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Lee going to court -- as coach

Ricky Lee, a former Division II All-American shooting guard at Capital University in Ohio, is Hammond's new boys varsity basketball coach.

Lee, a corporal in the Howard County police department and an 18-year police veteran, is the school resource officer assigned to Hammond.

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The coaching position opened up after former coach Mark Murray, who held the position six years, took an administrative job as an assistant principal at Owen Brown Middle School.

Lee, 46, was Hammond's JV coach last season, and the varsity assistant coach for two years before that.

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He has hired Andrew Bright as his varsity assistant and Bill Robinson as the JV coach.

"I'm looking forward to developing a consistent program," said Lee, a high school All-American at Bellaire High in Ohio. "We have a chance to be very successful this season with two strong returning players in 6-5 Alton Nash and 6-6 Kyle Cannon, and we have some good players coming up from a JV that won six of its last eight games."

Gators win first

Reservoir boys soccer coach Kevin Flynn said he has coached a lot of games, but Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory against visiting Laurel will always be near the top in his mind.

"It's not often you get a chance to coach the first varsity game at a school," Flynn said. "It was a very exciting game."

Kyle Dwyer scored the winning goal off a rebound of a shot by David Braun that hit the post three minutes into the second 10-minute overtime period.

Braun scored Reservoir's first goal. Gator Aaron Solomon tied the score with seven minutes left in regulation on a lofted direct kick from 35 yards.

Gators goalkeeper Jimmy Engelkemier made 13 saves.

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"The kids are really happy right now, but I'm trying to get them to keep it in perspective," Flynn said. "We have a tough county schedule ahead of us."

Lacrosse schedule change

Athletic directors have approved a switch in the boys and girls lacrosse schedules that will allow more parents to watch the varsity games.

Starting this spring, after the switch to daylight savings time, varsity games will be played at 5 p.m. instead of the traditional 3:30, and JV games will begin at 3:30.

"We want more people to get to the 5 p.m. game because that's the prime time," said Don Disney, coordinator of athletics. "It's a pilot program that we'll evaluate."

At the same meeting in late June, athletic directors - by an 8-3 vote - also rejected a two-division format in which the top teams from the previous season would play each other twice, and the bottom teams would play each other twice.

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"None of the girls coaches wanted to have to play Mount Hebron twice," said Glenelg AD and boys lacrosse coach Mike Williams. "Once is enough."

Contributing writer Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.


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