A group of independent and parochial school athletic directors is meeting tonight at Gilman to discuss the future of the Maryland Scholastic Association.
The meeting, scheduled for 6:30, is the second in two weeks involving approximately 20 different athletic directors, with Friends AD Pieter DeSmit leading the meeting.
"Basically, we're trying to determine where the MSA is at this point, vs. the original concept, and whether the present arrangement is working for the benefit of everybody," said DeSmit. "A year ago, it was announced that the city schools were joining the [state association]. That changed the status of their involvement. We agreed to take a year and see how things went. Now we want to decide whether we should continue as we did this year or not."
DeSmit said the initial meeting drew mixed responses.
"There was a good deal of sentiment to maintain the status quo and just as much sentiment to see what other options exist," DeSmit said. "The meeting is meant to be nothing more than a forum of discussion."
Mervo in running?
Mervo's second step toward winning the city's first state Class 4A boys track title was more like a running leap.
A week after blitzing three-time MSA champ Poly, 138-70, the Mustangs sprinted past High Point, 157-91, for last weekend's Class 4A, Region II title at Friendly High in Prince George's County.
"We feel very encouraged about winning the states," said coach Freddie Hendricks.
Mervo finished second to Old Mill in the earlier Anne Arundel Relays.
"I don't know a great deal about all of the teams, but I think Quince Orchard may be the cream of the crop, along with Old Mill," Hendricks said.
The Mustangs swept the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays and also had six individual winners.
First places were turned in by Anthony Stuckey (50.4 seconds in the 400), Sheldon Downing (a 6-5 high jump), Dante Palmer (21-11, long jump), Roger Morning (43-11, triple jump), Antwon Nelson (14.4, 110 hurdles) and freshman Mike Curtis (10:09, 3,200 run).
Curtis' effort was an improvement on last week's fourth-placMSA finish. Nelson was a runner-up in the 300 hurdles (39.9), James Carter (51.0) was a 400 runner-up to Stuckey and Tramaine Neal (fourth) qualified in the shot put.
Braswell, an All-Metro pick last year, was a runner-up in the 200 and the long jump -- an event he won at the MSAs last weekend -- and was third in the 100.
The 400 relay team of Palmer, Rodney Cabean, Stuckey and Ben Braswell clocked in at 42.4. Palmer, Jason Reeves, Cabean and Stuckey ran a 1:30.2 to win the 800, and Nelson, Carter, Cabean and Stuckey finished at 3:26.5 in the 1,600.
Blenheim Road's Hillendale Country Club in Jacksonville will play host to the inaugural senior All-Star golf showdown between the Baltimore County public schools and the MSA tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Team champ Calvert Hall and runner-up Gilman will face off against perennial county champ Dulaney in an event that Gilman coach Harvey Peterson said "hopefully will start [an MSA-Baltimore County] tradition in the same way as they do in lacrosse and football to generate more interest and showcase some of the talent we have here."
Wrestlers Zack Fowl (119 pounds, Aberdeen) and Dave Daniecki (189, Loyola) are in the news again.
Fowl, a three-time All-Metro and two-time state champ, signed yesterday to attend the University of Maryland on a partial scholarship. Daniecki, a two-time All-Metro and two-time MSA champ, will be named an All-American in the June edition of Wrestling USA Magazine.
Aberdeen coach Dick Slutzky said "about 80 percent" of Fowl's education is covered either in scholarship or financial aid.
"I think that Maryland could be good for him and I think he can contribute," Slutzky said.
Daniecki, who is going to Penn State to play lacrosse, "is our third All-American in four years," said coach Dennis Frazier. "The others were Chris Stratemeyer and Blake Holden. I'm hoping he
[Daniecki] gives wrestling a shot in college."
Albright College's badminton player Jen Wilkerson, a former county champ at Randallstown, was chosen the Most Valuable Player this season after going 10-4 and winning the Division C, Mid-Atlantic title.
Patapsco graduate Mark Palmerino, a junior at Pittsburgh's Point Park College, finished as the staff's hottest pitcher with a 3-3 record and 4.99 ERA. He won three of his last four decisions, tying a school record with five consecutive strikeouts in a 2-1 victory over Geneva College on May 1.