Baltimore's two members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recently finished their basketball recruiting.
Morgan State, 6-23 last season after splitting its last six games, didn't necessarily need any more beef up front, but they got it with Chris McCarthy of Mount Carmel, Pa., who is 6 feet 10, 255 pounds. The freshmen class for coach Michael Holmes will also include Kevin Young, a point guard from Potomac whose competition will include junior Vince Langston, a transfer from Ventura (Calif.) Junior College.
Coppin State got a late letter of intent from Kyle Locke, a 6-6 forward from Philadelphia who averaged 21 points and six rebounds for Catholic League champion Roman Catholic. Earlier, coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell signed guards Terry Martin out of Middletown, Pa., and Cameron Nekkers, who's from Oshawa, Ontario.
In other basketball notes, Loyola and Towson State will open Dec. 1 at the Towson Center. When Western Maryland plays at Radford Jan. 4, it will be the Green Terrors' first Division I test in at least 15 years.
Bill Motti will be a lonesome Mountaineer at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
A native of France, Motti was fifth in the decathlon in Los Angeles in 1984, when he was one of five men with past, present or future ties to the Mount St. Mary's track and field program who competed in the Olympics. Coach Jim Deegan had the same number of charges at Seoul, South Korea in 1988, when Peter Rono stunned the fanatics by winning the 1,500.
Rono didn't survive the Kenyan Olympic Trials this time, but at age 24 he's not too old for a comeback in 1996. Carlos O'Connell injured himself while trying to post a decathlon score that would return him to Ireland's team, so only Motti, 27, will compete in Spain. He did not compete in Seoul.
Western Maryland's Kent Lightbourn made the Bahamas' 4x400 relay, but he's waiting to see if that government will send a full team.
UMBC went to junior colleges to reload its baseball team, which earned its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I tournament in May.
Lance Mauch, a catcher from Dundalk Community College, is one possible replacement for Bob Mumma, who gave up his last year of eligibility to sign with the White Sox. National junior college champion Essex will send over Jackson Edwards, a right-handed pitcher who's from Lancaster, Pa.
The Retrievers will also get Zak Krickstan, an outfielder-catcher from Springbrook High who was the MVP in the Crown All-Star game.
Bowie State attracted The Washington Post's Player of the Year, pitcher Dwayne Crawley of Douglass High in Prince George's County. The Bulldogs will also gain two other P.G. all-stars, catcher Dwight Bradford of Riverdale Baptist, and De Matha first baseman-pitcher Eric Shelton. Another incoming pitcher, Tim Brooks, had a 6-0 record for Northern of Calvert County.
With the upgrading of club teams at Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Mount St. Mary's and Towson State, the state will have at least 10 colleges playing women's soccer this fall. UMBC, one of the trailblazers, will probably play some night games, since the lighting project at the Retrievers' stadium has been completed.
Blue Jays' World Tour
Bob Babb's latest effort in baseball diplomacy had a bizarre ending.
Last month Babb took his Johns Hopkins team to Czechoslovakia and Russia. The Blue Jays participated in the Shigeyoshi Matsumae Memorial Tournament in Moscow, and after two losses to Japanese teams, the going got weird.
Hopkins trailed Yonsei University of South Korea 3-2 in the top of the fourth when the Korean coach pulled his team to protest two calls at first base. After a half-hour wait, the Koreans returned but the Blue Jaysdid not to continue, having given away much of their equipment in a goodwill gesture. The Koreans were awarded a forfeit victory that gave them the tournament championship.