A Conference tosses around return to Stadium for baseball tourney Cameron says it is a consideration Notebook

April 28, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

With the Baysox using Memorial Stadium, the field is in great shape and the chairman of the Maryland Scholastic Association baseball tournament is pondering a return after a five-year absence.

"We've considered it," said Cardinal Gibbons baseball coach Rod Cameron, chairman of the A Conference, which has used Towson State University as the tournament site since leaving Memorial Stadium.

Cameron said the May 19-20 tournament "has not been finalized at Towson yet."

"To use the stadium, I'd have to start making some phone calls," Cameron said. "In the past, when we had played in the stadium, it was very enjoyable. But it became almost impossible to get in there because of the city's deal with the Orioles. A lot of times, 72 hours before and 72 hours after, no one would be allowed in.

"Towson has been great, and they have a very nice facility. The teams have enjoyed playing there."

Unanimous decision

A plan for separate dual-meet wrestling state championships, in addition to the 23-year-old state tournament that crowns individual and team champs, likely will go into effect for the 1993-1994 season.

The plan, researched and developed by North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein, was presented by Bauerlein to the state association's Board of Control at its first of two annual meetings in Ocean City last weekend. It passed by a 49-0 margin but will be reviewed by the state superintendents next month.

George McKelvey, coordinator of officials for the state association, said, "I don't think it will be a problem [getting the proposal through]."

In the dual-meet tournament, which would take place during the third week in February, teams would compete for separate 2A-1A and 4A-3A state titles, qualifying for regional tournaments "kind of like basketball," said McKelvey.

"Since it's the same weekend as most county tournaments, it will require some scheduling adjustments," said McKelvey.

Based on a point system in which 4A and 3A schools are worth eight points and 2A and 1A schools are worth six points, the four best teams from each of the eight regions will compete in a quad meet early in the week, Bauerlein said. The regional champs then would compete in a quad-meet state championship on the weekend.

"In essence, 16 teams will compete for 2A-1A and 4A-3A state titles," said Bauerlein. "I've been proposing it for a few years now, and I'm tickled to death."

Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, was in Kansas City for a meeting of state executive directors and a legal conference and unavailable for comment.

"It's been a concept that's been worked on for a couple of years. Most of the coaches are in favor of it," said McKelvey, who is also an official with the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association. "I don't think it will affect it [the prestige] of the other state tournament at all."

Should it pass, Maryland will join states like Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota with the new dual-meet title format.

"It's nice to have another two-classification tournament, and without disturbing the present one, it's a chance for Maryland to be among the nation's leaders," said Ron Belinko, coordinator of the present state tournament.

"If you have a nice dual-meet team, this is going to emphasize the team concept."

Braswell's best

Mervo's All-Metro sprinter Ben Braswell, who ranks among the area's best in six categories, had an outstanding effort at last weekend's Penn Relays.

He anchored the area's best 400 relay team to a 42.2-second effort, which earned a fourth-place finish in the Consolation Championships of America, and the mile relay to a state-best 3:23.3 effort.

Braswell ranks first among area long jumpers (22-6), first in the 100 (10.5 seconds) and second in the 200 (22.2) behind teammate Anthony Stucky (21.9).

He also anchors the area's fastest 400 and mile relay teams.

Moving ahead

All-Metro sophomores Danny DeVivo (154 pounds) and Marty Kusick (114.5) led a team of Maryland wrestlers to a combined 42-21 record in individual matches in last weekend's Northeast Regional freestyle and Greco-Roman qualifying championships at Brockport (N.Y.) State University.

DeVivo, a Maryland Scholastic Association champ at Mount St. Joseph, won eight matches to reach the freestyle final, where he finished second to Rising Sun's two-time 2A-1A state champ Jason Townsend. Kusick, a 2A-1A state champ at Northeast, was fourth in his first freestyle event.

Both wrestlers qualified to compete in the Aug. 1-10 Tour de Monde, which makes several stops in Bulgaria.

The effort came a week after DeVivo's championship effort in the Cadet freestyle qualifier, which earned him a place on the United States team in the July 6-9 Cadet World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.

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