Ron Belinko, president of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, is scheduled to address a proposal by the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association to expand the present state-playoff format from eight to 16 games.
According to Belinko, who will speak at the MSFCA's meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland, the proposal calls for establishing the first play date the Friday before Labor Day -- a week earlier than usual -- and the first practice date 20 days before Labor Day (Aug. 13).
A copy of the June 6 proposal was issued to The Baltimore Sun and The Belinko Commission, a panel chosen and headed by Belinko to examine a change from the MPSSAA's long-used playoff point system to an open state tournament for all sports except football.
Though the Belinko Commission has elected to introduce the open state tournament concept this fall as an experimental pilot in volleyball and soccer, Ned Sparks -- executive secretary of the MPSSAA -- said the committee had agreed in its initial stages that football was not to be tampered with.
"We've fought that battle before," said Sparks. "The handful of people who wrote that [proposal] haven't the faintest idea what it would take to do this."
The major stumbling block, Belinko said, would be "convincing jTC all 24 of the state's school superintendents to go with the expansion in football."
"The open state tournaments in the other sports were all worked out within the dates already established," Belinko said. "There was no expansion requested as far as the time concerned."
Scott gets her due
Last month at Western High, the Doves' athletic director Eva Scott was presented with a surprise dedication toward the renaming of the Poly-Western complex's Robert Lumsden Stadium to Lumsden-Scott Stadium.
Scott, the first black teacher at Western, has been at the nation's oldest all-girls public school for 36 years. The school began celebrating its 150th anniversary on May 4 and it will conclude with a convocation on Nov. 1.
Robert Lumsden Stadium was named after Poly's longtime athletic director.
At the ceremony, Scott was presented with roses and a plaque that read: "Teacher, Athletic Director, Role Model. In recognition of 36 years of exemplary service and devotion to the students of Western High School. Presented at the dedication of the Lumsden-Scott Stadium on May 18th."
"The ceremony was a complete surprise," said Scott. "I was delighted that my name would be placed on the stadium not only for myself, but for the Western girls who need to feel that this is equally their stadium."
Cordish does it again
A day after turning 19 in June last year, 1992 Gilman graduate Reed Cordish became one of the three youngest champs ever to win the six-day Greater Baltimore Men's Singles Tennis Championships at Suburban Country Club in Pikesville.
And with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Claude England last Sunday, Cordish -- who recently completed an exemplary sophomore season at Princeton -- repeated as champion.
The bout with England was a rematch of last year's 3 1/2 -hour semifinal, won by Cordish, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
At Princeton, Cordish won 90 percent of his matches in singles and doubles playing the Nos. 1 and 2 positions and leading the Tigers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Final 16s for the first time in the school's history.
Cordish will be the Tigers' team captain next year.