Early holiday tourney at Howard clears path for a little snowboarding


December 18, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Long before Kim Kennedy knew she would be applying for and accepting the job of girls basketball coach at Howard, her in-laws had made reservations for themselves; their son, Brent Kenned; and Kennedy for a family skiing and snowboarding trip to Steamboat Springs, Colo., over the holidays.

And that's why the 12th-ranked Lions will host the earliest girls basketball tournament in the area Monday and Tuesday, featuring Howard against No. 9 Winters Mill and Glenelg against Edgewood.

"When I accepted the position, we already had this vacation planned for this Christmas," the former Centennial assistant coach said. "We wanted to get more games in before the break, so we set up this tournament. And we'll have one day of practice the day after Christmas before I leave."

Then Kennedy will leave for a week of snowboarding, a sport she likes, but says, "I'm not very good at it. I could come back on crutches."

What Kennedy, 24, hopes to be very good at is building a girls basketball program at her alma mater.

"I played basketball here in 2002," she said. "Howard hasn't had a winning program [in recent years]. I don't remember any year in which we won more than eight or nine games. I want to do everything I can to build a program. Centennial and [Mount] Hebron are well known for their girls basketball, and I want us to join them."

Harman sets record

River Hill senior Katie Harman, a first team All-Metro pick in cross country, broke the meet record for the one-mile run at the Howard County Winter Track Festival at the Prince George's County Sports Plex on Saturday.

Harman ran the race in 5 minutes, 15.14 seconds, breaking a four-year-old record. Her coach, Earl Lauer, said Harman's performance at the 56-team meet became even greater as the day went on. Harman also won the 3,200 in 11:25.02 and then anchored the Hawks' 400 relay team.

Wrestling perfection

Reservoir's wrestling team started the season by upsetting Centennial, 51-28, and then followed up with a 54-18 victory over Northeast. Along the way, the Gators also excelled at the 12-team Tuscarora Invitational, winning the event and walking away with three individual champions. Senior captain Tim Schwartz (125 pounds), and juniors Josh Knox (103) and Mike Mullens (160) are undefeated this season, as is their team.

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