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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2003
The state public school association's Board of Control is expected to approve tomorrow an expansion plan for the football playoffs that would raise from 32 to 64 the number of teams eligible for the postseason, feature a region championship and add a week at the end of a 14-game season, according to several voting members. "I think this proposal will pass, and I think it'll be the best thing that's happened to football since the inception of the MPSSAA [1946]," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter | April 28, 2007
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control voted yesterday to expand indoor track from three to four separate classifications. The move, voted upon during the association's semiannual meeting in Ocean City, aligns indoor track with outdoor track by allowing teams and individuals to compete for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A state titles and eliminates the old format of Class 4A-3A, 3A-2A and 2A-1A crowns. Also, for the second straight year, the board has passed a proposal to move the beginning of the fall athletic season and practices to an earlier date.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2002
Maryland athletic association director Ned Sparks says it's time for his governing body to simply say yes or no to expansion of its state football playoffs. "This has been such an elongated process, but now we've shaken out every plan there is to have," Sparks said shortly after leaving yesterday's meeting of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control, in which two expansion proposals received "feedback." The proposals, to be further revised in the state football committee's January meeting, could go into effect for the fall of 2003 if they pass a vote in the control board's April 25 meeting, which determines changes in fall and winter tournaments.
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By MILTON KENT | October 25, 2005
Sometime today, Maryland public school athletes might get the opportunity to pack their bags and hit the road or planes to play their peers from around the country. That is, if the state Board of Education follows the lead of the Board of Control of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Administration and votes through a proposal to lift the restrictions on how far state public schools can travel to play. Presently, MPSSAA schools may only make a 600-mile round trip to play teams from other states, which effectively limits their out-of-state competition to neighboring states such as Pennsylvania or Virginia.
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By Lem Satterfield | November 6, 1999
Bob Wade, the athletic director for Baltimore public schools, has been nominated as president-elect of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.Wade's nomination must be approved by the Board of Control next month, but if he is selected, Wade will begin a two-year term in June 2002.Cecil County's Mary Etta Reedy, the current president, completes her two-year term next June and will be succeeded by president-elect Marlene Kelly, of Anne Arundel County. Wade would then become president-elect, with duties including service on the Board of Control and the executive council.
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By Lem Satterfield | January 11, 2003
The state football committee yesterday voted 8-1 for a plan that would double the current playoff field to 64 teams and extend the season another week, meaning that each of the eight state finalists would play 14 games. The committee eliminated a proposal that would have expanded from four to six the number of classifications or divisions and reduced the regular season from 10 games to nine. If the proposal is approved by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control in April, it would go into effect for the 2003 season, said Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2002
The state football committee on Sunday drafted a proposal that would raise from 32 to 64 the number of teams eligible for the postseason, feature a regional playoff and add a week to the end of a 14-game season if passed by the state association's Board of Control in April. This proposal, first reported in The Washington Post, differs from one introduced last month that called for raising from four to six the number of classifications - each of which would produce an eight-team playoff field.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter | April 28, 2007
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control voted yesterday to expand indoor track from three to four separate classifications. The move, voted upon during the association's semiannual meeting in Ocean City, aligns indoor track with outdoor track by allowing teams and individuals to compete for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A state titles and eliminates the old format of Class 4A-3A, 3A-2A and 2A-1A crowns. Also, for the second straight year, the board has passed a proposal to move the beginning of the fall athletic season and practices to an earlier date.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2005
Maryland's governing body for public high school athletics could begin the process of lifting its travel restriction of 600 miles round trip -- sanctioning nationwide competition -- if a proposal is approved by the organization's board of control at today's semiannual meeting in Ocean City. "If passed, the board of control would be making a recommendation that would first need the endorsement of the local superintendents of schools and then need to be formally adopted by the state board of education," Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive director Ned Sparks said of a move reported in yesterday's Washington Post.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2001
The proposal by the Maryland High School Football Coaches Association to double the playoff field to 64 will have to first gain support at the local level before it goes further, said John Cox, state association football tournament committee chairman. At the annual state association football tournament committee meeting Wednesday in Laurel, the coaches association also will propose moving preseason practices up a week to Aug. 8 and allowing spring practices. If the committee rules in favor of the proposals, they would then be considered by the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association's Board of Control at its Dec. 8 meeting.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2005
Maryland's governing body for public high school athletics could begin the process of lifting its travel restriction of 600 miles round trip -- sanctioning nationwide competition -- if a proposal is approved by the organization's board of control at today's semiannual meeting in Ocean City. "If passed, the board of control would be making a recommendation that would first need the endorsement of the local superintendents of schools and then need to be formally adopted by the state board of education," Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive director Ned Sparks said of a move reported in yesterday's Washington Post.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2003
The state public school association's Board of Control is expected to approve tomorrow an expansion plan for the football playoffs that would raise from 32 to 64 the number of teams eligible for the postseason, feature a region championship and add a week at the end of a 14-game season, according to several voting members. "I think this proposal will pass, and I think it'll be the best thing that's happened to football since the inception of the MPSSAA [1946]," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics.
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By Lem Satterfield | January 11, 2003
The state football committee yesterday voted 8-1 for a plan that would double the current playoff field to 64 teams and extend the season another week, meaning that each of the eight state finalists would play 14 games. The committee eliminated a proposal that would have expanded from four to six the number of classifications or divisions and reduced the regular season from 10 games to nine. If the proposal is approved by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control in April, it would go into effect for the 2003 season, said Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2002
Maryland athletic association director Ned Sparks says it's time for his governing body to simply say yes or no to expansion of its state football playoffs. "This has been such an elongated process, but now we've shaken out every plan there is to have," Sparks said shortly after leaving yesterday's meeting of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control, in which two expansion proposals received "feedback." The proposals, to be further revised in the state football committee's January meeting, could go into effect for the fall of 2003 if they pass a vote in the control board's April 25 meeting, which determines changes in fall and winter tournaments.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2002
The state football committee on Sunday drafted a proposal that would raise from 32 to 64 the number of teams eligible for the postseason, feature a regional playoff and add a week to the end of a 14-game season if passed by the state association's Board of Control in April. This proposal, first reported in The Washington Post, differs from one introduced last month that called for raising from four to six the number of classifications - each of which would produce an eight-team playoff field.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2002
Calvert's football team had just won, 48-0, to run its record to 8-1, but coach Brad Criss still had to tell his players last year that their season was over. "With a team that good, we should have had the right to go on to the playoffs," Criss said. Calvert, the 2000 state Class 3A champion, missed the playoffs because earlier in the season it had lost by a touchdown in the final two minutes to Patuxent, a team that eventually lost to Urbana, 7-6, in the title game. Under a proposal approved Thursday by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's state football committee, Calvert's 2001 season might have continued.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2002
Calvert's football team had just won, 48-0, to run its record to 8-1, but coach Brad Criss still had to tell his players last year that their season was over. "With a team that good, we should have had the right to go on to the playoffs," Criss said. Calvert, the 2000 state Class 3A champion, missed the playoffs because earlier in the season it had lost by a touchdown in the final two minutes to Patuxent, a team that eventually lost to Urbana, 7-6, in the title game. Under a proposal approved Thursday by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's state football committee, Calvert's 2001 season might have continued.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
Howard (7-10, 4-5) has an ideal opportunity this week to climb back into the wide-open county boys basketball race, as teams scramble through the final two weeks.Good played collegiately for the University of Cincinnati.Expanded playoffs?Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, won't rule out the possibility of expanding the regional playoffs from four to six teams, as has been requested by Atholton soccer coach Reg Hahne and Atholton baseball coach Don Van Deusen.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2001
The proposal by the Maryland High School Football Coaches Association to double the playoff field to 64 will have to first gain support at the local level before it goes further, said John Cox, state association football tournament committee chairman. At the annual state association football tournament committee meeting Wednesday in Laurel, the coaches association also will propose moving preseason practices up a week to Aug. 8 and allowing spring practices. If the committee rules in favor of the proposals, they would then be considered by the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association's Board of Control at its Dec. 8 meeting.
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