Athletics head seeks full-time trainers

Zorbach calls idea `a priority for me'

Notebook

September 10, 2006|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

Ken Zorbach has been on the job for just two months, and already he is on a mission.

The new supervisor of athletics for Harford County says he is determined to have full-time athletic trainers "in all the buildings a couple of hours, five days a week."

"This is of major importance for the safety of the kids," said Zorbach, 53. "It's not for the coaches or parents. I know they have [trainers five days a week] in Cecil County, and we play half our games against those schools in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference."

Zorbach said his predecessor, Forest Wiest who has retired, started the initiative but was unable to get it approved.

"I keep pushing it in my budget," Zorbach said. "It's a priority for me. Right now we only have trainers one day a week."

Zorbach has taken over the county athletic program after teaching physical education, coaching and being an assistant principal at Aberdeen and Bel Air high schools.

"I'm also going to keep trying to get more publicity for the UCBAC," Zorbach said. "We get very little recognition, and it's an outstanding league which operates just like the old MSA [Maryland Scholastic Association] used to. It's realigned each year. If you win your league, you move up. If you finish last, you drop down."

Havre de Grace shines

Havre de Grace athletic director Rob Petrey is excited about the additions being made to the school's new James Harris Stadium, with an expansive lighted ticket booth being the latest improvement.

"You have to see it to appreciate it," Petrey said. "It's like an entryway. We have nice iron gates on it. It's lit up at night. It's all bricked up."

Petrey also said the school has been receiving a lot of help from the community to get the Harris Stadium field ready for the season.

"We've had a lot of people donate fertilizer, seeding and grass-cutting for the field, which is used for football and boys and girls lacrosse and soccer," Petrey said. "We're taking the major improvements one step at a time. We had a new track put in two years ago. Then last year we got bleachers put in on the visiting side. This year we got the ticket booth. Our next step is trying to get funding for the grandstand, which will seat 2,000."

Petrey is optimistic about the fall season in general. "I think our record's going to improve in football this year. Our girls volleyball should be strong, and our boys volleyball team is defending county champions, and we hope to keep it rolling this year."

Mustangs get upgrade

There shouldn't be any football scoreboard malfunctions at C. Milton Wright's Mustang Field anytime soon.

The school just had a new $30,000 scoreboard installed in early June with the financial help of boosters and a fundraiser, replacing the old scoreboard that was 27 years old. C. Milton Wright athletic director Jim McNicholas said the sound system also is being upgraded.

"We're getting four new speakers and a new amp to generate more power out there," McNicholas said.

Floor for N. Harford

The North Harford basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams will be competing on a new gymnasium floor this season, with construction under way to replace the old floor that was ruined in early June by the heavy flooding in the county.

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