Coaches group honors McMullen, Stefancik


The Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer selected Broadneck's Kevin McMullen and Severna Park's Joyce Stefancik for its Coach of the Year awards and named Clint Peay of Oakland Mills, A.J. Wood of Georgetown Prep and Mia Dammen of Oakland Mills to the All-America squad.

The honors came during last night's annual MACS banquet, sponsored by USF&G;, at Martin's West. It doubled in size this year to nearly 400 with the addition of awards for the top female players. The All-South and All-State first-team selections are listed in Scoreboard on Page B6.

* A proposal requiring high school physical education instructors to coach at least two sports in addition to their teaching duties is short-sighted and -- let's be polite here -- absurd.

The Carroll County Board of Education plans to adopt such a rule for new hires, effective July 1, 1991. But what kind of a job will anyone do, if he or she really does not wish to do it?

And what about 15 to 20 years from now, when the 1991 new hires begin to feel the physical strain of coaching?

Most jurisdictions fill coaching posts from within the school first. Then, "emergency" coaches are hired from outside to fill any vacancies. That attracts interested, qualified people and benefits the athletes.

The proposed method doesn't.

* The MSA A Conference basketball playoff semifinals will be held at Morgan State (6 and 8 p.m.) on Feb. 26. University of Maryland coach Gary Williams will be the featured speaker for the Metro Classic luncheon on Feb. 28 and the finalists in all MSA conferences will square off for the championships at the Arena, Sunday March 3. The girls City-Wide champ also will meet the Catholic League champ that day.

* It has happened before. Fourth-ranked Annapolis, which dropped boys basketball decisions to Old Mill and Dunbar last week, previously had lost two games in a single week during the 1982-83 season.

* Centennial's Pat Rodrigues, who outsprinted a strong field in the Maryland National Guard Games 1,500-meter run last Saturday (4:09.2), came back to take the 3,000 in 9:02.6. "I was hoping to be pushed [in the 1,500], and I was," said Rodrigues. "I don't know if I can run much faster, though. I'm more comfortable at the longer distances."

Rodrigues was The Evening Sun All-Metro Runner of the Year last fall in cross country.

* Howard's Kristi Greer, a 5-7 senior guard, scored 65 points last week to go over 1,000 for her career. She was a standout for the Lions' soccer team last fall.

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