs, No. 3 hitter, for playoffs over residency dispute

High Schools

May 17, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The sixth-ranked Arundel High baseball team has to forfeit its 16 regular-season wins because of a residency violation.

It was reported yesterday in The Capital that the Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitration ruled Friday that the Wildcats' Brian Hobbs, a junior first baseman and the third hitter in the lineup, is ineligible because he has been attending Arundel illegally.

Arundel, which had four losses, will open the Class 4A East playoffs today at Thomas Stone in Charles County. Teams do not have to qualify by record for state tournaments except in football. Hobbs will not be eligible for postseason play.

Hobbs, who played for the Maryland Monarchs, a summer team run by Arundel coach and athletic director Bernie Walter, moved into an apartment in the Arundel district last fall with his mother. Hobbs played his first two years of high school at North Caroline High on the Eastern Shore and lived in Preston before transferring to Arundel at the start of the school year.

Sources told the Capital that a county Board of Education pupil personnel worker investigated and was not satisfied that Hobbs and his mother were living in the Arundel district.

"The investigator sat down with the kid and his mother where he lives [at the apartment]," Walter told The Sun.

Walter, who confirmed being found guilty of the violation, though he said he "is not sure of what we did wrong," will appeal Hobbs' suspension.

A detailed decision is to be given to Arundel today by the Board of Arbitration. The appeal will not be heard until after the playoffs are over.

Arundel forfeited one other game this season because a player cut the final class of the day and played in a game.

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