Don't blame the weather this time.
Mount Hebron's girls basketball team had two games postponed this week, and not a snowflake was to be found.
The Vikings traveled an hour Monday to Harford County only to find that host Fallston thought the game was Tuesday. Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson declined to make a return trip Tuesday, knowing that his team was to play Wednesday against visiting Institute of Notre Dame.
But noon Wednesday, Robinson received a phone call from the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, saying the school was being closed because of a flu epidemic and that the game was off.
"You don't expect cancellations this early in the year," said Robinson, whose team plays host to Glenelg on Tuesday, 12 days after its season opener.
Robinson said the IND game has be rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4. The game against Fallston has not yet been rescheduled.
Busy Hammond girls
Like Mount Hebron, the Hammond girls basketball team has played only once. But starting tonight, the Golden Bears begin a stretch of four games in five days -- three against ranked teams.
The No. 3-ranked Golden Bears play host to No. 14 Howard tonight, then play No. 7 Annapolis at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the College of Notre Dame in the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Mixer. Hammond plays at 20th-ranked South Carroll on Monday and visits Oakland Mills Tuesday.
Hammond coach Joe Russo had to get those games in because the Golden Bears are playing in a pre-holiday tournament at Western Dec. 21-23. Russo, for the first time in his 10 years of coaching girls basketball, will use the holiday break to take a vacation with his wife, Karen.
Russo had planned a trip to Las Vegas, but following the TWA explosion prior to the Summer Olympics, Karen decided she didn't want to fly. Russo had to cancel the trip. "She's always been scared [of flying], but that sort of did it," Russo said.
The Russos still will take a vacation. "We're going somewhere, but I'm not sure where," Russo said.
Storr misses her team
Wilde Lake girls basketball coach Kelly Storr is having a tough time being away from her team.
"It's driving me absolutely crazy. I want to be there so bad," said Storr, who gave birth Dec. 3 to daughter, Kaelyn.
But Storr said she still gets a little light-headed, "and the doctor wants me to take it easy."
Storr plans to coach the team at the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials tournament over the holiday break and could return as early as next Thursday against visiting Mount Hebron.
The defending county champion Wildecats are 2-0 under Kelly's husband and assistant coach, Don.
No. 8 Wilde Lake plays at No. 9 Centennial (1-1) at 7 tonight in what promises to be one of the season's best early games.
Volleyball will become the first county sport to have two divisions next fall, but it still is unclear what schools will make up each division.
Coordinator of Athletics Don Disney said divisions will be determined by either random draw or this year's final standings. Each school will play against its division rivals twice, and play the other division teams once for a total of 13 matches. A total of 15 regular-season matches are allowed, leaving the schools with two open dates.
A four-team playoff -- taking the first two teams from each division and playing the semifinals and final on the same day -- was being considered. But Disney nixed that yesterday after receiving a rule interpretation from Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
A county championship pitting division winners probably will be played at a neutral site, Disney said.
Pub Date: 12/13/96