The River Hill boys basketball team honored fallen classmate Steven Dankos Friday night by wearing black patches on their uniforms that had the No. 55 on them. Dankos, who died in an auto accident Nov. 29, wore that number as a member of the Hawks’ football team this fall.
In front of a large home crowd, including a full student section, River Hill defeated Eleanor Roosevelt, 54-43, in the season opener for both teams. Hawks coach Matt Graves said that it had been a tough week around school for everyone and that the game provided a chance for the entire community to temporarily get their minds off the incident.
“I think the school, the entire River Hill community really, needed something to cheer about,” Graves said afterward. “In times like this, sports can be a rallying point, something that brings everyone together. The student body was great tonight, we had a great home crowd and we were able to pick up a really nice win.”
River Hill begins county play this Wednesday at Long Reach at 5:30 p.m.
Andrew took his first job with the Howard County Times as an editorial assistant/obituary writer in 2001. He has written about an array of sports, from rugby to roller skate dancing. Andrew was a (mediocre) swimmer at Loyola College, but he enjoys playing many sports, including rec-league softball, kickball, basketball, football, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. He would play rec-league unicycle badminton if he could find a league. He is a fan of all the Baltimore sports clubs, from the O’s to the Blast. When he’s not obsessing over the athletic endeavors of others, Andrew enjoys watching zombie movies from the 70s and 80s. He resides in Catonsville.