Bits & Pieces: Why can't we practice the civility that we preach?

It is hard for me to believe that in this day and age we still have so much stupidity in our community.

Following a girls basketball game at Oakland Mills Jan. 13, objects were thrown at the River Hill team's bus as it was leaving. Several windows on the bus were hit and one was broken. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The window can easily be replaced; the sense of outrage unfortunately cannot be easily brushed aside. What kind of fools would do this?

"I never thought I'd experience anything like that," River Hill coach Teresa Waters said. "Nobody deserves that kind of treatment."

River Hill won the game in overtime, handing the Oakland Mills girls their second loss of the season and probably killing Oakland Mills' chances of winning the county championship. But in the grand scheme of things, it was a basketball game, people — nothing more.

Anyone who would stoop to this level of stupidity needs to be identified and prevented from attending any future interscholastic contests for at least a year. This incident, which is being investigated by the police, certainly can't make the fine people at Oakland Mills proud.

Carey is the Dragons' new coach

Diana Carey is Howard Community College's new women's lacrosse coach. She replaces Casey Magor who coached there for the past two years. Diana is well known in local lacrosse circles. She led county youth and club lacrosse programs from 1990 to 2008 and she has coached at the competitive club level. She is also a lacrosse and field hockey official in Howard and Carroll counties.

Diana played high school lacrosse in Greenwich, Conn., and went on to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she played club lacrosse because the school did not have a varsity program. She and her family live in Clarksville.

AmandaWins scholarships

Amanda Post left us much too soon in 2009. She was a freshman at River Hill High School when she passed away following complications from a bone marrow transplant. Amanda may not be with us physically, but she remains with us in memory and in our hearts through the "AmandaWins" scholarships given annually to River Hill High School student-athletes and through the Amanda Post "AmandaWins" Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County student-athlete scholarships.

These scholarships were established in her memory and focus on what Amanda was passionate about — excellence in academics and athletics, River Hill and SAC.

In 2011, four scholarships were awarded in her name — two $5,000 scholarships to River Hill High graduates Timothy Higgins and Daniel Shi and two $5,000 scholarships to Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County student-athletes Ryan Konstanzer and Breanna Marsh, both from Reservoir.

These scholarships bring the total of money awarded to $35,000 in just two years.

The Columbia Foundation is accepting applications for 2012 which would have been Amanda's senior year at River Hill. Applications should be returned to school guidance offices by the middle of March.

Curley makes academic honor roll

Muhlenberg senior Andy Curley (Glenelg) was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. To be named, a student must be a starter or key reserve on his team and carry at least a 3.40 grade-point average. A chemistry major, Curley made 33 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and had an interception for a unit that led the conference in scoring defense (12.8 points per game) and rushing defense (98.7 ypg).

Muhlenberg finished the season 7-3. Two of the three losses came to teams ranked in the top 10 in the country in the final regular-season poll.

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