Schmoke sets standard for city's athletes Mayor wants every player to be ready for college

January 07, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Standing before a small gathering of reporters, high school administrators and students and television cameras on Monday, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke made a bold statement about the future of Baltimore City education.

"We want to make sure that in the future," Scmoke began, "no athlete graduates without the capability of going on to the college ranks."

Schmoke, a former quarterback at City, spoke during a press conference at Coppin State University as part of yesterday's kickoff of the second annual Mayor's Basketball Academy tournament.

The event, to be held Thursday-through-Saturday at Coppin, will not only feature 20 boys and girls teams from Baltimore, Washington, Pennsylvania and New York, but also special seminars on Scholastic Assessment Test preparation and visits to area museums.

On hand were city athletic director Bob Wade and several admninstrators and athletic directors from the participating programs, as well as student-athletes such as City's Kenny Carter, a 3.4 student with a 1,040 SAT score and an interest in law, and Mervo's Angelowe LaPrade, a 3.2 student and part-time tutor to middle-school students who also volunteers teaching computer-use to younger kids.

Western's Tiffany Silver, a volleyball and basketball player, handed Schmoke the ceremonial basketball during the conference.

"I think this is interesting how they have two days of classes and workshops, and the interaction with the community," said Silver, who maintains a 91 average and intends to major in pschology in college. "Academics are very important to me, so this is a very unusual and positive thing. It shows that we're not all just about basketball."

Local boys teams participating include No. 1 Dunbar, No. 2 Randallstown, No. 3 Southern-BC, No. 7 Southwestern, No. 8 Mervo, No. 9 Lake Clifton, City, Douglass and Walbrook. Local girls teams are No. 12 Western, Dunbar, Walbrook and Northwestern.

Boys teams from New York are John Jay High and Abraham Lincoln -- from Brooklyn -- and Paul Robeson of Manhattan. From Philadelphia, Franklin Learning Center and Strawberry Mansion are participating against the local boys teams.

Visiting girls teams are H.D. Woodson of Washington, D.C. -- ranked No. 5 by The Washington Post -- and Philadelphia's University City, winner of 12 state titles in the past 13 years.

Mayor's Academy tournament

(at Coppin State College)

Boys schedule

Tomorrow -- City vs. Douglass, 6 p.m.; Randallstown vs. Mervo, 9 p.m.

Friday -- Strawberry Mansion (Pa.) vs. Southwestern, 3 p.m.; John Jay High (N.Y.) vs. Walbrook, 4: 30 p.m.; Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) vs. Southern-BC, 6 p.m.; Franklin Learning Center (Pa.) vs. Lake Clifton, 7: 30 p.m.; Paul Robeson (N.Y.) vs. Dunbar, 9 p.m.

Saturday -- Randallstown vs. Douglass, 10: 15 a.m.; John Jay High (N.Y.) vs. City, 11: 45 a.m.; Southwestern vs. Mervo, 4: 15 p.m.; Strawberry Mansion (Pa.) vs. Walbrook, 5: 45 p.m.; Paul Robeson (N.Y.) vs. Southern, 7: 15 p.m.; Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) vs. Lake Clifton, 8: 45 p.m.; Franklin Learning Center (Pa.) vs. Dunbar, 10: 15 p.m.

Girls schedule

Tomorrow -- H.D. Woodson (D.C.) vs. Walbrook, 3 p.m.; University City (Pa.) vs. Northwestern, 4: 30 p.m.; Western vs. Dunbar, 7: 30 p.m.

Saturday -- Walbrook vs. Northwestern, 8: 45 a.m.; University City (Pa.) vs. Western, 1: 15 p.m.; H.D. Woodson (D.C.) vs. Dunbar, 2: 45 p.m.

Tickets: $8 per game

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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