Long Reach and River Hill, Howard County's new high schools opening in August, will compete in the 1A South Region next year.
Atholton and Howard, both 3A East schools this year, will move to 2A South next year, joining Glenelg, Hammond, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake.
Centennial and Mount Hebron will remain in the 3A East.
State classifications were approved last week by the Board of Control. All high schools will be reclassified based on enrollment figures on Sept. 30, 1996 for a two-year period beginning the 1997 school year.
Classifications are based on grades 9-11 for a two-year period during even years. Long Reach and River Hill were based on grades 10-12 because it is in the middle of a classification term, and without a senior class, they ranked in the lowest classification. Both schools will jump to at least the 2A level in 1997.
Atholton and Howard dropped because they lost hundreds of students to the new schools and met the MPSSAA criteria for a change in classification. Glenelg wanted to drop to 1A, but fell one percentage point short of the needed 25 percent enrollment reduction required in the MPSSAA bylaws.
"It's disappointing but we won't lose sleep over it," said Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams. "We're going to have a tough year in numbers the next year or two. We're not at all discouraged. We have great kids and a great community and we'll do what we can."
Glenelg girls basketball coach Randy Wallenhorst, who compiled a 53-39 record over four seasons, resigned Tuesday.
Wallenhorst's wife, Maureen, is expecting the couple's second child in December and he felt he needed to spend more time at home.
"That was the deciding factor," Wallenhorst said. "The family has to come first. I hope to get back into coaching at some point."
Williams said anyone interested in the vacancy should call him at Glenelg at 313-5539.
Thomas to coach girls
Veteran Atholton coach Wendel Thomas, who has coached boys teams in soccer, lacrosse and indoor track, will try something new next year -- coaching a girls team. Thomas will coach girls soccer, replacing Warren Michael, who resigned.
"I had hoped at some point to get involved in girls sports," said Thomas, a physical education and health teacher at Atholton. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure it's going to be challenging."
Thomas, who began the boys soccer program at Atholton in 1978, coached junior varsity soccer and lacrosse this year.
Stone to coach field hockey
Jodi Stone has been named field hockey coach at River Hill. Stone teaches physical education at Mayfield Woods Middle School and has been the assistant field hockey coach at Atholton the last five years.
"Getting to open the field hockey program at a new school and starting a new tradition is very exciting," Stone said.
Heading to college
Atholton's Dana Strickland, one of the top distance runners in the county, will attend Virginia in the fall and run cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Strickland won the county and finished third in the state in cross country last fall. She is the defending county champion in the outdoor mile and two-mile.
All-county soccer player Lee Custer of Glenelg has received a scholarship to UMBC. Suzy Mundy, also from Glenelg, received an academic scholarship to attend Boston University and will play lacrosse.
In case you missed it, Centennial softball pitcher Emily Hall threw a no-hitter Monday in a 15-0 win over Hammond. Two people reached base on a walk and an error. Jennifer Anderson went 3-for-3, with two triples and a single and four RBIs.
Due to rainouts, Centennial (8-1 league) and Howard (8-2) will play for the first time Wednesday. Playoffs begin next Saturday.
State tournament pairings
The draw for the open state playoffs will be held Sunday at Catonsville High. The selection for boys and girls lacrosse starts at noon. Baseball and softball follow at 3 p.m.
Pub Date: 5/03/96