New playoff system to be tried this fall

SIDELINES

April 27, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Soccer and volleyball will be used as a pilot program this fall for the state high school open tournament proposal.

North County's Steve Malone, who announced his retirement as the Knights' boys soccer coach last week, said the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is going to experiment with putting all teams into the state soccer and volleyball tournaments this fall regardless of records.

The playoff points system (with points awarded for victories) will be discarded.

"Soccer and volleyball will be the pilot program this fall and if all goes well, we expect open tournaments for all sports [except football] by the fall of '95," said Malone, who was a member of the committee that made the recommendation to the State Board of Controls last weekend in Ocean City.

The points system has never been foolproof, and the MPSSAA has been looking for another way to qualify teams for the postseason.

MPSSAA Executive Secretary Ned Sparks told the committee studying the playoff system to come back with something dramatically different from the current system.

The open tournament is substantially different; however, I'm not convinced it's the way to go. The mere fact that an 0-20 team could defeat a 20-0 team bothers me, and if the teams are seeded by records the process could get political.

There is no doubt in my mind that the best way is to go by the region standings with each team playing everybody in its region. Take the top four by order of finish per wins and losses, not points, and start the region playoffs.

And please, don't give me that lame excuse that playing everybody in a region would create travel problems. Currently most of the regions are geographically sound and if there are logistical problems, rearrange the regions to make it work. It could be done.

Eliminate the points system and the open tournament proposal, and go back to the old-fashioned way of winning a league (region) by going to head-to-head with the competition.

Attention Bruin alumni

The Broadneck Bruins Alumni Lacrosse game has been rescheduled for noon Saturday, June 4 at Broadneck. The change was made to accommodate the first state seniors all-star lacrosse game for public schools planned for Sunday, June 5 at Loyola College in Baltimore.

Broadneck coach Clay White is involved with the State Lacrosse Coaches Association in organizing the all-star game.

White is inviting all former Bruin players for the alumni game with the odd-numbered-year graduates taking on the even-numbered-year alumni. Each player will get a souvenir T-shirt, and a picnic will follow the game.

For more information, call Alan Segree at (410) 757-1678 or Don Jackson, (410) 757-4866.

Navy women still unbeaten

Make it 8-0 for the Navy women's club lacrosse team. The Mids defeated the Loyola College club team, 13-10, Sunday for only the second loss for the Greyhounds (5-2).

Loyola's other loss came against Essex Community College, a team Navy plays Saturday.

Amy Morrison had five goals and an assist for Navy in the Loyola game while Maureen McFarland chipped in with three goals, and two each came from Sara Wright and Michele Casey. Deb Roberge scored the other goal for Navy.

'Chalk Talk' on deck

Severna Park High School will play host to "Chalk Talk," a seminar on athletics and scholarships geared toward eighth-graders, freshmen and sophomores at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Falcons' auditorium.

University of Maryland football coach Mark Duffner and Bob Minnex, director of enforcement from the NCAA, are among speakers who will discuss earning scholarships, what's involved, NCAA rules on GPAs and SAT scores.

"Chalk Talk" is open to the public with no admission fee. For information call Bob Ferguson at (410) 544-0900.

Countians excel for St. Joe

Steve Matcuk of Lake Shore and Pat Bowen of Severna Park were standouts for No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (13-2) in last weekend's Riverdale Baptist Tournament. Matcuk pitched a 3-2 championship victory over host Riverdale (21-3), ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post. He struck out nine on a four-hitter before leaving in the sixth inning with a sore elbow.

Matcuk won tournament MVP honors and the Gaels advanced to the title game thanks to Bowen's one-hitter with eighth strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Bishop Ford (N.Y).

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