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April 18, 2003
MARY ROCKWELL HOVET, on April 16, 2003, beloved wife of the late Kenneth O. Hovet, Sr., devoted mother of Kenneth O. Hovet, Jr., of Clarksville, MD, loving grandmother of Cristi, Ali and Anna Mary Hovet. Friends may call at the Witzke Funeral Homes Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD on Saturday, April 19, 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 21 at 11 A.M. at the Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410Amherts Avenue, Columbia, MD. Interment will be private.
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By Andrew Conrad | September 14, 2011
aconrad@patuxent.com When Marriotts Ridge visits Oakland Mills for their varsity football game Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., there will be a noticeable vacancy on each team's sideline. Ken Hovet, a 1979 Oakland Mills graduate, coached the Scorpions football team from 1993 to 2004, winning a state title in 1998, and Marriotts Ridge from 2005 to 2009. He died of cancer in June of 2010. "He was such a great presence to athletics and football, his presence is greatly missed," said his wife, Maria Hovet.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | August 25, 1993
Oakland Mills has a new head football coach but he's no stranger to the Scorpions program.Ken Hovet, after eight years as a Scorpions assistant coach, has taken over the top spot. He replaces Ken Klock who remains as defensive coordinator.Hovet, 32, played tight end and defensive end on two of Oakland Mills' greatest teams in 1978 and 1979. The 1978 team went 8-2 and the 1979 team was 10-1, losing to Allegany in the state playoffs.The frustration of that loss to Allegany is part of the reason Hovet is coaching at Oakland Mills.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2004
In three weeks, the Howard County school system will begin what many hope is a quieter school year than the one before. The 2003-2004 year was tumultuous for one of the state's highest-performing school districts. Within the past year, the school system had its image battered by four high-profile incidents: a grade-changing scandal at Oakland Mills High School involving a popular football coach; accusations that two top county school administrators abused their power by pressing for a grade change at Centennial High School; the departure of Superintendent John R. O'Rourke; and false rape allegations at Mount Hebron High School.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
Senior Oakland Mills attackman Iggy Levelev views this lacrosse season as a greater-than-normal personal challenge.The Scorpions, state Class 1A-2A semifinalists last season, graduated their top two scorers, Dan Hart and Chris Cossentino, who scored 74 goals between them. And Levelev must improve upon his already impressive career offensive numbers to fill the void created by their absence.Levelev scored 29 goals and had 22 assists last season, and led the team with 34 goals as a sophomore.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | September 2, 1993
Erasing the memory of an injury-riddled 3-7 season is never easy.But first-year Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet appears to hav enough talented players to reverse that record this season.The Scorpions lost their two captains to injuries in the first gam last year -- one to a broken leg, one to a broken arm. Not much else went right early as the Scorpions lost their first five games.If it can avoid those types of serious injuries, Oakland Mills wil be tough this season because it is loaded with good-sized athletes in the skill positions.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1997
Sometimes your reputation goes a long way toward winning '' games. It certainly helped No. 5-ranked Mount Hebron in yesterday's 12-3 victory against Oakland Mills.The aura of the Vikings' win over then second-ranked Calvert Hall last Saturday has not worn off.Mount Hebron (12-1 overall, 8-0 league) pounded in five unanswered goals in the first 6 1/2 minutes at Oakland Mills, and then built an almost insurmountable lead, considering the excellence of the Vikings' defense."We were in awe watching them play in the beginning of the game," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | November 14, 1990
The Oakland Mills Scorpions, whose 18-0 loss to Wilde Lake Saturday cost them the county football championship, received more bad news Monday when it was learned star senior running back Korey Singleton will miss the postseason with a knee injury.Singleton, who injured the knee two weeks ago against Glenelg and was restricted to defensive duty against Wilde Lake, was diagnosed as having a second-degree tear of the medial collateral ligament.The injury will not require surgery, but will take four to six weeks to heal.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1997
Opponents know he's coming. But like death and taxes, there's not much they can do to stop him.Vinnie Rubbo of Oakland Mills has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of seven games despite facing nine-man front lines designed specifically to thwart him.Oakland Mills rarely passes."
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By RICK BELZ and RICK BELZ,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
First impressions can be deceiving. Never more so than in the case of Oakland Mills linebacker and fullback Brian Howard."The first time people see me they think I'm a big, dumb jock," Howard said. "I'm always trying to dispel that negative stereotype."At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Howard cuts an impressive figure when he goes out before a game to meet the opposing captains for the coin toss. He has especially massive arms.He bench-presses 375 pounds, just 30 pounds away from the school record -- one he aims to break after football season.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2004
For Ken Hovet, life now is a mixture of relief, anger and anxiety. The 43-year-old former Oakland Mills High School athletic director and football coach got his teaching job and back pay restored by the Howard County school board this week. Today, he is due in Circuit Court, seeking $113,000 in legal fees and damages from his fight to obtain access to documents he needed to prepare a defense against charges that he should be fired in a grade-changing scandal. But important as all that is, there is something more vital to Hovet, a plain-spoken father of three who agreed to be interviewed yesterday in the downtown Washington law office of Thomas R. Bundy III, a 1991 Oakland Mills High graduate who represented Hovet.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2004
The Howard County school board voted unanimously yesterday to reinstate the former athletic director of Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, who was suspended after he was implicated in a grade-changing scandal that forced the football team to forfeit a playoff game and its seven regular-season victories. In making its decision, the school board rejected the recommendation of John R. O'Rourke, then superintendent, that Kenneth O. Hovet Jr., who also coached the football team, be fired.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2004
Suspended Oakland Mills football coach, athletic director and social studies teacher Ken Hovet has received notification from the Howard County school board of his termination from all three positions and has filed an appeal, said attorney James Whattam yesterday. "I have ultimate confidence that once they hear all the evidence, they will act appropriately because there is a great deal of evidence yet untold," said Whattam, assistant general counsel for the Maryland State Teachers Association.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2004
Ending a three-month silence, suspended Oakland Mills athletic director and football coach Ken Hovet said yesterday that administrators at the Howard County school initiated the grade change that led to an investigation that resulted in the Scorpions forfeiting seven football games. "An administrator came to me [in August] and requested that I accept a player on the football team whose grades needed to be changed to make him eligible," Hovet said. "I said there is only so much you can do because he failed tech systems, and it's not offered during the summer, so he can't make it up. And the administrator said, `Then we need to talk to his teachers.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2004
Former Oakland Mills football coach, athletic director and social studies teacher Ken Hovet, on administrative leave without pay since Jan. 12, has been offered his teaching job back starting this summer, a source said yesterday. The offer, which didn't specify which school or whether Hovet could resume his coaching and athletic director duties, was made by Board of Education attorney Mark Blom to Hovet's attorney, James Whatham, the source said. "I can't comment on that," Blom said. "It's a personnel matter."
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By Tricia Bishop and Rick Belz and Tricia Bishop and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2004
Howard County school officials announced yesterday that they will launch a sweeping examination of the academic eligibility of high school athletes after an investigation into improper grade-changing at Columbia's Oakland Mills High School uncovered 16 ineligible students participating in activities ranging from varsity football to cheerleading. The teams with unqualified members will have to forfeit all season wins, and the school's athletic director, Ken Hovet, has been "relieved of his responsibilities," schools Superintendent John R. O'Rourke said yesterday.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer | November 13, 1994
Where's the beef? It's going to be in Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet's back yard. And plenty of it.The Oakland Mills coach struck a deal with his players before yesterday's regular-season football finale against Centennial.If the Scorpions would score 40 points, then Hovet would cook every player a steak dinner.No. 14 Oakland Mills romped 48-12 to win the Howard County championship and make Hovet a man in search of a good deal on a large quantity of beef."We wanted to finish strong and show that we deserved the county championship," Hovet said.
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By Kevin Eck | November 19, 1990
Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said senior running back/linebacker Korey Singleton will not play the rest of the season because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee.Singleton, 6 feet 2, 200 pounds, was the area's leading rusher with 1,817 yards and 24 touchdowns and was the Scorpions' leading tackler (38 solos, 48 assists).Singleton, who suffered the injury two weeks ago against Glenelg, did not play in Saturday's 27-26 victory over Laurel in a state Class 3A quarterfinal. Last week, Singleton played only defense against Wilde Lake.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2003
Chuck Struhar was named interim athletic director at Oakland Mills yesterday by Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney. Struhar takes over for Ken Hovet, the Scorpions' athletic director and football coach who is on administrative leave as the county investigates the circumstances surrounding an academically ineligible football player at the Columbia school. The football team forfeited seven regular-season wins and its state playoff berth when it was announced Thursday - two days before the Scorpions were scheduled to open their postseason - that they had used an ineligible player.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2003
Dr. Mary Rockwell Hovet, a former assistant superintendent of schools in Howard County, died in her sleep Wednesday at Brighton Gardens assisted-living community in Columbia. She was 85 and lived in Clarksville. When she retired in 1981, Dr. Hovet had become one of the few women to rise to the superintendent level in Howard County, which led to her induction into the county's Women's Hall of Fame in 1997. "She was far ahead of her time," said Reva Bryant, a retired Howard County administrator who worked with Dr. Hovet in the 1970s.
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