Mount Hebron turns in noble effort against Hammond


Mount Hebron football coach Bill Winder couldn't have been more proud of his football team than he was after Saturday's 14-6 loss to No. 11 Hammond.

The Vikings (2-3 overall, 0-2 league) held the high-powered Bears to 218 yards total offense.

"Our game plan was to take away the deep pass with a special zone pass defense and to give away the flats," said Winder. "But they didn't take the flats."

Hammond coach Joe Russo said, "We got frustrated throwing and decided to just run the ball instead of throwing underneath."

Ryan Douglas scored a touchdown on a 5-yard reverse for the Vikings, who led 6-0 before a homecoming crowd that included their 1970 county champion football team.

All-American Tim Spruill (20 carries, 132 yards) finally led the Bears to a 7-6 halftime lead, but it wasn't until the end of the game that Hammond scored the clinching touchdown.

Soccer tournaments?

Baseball, lacrosse, wrestling and basketball all are allowed to schedule tournaments during the season, and Atholton boys soccer coach Reg Hahne thinks that soccer should have the same privilege.

He and Middletown coach Bob Sheffler made a proposal to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's soccer committee last Friday to allow such tournaments.

If the Board of Directors ratifies the proposal in December, it could become a reality by next fall.

Atholton upgrades schedule

Atholton has upgraded its boys basketball schedule this season to include two traditional Catholic powers, Calvert Hall and Cardinal Gibbons.

Atholton, defending Howard County champions, posted a 21-2 record and sent three players on to college basketball programs -- D. J. Chiles (South Carolina State), Varian Harvey (Kutztown) and Brian Benden (Lebanon Valley).

Coach fell; team hasn't

Centennial football coach Ed Holshue fell off a ladder 10 days ago while trimming a tree, and he suffered a fractured vertebra.

But the back pain didn't stop him from coaching Saturday's 22-0 victory over Howard, a win that gave the Eagles a 3-2 record.

Consider that the Eagles are a team that returned just five starters and 3-2 is a record to be proud of. Many observers expected Centennial's record to take a big tumble from last year's 7-3 mark.

Holshue is expected to recover without surgery, but it will take about three months for the vertebra to fully heal.

Howard to testify

Oakland Mills football player Brian Howard will testify before a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association task force on drug testing today at the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore City.

The task force was formed in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that ruled it legal for Washington State to test interscholastic athletes for drugs.

The task force will make a recommendation to the state board of education later this month.

Former Wildecats shine

Two former Wilde Lake soccer standouts, Hamisi Amani-Dove (Rutgers) and Matt Nesbitt (George Washington), are playing well for their college teams.

Amani-Dove has eight goals and five assists, including a game-winning goal against Maryland. Rutgers is 9-1-1.

Nesbitt has scored five goals and has two assists, including the game-winning goals against Manhatten College and Temple. The Temple game was double overtime. George Washington is 6-5-1.

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