Decisions on boys, girls game times is fair compromise

SIDELINES

October 23, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Maybe too much has been made of this concern over gender equity lawsuits, but give the school board credit for coming to a fair decision last week.

"It's somewhat of a compromise, but something everybody can work with," said Rick Wiles, the county coordinator of physical education on the future game times of boys and girls sports.

The school board is leaving it up to those who know best -- the principals, athletic directors and coaches. Each school will decide if a boys basketball game, for instance, will precede a girls game. If the situation warrants a switch, the girls will play at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

"Principals, athletic directors and coaches have the prerogative to schedule times of athletic events with attention to gender equity," said the school board in a prepared statement.

Some schools will flip-flop times more than others and it will be an individual school's decision, which it should well be. And it's nothing new.

While some blew the trumpets over the county's lack of gender equity, they failed to mention some schools already were playing girls basketball games in prime time. South River and Northeast frequently have flip-flopped the times of their athletic events.

Those two schools did it because it was in the best interests of their overall program, but that doesn't mean it can work for everybody else.

"We intend to ask the athletes, coaches, parents, everybody concerned as to what they want," said Wiles.

"We have every intention of complying with the law on gender equity, and we will listen to the public reaction to game times, etc. The county will monitor the situation in basketball and take a close look at season's end."

Certainly, some big girls games will draw prime-time starts, but leaving it up to the girls themselves is the way to go. They may choose to play at 5 p.m. and leave the boys at 7 p.m., and quite frankly, I think the gender equity activists will be surprised to find out they want prime time more than the players and schools themselves.

Plenge breaks records

Congrats to Chesapeake field hockey player Emily Plenge.

The Cougars senior established school records for season (15) and career (28) goals by scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Meade earlier this week. Monica Gibson held the old records of 14 in season (1992) and 26 career (1990-92).

"Emily is an excellent player who does wonderful things for me on the field and is a fabulous ball handler. What she has done is something to be very proud of, and I'm quite proud of her," said coach Jerry Raab.

Brady takes to the court

Did you know that Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady is running a men's team of former college players with most of the team from Anne Arundel County?

Brady's Logo Athletics team opened this week with a scrimmage against nationally ranked Hagerstown and will play a series of exhibitions into January. Andover grads Dan Krimmelbein and Mike Gunther are assisting, Brady and Bill Wentworth is business manager.

Among the former county players on Logo Athletics that practice at North County High are: Kevin and Brett Carter (St. Mary's High, Loyola and Salisbury State), Tim Brown (Annapolis, California University of Pennsylvania), Carlton Thacker (Annapolis, Millersville State), Steve Stielper (Andover, James Madison), Steve Foley (Annapolis, Loyola), Craig Gebelein (Annapolis, Adelphi), Andy Bauer (Mount St. Joseph, Washington College) and Crofton resident Rick Moreland (UMBC), who is vice president of the Washington Bullets.

Support lifts Lentz's spirits

Northeast baseball coach Harry Lentz, who is battling a brain tumor, is in high spirits thanks to those who care.

"Harry has been overwhelmed with the number of cards and letters people have sent him," said his wife, Terry.

"He wants everyone to know how much he appreciates their concern and for not ringing his phone off the hook nor coming to see him while he's taking the treatments [chemotherapy]."

Lentz has requested no phone calls or visits. If you wish to write to him, send it to: 452 Phirne Court, Glen Burnie, Md. 21061.

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