Kids get boost from winter basketball league

January 18, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Christopher Beattie, a social worker with Harbor City Learning Center, spearheaded the organization of a five-team, alternative basketball league this winter.

The league, says Beattie, "is the rejuvenation of the vocational league that ended about five years ago." It is funded by the city's department of public school athletics, and ends with a Feb. 7-11 championship tournament.

It is composed of Harbor City, whose coach is William Hawkins, Fairmont-Harford Institute, coached by Ira Mitchell, Francis M. Wood, coached by Leon Nunnelly, Briscoe, coached by Robert Hull and Bruce Manise and Venable, coached by Rudy Goins.

"It's designed to provide a chance for athletic competition for schools that haven't had those programs for years. And it's a chance to provide an incentive for staying in school," said Beattie. "There's been a great deal of cooperation from Don Williams in the Department of Education and athletics, and from the various coaches within the league."

Additional financial help, said Beattie, could lead to the formation of baseball and softball teams this spring. "We're finding it's successful in both providing some serious competition and as **TC complement to their scholastic achievements," Beattie said.

Cardinals No. 20

Against coach Mark Amatucci's wishes, his Calvert Hall basketball squad entered this week's Baltimore Sun Top 20. The Cardinals, who failed to get even one vote last week, won their sixth straight game, 72-71, in overtime over Loyola yesterday, earning the final spot in the poll.

Rivalry revisited

On Jan. 10, Bryn Mawr downed visiting St. Timothy's, 33-16, in the 93rd annual meeting in their girls basketball rivalry. Bryn Mawr leads the series 52-39, and has won the last nine.

It is possibly the longest rivalry in the United States, according to St. Timothy's athletic director Janet Powers.

She said the first game, won by Bryn Mawr, 8-7, was played Nov. 25, 1901 at St. Tim's.

"There was not much offense, or a lot of tough defense," said Laura Amick, public affairs director for the school, of the early games. Until 1928, the games during the winter were played outdoors on a dirt court behind Bryn Mawr.

"They had to face the elements as well as the opponent," said Amick.

"Bryn Mawr won the first 10 games, largely because during the second year they were the first of the two teams to switch from the long corduroy skirts that came down to your ankles, to the skirts that came to your knees," said Powers, St. Timothy's athletic director and Bryn Mawr's basketball coach for five years until 1985.

Unlike today, newspapers were admonished by head mistress Edith Hamilton not to publish team members' names "because it was improper for women, unless they were being born or being married."

"Girls today have great opportunities. But everything's relative, and we didn't care if our names were in the paper or not," said Rosalie Oster, 85, a former member of Bryn Mawr's 1925 squad and an active alumnus.

"I haven't been here as long as some others, but it's a game that's anticipated with excitement," said Amick. "It gives everyone a chance to reflect back about the history of the school."

Overlea's offerings

Overlea wrestling coach Bruce Malinowski reports that there are still vacancies for three teams in his Jan. 29 Falcons' Invitational. Interested parties can call him at 887-5241 or 5428.

Chesapeake football

Twelve players from Baltimore City and County were chosen to participate with 58 others from around the state in a 1 p.m. tryout on Feb. 6 for the second annual Chesapeake Football Classic. The tryout and the July 23 game -- against the best from Northern Virginia -- will take place at the University of Maryland.

Leading the way are All-Metros Dwight Banks (City, wide receiver), Greg Kyler (Poly, running back), Mark Knoedler (Overlea, lineman) and Lamar King (Chesapeake-BC, linebacker).

The others were Faraji Mason (Loyola, lineman), Dennis Harding (Lake Clifton, wide receiver), Mike Layden (McDonogh, linebacker), Lamont Hector (Northern, linebacker), Mark Franklin (Perry Hall, running back), Tex DeLeon (Towson, running back), Dan Ross (Towson, linebacker) and Darrel Mance (Woodlawn, linebacker).

Bob Davis (Towson) and Chuck Markiewicz (North County) are on the coaching staff.

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