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Klaude Krannebitter, one of the county's best basketball coaches, has resigned from the job at Glenelg.

Krannebitter, 34, a talented singer who starred in the musical "Carousel" at Essex Community College this summer, said he wants to spend more time on singing and theater.

In his first season as varsity head coach in 1993-94, he led the Gladiators to a 15-8 record. The team posted a 39-47 record in his four seasons. He also spent seven seasons as JV coach at Glenelg, which over the years frequently has not been blessed with outstanding basketball talent.

"When I got to my mid-30s, I promised myself to re-evaluate where I was, and I decided that teaching middle school requires a lot of energy, and I want to put more energy into that. Coaching basketball is a drain on my energy," said Krannebitter, a Glenwood Middle School teacher.

He is preparing for a major role in the "Fantastiks", which will run from Oct. 3-12 at Dundalk Community College.

"I'm at the perfect age vocally, so I'm going to be busy artistically," he said.

He says his decision not to coach was unrelated to the transfer of 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior center Nick Barnes to Newport Christian Academy in Montgomery County. Krannebitter had been grooming Barnes for two years.

"I wish Nick all the best," Krannebitter said.

Jeremy Snyder, the Gladiators' JV coach for the past two years, will take over the varsity.

Spruill out at Virginia

Hammond's Tim Spruill, the only county player ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season, is ineligible to play but still is practicing with the team at Virginia.

A university spokesman would not say if Spruill's ineligibility was related to academics.

Spruill, a sophomore, was red-shirted last season, so he will lose a year of eligibility.

He was convicted last winter on two counts of battery and sentenced in June to 18 months on each count to be served concurrently. All but 30 days of that sentence were suspended, and that time was served on 10 weekends beginning June 6.

Spruill also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and placed on five years of supervised probation. He also had to make restitution of $534.63.

He was originally faced 13 charges, including assault with intent to murder, but the others were dismissed. The battery took place during a brawl outside a private home in Howard County during the summer of 1996.

Ineligibilities hurt football

The county's eligibility rule that prohibits athletes from competing if they fail one course has resulted in decreased participation for seven of 10 football teams.

An informal poll by The Sun of the varsity coaches found that 17 players who would have started for their teams are ineligible because of the rule.

The number of starters ineligible at each school: Atholton 3, Hammond 2, Howard 3, Long Reach 2, Mount Hebron 3, Oakland Mills 2, Wilde Lake 2.

That amounts to about 10 percent of the total number of starting football players in the county.

Three schools -- Atholton, Howard and Oakland Mills -- barely have 20 players apiece on their varsity rosters.

At Oakland Mills, the problem of eligibility has rocked the sophomore class which has 10 ineligible football players -- two varsity and eight JV players.

"We have study hall during football season, but that doesn't really help, because football eligibility is based on [the previous year's] fourth-quarter grades," Scorpions coach Ken Hovet said. "You could be passing all year and get one E in the fourth period and be ineligible. Or you could fail every class all year and still be eligible as long as you get all Cs in the fourth quarter. I question if this is the board's intention."

Fall athletes, unlike those in other seasons, have the option of summer school, but the county turned away hundreds of students because they applied late.

Centennial boys soccer coach Ron Martin said:

"I had five soccer players who would have been ineligible and had to go to summer school outside the county."

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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