The state's best high school girls basketball seniors will be showcased in the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game on March 22 at Cole Field House at 4 p.m.
Seniors from every school in the state are eligible, but they must be nominated by an MWBCA member. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Maryland Special Olympics.
At halftime, an Academic All-Maryland Women's Basketball Team will be announced, honoring the state's top junior and senior athletes.
The MWBCA, which has been in existence for about a year, held its first meeting in November. Members are high school, recreational and AAU coaches.
Some of the area's most respected coaches are involved in the organization, including Mount Hebron's Dave Greenberg (president), Broadneck's Bruce Springer (treasurer) and Western's Breezy Bishop (board member).
"The idea is to help promote women's basketball in the state at the high school and below levels," Greenberg said. "The main focus is to provide an opportunity for girls that excel on the court and in the classroom statewide to get some recognition. Another purpose would be to get some cohesiveness for the people who work with the girls. We do that with some clinics."
Signing time: Seven more area football players have signed national letters of intent since the signing period began Feb. 5. The signing period runs through April 1.
Daryl Ray, a first-team All-Metro defensive back from Eastern Vo-Tech, signed with Morgan State, along with Parkville split end Eric Johnson.
Oakland Mills split end Gregg Washington (20 receptions) and defensive back Kelly Sykes signed with Howard. John Carroll lineman Marty Kuser, who had already orally committed to Wake Forest, made his decision official by signing last week. Poly tight end Steve Logan signed with James Madison, and defensive back Tramont Evans (seven interceptions) chose Lafayette.
Other area players who already had signed are: Ira Crawley (Wilde Lake, split end), Morgan; James Easterly (Wilde Lake, offensive lineman), Georgia Tech; Brent Guyton (Wilde Lake, linebacker), UCLA; Andre Martin (Wilde Lake, defensive back), Maryland; Mark Miles (Severna Park, offensive lineman), Delaware State; Derrick Raikes (South River, offensive lineman), Bowie State; Anthony Walker (North County, linebacker), Syracuse.
Carver wrestling takes hold: Between 1987 and 1990, the interest in wrestling at Carver was so poor that the Bears were unable to field a varsity team. Since last season, however, the wrestling program has begun to rival the Bears' highly successful basketball program.
The Carver wrestling team went 9-0 last season to win the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference title. It was Carver's first wrestling title since 1960.
The Bears continued their success this season, capturing the C Conference title with an 8-0 record. The Bears were 8-1 overall, losing only to Baltimore County power Randallstown. They closed out the season Wednesday with a 69-0 rout of Northwestern.
Carver's three leaders, said coach Thomas Henderson, were Edward Olverton, who was 14-0 at 189 pounds; Rodney Clark, 14-4 at 145 pounds and Earl Edwards, 8-5 at 119 pounds.
"We've been going up the ladder," said Henderson. "These kids have dedicated themselves to being successful."
On Friday, Mount St. Joseph also won its second straight conference title. The Gaels wrapped up the MSA A Conference title with a 43-17 win over Gilman to finish 9-0 in the league. Also on Friday, Walbrook downed Southwestern, 42-27, to capture the B Conference title, finishing with an 8-1 league record.
All three teams are gearing up for this week's MSA tournament at Gilman, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The finals begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
City's two-sport stars: If some of the names of the City boys basketball players sound familiar, it's because some of them led the Knights' football team to a 10-0 record and the area's No. 1 ranking last fall and are doing the same for the 15th-ranked basketball team.
Ron Wallace, a 6-foot-1 senior forward who was an All-Metro first-team defensive back, is one of the team's leading scorers, averaging 12.0 points. Terrence Suber, a first-team All-Metro quarterback, is the starting shooting guard, averaging 8.0 points, and Antonio Travers, a sophomore linebacker, adds muscle up front off the bench.
In Wallace's case there is a direct correlation between his football and basketball success, said City coach Wayne Cook.
"I think because he played football and did well, it gave him confidence that carried over," said Cook. "Last year I was kind of afraid to put him in because he was too tentative. Now it's hard to sit him down."
Cook says Suber is a steadying influence on the basketball court, just as he was on the football field.
"We'd like for him to shoot more but he tends to get the other players involved in the offense," said Cook.
The Knights (13-4, 8-3) have clinched at least second place in the B Conference's Division II. Although the first- and second-place teams make the playoffs, Cook says his team is hoping to surprise first-place Carver tomorrow, beat Patterson in its season finale Friday and hope Mervo upsets Carver Friday to give the Knights first place.
High marks: Mount Hebron, the area's top-ranked girls basketball team, has been excelling in the classroom as well as on the court.
The team's grade-point average for the second quarter is 3.32. Four players -- Emily Yanero, Erica McCauley, Sandra Benson and Kristen Lloyd -- earned 4.0 GPAs for the quarter.
OVERTIME: Woodlawn senior Erin Graham scored her 1,000th career point against Parkville last week. Graham has 1,031 points in three varsity seasons. . . . Southwestern athletic director Dave Lang reports that Columbia (Pa.) High is looking for a boys basketball opponent for its holiday tournament Dec. 29-30. Call (717) 684-7500.