City-Wide tournament may take a fall

February 03, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

There will not be a District 9 wrestling tournament for the City-Wide League unless an athletic director volunteers his school and his services, Southwestern coach Bernie Leneau said Monday.

Don Williams, curriculum specialist for physical education and athletics, said an athletic director must be present and responsible for various "logistics and safety reasons."

Southwestern's Dave Lang offered his school but balked at running the tournament because he'll be busy, with Mark Schlenoff, directing the Maryland Scholastic Association tournament a week later.

Schlenoff said most city athletic directors are apathetic toward wrestling and that he, Lang and Ray Haney (formerly at Southwestern) sustained the tournament for eight years until 1988.

Leneau, who has volunteered to run the tournament, said Williams' insistence on an athletic director's presence is undermining efforts by him, Schlenoff, Forest Park coach Walter Reed, Mervo coach Dwight Warren and Walbrook coach Wavie Gibson, who "had the tournament format planned out before Christmas."

"Coaches are not athletic directors," Williams said. "What if the tournament goes into a [financial deficit] or someone gets injured? Those are the kinds of decisions that athletic directors -- not coaches -- are paid to make."

Gibson, the District 9 representative to the MPSSAA, said he understands the importance of having an athletic director present, but added, "When Williams introduced plans for a City-Wide tournament in October, the AD issue never came up.

"He wanted to revive the total participation of schools by having Eastside and Westside tournaments, with the top four wrestlers going to a District 9 event," said Gibson. "It was a good idea, but after that, we didn't get much guidance."

Leneau said Williams claimed the Jan. 15 Eastside Tournament had depleted funds for another tournament until Schlenoff, the District 9 treasurer, offered to subsidize it.

"That's when he came up with the AD argument," said Leneau. "He continually gave me the runaround."

Williams said Monday night that there was money available for a tournament, and that after talking to Leneau on "several occasions, he [Leneau] knew what he needed to do three weeks ago."

Because he is a former state champ at Mardela High, Gibson said, he is familiar with MPSSAA procedure. He knew to get more bouts for his wrestlers by competing in tournaments, such as the Chesapeake, Eastside and Salisbury Christmas tournaments, and advised other coaches at an Oct. 14 meeting to do the same.

All but two city coaches were present at that meeting, where Gibson explained MPSSAA qualifying procedure and advised them to "get into as many tournaments and tri-meets as possible."

Still, some city wrestlers trying to qualify for the regional tournament may be at a disadvantage, because their match totals are generally lower than those from schools statewide.

"Most of the schools are going into the [Feb. 19-20] MSA tournament," said Gibson. "But not having a City-Wide tournament could be make or break for some schools."

Fields of dreams

Gilman's Jimmy Fields had no idea what he was on the verge of doing until midway through the second quarter of last week's basketball game against Loyola.

"One of my teammates told me I needed 16 points to

break 1,000," said Fields, a 5-foot-8, 140-pound point guard. "I had 998, so I just stole the ball and scored off of a layup."

His 22-point effort against the Dons raised his career total to 1,006. He became the first Gilman junior to crack 1,000 and the third player under sixth-year coach Tim Holley to do it. Fields had 1,030 points after he scored 24 in Friday's loss to Towson Catholic.

Fields is aiming for the school record (1,244) held by 1988 graduate Matt Eastwick, who played at Princeton. Duane Hollaway, a 1990 graduate, had 1,051 under Holley.

Eastwick holds the single-season record (544), averaging 18.8 points as a senior and 16.5 for his career, compared with Fields' 19.4 as a senior and 13.9 for his career.

Fields' 74 varsity games date to his freshman year, and Eastwick's 75 began as a sophomore. Eastwick scored 700 points as a junior. Fields had more than half of that (388) entering last night's Curley game, with a season-high 38 points in a Dec. 11 win over St. Mary's. The Greyhounds are 1-10 in the Armstrong A Division, 4-16 overall.

He was averaging 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.1 steals and had 41 three-pointers (123 points) and 84 field goals (168). He was 97-for-135 (73 percent) from the line.

Setlen's return?

If Owings Mills transfer Cory Setlen makes the grade when report cards are issued Friday, Pikesville wrestling coach Curt Boushell said, the defending state champ could be declared eligible Monday and return to the mats for Wednesday's tri-meet with Woodlawn at Chesapeake.

But Setlen, who transferred to Pikesville on Dec. 10, may be ineligible to wrestle in the county tournament Feb. 17-20 or the regionals a week later.

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