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Bits & Pieces: New Women's Hall of Fame induction class an impressive group

The Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has released the names of the latest class of inductees. This year's group includes Tatyana McFadden (Atholton), Allison Valentino Fondale (Atholton), Mike Bossom (Centennial), Shannon Salzman Webster (Centennial) and Merri- Ellen James (Glenelg).

They will be inducted in a ceremony at Mt. Hebron High School on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

The Al Jazeera America network is planning on interviewing Tatyana, who is one of this year's more high profile inductees, and there may be a film crew at the festivities. That can only enhance the image of the Women's Hall of Fame.

Tatyana will be on this year's Paralympic team as she looks to continue adding to her impressive gold collection. She already is the only athlete to win four major marathons in a single year.

Mike Bossom coached the Centennial Eagles to eight state volleyball championships.

Shannon Saltzman Webster graduated from Centennial in 1993 and led the Eagles volleyball team to two state championships during her time with the program. She then went to Maryland where she was a three-year starter.

Merri-Ellen James played four varsity sports and was All-County in field hockey, basketball and softball. Her other accolades included being named field hockey Player of the Year, basketball MVP and Glenelg's Female Athlete of the Year.

Allison Valentino Fondale is in her sixth season as the Naval Academy's Associate Head Coach for lacrosse. She has also been Ohio University's Head Coach and was a multi-sport star while at Atholton.

Prior to the induction ceremony, an alumnae game will be played at 4:45 p.m. Then after the ceremony, Centennial and Mt. Hebron's varsity girls teams will play with a tip time around 7 p.m.

There are still openings to play in the alumnae game, which is open to any women who played high school basketball in Howard County.

The Hall of Fame had its first induction in 1997 and thus far, including this year, 66 women and seven men have been enshrined.

Renovations at Hobbit's Glen

The Hobbit's Glen Golf course opened in 1967 and it's where I took golf lessons. I remember almost sending my instructor John Secco to the emergency room with some of my wayward shots.

Hobbit's Glen was the Columbia Association's first facility of its kind and it was a drawing card. Over the years, though, it became more and more clear that the place needed a major renovation.

The course underwent a $964,000 overhaul in 2004. Now it is the clubhouse's turn.

The artist's concept for the future building is impressive. The good news is that, with the building expected to be completed by the end of the year, we won't have to wait too long to see the finished product.

Local NFL teams struggling

What ever happened to taking responsibility for a poor effort?

We all screw up on occasion and passing the buck is much easier than owning up to failure.

But after the poor seasons that the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens had this year, someone should step up and take the blame. The Redskins mustered just three wins, while the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens failed to make the playoffs.

It's time to break the bond between the owner and RGIII in Washington. And the decision makers in Baltimore who gave that outrageous salary to Joe Flacco, gave Anquan Boldin away to San Francisco and failed to address the problems with the team's offensive line, should be forced to give the fans answers.

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