The Anne Arundel County leagues will have some majo changes next year.
According to county coordinator of physical education Paul Rusko, the league will split into two divisions in at least five sports instead of the breakdown of 4A schools in one league and 1A-2A-3A in another.
The move is effective next year, and is being made for two reasons:
First, the state's reclassification of schools and the addition of Queen Anne's to the county league has given Anne Arundel what Rusko called "a pure [10-team] Region IV, 4A -- we don't have a LaPlata or somebody coming in."
Secondly, the merger of Andover and Brooklyn Park to form North County has left a once-viable 1A-2A-3A League with just three schools. It had seven members as recently as 1986.
The two-division arrangement is primarily designed for basketball, baseball and softball, with the schools grouped according to ninth- through 11th-grade enrollments as of Sept. 30. Soccer and lacrosse also will adhere to the divisional setup. Other sports will remain as they are for the time being, Rusko said.
One division will consist of Old Mill, Glen Burnie, Meade, Severna Park, Annapolis and Chesapeake.
The other will have North County, Arundel, Queen Anne's, Broadneck, South River, Northeast, and Southern.
The county will not determine a single county champion in the five sports, although state by-laws permit an additional game that does not affect playoff points.
* Mount St. Joseph football player Paul Roa was killed in an automobile accident Friday.
According to Mount St. Joseph principal Charles Reiter, Roa, who was a junior reserve on the team, was a passenger in a one-car accident with two other St. Joe students near Kingston, N.Y.
There will be a wake for Roa at the Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville today between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 9 p.m. The funeral is tomorrow at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Woodlawn.
Reiter said that the family has requested that any donations be sent to Our Daily Bread at 200 W. Franklin Street.
* Dulaney sophomore Amanda White, who won the Baltimore County and state Class 4A cross-country championships last month, continued her impressive post-season performance Saturday in the 12th annual Kinney Cross Country Championships in San Diego.
Competing against the best in the country, White placed third in 17 minutes, 40.69 seconds. White's time was the second fastest for a sophomore in the 12-year history of the race.
White represented the Northeast region along with seven other girls. The Northeast region placed second in the team standings with 34 points, behind the West, which had 31 points.
White qualified for the nationals by placing third in the Northeast regional championship Nov. 24. In that race she finished behind Amy Rudolph (Kane Area, Pa.) and Leanne Burke (Randolph, Mass.) but finished ahead of both last Saturday. Burke finished fourth (17.44.64) and Rudolph (18:22.19) placed 13th.
* The 1990 football season ended a little more than a week ago, and already there are three coaching vacancies.
The latest is at McDonogh, where Mike McMillan has resigned after 12 years, during which he compiled a 80-47 record.
There also are coaching vacancies at John Carroll, where Rob Smith has resigned after three years (13-17), and at Mount St. Joseph, where Walt Lambert resigned after two years (3-15-1).
McDonogh plans to form a search committee to find a new coach, and Mount St. Joseph and John Carroll are accepting applications.
Bel Air has a new coach, Gene Blizzard, who replaced Joe Voshkul. Voshkul spent five years at Bel Air and compiled a 22-27 record.