Reflecting on the MSAThe end of the 1993-94 winter season...

LETTERS

February 06, 1994

Reflecting on the MSA

The end of the 1993-94 winter season will bring an end to a grand experience for high school youth in the Baltimore metropolitan area since 1918.

Having been determined by its membership as no longer fulfilling its needs, the Maryland Scholastic Association will close its doors.

Around the country, the MSA has been known as one of the few successful organizations bringing the public, private and parochial schools together despite the varied backgrounds of the participants.

Socio-economics was not important as young people gathered on the gridirons, the baseball fields, the wrestling mats and the basketball courts. Kids from all over the area learned to compete against each other on common grounds.

Those of us who worked hard to uphold the traditions and concepts of the MSA have mixed emotions as we face its dissolution. The Baltimore City public schools now have a tremendous opportunity to enhance their programs with state championships. The downside is that many of the long-lasting friendships and rivalries may no longer be possible.

Some of us in the public sector will attempt to continue offering as many opportunities for competition against private and parochial opponents as possible. I urge other public schools to do the same.

We never want to forget the ideals of the MSA -- sportsmanship, cooperation and respect for others. Those priorities helped many of us as we came up through the MSA programs and developed sound backgrounds to success as adults.

So here's to the Herb Armstrongs and the Charlie Gampers and the Vince Baglis and the Hy Zolets, who, through their patience and leadership, helped to mold young minds and bodies into responsible adults.

Remember the MSA as an organization which, in its time, served a great purpose, that of providing the glue that helped bring together youngsters of different racial, religious and ethnic

backgrounds.

Mark Schlenoff

Vice president, MSA

CFL shouldn't stop NFL here

Why is the governor treating the Canadian Football League the way the NFL treated Baltimore? I have no doubt that the Baltimore area could support the CFL Colts, an NFL team and the Orioles. Note that Miami supports major-league baseball, NFL football, University of Miami football, the NBA and the NHL.

Baltimore could do the same, with the CFL replacing major college football. This is a football town. If, by some miracle, we get an NFL team, we'll have two football teams to root for. As CFL tickets will be cheaper than NFL tickets, different people will probably attend each team's games. Canadian football and NFL football are two different games.

Note how many fans have already reserved season tickets for Jim Speros' prospective CFL team. We can't let them down simply to mollify the same NFL that spit in our collective faces three times (when the Colts left and when they snubbed us for Charlotte and Jacksonville). Give Speros the ball!

Alan Hess

Pikesville

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