Dunbar's Nolan seemingly will be cleared over gifts

It seems that Dunbar's All-Metro center, Norman Nolan, will not be penalized for accepting gifts at Nike's Fab 40 basketball camp early last month in violation of state association rules regarding eligibility.

By returning the gifts 14 days after meeting with Maurice Howard, the assistant superintendent for Baltimore public schools, Nolan met conditions to be cleared by superintendent Walter G. Amprey, Howard said last night.


Howard said last week that verification had been received from Nike that Nolan had returned the merchandise and that a memo "asking that Mr. Nolan be exonerated" was approved by Amprey.

Howard said the Board of School Commissioners is awaiting a response from the MPSSAA's executive secretary, Ned Sparks.


"Our system is set up so that the locals apply the penalty," Sparks said last night, adding that he had not received the paper work. "Unless there's some mis-appliance of the procedures, I will certainly accept what has been recommended."

Game in doubt?

Officials with the annual Loyola-Calvert Hall football game, normally held at Memorial Stadium, are struggling to find it a new home.

The news that the game couldn't be played at Memorial Stadium, which Morgan Creek Productions is using to film "Major League II," came in an Oct. 4 letter from Stephanie S. Esworthy, administrative supervisor of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.

Esworthy said she was sorry to have to inform athletic directors Jerry Savage (Loyola) and Lou Eckerl (Calvert Hall) on such short notice, especially since it initially appeared the game could be played as scheduled on Thanksgiving.

"The film company reassured us that they'd be done during the first part of November," said Esworthy. "But they apparently got some rain in September that put them behind schedule. They've informed us that they won't be finished until Jan. 1."

The problem, said Esworthy, stems from the company's refurbishing of the Memorial Stadium baseball diamond at a cost of nearly $20,000. Company figures suggest that it cost $5,000 every day it gets behind schedule, she said.

"The problem is not the three-hour game, but the goal posts and cleats damaging the field," Esworthy said.


Morgan Creek, which she said is estimated to generate revenue in excess of $5 million for the city, will allow the stadium to accommodate a fund-raising dinner Oct. 30. On that day, the grass will be protected by plywood and attendees confined to the warning tracks.

City and Poly can't play on Thanksgiving anymore because, as members of the MPSSAA, they cannot play after playoffs begin Nov. 12. Their game will be played Nov. 6 at Morgan State.

"This late notice is absurd," said Calvert Hall coach Bill Mackley. "The alums are not aware of this yet, but they're going to go nuts."

Savage and Eckerl have looked at two possible sites -- Towson State and Johns Hopkins -- but neither appears capable of handling the event, which Loyola coach Joe Brune estimates could draw "nine or ten thousand."

"Johns Hopkins has room for the capacity in its bleachers, but the parking would be difficult," said Esworthy. "Towson has plenty of parking but few bleachers."

The poop


Dwight Banks (City), Jamie Biddison (Gilman), Greg Kyler (Poly) and Lamar King (Chesapeake) head a list of the state's top Division I football prospects who are mentioned in the most recent edition of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Poop Sheet.

Biddison, an All-Metro linebacker, was The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Defensive Player of the Year for Baltimore, and Banks was an All-City and second-team All-Metro pick.

Teeing off

Dulaney's golf team won last week's District 6 qualifying tournament for this weekend's state tourney at the University of Maryland.

Senior Tim Moores, juniors Jon Steckler and John Allard and freshman Ryan McKinney will represent the Lions.

One more time


The 11th annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic will be played Dec. 6 at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field, with Roger Wrenn (Patterson) coaching the Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars and Rick Zentz (Chesapeake) leading Baltimore County.

"There's been discussion about making all the teams from the county play all the teams from the city, which would put teams like Loyola, Calvert Hall and McDonogh in with Baltimore County," Wrenn said. "The form may change, but I certainly hope that this isn't the last game."