Mary Lou Retton, winner of the all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will be guest speaker Friday at the 52nd Annual McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards Banquet at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.
One hundred candidates have been chosen to represent 64 Baltimore city and county public, private, parochial and independent schools.
McCormick scholarships, valued at $3,500 per year for each of four academic years, will be presented to one male athlete and one female athlete selected as Unsung Heroes.
The male athletes were chosen from seniors competing on football teams last fall. The female athletes were chosen from seniors competing on basketball teams last winter.
More than 700 city and county officials, school administrators, coaches and friends are expected to attend.
Martin moving on: One of the area's more efficient athletic directors, Gilman's Jody Martin, has announced that this will be his last year at the school.
"I just felt like it's the right time for Gilman and for me," said Martin, who has been the AD at Gilman since 1988. "It was a tough decision. Gilman has been great to me. I have nothing but good things to say."
Martin has been at Gilman for 12 years. He coached varsity lacrosse from 1986 through 1989 before turning over the job to John Tucker to concentrate on his duties as athletic director.
Since replacing Sherm Bristow as athletic director, Martin has overseen the opening of Gilman's $6 million Redmond C.S. Finney Athletic Center. Over the past few years, he has served as the chairman of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference lacrosse committee.
Martin, 34, says he is pondering his next move.
"I may look for something on the college level [as an athletic director]," he said. "I plan to stay in Baltimore. I may look for something local in some type of business."
Keep the change: This past season, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association experimented with a coin flip to start basketball games during the regular season and in postseason instead of the jump ball. However, the association has decided to go back to the jump ball next season.
The MPSSAA Basketball Committee says it "sensed no groundswell of support for the experiment." A survey of coaches, officials and administrators showed it was favored, 137-132. But 130 said their players did not like the rule, and 124 said the players liked the rule. When the coaches, officials and administrators were asked whether they preferred to return to the jump ball next season, 142 voted yes and 127 voted no.
Notable performances last week: Boys lacrosse -- St. Paul's Tim Whiteley reached 200 points for his career with three goals and eight assists in wins over John Carroll (14-2) and Gilman (10-9). . . . North County's Andy Ross had seven goals and five assists in wins over Meade (13-8) and Glen Burnie (14-6). . . . Fallston's Brian Wegeler had five goals and 13 assists in victories over North Harford (12-0) and Edgewood (19-1), giving him five straight games with at least five assists. . . . Boys' Latin's Gene Lower had eight goals and two assists in wins over Loyola (8-5) and Mount St. Joseph (9-0).
Girls lacrosse -- Joppatowne's Crissy Maly had seven goals and one assist in a 21-15 win over Bel Air. . . . Atholton's Allison Valentino had four goals in a 9-6 win over Centennial.
Softball -- McDonogh's Heather Mason paced the Eagles to wins over Southern (23-3), Lutheran (21-9) and Mount de Sales (12-1), going 10-for-14 with two home runs and 14 RBI.
Tennis -- Gilman's No. 1 singles player, Reed Cordish, won seven matches in MSA A Conference dual-meets wins over Severn and Mount St. Joseph and won the Middle Atlantic Singles Championship at Newport News, Va. Cordish is unbeaten in three years of MSA competition.
Overtime: Tryouts for Corrigan's baseball team, formerly Johnny's, will be held at Spring Grove the first three Sundays in May at noon. . . . Annapolis Area Christian School is sponsoring a physical education teachers seminar May 9 at the school from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Marvin Zuidema, professor of physical education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and author of several books on physical education. The fee is $20. To register, call Bob Topp at (410) 266-8251.