Hobin is ineligible for postseason

South Carroll star initially was told that he could participate, but his suspension ends one day too late


February 13, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN REPORTER

Carroll County schools superintendent Charles Ecker said he told Kim Hobin in early December that a 45-day disciplinary suspension being served by her son, South Carroll wrestler Cam Hobin, would end in time for him to be seeded for participation in Saturday's county wrestling tournament.

But this morning, Ecker said, he will have to sit Kim Hobin down in his office at the Board of Education and tell her that he was wrong.

Ecker said he was informed of Hobin's ineligibility "about 10 days ago" by county athletics coordinator James Rodriguez, who cited rules in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's winter bulletin.

Ecker said Hobin, a 119-pound junior who was an unbeaten state champion as a freshman but who was academically ineligible as a sophomore, does not become eligible until Friday - too late for entry at the county's Thursday seeding meeting. Rodriguez could not be reached for comment.

Wrestlers are required to participate in their county tournaments to qualify for their ensuing regional, which in turn is a qualifier for the state meet in early March. Hobin has not wrestled competitively for the Cavaliers this season.

"[Rodriguez] showed me in the handbook that the tournament starts with the seeding, which is done on Thursday. As it turns out, he will not be eligible when the seeding starts," Ecker said. "[In December] I told Mrs. Hobin that his last day of ineligibility would be the Thursday before the county tournament, that he would be eligible the next day, which was my thinking up until it was brought to my attention [by Rodriguez]."

Kim Hobin said she was informed of her son's fate in a meeting at South Carroll yesterday involving Rodriguez, principal Eric King, coach Dennis Frazier, South Carroll athletic director Jim Horn and her husband, David.

State association rules state that "the city/county/conference tournament is considered the beginning of the state tournament series, and will be governed by state tournament policies."

In addition, "wrestlers entered into the region and state tournament must be eligible in their local school systems at the time of seeding."

"[Rodriguez's] interpretation was that the seeding meeting is the start of the state tournament series," Kim Hobin said. "There is nothing in the written rules ... that you have to be eligible at the time of seeding for the county tournament."


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