Howard County school officials notified Oakland Mills Principal Marshall Peterson yesterday to begin looking for an athletic director and football coach to replace Ken Hovet, who is on unpaid leave with the recommendation that he be fired, said Don Disney, the county's coordinator of athletics.

Disney said the job will be posted inside the Columbia school for the next 10 days. If no qualified candidates are found, the coaching position can be filled by an "emergency coach," who will have the position for one year.

Meantime, Hovet, who declined to comment, could be reinstated by the board of education following his appeal hearing on June 11, in which a hearing officer will submit a non-binding recommendation to the school board.

Hovet was placed on unpaid leave on Jan. 12 by then-superintendent John O'Rourke after he determined Hovet had played a role in an improper grade change to a football player's transcript last fall.

Osbourn Park Rolls On

Junior Kelly McConnell had six goals and two assists and sophomore Kerry Shannon added five goals as Osbourn Park defeated Potomac (Va.), 18-6, in the semifinals of the girls' AAA Cedar Run district lacrosse tournament.

Junior Shanyna Sargent added three goals and two assists, and goalie Danielle Shields made eight saves.

Virginia Tech-Bound

DeMatha fullback-linebacker Kenny Jefferson, a two-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference wrestling champion, has orally committed to play football for Virginia Tech.

-- Jon Gallo, Charles Cummins and Josh Barr