For the second consecutive day, rain washed out the vast majority of the scheduled high school sports events yesterday, including a football showdown between No. 2 Damascus and No. 18 Quince Orchard and the Glory Days Grill Invitational cross-country meet.
Both those events, as well as most football games originally scheduled for Friday and yesterday, have been moved to tomorrow. Quince Orchard will host Damascus at 6:30 p.m., and the Glory Days meet will be held at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville with seeded races at 3:35 and 4 p.m.
The rainouts likely will make this a busy week for area football teams. In Montgomery County, for instance, most public schools are scheduled to play makeup games tomorrow and play again on Friday. Because of Yom Kippur, teams will not be allowed to practice past 4 p.m. on Wednesday or at all on Thursday.
Montgomery County's coordinator of athletics, William "Duke" Beattie, acknowledged that some football coaches might not be happy with a shortened practice week.
"Yeah, but then again, most of them are in the same boat," Beattie said. "We're not going to move one varsity game and supplant another varsity game. We probably average 70 to 80 contests a day [in all sports, including junior varsity play]. . . . Within reason, if you can get a game in, you do it."
E. Roosevelt Shines
Led by junior Marika Walker's 15th-place finish, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls' cross-country team finished fifth against an elite field at yesterday's Manhattan Invitational in the Bronx. The Raiders finished with 205 points; Saratoga Springs (N.Y.), the nation's top-ranked team, won with 133.
Roosevelt was the top finisher among teams from Southeast Region of the Nike Team Nationals, where the Raiders are ranked fourth. Second-ranked Brentsville finished 11th. Forest Park senior All-Met Stefanie Slekis was the area's top finisher, taking 13th.
"We called this our 'money meet,' " Raiders Coach Desmond Dunham said. "The girls were really ready to go up against a great field like this."
Nagel, '03 All-Met, Dies
Julie Nagel, an honorable mention All-Met field hockey player at Wootton in 2003, died yesterday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident Friday night.
Nagel, a 19-year-old sophomore defender at Appalachian State University, was injured while traveling to her home in Gaithersburg for fall break. She was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she died yesterday morning, according to a release from Appalachian State.
Appalachian State's field hockey team was scheduled to play Georgetown in Davidson, N.C., today, but the match has been canceled.