Dave Schoppe has used a variety of tactics to motivate his Dulaney girls team this season.
When the Lions won the Baltimore County title last week, the first-year coach fulfilled his promise of shaving his legs.
When the public address announcer at the Fifth Regiment Armory divulged that Dulaney had outlasted Western, 104.5-98.5, at yesterday's Class 4A North regional championships Schoppe's charges were there waiting to collect on their most recent wager.
"I told them if they won the meet today I would tell them my middle name," said Schoppe. "It wasn't as bad as shaving my legs. I just told them, Martin. M-A-R-T-I-N. Now, they all know."
The coach of the winning boys team, Ronald Neal of Mervo, wasn't as jubilant after watching his Mustangs stave off runner-up Perry Hall, 144-124, for the title.
The reason: In the final event of the day -- and possibly Mervo's strongest -- the boys 1,600-meter relay, the Mustangs were disqualified because one of their runners was wearing a piece of jewelry, a violation of the uniform code.
"That [disqualification] might be the state championship right there," said Neal. "We still have a chance [at states] if we do well in the other events, but if it comes down to the 1,600 relay, we don't have a team there."
What they will have is a number of region champion runners including Vaughn Devaughn (55 hurdles), Tyree Byron (500 --) and James Carter (300 --).
Freshman Toni Jefferson of Western won the girls 300 -- by edging Perry Hall senior Joanna Helm, but Helm wouldn't be denied first in the high jump or 500 run.
As expected, Dulaney's girls dominated the distance events with Meghan White and Suzanne Sclafani finishing 1-2 in the 1,600 run and reversing that order in the 3,200.