MPSSAA examines structure of football playoffs

April 19, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has appointed a 10-member committee to examine the structure of its football playoffs.

But executive secretary Ned Sparks said it is too early to speculate on whether recommendations might include expanding the playoffs from its present eight-team format to 16 in each of the state's four enrollment-based classifications.

The committee was charged "to review the MPSSAA football tournament format by examining its structure for equitable, safe and educationally sound competition and make recommendations to the MPSSAA's Board of Control," Sparks said.

"Coaches, principals and athletic directors are being surveyed," regarding possible expansion, Sparks said. "But to jump to the point of discussing expansion is premature, and would undermine the committee."

Sparks expects the committee to report its findings near the end of May, but those findings won't be voted on until December at one of two annual meetings by the Board of Control. Results of the investigation would not take effect until the fall of 1997.

Locals on the committee are Baltimore County assistant superintendent Don Kopp and athletic directors Mark Schlenoff (Poly) and Vince Parnell (Howard).

Pusinsky to Loyola

When Patapsco's All-Metro Donald "Dino" Pusinsky signs with Loyola College to play soccer, it will be his gift to parents Donald Sr. and Lois, "who worked hard to give me some of the advantages they didn't have."

Pusinsky, who scored 1,300 on his Scholastic Assessment Test and is a 3.98 student in Patapsco's gifted and talented program, will accept a partial academic-athletic scholarship to Loyola.

As a striker on last fall's Class 2A state champion boys soccer team (16-2-1), coached by All-Metro Coach of the Year Dave Ingle, Pusinsky scored 10 goals with 14 assists. Despite having a hamstring injury over the last three games, he scored two game-winning goals and assisted on the other game-winner.

Pusinsky says he owes it all to his mother, who was 17 and a dental assistant when he was born, and father, an employee with Bethlehem Steel. Lois, 34, now works for the Baltimore County government, and Donald, 36, is still with Bethlehem Steel.

Pusinsky, a member of the baseball team, also coached by Ingle, has teammates doing well academically.

The Patterson twins, Sean and Scott, each have a 3.94 grade-point average with SAT scores of 1,220 and 1,200, respectively. Second baseman Wayne Brooks is at 3.14 and 1,080, SAT; Andy Flynn at 3.95 and 1,160; and Jason Brown at 3.5 and 1,010. Underclassmen Earl Wood, a junior, and freshman Chad Clarke have averages of 3.75 and 3.12, respectively.

Double-duty

Blake Kellner, a lacrosse player at Franklin, entered the week as his team's second-leading scorer with three goals, and also as the team's best of three goalkeepers with 35 saves.

Filbert wins

McDonogh sophomore All-Metro wrestler Will Filbert (98 pounds) this past weekend won both titles in the Greco-Roman and Freestyle Northeast Junior Regional championships at Brockport State University in New York.

O'Brien honored

John Carroll athletic director Jerry O'Brien has been named the Eastern Regional winner of the National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors award program by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. O'Brien, who has been at John Carroll for 25 years, will compete with four other regional winners for the national award.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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