Officials of the Maryland Scholastic Association were criticized wrongly by this writer Tuesday for unfairly penalizing the football teams at Patterson and Northern.
In fact, the MSA only tried to clean up a problem created by officials of the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Here's the scenario:
Players from Patterson and Northern engaged in a post-game fight last season. The MSA soon thereafter placed both schools on probation for one year.
Months later and well after the 1991 football schedule was set, city school officials decided Patterson and Northern should not play each other this fall.
Football coaches of the MSA B Conference teams asked the MSA to resolve the problem created by that decision. How should the conference standings be resolved, since Northern and Patterson would not be playing their scheduled game?
This month, the MSA asked the athletic directors from the B Conference schools to figure out a solution and that group came to a consensus that, in fairness to the other teams in the conference, both Patterson and Northern should be given a loss for not playing.
The point of Tuesday's charge is still valid. The matter should have been dealt with last season. The MSA acted promptly, but city public school officials delayed in their decision to further discipline the schools involved.
Both schools deserved punishment -- last year. Penalizing players on this year's teams for what happened last season remains unfair.
* While Milford Mill's Mike Mamo is a heavy favorite in today's boys Class 1A, Region II cross country meet at Oregon Ridge, the boys 2A, Region II race figures to be hotly contested.
No. 9-ranked Oakland Mills, now that it has escaped the shadow of top-ranked Glenelg, appears a solid choice for team honors with seniors Tim Brenza, Mike Vanghel, Aaron Bice and John Michael MacDonald plus junior Jay Herdson and freshman Greg Curtis posing a formidable lineup. Brenza, who placed seventh in the Howard County championships, will be pushed by Mount Hebron's top runner Jesse Barnes, who finished 11th at the county level.
Loch Raven, plagued by sickness and injuries this season, is the unknown factor. The Raiders of coach Tony Donia are led by Pat Aiken and Chris and Charlie Jackson.
Towson's Seth Dadds and Hereford's Kevin Caster also will challenge for individual honors. In the girls 2A race (3 p.m.), Loch Raven's Mary Vance, Kathy Hebb and Colleen Brooks should carry the Raiders to a team victory.
* There are girls basketball tournament openings for the Spalding Noel Classic, Dec. 26-27-28. Contact Domenic Pechance (969-9105) or Paul Leimkuhler (437-3885).
* Poly needs a home wrestling scrimmage for Tuesday, Dec. 10. Contact Mark Schlenoff (396-7023).