Conference to study gender equity


October 12, 1994|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Officials of the state athletic association, in an effort to improve gender equity standards in its programs, have scheduled a conference on Monday at the Greenbelt Marriott.

"There's been a tremendous increase in the awareness of [Title IX] issues at the college and local high school levels," said Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Each of the state's 24 school systems has been asked to send two representatives to the conference, which is expected to become an annual event.

"Everyone has responded," said Sparks. "There are large areas of ideas to be discussed, from equally sharing gymnasiums, to the amount of support from booster clubs, to the amount of publicity given to teams."

Shutting them down

Top-ranked Patterson's football team, which recorded its fifth shutout in as many games, 34-0, over Northwestern last week, is two shy of tying three other programs for the state record of seven shutouts.

The Clippers, having outscored their opponents, 182-0, can tie Allegany (1926), Cambridge (1979) and Seneca Valley (1977) with shutouts of Carver and Lake Clifton.

A shutout of No. 7 City would break the record. They close with Forest Park and Southern-B.

Patterson remains the state's only unscored-upon team. No. 2 Dunbar (4-0) has outscored its opponents, 140-6, with three shutouts -- including two straight.

With six shutouts under coach Pete Pompey in 1992, including a 33-0 win over Patterson, Dunbar is tied for second on the all-time list with Allegany (1941-42), Catoctin (1982) and Wilde Lake (1992).

The Poets are fourth with 24 straight shutout quarters. Seneca Valley (1977) holds the record for shutouts in a season with 11.

Conversely, Douglass (0-5) has been outscored, 188-0.

Western on the run

According to coach Jerry Molyneaux, whose assistants are Carlos Manning and Larry McCoy, Western's cross country team never had been ranked No. 1 in the area before this season.

The Doves already have beaten defending 4A state champ Perry Hall and Mount de Sales, last year's Association of Independent Schools champ.

Sophomore ace Kimya McCoy set a course record at Western last Tuesday, but freshmen Lolita Manning and Elizabeth Johnson and seniors Somaree Taru and Tamara Clark are always within a minute of each other.

Western was a runner-up at the season-opening Spiked Shoe Invitational -- the highest area place-winner -- behind Richard Montgomery of Montgomery County but ahead of such teams as Annapolis and Mount de Sales.

A week later, however, the Doves won the 15-team North County Invitational, with Manning being a runner-up to Kristin Nicolini (Annapolis) in a field of 109 runners. Western (34 points) finished ahead of Annapolis (109) and Perry Hall (143).

In last weekend's Harford County Invitational, Western (third with 129 points) was the highest-placing area team behind Linganore (71) and North Penn (Pa.).

Perry Hall (sixth), C. Milton Wright (seventh), Mount de Sales (10th) and Oakland Mills (11th) also were entered.

The Doves, perennial powers in city cross country, placed third in its 4A North Region last year behind Perry Hall and Dulaney, which finished 1-2 in the 4A state meet.

Pitching clinic

Jack Crandell will conduct a softball wind-miller pitching clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Western High at $5 per participant. For more information, call Western at (410) 396-7035.

Sabelhaus watch

McDonogh quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus, who has passed for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns, now has thrown for 41 career touchdowns and 4,837 career yards -- 641 shy of the state passing yardage record (5,478) set in 1969 by John Carroll graduate Al Neville.

Sabelhaus must average 160.25 yards over the last four games.

The quiet man

While Sabelhaus, Dennis Badham and Dwayne Stukes consistently have grabbed the headlines for No. 3 McDonogh's football team, Jason Taylor, a wide receiver and defensive back, has more quietly made his own contributions.

Taylor leads the team with four interceptions, two of which he has returned for touchdowns of 60 and 72 yards, and ranks second with 15 receptions for 222 yards.

His lone touchdown catch of 39 yards gave McDonogh a permanent lead in last week's 21-18 win over Mount St. Joseph.

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