The Institute of Notre Dame's girls basketball team forfeited games to No. 5-ranked Arundel last Friday and to No. 7 Western on Monday, but Indians coach Herb Hoelter said forfeiting was not his original intention.
When his team dwindled to five players because of injuries, a travel commitment and academic ineligibility, Hoelter said, he tried to reschedule both games for after the New Year. When that could not be arranged, he felt he had no choice but to forfeit.
"We were down to five players, only one of whom [Jessa Karko] had varsity experience, and we had just lost two games by 40 points," said Hoelter, whose team dropped a 50-9 Catholic League contest to Seton Keough Dec. 9.
"It was a really difficult decision to make, but I just couldn't play those teams with the team I had. It would have been too demoralizing. We could have gone to Western and lost 80-10. I was not going to put my girls through that."
In the meantime, the Indians have recovered their experienced players.
Kim Breitenother and Tracy Pryce have returned from injuries, Ann Parker is back from a week-long leadership conference, and after exams, everyone is eligible academically.
The turn-around came quickly. Wednesday night, the Indians (2-6) scored their first Catholic League win since the 1995-96 season with a 41-40 victory over Mount de Sales. Parker scored a game-high 14 points.
0 "We're back in it," said a relieved Hoelter.
Turkey Day hockey
Team Maryland's two entries finished with a combined record of 10-3-1 in the Under-19 division of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's National Festival in Palm Beach, Fla., played over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Riptide (5-1-1) finished second in Pool E led by Bryn Mawr's Jessica McAdams (2 goals, 2 assists), Pikesville's Amy Roth (2 goals, 1 assist), St. Paul's Elaine Belitsos (1 goal) and North Harford's Shannon Troyer (1 assist). They defeated teams from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California, outscoring them 13-4 with five shutouts. Goalie Gretchen Crook, from Roland Park, made 16 saves against 18 shots.
The Breakers (5-2) finished third in Pool F as Oldfields' Ashley Vizzi contributed three goals and St. Paul's Jenny Landsman, two assists. They outscored the opposition, 17-3, defeating teams from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
A triple triple-double
Towson Catholic junior Erica Haywood had three triple-doubles last week and scored nearly half her team's points. The 6-1 center totaled 54 points, 69 rebounds and 50 blocks, even
though the Owls won only one of their three games. She posted the biggest numbers in a 54-34 win over Pompeii -- 21 points, 30 rebounds and 18 blocked shots.
Patterson running back-linebacker Michael Crawford, an A student who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, said long-time coach Roger Wrenn, has accepted a full football scholarship to play for Virginia Tech next fall.
Crawford, the City East Division champion Clippers' stop scorer and receiver with 17 touchdowns, averaged 8 yards a carry. He will "graduate in the top five percent of his class," said Wrenn. Crawford turned away offers from Florida State and Syracuse and cancelled a visit to the University of Maryland.
Fallston swimmer Megan Riddle, a distance free-styler, has signed with Auburn. The 1998 Southeast Junior National 500 freestyle champion, Riddle has been a senior national qualifier for three years.
In 1996, she set a state record in the 1,500 freestyle and was named Maryland Swimmer of the Year. She has twice been named to U.S. Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team.
McDonogh's Jazmine Norton has signed with North Carolina to play lacrosse. Last spring, she was an Association of Independent Schools All-Star defender.
A multi-talented athlete for the Eagles, Norton is a starting guard for the area's No. 1 basketball team. She also played for the volleyball team that finished with the No. 12 ranking.
Three Friends lacrosse players have made college commitments.
Maron Deering, a second-team All-Baltimore City/County selection last spring, has been accepted-early decision to Yale.
Two others have committed to Division III programs -- Molly O'Connor to Amherst and Laura Fine to Franklin & Marshall. O'Connor, a first-team All-Metro field hockey player, also will play that sport after leading the Quakers to the No. 5 ranking and a 15-4-2 season this fall.
Pub Date: 12/18/98