An incident involving Howard County rivals Oakland Mills and Long Reach following a football game this fall had Howard County and school officials contemplating banning fans when the schools meet for events this winter. However, Howard Supervisor of Athletics Don Disney said that although extra security is planned, fans will be permitted to attend games involving the schools.
Disney said athletic directors from both schools will talk to their teams before Jan. 12, when the boys and girls meet in basketball games at both sites--and that the main concern is not the players, but the fans.
The Oct. 21 incident prompted Disney and other school and county officials to come up with guidelines to help avoid potential conflict. After a meeting last week, a number of ideas are being considered, and a committee will meet again shortly to determine a list of informal guidelines that will be distributed to the schools.
"These are common sense things," Disney said. "I'd like to keep them as guidelines, but consistent ones."
Some guidelines being considered:
* Visiting team leaving immediately following games.
* No stomping of mascots at games.
* A ban on inflammatory signs brought by visiting fans.
* Giving game officials a secure area to go at halftime and at the conclusion of games.
* Having someone from the home program greet the visiting team and escort it to the locker room.
* Having administrators circulate throughout the student sections in the stands.
* Making certain visiting teams clean up their waste.
* Having teams shake hands properly after games.
* Having teams stay on their end of the court or field in pregame warmups.
Getting Their Kicks Senior place kicker Pat Wolfe-King signed with Illinois earlier this week, becoming the first DeMatha player to sign with the Illini.
But he could become the latest in a long line of DeMatha place kickers to have success in college. East Carolina's Andrew Bayes is an all-American candidate this season, and Lee McDonald of Rutgers made the game-winning field goal in a 24-21 victory over Syracuse three weeks ago.
Wolfe-King and DeMatha linebacker Mikaal Baaquee, who signed with Virginia Tech, became the first two players from the Hyattsville private school to commit to colleges. But there likely will be more to come. DeMatha has had at least 10 players receive scholarships to Division I schools in nine of the past 10 seasons. . . .
Former DeMatha golf coach and math teacher Ray Smith died Wednesday at the age of 64. Smith began DeMatha's golf program in 1967 and coached it for 26 years. He compiled a 227-74-1 record and was The Post's All-Met golf coach of the year in 1996.
"Ray was a character in the truest sense of the word," DeMatha Director of Development Tom Ponton said. "All of us will miss him very much."