Game times to be class-friendly

February 17, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The Baltimore County Board of Education passed a measure in a Jan. 28 meeting that will keep athletes from missing school for athletic events.

The changes, which arose from cooperation between county superintendent Dr. Stuart Berger and coordinator of physical education and athletics Ron Belinko, will begin in the fall and will include more night and Saturday games.

"This allows the parents to come and watch their daughters and sons participate," said Belinko. "The whole thing is to reduce class time lost and to increase family involvement."

The biggest change is that all county football games will be played on Friday nights or Saturdays. Because only Lansdowne, Owings Mills, Hereford and Kenwood have lighted facilities, Belinko said the community college facilities might be used more frequently.

Other games, such as soccer or field hockey, will begin as late as 4 p.m. so that students can finish all their classes before riding the bus to away games. Some of these sports also might be played on Saturdays, with exceptions made for regional and state playoff games.

County buses could not be used for transportation for later games because they are in use for elementary school students until 4 or 4:30. School principals have been asked to submit budgets for next year based on the use of private carriers to transport athletes.

"Ninety percent of our transportation is by private carriers, and principals will be managing more of their budgets, so there's really no basic change," Belinko said yesterday.

There is a coaches' meeting scheduled for later this month, which may bring opposition.

"Coaches don't like it, but it's for the convenience of parents and students," Belinko said.

Belinko outlined several advantages of the plan:

* Teaching coaches will be less likely to miss their seventh periods, raising the standards for students.

* Working adults can attend games, reducing the need for faculty supervision.

* It offers increased opportunities for athletic booster clubs to organize refreshment stands and fund-raising events.

* Increased revenue from games played during prime time will help finance transportation costs.

* Increased attendance will be consistent with the larger crowds in the surrounding counties.

* Girls and boys will participate more equally at night, in accordance with gender equity goals.

Belinko said there may be exceptions, such as keeping religious holidays in mind, and "for countywide events during the winter seasons, like wrestling tournaments, or other countywide activities like track and golf, which may have to begin earlier, and some scheduled on Saturday if possible."

"For the schools which don't have the lighted facilities, increased family involvement may generate interest in having a project developed" for the purpose of raising money for lights, Belinko said.

Although the move might affect recreation programs that use gyms and fields in the evenings, Belinko said, "They're the bread and butter of the high school programs.

"Recreation has built the bulk of their programs at the elementary and middle school sites. They use the high schools when they're not in use," he said. "Both groups will have to make adjustments."

Also, there is talk of splitting responsibility for each school's sports program between athletic directors and supervisors of PTC physical education. How responsibility is divided within each school's sports programs "is going to be based strictly on decisions by the principals," Belinko said.

Playoff schedules

The championship basketball games of the boys Gamper and the girls City-Wide League will be Feb. 27 at Dunbar.

Also, the six-team playoff of the boys' Armstrong B Division begin Tuesday, with the semifinal Feb. 26 and championship game Feb. 28 at Goucher College.

The boys' Armstrong A Division playoffs begin March 2, with the semifinals at approximately 7 p.m., and the championship game the next night at 7:45 at Gilman.

The City-Wide varsity title game begins at 5 p.m., with Walbrook facing Western. At 7 p.m., the boys' 4A-1A winner will play Walbrook.

Preceding the varsity action will be the girls junior varsity at 1 p.m. and the boys junior varsity at 3 p.m.

In Tuesday's Armstrong B Division quarterfinal games, Archbishop Spalding will play host to Boys' Latin at 4 p.m., with the winner taking on Friends in the Feb. 26 8 p.m. semifinal. John Carroll plays host to St. Mary's in the other quarterfinal at 3:45, with the winner challenging Severn at 6 p.m. at Goucher.

The winners will meet in the next day's 1 p.m. championship game.

Semifinals of the Armstrong A begin with the fourth-place team facing the regular-season champion, and the third-place team meeting the league runner-up. The winners will meet for the title at Gilman the next night.

Polo queens

Garrison Forest, coached by Cindy Halle, captured the girls national interscholastic polo championship for the second straight season.

The team members, who play against college-level coed teams, are senior Marta Clegg and juniors Alicia Wells, Lindsey McClees and Michelle Sanger.

Wells scored nine goals, including the overtime game-winner against the host team, Culver, Ind., for a win that earned Garrison Forest a spot in the March 17-21 coed National Interscholastic Polo Tournament at the University of Virginia.

That first story

While preparing his college resume Monday night, Mount St. Joseph wrestler Kevin Neville, the state's No. 2-ranked 171-pounder, was browsing through some newspaper clippings when he came across the first article published about him.

" 'Red Toyota Delivers Newborn,' " said Neville, 17, reading from a July 7, 1975 Sun article chronicling his birth.

"It says my grandmother, Mary Bernadette Neville, was driving my mom [Peggy] to St. Agnes Hospital," Neville read, "when I was born into my mother's arms. It calls me a '6-pound, 14-ounce bouncing baby boy.' "

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