Smith doesn't like to lose, but son's play made it easier to take

High Schools

March 07, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Smith household was one of "intense trash-talking" the night before Southern, then ranked No. 1 in the area, played Dunbar, then No. 5, last month.

The Southern basketball coach is Meredith Smith, and his son, senior Atman, plays for Dunbar. "It wasn't like our teams hadn't seen each other, so there were no secrets," Smith said, "but he was talking a Dunbar blowout, and I insisted, 'no way.' "

The result: Dunbar 78, Southern 70. "Atman had a great game defensively, and he hit some big shots during a run that I think helped make the difference in the game," said Meredith Smith. "Hey, if I'm going to lose, it may as well be my son's team."

City to move?

City College is "exploring the possibility" of its girls and boys athletic teams participating in both the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association and the area's boys and girls private school organizations, principal Joe Wilson has confirmed.

Baltimore City schools have participated in the MPSSAA for three seasons in football, and four in all other sports.

The merger ended for the city's male athletes an almost 80-year association with the private schools league, formerly called the Maryland Scholastic Association, now the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. For the girls, a proposed move into the Association of Independent Schools would be a first.

"The past six weeks have seen three discussions at school improvement team meetings. We've talked to [MIAA director] Ricky Diggs, but it's only a distant possibility," said Wilson. Simultaneous participation "must be approved" by Baltimore City Schools superintendent Walter Amprey.

Curran just does it

Curley's Billy Curran does it all.

The senior plays football, wrestles and plays baseball, and is a team captain for all three sports. He has been class president all four years, is a member of the National Honor Society, and ranks eighth in his class. He is considering Seton Hall, Maryland and Georgetown. "He has a 3.5 average, and scored 1,210 on his SAT," said his wrestling coach, Alan Gebhart.

Curran this winter completed his best season as a wrestler, going 20-5 with nine pins, finishing first at the Aberdeen Tournament, and third in each of the Arundel, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private school state tournaments. He quarterbacked Curley (5-4) to its first winning season in 15 years as a junior.

Curran has received a varsity letter for every sports season since his freshman year.

Bowled over

Kenwood and Overlea tied for the duckpin title in last week's nine-team Baltimore County Allied Sports Bowling Tournament, held at Joppa Fairlanes, and Franklin was the sole champ in the tenpin category, held at Brunswick-Perry Hall Lanes.

The program, offered through the county's office of athletics, affords students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in high school sports.

In duckpin, Kenwood and Overlea (109 points) were followed by Dulaney (105), Pikesville (102), and Chesapeake (99). In tenpin, Franklin (121.5), Woodlawn (109.5), Towson (98) and Perry Hall (93) were the leaders.

Pub Date: 3/07/96

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