Ron Belinko, the coordinator of physical education and athletics for Baltimore County schools, has been chosen as president-elect of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
Pat Barry, the coordinator for physical education and athletics in Montgomery County, was elected president and will replace current president Chuck Brown on June 1. Barry will serve two years. Belinko will become president in 1994 and will also serve a two-year term.
For the next two years as president-elect, Belinko will work with Barry, becoming familiar with the duties of president.
"It's a pretty good honor to serve as president," said Belinko. "You look over the list of past presidents, the various supervisors, principals and superintendents; I'm joining some elite company."
Belinko, 49, is in his first year as coordinator of physical education and athletics after serving eight years as the supervisor of physical education and athletics for Baltimore County.
Before that, Belinko spent 12 years at Overlea as athletic director and also coached football, wrestling and lacrosse. Prior to that, he spent two years at Eastern Vo-Tech.
Belinko is chairman of the state wrestling and lacrosse committees.
Last weekend was not a good one for a few of the area's top-rated wrestlers.
Owings Mills' Greg Kessler, a defending state champion, ranked No. 1 at 135 pounds by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, suffered his first loss after 52 straight wins. Gilman's John Kim, ranked No. 2, decisioned Kessler, 11-6, at the Gilman Duals.
Kim, ranked No. 2 by MSWA, was the Maryland Scholastic Association runner-up to Archbishop Curley's Gary Mryncza last year.
Mryncza, the No. 4-ranked 135-pounder, trailed Mount St. Joseph's No. 4-ranked 140-pounder, Chad Votta, before pinning Votta at 4 minutes, 50 seconds of their match in a dual meet Friday night. Votta also is a defending MSA champ.
Another state champion, Broadneck's No. 4-ranked Charlie Bennett (112), dropped to 16-2, after losing, 2-0, to Northeast freshman Mike Kusick (17-1) in the championship match of the Bruin Invitational Saturday. Bennett had previously beaten Kusick, 6-0.
Hammond's Erin Woodward pinned defending Howard County champion Mike Maughan of Oakland Mills in the first period of the 125 bout in a dual meet Tuesday.
Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky made it through the week without any upsets. The three-time state champion, set a Harford County record Thursday night by winning his 103rd career match by pinning Edgewood's Greg Watchinsky.
The old record of 102 was set by Chris Franklin, a 1990 Aberdeen graduate.
Slutzky's career record is 106-4-1 after three wins at Saturday's Gilman Duals.
Slutzky has a good shot at an unprecedented fourth state title, but he doesn't have enough matches left to go after the state record for career victories. That record is 136 and is held by by Mount St. Joseph graduate Scott Shaw.
Friday's boys basketball game between No. 1 Dunbar and No. 3 Lake Clifton has been moved to Morgan State and will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at both schools. Advance tickets are $2 for students and $4 for adults. Tickets at the door are $5.
No. 16 South River travels to No. 4 Annapolis tonight at 7:30 for Anne Arundel County's biggest boys basketball game so far this season.
South River is one of the area's surprise teams this season off to a 12-1 start, while Annapolis continues to be the county's most dominant team with a 10-1 record. South River leads the county's Bay Division at 5-0 in league play. Annapolis leads the Friendship Division with a 2-0 league record.
South River has been led by senior guard Al Lee (21.7 ppg.). The Seahawks are strong up front with 6-foot-4 senior Edmund Hicks (16.5 ppg.) and 6-5 junior Darren Hall (13.1 ppg.).
South River, which has won 12 straight since a season-opening loss to Leonardtown, may be without head coach Ken Dunn, who was out of town yesterday because of illness in his family. Assistant coach Jack Jordan will take over if Dunn does not return in time.
South River's solid start hasn't caught Annapolis coach John Brady by surprise.
"I projected they'd do very well in the county because of their personnel," he said. "I don't know about how much depth they have, but I know their three starters [Lee, Hicks and Hall] are very solid."
Annapolis has one of the area's top Division I prospects, senior 6-5 shooting guard Rob Wooster (21.3 ppg.).
Severna Park's Mark Miles, a first-team All-Metro offensive lineman in 1990 and 1991, has decided to attend Delaware State.
The 6-2, 230-pound athlete was named Anne Arundel County's outstanding lineman last fall by the Annapolis Touchdown Club.
Overtime: The Maryland Officials Club is looking for persons interested in officiating track and field. Call Ed Novak at (410) 665-5953. . . . Calvert Hall needs a football opponent for Sept. 11 or 12. Call Lou Eckerl (410) 825-4266. . . . Gilman needs varsity and junior football opponents for Sept. 11 or 12. Call Jody Martin at (410) 323-7361. . . . North County is looking for girls lacrosse opponents for an Easter tournament April 16-18 and for a regular-season game between May 5-8. Call Tom Taylor at (410) 760-6972 or (410) 859-5400.