City schedules due a makeover today, as missed dates mount

NDP dumps the Pirate, dons a new name, Blazers


High Schools

January 28, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Baltimore officials have postponed today's scheduled high school sports events, citing the safety of the players, who have not been able to practice because of snow and school closings, said city athletic director Bob Wade.

City teams have not played since Monday.

Wade cited other safety hazards, such as broken water pipes at Douglass and lack of parking at some complexes that haven't had snow cleared.

Wade said city athletic directors will meet today at Forest Park to work out details for making up boys and girls basketball games and wrestling matches.

"At the conclusion of their citywide professional development workshop [today at Forest Park], I requested that all athletic directors convene and try to reschedule as many of the lost contests as possible, since they'll all be right there," said Wade.

City basketball games determine the scheduled Feb. 23 title game's opponents and, in addition, must be played before Feb. 24, the state association's final play date. The state basketball playoffs are scheduled to begin Feb. 25 for girls and Feb. 26 for boys.

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules prohibit the playing of more than three games or matches per week, although a team is allowed four games or matches in a week if one of them is a makeup.

Wade said he doubted that games would be rescheduled for as early as tomorrow but more likely would be played sometime next week -- as early as Monday, although more bad weather is forecast for Sunday.

Wrestling troubles

Although Baltimore County's basketball games seem to be "in good shape, as far as rescheduling," county coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko said some wrestling matches are in danger of being lost before the start of the regional dual-meet tournament Feb. 5.

"The snow days missed -- Tuesday and the last two Thursdays -- they were all on scheduled wrestling days," Belinko said. "I don't think we can get them all in."

Pirates become Blazers

To start off the new year, Notre Dame Prep retired its Pirates mascot in favor of becoming the Blazers.

The Pirate was the only mascot NDP had used since it was adopted in the early 1970s. But Cami Colarossi, the school's public relations director, said it was time for a change, although she did not say who brought up the idea.

Colarossi said no one could recall the mascot's history, "and we had no standard image.

"We had no Oriole Bird. It was the idea -- did the Pirate connect with our girls, and did it represent where we are today? I think our students, parents and some folks in the administration didn't think so."

Mary Bartel, NDP athletic director, said that among student athletes, reaction to the switching of mascots has been mixed.

"It goes anywhere from shrugged shoulders to `whatever' to `I don't understand why we had to change,' " said Bartel.

The new mascot was chosen in a contest. Students voted on the three finalists, and Blazers was chosen. Colarossi said the name came from the blue blazers that are part of the NDP uniform.

Another contest was held to choose a new logo. The winning design, submitted by senior Meghan Collins, features a flame flying out behind a ball of fire. The flame runs through the blue NDP initials with the word Blazers in smaller red letters underneath.

Full week's work

Mervo guard Tobie Ashley had a banner week last week, scoring a career high on Jan. 18 and then posting a triple double three days later.

The 5-foot-8 junior scored 37 points in a 57-40 win over Walbrook. She hit four three-pointers and had nine rebounds.

On Friday, Ashley had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 69-35 romp over Southwestern, even though she did not play the entire game. She also had six steals, helping the Mustangs improve to 7-3.

Track meet Thursday

The Baltimore County Indoor track championship, snowed out this week, has been moved to next Thursday, not next Wednesday as reported yesterday.

Baltimore City's championship meet is scheduled for Wednesday at the 5th Regiment Armory.

The county meet, which begins at 3: 30 p.m., will take the place of a freshmen-sophomore meet that has been canceled.

Call in makeups

The Sun is updating its winter high school sports schedule to reflect the snowed-out events of the last two weeks. To make sure all makeup dates are included in the daily schedules, coaches or athletic directors should call 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200, between 7 and 9 p.m. as soon as possible.

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