Changes begin at top in county Athletics, phys ed are now separate

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

Starting at the top, there are plenty of changes in Baltimore County athletics.

Ron Belinko, formerly the coordinator of physical education and athletics, is now in the office of athletics -- separate from the office of physical education -- as coordinator of athletics.

Belinko's former assistant and supervisor of phys ed and athletics for women, Sarajane Quinn, is now the coordinator of health and physical education.

"Phys ed is now under the department of instruction. Athletics is under the department of student services," said Belinko, whose assistant, Notebook

Jill Masterman, was a multi-sport coach at Randallstown for several years before spending last season as softball coach at Overlea.

Masterman, the state softball chairwoman, recently was picked by the National Federation of State Athletic Associations to represent Section II -- Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio -- on its softball committee.

"Not many of our people have served nationally like this," said Belinko.

Shedding some light

In an effort to prevent county athletes from missing school for sports events, the county school board -- on Jan. 28 -- passed a measure that means more night and Saturday games starting this fall.

"Hereford, Lansdowne, Owings Mills and Kenwood have lights, and Dundalk and Catonsville [community colleges] will give us the Friday nights that are available," said Belinko. "Also, there are more games being played on Saturday afternoon."

Rather than 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., Belinko said all sports events will start no earlier than 3:45 or 4 p.m. "to keep students in class, to keep coaches teaching the classes and to involve the community more in the planning and participation" of events.

This also gives the students time to ride buses to away games. Exceptions will be made during daylight savings time and for regional and state playoffs, Belinko said.

"We want to give our students the same opportunity to participate for parents and larger crowds" that surrounding county programs have had for years, he added.

Dunbar's finest

A team aptly named Baltimore's Finest and featuring such past Dunbar High stars as Sam Cassell, Kurk Lee, Donta Bright and Keith Booth, polished off the Green Fuel, 132-125, for the Urban Coalition League senior division title Sunday at Washington's Dunbar High.

Cassell, who recently signed with the Houston Rockets, led his team with 29 points, followed by Lee (25), a Towson State graduate who spent 1990-91 with the New Jersey Nets. Bright, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, scored 22 points, and the University of Maryland-bound Booth had 11.

The opposing team featured Clarence Green (34 points), the 1991 Division II Player of the Year for Cheyney State, making seven three-pointers. St. Frances graduate Devin Gray, a sophomore at Clemson, had nine points for Baltimore's Finest.

MSA's football divisions

The following are the new football divisions for the Maryland Scholastic Association:

The private schools' Armstrong A Division includes five former MSA A teams and St. Mary's, formerly of the C Conference: McDonogh, Gilman, Calvert Hall, Loyola, St. Mary's and Mount St. Joseph.

Cardinal Gibbons, formerly of the A Conference, will compete in the Armstrong B Division with four-time C Conference champion St. Paul's, Boys' Latin, Archbishop Curley, Severn and Archbishop Spalding.

The city public schools will crown champions in the 4A, 3A and 2A leagues, said City coach George Petrides, adding that there are no private schools on his Knights' schedule and few games between the private and city public schools.

The seven 4A schools are Edmondson, Lake Clifton, Mervo, Patterson, Southern, Southwestern and Walbrook. In the 3A are Carver, City, Douglass, Northern and Poly, and in the 2A are Dunbar, Forest Park and Northwestern.

The annual City-Poly football game, played on Thanksgiving until this year, is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 6 -- the last possible day before the state playoffs begin a week later -- at a site to be determined.

"More than likely it will be Nov. 6, and we're looking at getting it back at the [Memorial] Stadium," said Petrides. "We've just started the process, so we're still working on it."

Hot shots

Charles Forbes of the Cherry Hill recreation department and Dwayne Banks of Bentalou recreation played for the Severna Park Green Hornets at the 11-and-under Amateur Athletic Union nationals at Cocoa Beach, Fla., earlier this month.

With 58 points, Banks was the team's second-leading scorer in the Aug. 1-8 tournament, pacing the Green Hornets to a 5-2 record and eighth place among 62 teams.

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