Next for No. 1 Dunbar: Soviet high school team


Dunbar's basketball team has proved itself locally with its No. 1 ranking and Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title, and the Poets have proved themselves nationally with their No. 3 ranking by The Associated Press.

So what's next?

How about some international flavor?

Friday at 7 p.m., Dunbar will play host to a team of high school players from 10 cities in the Soviet Union in an exhibition game at Morgan State University.

The game has been arranged by Barbara Salkind, president of Pangea, a non-profit organization founded to bring youths together through high school exchange programs focused on athletic competition.

Last May, Pangea put together a program that brought a Soviet track and field team to Montgomery County to compete against five high school teams.

Salkind said Dunbar was chosen as an opponent and host for the Soviet team in attempt to make the event special for both sides.

"We have two reasons," she said. "Not just because Dunbar is one of the best teams in the country but because the school doesn't have this happen that often. When was the last time a team from the Soviet Union came to Dunbar? The answer is never. My goal is to see that boys and girls that don't regularly have this type opportunity get them."

Actually, two Dunbar players do have some experience with Soviet teams. In the summer of 1989, junior guard Michael Lloyd and senior forward Marvin Gross were members of a Project Survival basketball team that went to Odessa, Baltimore's sister city in the Soviet Union, on a basketball and cultural exchange program.

Last spring, a Soviet team toured Baltimore and played the Project Survival team in an exhibition game at Lake Clifton. Lloyd also participated in that game.

In addition to its game against Dunbar, the Soviet team will scrimmage the Washington area's top team, DeMatha, at 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday at DeMatha. The Soviet team will play Archbishop Spalding March 15 at 7 p.m. at Spalding.

Spalding is the host for the Soviet team while it is in the Baltimore area.

A Soviet girls basketball team will arrive Thursday and will be hosted by St. Mary's. St. Mary's girls will play the Soviet girls Saturday at 7 p.m.

* Mount St. Joseph wrestler Khris Reina (140 pounds), a three-time MSA champion, Poly's Phil Pass (112), a two-time MSA champion and Overlea's Kevin Heid (112), a two-time state champion, lead the list of all-stars scheduled to participate in the Maryland High School Wrestling Classic tonight at 7:30 at Johns Hopkins.

Three teams, representing the MSA and the state's Class 1A-2A and 3A-4A schools, will participate in a tri-meet.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

Last year the Class 3A-4A team won and the MSA finished second.

* Archbishop Curley basketball coach Dan Popera and the school's principal, the Rev. Robert Twele, plan to meet during the next two weeks to discuss the future of the school's basketball program.

Curley is considering pulling out of the Catholic League or the MSA C Conference in an attempt to lighten its schedule. Curley has played 32 games in each of the past two seasons.

The Friars have had the least success in the Catholic League, winning just eight of their past 109 league games.

Curley is a charter member of the Catholic League, which is celebrating its 20th season.


The four Metro Classic varsity games Sunday were taped by the city's cable channel 44 and will be shown for four consecutive nights at 8 o'clock, starting tonight.

The C Conference championship between Boys' Latin and St. Paul's will be shown tonight, the B Conference championship between Edmondson and Carver tomorrow, the girls game between Western and Seton Keough Thursday and the A Conference championship between Southern and Dunbar Friday.

Saturday, all four games will be shown, beginning at 10 a.m., with the C Conference game, followed by the B Conference game, the girls game and the A Conference game.

Gary Stein provides the play-by-play for all four games.


Overtime: Basketball teams are needed for the AAU state tournaments, which begins March 23 for boys and girls ages 10 through 19. Call Mel Parker at 269-1296. . . . There will be tryouts for the Jaguars 17-under AAU boys' basketball team at Southern (Baltimore) High today, tomorrow and Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. each day. Call Mike Wise for more information at 962-5326. The Jaguars won the state title last spring and advanced to the national tournament, where they finished eighth in the nation.

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