Playoff point system target of MPSSAA panel

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

A 15-member committee met Thursday to embark on an eight-month-long study of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's playoff point system.

Announced in the fall edition of the MPSSAA's Scout magazine, the group -- seven of whom are from the Baltimore area -- was chosen during the summer and will work through the season and report its findings in April.

"The committee formed as a result of a combination of a lot of different questions and concerns regarding the current point system," said committee member Jill Masterman, a specialist in the Baltimore County office of athletics, working with coordinator Ron Belinko.

Masterman, who is also the tournament chairperson for the state volleyball and softball tournaments, said MPSSAA executive secretary Ned Sparks addressed the committee in its first meeting.

"As Ned Sparks said to us, we've had this point system in place a very long time and it's healthy to do some self-examination to see if we can make this better," Masterman said. "It's exciting to be a part of what may be a historic change or to find out whether what we have is pretty darned good and we should keep it that way."

Other area committee members are: Jackie French (supervisor of Howard County Schools), soccer coach Steve Malone (North County), athletic director Bernie Walter (Arundel), principal Don Mohler (Catonsville), Gary Thrift (Baltimore City Schools assistant supervisor) and athletic director Mabel Wilson (Lake Clifton).

"Everyone is being asked to bring any expertise or problems that they've dealt with," Masterman said. "We're all from varied areas and everyone's going to have different experiences and interests. We've just rolled up our sleeves and we're still figuring out how to attack this."

The Scout also announced that beginning this fall, tickets to all regional and state tournaments will be raised by $1: $3 to $4 for regional basketball and wrestling and $4 to $5 for the state championships.

Not a Nike fan

Two days after buying his son Matthew, 8, his first pair of Nike sneakers, Sparks expressed outrage toward the powerful maker of athletic footwear.

Sparks got the news last Tuesday night that Norman Nolan, Dunbar's two-time All-Metro center, might have jeopardized his final season of eligibility by accepting a $100 gift certificate at Nike's all-star basketball tournament earlier this month.

"We ended up buying a pair of Nikes for $47. That was $7 more than I wanted to spend," Sparks said last week. "If I had known that this [Nolan's situation] was going to happen, I'd have bought Matthew a pair of fish-heads."

Lake Clifton's Payne getting offers

Dunbar's Norman Nolan and Gibbons' Steve Wojciechowski have received plenty of publicity as the area's top recruits, but colleges also are interested in Lake Clifton's Terrence Payne.

Anthony Lewis, an Amateur Athletic Union basketball coach for the past 12 years and Payne's coach during the summer at Cecil Kirk, said yesterday that the 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward has been fielding offers since Sept. 13.

Payne has entertained home visits from Northeastern, Kansas State, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth. Xavier University and Providence stopped by last night.

Today, he expects an offer from Oregon State, with Rutgers and St. Bonaventure representatives arriving tomorrow, Towson JTC State and Rhode Island on Monday and Seton Hall on Tuesday.

Ross is boss

When it comes to blocking, Towson lineman Dan Ross Jr. knows his craft. At 6-4, 252 pounds, he also is a terror from his middle-linebacker position.

In last week's 44-0 win over Loch Raven, the Generals (3-1) scored five of their touchdowns by running behind Ross.

Ross, who runs the 40-yard -- in 4.9 seconds, also led his team in tackles (12) and had an interception. On the pickoff, Ross nearly broke for a touchdown but was dragged down by four Raiders' players after a 37-yard return.

"They let me loose on defense," said Ross, whose father, Dan Sr., coaches lacrosse at Howard High.

Last spring, Ross helped the Generals lacrosse team to its second straight 2A-1A state title with 33 goals and 35 assists.

All-American cheer

During a camp at Western Maryland that attracted over 100 cheerleaders, Loch Raven's Ann Zimmerman was named an All-American by the National Cheerleading Association.

Kauffman comes on

In his first start since switching from halfback to fullback, Gilman junior R.C. Kauffman carried the ball 12 times for 79 yards and scored the initial touchdown in the Greyhounds' 21-0 shutout of Forest Park.

"I just went in there and tried to do the best I could," said Kauffman, who also blocked well as teammate David Biddison racked up 156 yards and scored the other two touchdowns.

Harry situation

Robyn Harry, a junior striker for No. 12 Loch Raven, showed last week why coach Lou Menegatti feels she's among Baltimore County's best soccer players.

For the Raiders, last year's 1A-2A runner-up in girls soccer, Harry scored a goal with an assist in a 4-0 victory over Catonsville. Harry was even better in a 7-0 win against Overlea, getting three goals and an assist.

Be like Mike

When Calvert Hall soccer coach Bill Karpovich began his search for a new leader this season, he didn't look past senior striker Mike Lance.

Last week Lance led by example with four goals and three assists in three games for the No. 7 Cardinals.

Lance began the week by assisting on every goal in a 3-1 win over No. 2 Severna Park. He then scored twice each in a 5-1 victory over No. 12 John Carroll and in a 6-0 shutout of Gilman.


Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m., pitching guru Jack Crandell of Anne Arundel County and members of the UMBC softball team will conduct a four-hour pitching and fielding fundamentals clinic at Western-Poly's athletic fields.

"It's really exciting to see fast-pitch coming to the city," said Shirley Williams, Western's softball coach.

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