Boy field hockey players plan to appeal playoff ban

SIDELINES

High Schools

October 05, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

Tim and Tami Davis, the parents of Josh and Jarrod Davis, the two boys playing field hockey for Meade High School, have secured the services of an attorney and plan to appeal the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's regulation that does not permit boys to participate in the region and state playoffs.

"We talked to an attorney on Friday and he's looking into the state's appeal process," said Tami Davis.

"We're jumping on it quickly because the season is over in a couple weeks [playoffs start Oct. 21]. If they can allow girls in the state wrestling tournament, then why can't boys play in the state field hockey playoffs? We are going to appeal."

The MPSSAA girls field hockey state tournament committee voted unanimously on Thursday to uphold its regulation of no boys in the state tournament. The MPSSAA permits local school jurisdictions to allow boys to play girls sports, but not in postseason.

Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA, said that during the discussion it was mentioned that some schools had turned down boys from India and Pakistan. They had played the sport in their home countries.

The MPSSAA handbook under section .07 - D, entitled State Tournament Policies, reads: "Tournament rules and procedures established by the MPSSAA may be appealed on behalf of a student, coach or school by a local superintendent to the State Superintendent of Schools. The Appeal shall be adjudicated by a committee of three local superintendents appointed by the State Superintendent of Schools. The decision of the committee shall be final."

Tami Davis said she and her husband and the boys expected the field hockey committee to vote the way it did and called the vote a "mere formality."

"We're not looking to tear down a girls sport, but field hockey was a boys sport before it was a girls sport, and if they're not going to have boys teams in Maryland, then they have to let the boys play with the girls," she said.

"If they're not going to have a boys league, then they need to possibly use restrictions, like one or two boys at a time against the girls. Make some sort of exceptions to allow the boys to play. Even if nothing is done this year, we've got to look out for Jarrod in the future. Josh graduates, but Jarrod is only a freshman and wants to play the next three years."

The Davises were further dismayed last week to learn that the boys will not be allowed to play in a Kent County tournament next weekend.

"The Kent County athletic director said they couldn't play because of insurance liability," said Tami Davis.

Welcome addition

Defending Class 4A state champion Broadneck volleyball coach Romonzo Beans was pleasantly surprised when he learned that 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter Mandy Gerolstein had transferred from Old Mill to his Cape St. Claire school this year. Gerolstein made the strong No. 3 Bruins (5-1) even stronger.

Gerolstein, a 4.0 student who resides in Millersville of the Old Mill district, received a Board of Education-approved academic transfer to Broadneck.

"I'm looking to go into the Naval Academy and I wanted more of a rigorous, academic routine," said Gerolstein, who showed off her talents Tuesday night by dominating at the net in a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Severna Park (5-2) with Navy assistant Malia Price looking on. Gerolstein had 12 blocks, 11 kills and was 20-for-21 serving with six aces.

"Broadneck was really strong academically," she said. " ... And I get to play volleyball here, too. Coach Beans is great."

Sideliners

The No. 7 Broadneck football team (5-0) won its homecoming game over Annapolis, 20-0, yesterday. Annapolis (2-3) has been shut out three straight games for the first time in at least 40 years. ... Archbishop Spalding (5-0) set a school record for consecutive wins (five) with a 44-22 romp at Friends yesterday as the Rutland brothers, Mike and Steve combined for five touchdowns. ... Dan Mangum was inadvertently omitted from an article on Friday that listed Glen Burnie's assistant coaches.. With Friday's 34-6 win at North County (0-5), the Gophers (3-2) have their first three-game winning streak since 1995 while Chesapeake-AA (3-3), a 27-6 victor over Meade (0-5), has its first three-game run since 1988.

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