A volleyball schedule for next season is being formulated that -- for the first time in county history -- will split teams into two divisions with the winners playing for the county championship.
"I expect it will happen," said Mount Hebron athletic director Mark Cates, who added that fellow athletic directors seem to favor the system.
Only volleyball will have the two-division format next season. But successful, coordinator of athletics Don Disney said the concept will "set the tone for possible other sports" to follow.
County athletic directors and Disney will meet Dec. 4 to iron out problems created by the new format. First and foremost is deciding which schools will make up the two divisions.
One suggestion was to take this year's final standings and put the Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 teams into one division. Disney, however, is against that idea.
He said the divisions will be decided by geography or school enrollment. If school enrollment is used, the five largest schools would form one division. If geography is used, the divisions likely would break into East (Hammond, Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Howard, Mount Hebron) and West (Glenelg, Wilde Lake, Centennial, Atholton, River Hill).
If teams are split by geography, this year's first-place team, Centennial, and second-place team, Mount Hebron, would be in different divisions.
Disney envisions the end of the schedule something like this: The final regular-season match on Monday, the county championship on Wednesday and the start of regionals on Friday.
The new format will allow teams two matches against non-county opponents, something they didn't have this season. With the addition of Long Reach and River Hill, each team played 15 matches against county teams this season.
In the new schedule, a team will play twice against teams in its own division and once against teams in the other division for a total of 13 matches.
"It's a good idea," said Centennial coach Mike Bossom, whose team (19-0) was No. 1 in the area this season. "It gives us a little freedom for scheduling and allows us to play all the teams in the county."
This season was the first in a few years that Centennial could not attend the highly-competitive North Caroline Bulldog Tournament, which invites teams such as Northern-Calvert and Severna Park. Bossom is looking forward to attending next season's tournament.
Hammond coach Ken McLaughlin likes the format because "it gives us something to look forward to at the end. I think it will be a motivation to win your division and play for the county championship."
Disney said the county championship will be played at a neutral site.
Carter picks Delaware State
Howard all-county basketball player Chanelle Carter signed a national national letter of intent last week to attend Delaware State in Dover on a full scholarship.
"It came down to where I felt comfortable, and I felt comfortable there," said Carter, who averaged 19.4 points per game. "It's not to far from home [about two hours] so my family and friends came come see me play."
Delaware State plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which includes Morgan State and Coppin State. Carter, 5-foot-10, expects to play a swing guard or small forward at Delaware State. "I definitely will get some playing time as long as I play hard," said Carter, who plans to major in chemistry or biology and go into pre-med.
Shrieves selects Georgia
Glenelg gymnastic Kathleen Shrieves has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia in Athens on a full scholarship.
Shrieves made officials visits to the University of Alabama, University of Utah, University of Arizona and to Georgia.
"Academically and gymnastic-wise, it was best for me," said Shrieves. "Everything seemed perfect."
Georgia tied for third last season in the NCAA gymnastic championship.
Shrieves, 17, competes in the all-around (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise) for her club team, MarVaTeens of Rockville. She finished third at the American Classic national meet in the senior national elite division.
Shrieves, who practices six days a week for up to 30 hours, plans to major in exercise science. She would like to go into physical therapy or become a personal trainer.
Dodson named All-State
Mount Hebron senior Kelly Dodson, the Howard County Player of the Year in field hockey, has been named an honorable mention member of the All-State team. Dodson led the county champions with a county-high 17 goals and two assists this season.
Dye named All-Conference
Davidson freshman forward Ginny Dye, a two-time All-Metro selection from Oakland Mills, has been named to the All-Southern Conference women's soccer team. Dye scored 11 goals, tying her for third place among all-time goal scorers at Davidson. She finish with a team-high 25 points (11 goals, three assists). Liz Bielefeld, a junior at Furman and Hammond graduate, also was named to the All-Southern Conference team. Bielefeld, a sweeper, scored five goals and had six assists.
Locals help Seton Keough
Sarah Tollick of Columbia scored all four goals as Seton Keough defeated Mount de Sales, 4-2, recently to win the Catholic League B division soccer title. Other county players on the Gators were: Nikki Brown, Carrie Dagley, Johnna Fellows, Laura Kiefer, Christa Semko, Kerry Sokol and Amanda Wagener.
Pub Date: 11/24/96