Former MSA schools get re-associated

March 22, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The eight-member committee, which this spring has reorganized the Maryland Scholastic Association's 19 remaining private, parochial and Catholic schools into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, is meeting today at Gilman and expects to emerge with a draft of the MIAA's constitution.

The committee, which convened at approximately 8:30 this morning, is comprised of headmasters Robert Twele (Curley), Bo Dickson (McDonogh), Bob Hallett (St. Paul's) and Robert Malzahn (Lutheran), and athletic directors Sherm Bristow (Gilman), Rod Cameron (Gibbons), Jerry Savage (Loyola) and Peter DeSmit (Friends).

After the winter season, Baltimore's 15 public schools completed their exodus from the MSA for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, officially dissolving the organization.

Although the baseball and lacrosse leagues were separate last season, sports on all levels officially have separated this spring with few cross-over games.

The private/parochial and Catholic schools will compete in the MIAA's A and B Conferences for baseball, and the city public schools will compete in two separate divisions -- the 4A league and the 3A-2A league.

All four baseball leagues will play under a double round-robin format,meaning they will face each other twice.

The MIAA's A Conference is comprised of Calvert Hall, McDonogh, Gilman, Gibbons, Mount St. Joseph, Loyola, Curley and Spalding. The B Conference teams are Boys' Latin, Beth Tfiloh, Park, Friends, Mount Carmel, Towson Catholic, Lutheran and St. Paul's.

The city's 4A division is comprised of Edmondson, Lake Clifton, Mervo, Patterson, Southern, Walbrook and Southwestern. The 3A-2A consists of Poly, City, Douglass, Forest Park, Northern, Northwestern, Carver and Dunbar.

During the period from April 15-20, the city public schools also will play 14 interdivisional games -- that is, squads from the 4A going against 3A-2A teams. Some city programs also have scheduled games against MIAA teams.

In lacrosse, however, unlike last year, when city teams were divided into two divisions regardless of classification, the leagues are now in one 13-team division with each team having a 12-game schedule.

There are no cross-over games between the MIAA and the city in boys lacrosse.

"With 12 games, everyone has a chance to play everyone else," said Obie Barnes of Forest Park, the district 9 lacrosse chairperson for city public schools.

Walbrook lacrosse coach Richard Hall, who is also a referee in football, says he has supported the city's move to regional and state competition "for 15 years."

"The change in the lacrosse schedule was a good move," Hall said. "It breaks down the facade that the B Conference's level of play is better than the C Conference."

City has girls lacrosse

This year, 10 city schools will play girls lacrosse in an inaugural league, as City, Forest Park, Lake Clifton, Mervo, Northwestern, Patterson, Poly, Southwestern, Western and Walbrook all will field teams.

Forest Park's Barnes was charged with putting together a schedule which in most cases -- and with the exception of Western, an all-girls school -- reflects the opposite of the boys' schedules. For example, when Southwestern's boys are at Northwestern, the Sabers' girls will be at home against the Wildcats.

With the possible exception of City, which had a clinic team last year, the city squads won't enter the state association playoffs this year, Barnes said.

"We feel one year of getting acquainted with the sport is necessary," said Barnes. "They'll concentrate on learning and having fun."

The same can be applied to the league's coaches.

"I was looking for a lacrosse job, but I hadn't spent a lot of time watching the girls' game, which has roles that are completely different," said Forest Park's girls coach Robert Britt, a former player under Barnes at Forest Park.

"None of the girls I have has ever played, but they're taking it very seriously," Britt said.

Mervo's mastery

Led by All-Metro speedsters Anthony Stuckey and Ben Braswell, Mervo's Mustangs turned in admirable efforts in the March 12-13 National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field championships at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

Unlike the rest of Maryland, city schools do not offer indoor track. Yet the Mustangs' 800-relay team of Royston Little, Braswell, James Carter and Stuckey finished in 1 minute, 30.1 seconds -- good for fourth place.

Braswell was 12th in the 55-meter --, but with an impressive time of 6.41.

"Those times [by the 800 team and by Braswell] would have been enough to win this year's indoor state championships in all classifications," said Mervo assistant coach Ron Neal. "The four-by-two had the nation's fourth fastest time of the season. That's not bad for only two weeks of practice."

St. Joe's search

Mount St. Joseph has an opening for head varsity football coach, and interested parties can send resumes to athletic director Paul Triplett or call (410) 644-6364.

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