Vitale to call on awards banquet for unsung heroes

April 21, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Television basketball analyst Dick Vitale of ABC and ESPN will be the guest speaker for the 53rd annual McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards Banquet on April 30.

One male and one female, out of the 102 candidates from 68 public and private schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, will be honored as the 1993 Unsung Heroes.

Each honoree will receive a $3,500-per-year scholarship for each of the four academic years of college.

Going to Germany

Mount St. Joseph's All-Metro sophomore Danny DeVivo (154 pounds) and McDonogh's honorable-mention All-Metro J. R. Plienis (182.5) will represent the United States in this summer's Cadet World Wrestling championships in Germany.

In last weekend's freestyle qualifier at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., DeVivo -- a 15-year-old Maryland Scholastic Association champ -- emerged victorious from a 23-man bracket, scoring four straight technical falls before beating Michigan's Ryan Cunningham, 6-1, in the title bout.

Plienis, 14, competed in a 12-man weight class, pinning all three of his Greco-Roman opponents, including his fastest fall in 1:05 of the title bout.

DeVivo, who was third in the Greco-Roman competition, will wrestle freestyle in the world tournament from July 6-9 in Duisburg, Germany. Plienis, who will serve as a freestyle alternate after dropping that title bout, 11-9, in overtime, wrestles Greco-Roman July 1-3 in Lunen, Germany.

Before their competitions, each wrestler will report to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a week-long workout.

Both wrestlers will compete in this weekend's Northeast Regional freestyle and Greco-Roman qualifying championships at Brockport (N.Y.) State University.

Categories include the schoolboys age group (seventh- and eighth-graders), the juniors (ninth through 12th grade) and the open division. Others competing will be All-Metros Grant Johnson (178) and Kevin Neville (165), who placed fourth in Greco-Roman last year.

World games

Franklin soccer players Noah Egorin and Douglas Mules will compete at the University of Rhode Island in the World Scholar-Athlete Games from June 20 to July 1.

The 12-day celebration of athletics, education and culture is intended to promote understanding, acceptance and friendship among the youth of the world through sports.

The WSAG has received more than 4,000 requests for participation and still is accepting applications. Interested students should call 1-800-849-9724.

Illegal full nelson

Look for Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin officiating the 126-pound title bout during CBS's tape-delayed National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling tournament Sunday at 1 Gaylin, 43, making his second straight NCAA appearance, is the third official from the state to work the event. He had to make a gutsy call in a match won, 7-5, by Nebraska's Tony Purler over Arizona State's Shawn Charles.

"Charles tied the match 5-5, but would have lost by a riding time point anyway, so he tried to cheat with [an illegal] full nelson, but I caught him," said Gaylin, who has officiated locally for 16 years and is president of the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association.

Gaylin followed former McDonogh coach Ray Oliver, who worked the NCAA tournament at the University of Maryland in 1972. Ed Kelly did it from 1985-1987.

"You're nervous at first," said Gaylin, "but once you're out there, you forget that you're on a raised platform in front of all those people and just do your job."

Courting new rules

The National Federation of State High School Associations has introduced several rule changes for the 1993-94 basketball season concerning court conduct and appearance.

Beginning next season, the first technical foul charged to the head coach results in the coach being seated for the remainder of the game, no longer allowed to give instructions within the coaching box area except in allowable situations.

Another new rule requires players' shirts to be tucked inside the pants and the pants to be worn above the hips. Players failing to do this must leave the game. They may re-enter at the next substitution opportunity if they meet the rule.

The following rule changes also were made:

* During free-throw attempts, the shooter may move upon releasing the ball, but cannot break the plane of the free-throw line until the ball touches the rim or backboard.

* Players no longer may seek to intimidate the shooter by moving into the semicircle simultaneously with the release of the ball. Excessive swinging of the arms or elbows is no longer a lane violation, but a technical foul.

* If an official stops play to remove a bleeding player, teams also may not use timeouts to treat the player and keep him in the game. Also, coaches will be allowed to pick the free-throw shooter.

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