Larry Hurd will be the new football coach at Poolesville High School, Athletic Director Mike Riley said yesterday. Hurd, also the school's boys' basketball coach, takes over for Ken Oseneek, who was 5-12 in his two years as coach.
Hurd, 28, quarterbacked Quince Orchard to the Maryland 4A championship in 1991 and has been an assistant football coach at four schools for eight of the last nine years. He will remain the school's boys' basketball coach; he resigned as head baseball coach earlier this month.
Since the Falcons' last playoff berth in 1997, they have gone 18-29. . . .
Surrattsville Athletic Director Jim St. Ledger will step down from his position today after 161/2 years, he said, saying he does not have enough time for the job and work as the school's vice principal. St. Ledger, a vice principal since September, will be replaced by co-athletic directors: Mary Hicks, the school's volleyball coach, and Steven Moses, the school's assistant baseball coach. . . .
West Springfield has named Kellie Mastrodonato as its girls' soccer coach, Athletic Director Mike Dobson said. Mastrodonato, the Spartans' junior varsity coach the previous four seasons, replaces John Kenny, who directed West Springfield to the state title in 1999, its fifth championship in the 1990s.
Blair boys' basketball coach Jeff Newby has dismissed leading scorer Alonzo Woods from the team because of his role in a fight that occurred in the Blazers' 51-42 loss to Walter Johnson on Tuesday.
Woods, a senior, took a swing at Walter Johnson's Rod Porter after Porter was fouled hard in the fourth quarter, Newby said. Porter and teammate Raafat Raafat, as well as Blair's Carl Reid and Woods all were ejected. By rule they will be suspended from their teams' next contests -- Walter Johnson (5-10, 4-6) plays at Churchill tonight, and Blair (5-10, 2-7) faces Sherwood on Tuesday.
Walter Johnson Coach Mark DeStefano also has suspended senior Melvin Ruiz for joining the fray, but said he will not suspend any of the players for more than tonight's game.
New Volleyball Format
The National Federation of High School Associations volleyball rules committee has approved the rally-scoring format, mandating that state sports governing bodies implement the new system by the 2004-2005 school year.
Under rally-scoring a team can score on any play, regardless of which team is serving. Under the national federation rules, all matches will be best-of-five, with the first four games played to 25 points the fifth match played to 15. Under the old system, only the serving team could score and games went to 15.
The NCAA implemented the changes in 2001; the Independent School League, an area private-school league, moved to the rally system last fall.
Staff writers Jon Gallo and Tarik El-Bashir contributed to this report.