Group meets on future of MSA schools

February 25, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

An eight-member committee is examining the organization of a league to replace the Maryland Scholastic Association, which dissolves after the winter sports season.

The committee -- consisting of four headmasters and four athletic directors -- most recently met Feb. 14. It was the fifth meeting since September, shortly after Baltimore City's 15 public schools left the MSA for the state association.

"We were really in an exploratory phase until Christmas, but there was a consensus that the MSA wasn't going to continue as it has," said Father Robert Twele, the committee's chairman and spokesman and headmaster at Archbishop Curley.

The other members are headmasters Bo Dickson (McDonogh), BobHallett (St. Paul's) and Robert Malzahn (Lutheran), and athletic directors Sherm Bristow (Gilman), Rod Cameron (Gibbons), Jerry Savage (Loyola) and Pieter DeSmit (Friends).

From its first meeting Oct. 6, the committee has worked on formulating an outline for a constitution to govern a new athletic association for the 19 private, parochial and Catholic schools that -- along with the 15 city public schools -- comprised the MSA.

"We've spent a good deal of time educating ourselves by looking in other areas, like New York and Philadelphia, at other [non-public school] athletic associations," Twele said.

"We've circulated a draft to the interested schools of a copy of what the new constitution and its language would look like. The reaction so far has been favorable."

Twele said the new organization would be founded on "the same traditions and philosophical framework of the good things the MSA has done," but added it would be "more multi-layered" with a wider range of input from its various members.

"We will have both elected and appointed representation of each school on a sequential basis, along with separate committees so that more voices are represented," Twele said. "No school will be left out of voicing its opinion, but we also want to retain some perspective of the history so as not to repeat the past."

Unlike the MSA, which dealt strictly with boys sports, Twele said the league might later explore the possibility of bringing girls schools into the new organization.

"There have been inquiries from women's schools, and we're leaving that possibility open," Twele said. "But we've decided to focus on the task at hand, namely reorganizing the MSA's former members."

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