High school regions get new names MPSSAA seeks to stop confusion Notebook

June 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The high school state association, in a move to clarify regional locations and to provide better understanding for the public in general, has renamed the regions for prep sports.

Following are the changes as outlined in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's newsletter Scout:

For the 4A, 3A and 2A levels: Region I becomes West, Region II be- comes North, Region III is South and Region IV is East. On the 1A level, Region I becomes 1A West, Region II becomes South, Region III becomes North and IV becomes East.

So, for example, 4A Region I will be called 4A West during the 1993-94 seasons, 3A Region II is 3A North, 2A Region III is 2A South and 1A Region IV is 1A East.

No Baltimore Metro area schools are in 4A South, 3A South, or 1A West and East.

Nolan named

The Basketball Times magazine, a national scouting publication for college recruiters and coaches, lists Dunbar's two-time All-Metro center Norman Nolan on its fifth team for the class of 1994. No other area players were selected for the 12, five-man teams named.

In its special prep edition for July, the magazine said Nolan, 6 feet 8, "has the potential to rank among the top five or 10 in the class, as evident by the fact that he was the Most Valuable Player at Five Star Pitt III [basketball camp] and had 16 points and seven rebounds in the Orange-White All-Star game at Honesdale II [camp] as a rising junior last summer."

Nolan, who transferred from Milford Mill after leading it to a 1A state crown in 1992, averaged 18.1 points and 12.3 rebounds to help the Poets and All-American Keith Booth to this year's 1A crown.

Lacrosse likeness

Lacrosse coaches Randy Dase of Towson High and Jim Moorhead of St. Mary's have a lot in common.

They were childhood friends in Rogers' Forge, where they each attended Dumbarton Junior High (now a middle school) and played basketball, lacrosse and baseball together.

Each graduated from Towson High in 1972 and attended Johns Hopkins together, playing lacrosse before graduating in 1976 with social and behavioral science degrees.

Each went to work in 1977 as social studies teachers. Moorhead was later promoted to his present position of vice principal.

The two men, each of whom was a member of the other's wedding party, each have newborn sons -- with Austin Howard Dase being born in late March and Samuel James Moorhead in early May.

A week after Moorhead coached this year's Saints to their first Maryland Scholastic Association crown, Dase led Towson to its second straight 2A-1A state crown.

"We weren't even good buddies until we got in college, so things have just sort of fallen in this way," said Dase.

"Most of the time, we've been competitive with each other in a quiet sense, all the way back to junior high when I beat him for the SGA presidency by two votes."

Dase will replace Paul Becker as soccer coach at Towson this fall. Becker, science department chairman and varsity softball coach, will move to the junior varsity to "lighten his load a little," said Dase.

Northwest rules state

The Northwest Wrestling Club, which trains out of McDonogh School, won the title at Saturday's state freestyle championships at Bullis School in Montgomery County.

One of four champions for the club was two-time All-American and Owings Mills graduate Grant Johnson (178), a three-time state champand The Sun's 1992-93 All-Metro Wrestler of the Year, who is headed for Boston College.

Johnson was joined by two-time Maryland Scholastic Association champ and Calvert Hall graduate Brendan James (144), a second-team All-Metro pick who pinned his way to the title.

Woodlawn senior heavyweight Darrell Mance, who as a junior last winter became the Warriors' first-ever state champ, and Rising Sun's two-time state champ, Jason Townsend (154), also won titles for Northwest.

The club is this year's East Coast Cup runner-up to Newtown Square's (Pa.) Team Foxcatcher and heads into this weekend's Amateur Athletic Union's Grand Nationals (July 23-27) at Hershey Arena.

Coons honored

Edgewood's Jamie Coons, an All-Metro outfielder and The Sun's 1993 Player of the Year for Harford County, is Gatorade's Maryland Baseball Player of the Year.

A three-year varsity player, Coons led the 2A Region IV runner-up

Rams -- and the metro area -- in stolen bases with 31. He also scored 30 runs and batted .525 with 31 hits and three home runs.

Yankees drafted

McDonogh graduate Kenny Cloude and Mount St. Joseph graduate Bill Dunn -- products of baseball teams in the Yankee Rebels' Boys Club -- were drafted eighth and 15th, respectively, in this month's major-league draft.

Cloude, a two-time All-Metro pick who was taken by the Seattle Mariners, plays for the Rebels' 17-18 squad. He was The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in 1991-92 after leading the Eagles to the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown. The Eagles were MSA A runners-up this year behind Cloude, who is headed for the University of Richmond.

Dunn, who played for the Rebels from 1986-90, batted .351 as an infielder for this year's Arizona State Sun Devils. The senior-to-be was the Topps Co-Gold Diamond Amateur Baseball Player of the Year.

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