Towson may offer solution to Morgan field need

Hughes Stadium renovation necessitates alternate plan

January 22, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The Towson-Morgan State football series might become less than the home-and-home series that was intended when the schools contracted to play each other late in 1997.

Towson's Minnegan Stadium may become the site of Morgan State's home games in 1999 -- including the Oct. 9 Towson game -- according to sources at both schools. An agreement could be reached in the next month in which Morgan State would pay a still-undetermined amount to cover the costs of running the facility.

Its basketball teams will soon be back in Hill Field House after two years of exile at Baltimore City Community College and Gilman School. Morgan State will be displaced from Hughes Stadium because of renovations that began after the season ended.

Large high school stadiums, such as the one at Poly, wouldn't work because of the different goal-post widths. Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins would probably be eliminated because of the artificial turf. Bowie State's football facility was the favorite among some at Morgan, but appears to be out because of the 45-minute drive and conflict on two of the days when Morgan State needs a home date.

Minnegan Stadium would be ideal because of the lack of conflicts. On Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Nov. 13, the Bears play at home while Towson is on the road, in addition to the rematch against the Tigers, who won last year's game, 15-10.

Two of the originally scheduled home games will help pay for the other four at Minnegan. Florida A&M paid approximately $100,000 for the rights to its game previously scheduled for Baltimore, while Morgan State's homecoming game against North Carolina A&T will be played at Ravens stadium on Oct. 16.

Terps swimmers win

Senior Kim Piotro won three events yesterday, leading the Maryland women's swimming team to a 187-103 win over UMBC at the campus natatorium in College Park.

Piotro won in the 50-yard freestyle and in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as the Terps women achieved their third consecutive 7-0 start. For UMBC (4-4), freshman Sabine Pietrzyk picked up a pair of victories, winning the 200 butterfly and breaking the school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.19.

Kevin Goh won three events for the Retrievers men (5-3), who also lost to Maryland, 159.5-128.5. Goh won the 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while Mehdi Addadi won the 100 butterfly and tied Aaron Peterson of Maryland (6-1) in the 50 freestyle. The Terps' P.J. Stodjinovic won three events: the freestyle events at 100, 200 and 500 yards.

In other swimming news, the Salisbury State women's team took first place in all 11 events during a win at Goucher on Saturday, including school-record performances by Jessie Hobson in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12: 02.65) and Rebecca Mitchell in the 100-yard butterfly (1: 02.80). The Sea Gulls host the College of Notre Dame tomorrow at 1 p.m., which will be the team's first home meet since Nov. 21.

Miscellaneous

Western Maryland wrestler Andrey Brener is now the top-ranked Division III wrestler at 165 pounds, after his recent win over former No. 1 Chris Roggie of Messiah. The Green Terror, defending champ in the Centennial Conference, is leading the league again after beating Gettysburg, 39-7, and Muhlenberg, 38-7. The Towson women's gymnastics team opens its home schedule on Saturday night against Radford and Cornell, 7: 30 at the Towson Center. The Tigers finished second in a three-team meet last Friday against North Carolina State and James Madison. Sophomore Nina Parjanen was second in the all-around with a score of 38.70, edged by Amy Langendorf of N.C. State, while senior Liane Williams finished fourth with a score of 37.875, winning the floor exercise.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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