Bowie player's eligibility may be decided by courts High school notes


In a strange twist, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sought yesterday to be named as a defendant in Prince George's County Circuit Court.

The case involves Bowie soccer player Mark Jonas. Under MPSSAA rules, he was declared ineligible to compete for his high school team because he had missed a scrimmage and two practices to play for the U.S. National Under-17 Team against Jamaica.

Attorneys for Jonas obtained a court injunction permitting him to play until the case was heard. It was scheduled to be resolved yesterday, but Jonas' attorneys asked for time to study the new motion made yesterday by the state attorney general's office, defending the MPSSAA's eligibility rules.

Since the Jonas suit did not cite the MPSSAA, and since the eligibility rule in question is actually state law, Ned Sparks, executive secretary for the MPSSAA, said, "We felt it was only fair that we be named in this suit."

Pending the outcome, the injunction allowing Jonas to play for the defending state Class 4A champs was extended.

* Centennial's girls soccer team is on a mission and the players are wearing black leg bands as a constant reminder.

They are honoring the memory of coach Ray Mayravitz, who died suddenly last January.

"I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly have dedicated this season to him," said junior striker Vicky Brunt, who scored twice in the Eagles' 4-1 victory over Oakland Mills on Tuesday.

Mayravitz, who was 67, had fallen at home and broken his kneecap. He seemed on the way to recovery when a blood clot broke loose and caused his death.

The Eagles might have struggled more this season, but athletic director Jim Welsch, who coaches the junior varsity team, lured veteran coach Rick Pizarro to Centennial.

"Coach Pizarro is a lot like Coach Mayravitz," said Brunt. "He has helped us a lot."

Pizarro, who was coaching at Woodlawn in the early 1970s and had stints at Brooklyn Park and Hammond along the way, has labored over the years without much fanfare. His teams always have been solid, however, and he has the 2-0 Eagles, who won the state Class 2A championship in 1988 under Mayravitz, flying high again.

* Poly will hold a girls basketball tournament over the holidays and is seeking additional teams. Contact coach Mark Sawyer (377-0124 evenings).

* Archbishop Curley is seeking non-league varsity and junior varsity baseball opponents for next spring. Contact coach Al Frank (485-5000).

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