'Pallotti' bill goes down to defeat

March 15, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

A bill attempting to mandate the entry of a Prince George's County private school into the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs was voted down by the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday one day after it was introduced.

Submitted by Del. Barbara Frush, D-Prince George's, on behalf of Laurel-based Pallotti, the bill's demands were unprecedented.

The 23-member committee heard from interested parties, beginning with Pallotti's principal, Paul Leonarczyk and athletic director Steve Walker, whose program under the bill would participate "at the district, regional or state level," and "abide by the rules established by the [MPSSAA] for participating public schools."

MPSSAA executive secretary Ned Sparks said state association officials "are opposed to the idea that people who don't belong to an association would be allowed to play for a state title." MPSSAA president Ron Belinko and Montgomery County athletics coordinator Ed Masood also spoke against the bill.

Ricky Diggs, executive director of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and dean of students at Pallotti, said the move by Pallotti "has absolutely no implications for the MIAA, which doesn't want to be bound by number of games played, not playing on Sundays or holidays, or travel distance."

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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