Proposed Patterson reorganization worries sports and phys ed staff

May 04, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Patterson's fourth-year athletic director Roger Wrenn, in his 20th season as a football and baseball coach, says the school's sports and physical education staff is concerned about the future.

Under a plan supported by state superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and city superintendent Walter G. Amprey, a radical ++ housecleaning might soon remove the school's entire staff and force everybody to reapply for their positions.

Wrenn and the school's 129 other staffers would be competing for their old positions against candidates from inside and outside the district.

"Our coaches and phys ed teachers are very, very, very concerned," said Wrenn. "I really don't know what the situation is. I've even asked the principal, and he said he didn't know whether he has a job."

"We think some of the best teachers are coaching, and we like to think that some good things happen in athletics at Patterson," Wrenn said. "It's not pretty, and there are a lot of people hurt by the whole thing. They're concerned about who's got a job and who doesn't."

NB On April 19, Douglass High School averted state intervention.

Still going

All-Metro wrestlers Darrel Mance of Woodlawn, competing in the unlimited category, and J. R. Plienis (220 pounds) of McDonogh, were second and third, respectively, in their disciplines at last weekend's College Esquire national championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Two-time state champ Mance -- Woodlawn's first state champ -- beat three college wrestlers to place second in freestyle. Plienis, a Maryland Scholastic Association champ, placed third in

Greco-Roman.

Tennis power

Perennial tennis champion McDonogh has another young, powerful squad this year.

Five players are back for the Eagles, who are vying for their third straight league title, their seventh in the past eight years. The Eagles were in the MSA last year but have entered the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association this year.

Among the five returning players, sophomore Nick Colvin, who had won 46 straight sets, has moved into the No. 1 slot. Colvin has had some difficult matches, including a non-conference loss to the No 1-ranked 18-and-under player in the country, Paul Goldstein of Sidwell Friends in Washington, at the Landon School Tournament.

Three other players from last year's team returned to the top six slots. Scott Ackerman is ranked second, followed by juniors Ross Cooperman and Andy Robbins. Craig Shulman also returns to the team and is ranked seventh.

Two new players joined this year's team, including Niki Colvin's successor as freshman phenom, Scott Dilloff, who is 13-1 and ranked fifth. The sixth spot is filled by newcomer Kevin Fishkind.

With a 13-1 record "the team is looking good so far," said coach

Laddie Levy.

Change of scenery

Mike Mohler, who helped to turn around the Seton Keough basketball team, has left the Gators after one season to coach the Catonsville girls team.

He replaces Dennis Quinby, who retired after this past season.

Mohler will see some familiar faces at Catonsville, including that of his daughter, Meghann, who will be the Comets' point guard. A sophomore, she was an All-Baltimore County 1A-2A selection.

Mohler's brother, Don, is the school's principal, and his son, Brenndan, will be a freshman there this fall.

"The biggest consideration was the opportunity to coach my daughter," Mohler said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have that experience."

Last season, Mohler was named The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year after leading 14th-ranked Seton Keough to an 18-8 record. The Gators were a combined 16-28 the two seasons before Mohler's arrival.

As he did at Seton Keough, Mohler takes over a team laden with underclassmen. The Comets (16-6), who made it to the Class 2A North region semifinals, will have one senior next season.

"I love Seton Keough, and there's still a big chunk of me over there," said Mohler, who spent seven years as the Catonsville Community College men's coach before going to Seton Keough. "My goal now is to win a state title for Catonsville."

Bruins improve

Park School, which started its third baseball season by losing its first six games, has its first three varsity victories. The Bruins have a winning streak with a 7-6 victory over Friends and two wins over Towson Catholic.

Park has two promising freshmen, third baseman Danny Diamond and pitcher Webster Philips. Diamond (.400) hits well, and Philips throws "around 80 mph consistently," coach Alan Garfinkle said.

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