County puts together program to involve the disabled in sports


March 10, 1995|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Baltimore County's athletics office has introduced an allied sports program that blends students with and without disabilities.

"Athletic opportunities have always been open to any student who possesses the skills to participate on an interscholastic team," said Jill Masterman, specialist in the Baltimore County office of athletics. "This is providing an additional opportunity for kids who don't have the skills to participate on a traditional interscholastic high school team."

The program is sponsored by the county office of athletics through a $5,000 grant from BGE that was secured by the Maryland Special Olympics.

Said Masterman: "We met with them [Special Olympics] on several occasions last year to investigate their unified sports program, which provides sports opportunities for students whose disabilities are mental retardation, and their special partners [students who are not disabled]. We used that as a basis for the development of our allied program."

Recently, Dulaney High was crowned the "county champion" of the inaugural five-team allied bowling league. Overlea, Perry Hall, Chesapeake and Woodlawn also were represented.

The pilot program was initiated last fall with soccer programs at Overlea and Perry Hall. There are also plans for outdoor track this spring, with the goal of involving more schools before expanding into other sports.

"We have a goal of getting 100 percent participation from the 23 high schools in at least one of those seasons," said Masterman. "The key is to offer the same kinds of opportunities as the traditional programs -- three seasons a year, pep rallies, awards and banquets. They're varsity athletes."

Area wrestlers dominate

Eighteen of the 26 state champions in last weekend's 3A-4A and 1A-2A state tournaments at Western Maryland College were from the Baltimore area, with a state-record nine coming from Anne Arundel County. Last year, the area had 16 state champions, and Baltimore County had a state-record eight of the area's 15 in 1993.

Both team titles were taken by area teams, with Old Mill winning itssixth 3A-4A crown in the last seven seasons, having won five straight until finishing third last year. Owings Mills won the 1A-2A championship. It also won titles in 1991 and 1992.

Of the 42 team titles, area schools have won 26 of them since the tournament's inception in 1970. Area schools have won 11 crowns each in 1A-2A and 3A-4A since 1980.

Mackley's back

Bill Mackley, who left his football coaching position at Calvert Hall two years ago to work in his carpeting business, recently returned to John Carroll, where he coached before spending five years at Calvert Hall.

Panthers face all-stars

In preparation for its trip to the Alhambra Invitational in Cumberland next weekend, No. 3 St. Frances (22-4) will take on a team of senior Catholic League All-Stars tonight () at Goucher College at 8:15.

At halftime, a three-point shooting competition will take place and, at the game's conclusion, a slam-dunk contest is planned.

Preceding the game will be a Catholic League alumni game at 6:30 featuring such former standouts as Jake Davalli (Calvert Hall-Manhattan), Tim Coles (Cardinal Gibbons-Connecticut) and Leon Dickerson (Cardinal Gibbons-Holy Cross).

All-Catholic League

St. Frances' 6-foot-5 forward, Mark Karcher, the state's top freshman last season, recently was named the Baltimore Catholic League's Outstanding Player by league coaches.

Cokey Robertson of St. Maria Goretti was named Coach of the Year and Vince Williams of Calvert Hall earned the "Never Quit" Award.

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