Bob Wade has returned to area high school sports, but not as a coach.
The former University of Maryland men's basketball coach will be drawing on his experience as a football coach at Dunbar for nearly a decade to provide the commentary for four high school games being televised by Baltimore City's Cable 44 this fall.
"We're delighted to have a man of his knowledge of the prep scene on board," said John Zorbach, sports director at Cable 44. "I think he can provide a unique insight of the games."
Wade also has an extensive background as a football player. He played at Dunbar and Morgan State. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.
Cable 44's first telecast will be Friday at 10 p.m., a delayed broadcast of that day's 3:30 game featuring No. 4 Gilman at No. 1 Poly. The game also will be shown Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Cable 44 also will televise two other regular-season games: No. 6 Forest Park at No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons on Oct. 26 and No. 15 City vs. Poly on Thanksgiving Day at Memorial Stadium. That game will be shown live.
The final telecast will be the Greater Baltimore Football Classic, featuring all-stars from the Maryland Scholastic Association vs. Baltimore County, Dec. 2.
Gary Stein will provide the play-by-play for all four games.
Kenwood and Dundalk High will hold conferences titled "Straight Facts on Steroids" tonight at 7 at Kenwood and tomorrow at 7 at Dundalk.
"There is a need for a preventive program in any school system," said Dundalk athletic director Ron Shultz, who started the conference two years ago. "The expense of prevention is a lot less than rehabilitation."
Shultz cites a 1989 survey in USA Today that revealed that 6.6 percent of all male high school seniors have used steroids and that more than two-thirds of the users tried them before age 16.
Guest speakers both nights will be Johnny Unitas and Tom Matte, former Baltimore Colts; Dr. Bill Howard, an orthopedic surgeon at Union Memorial Hospital; Mike Gimble, Baltimore County drug-abuse coordinator; Christy Morgan, assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at UMBC; and Mike Pack, a former Morgan State quarterback.
The conference is open to all.
For more information, call Shultz at 887-7023 (day) or 329-2164 (night).
"High School Sports Scene," a program highlighting sports at Baltimore County schools, is back for its sixth season on the county's Education Channel (36).
Each week, the program has features on a different county school and its athletic program, top seasonal contests, outstanding performances, a trivia contest and information for attending the county's top athletic events.
Other features include interviews with coaches and other officials on "Coaches' Corner," with Randy Dase, and Training Room, a segment on conditioning with host John Lopez, director of the Towson Sports Medicine Clinic.
Overtime: The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Board No. 290, is looking for applicants for its 1990 class. The first class will be Oct. 3 at Poly in Room 111 from 7:30-9 p.m. Classes will be held the same time each Wednesday in October and November. For more information, contact John Kowatch at 687-1711.