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MSA members to discuss reorganization at meeting


Poly athletic director Mark Schlenoff confirmed yesterday that the MSA, having witnessed the city public schools' merging with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, is holding its final meeting Thursday night at Gilman.

"As far as I know," MSA first vice-president Schlenoff said, "it's the last meeting we'll [public schools] be involved in."

Friends athletic director Pieter DeSmit said that meeting also will involve discussing the present state of winter sports, particularly wrestling, which "overlaps" into both the MSA and MPSSAA organizations.

"In the meeting, we'll be discussing whether things are going smoothly," said DeSmit, adding that MSA president Vince Bagli will preside over the gathering.

DeSmit said members of the Catholic, private and parochial organization who were part of the MSA's original structure have been involved all along in "preliminary reorganization," and discussion could center around which actions they will take when the MSA permanently disbands after the winter season.

With the exception of the city public schools, which have joined the state association, other current MSA members will meet next year to discuss their futures.

"The assumption is that there will be meetings in January on the 12th and the 19th, and in February on the ninth and 16th," DeSmit said. "But nothing is set in stone at all. The new [organization], as far as I know, won't be voted on until March."

Rafus at Harbor City

Andre Rafus, one of the city's top basketball players, will not be playing or Walbrook this season.

Rafus, a 6-foot-7 senior, is enrolled at the downtown location of Harbor City. According to his coach at Walbrook, Gus Herrington, it was discovered at the end of the last school year that Rafus would be short of three credits necessary to graduate at the end of the 1993-94 school year.

Harbor City has tri-semesters, which would enable Rafus to obtain the credits to graduate. At the 16 other city public high schools, there are bi-semesters.

Rafus has been denied a waiver to play for Walbrook by Southwestern, which is the zone school for Harbor City's downtown location. Dr. David Benson, principal of Southwestern, said that granting a waiver would set a bad precedent with city public schools being under the by-laws of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Last season, Rafus was a second-team All-City selection and helped the Warriors reach the state Class 3A regional finals.

Coach found, game needed

Mount St. Joseph lacrosse coach Drew Bowden hired a junior varsity coach esterday, but is looking for a varsity game on Saturday, April 2. For information, call Bowden at (410) 332-8827 or the school's athletic office at (410) 644-6364.

New football programs

Next fall, Baltimore County's two newest schools will field football teams which will play independent schedules.

Barbara Parry, athletic director for Western Tech's Wolverines, and Stu Tarleton of Carver A & T's Wildcats, have begun scheduling teams for next season. Tarleton could not be reached yesterday afternoon, but Parry said 87 students at her school -- which consists of "freshmen and a few sophomores" -- have expressed interest in playing.

She already has scheduled the junior varsity programs at Calvert Hall, Loyola and Gilman and the varsity programs at Friends, Curley and West Lake, a second-year, 1A school in Charles County whose students are freshmen and sophomores.

Charity for Wojo

Gibbons guard Steve Wojciechowski spent a lot of time on the free-throw line in the Crusaders' victory over Bishop McNamara last Wednesday.

Wojciechowski, a 5-11 senior guard heading to Duke, was 23 of 29, breaking the school record of 21-for-23 set by Mark Massimini in the 1974-75 season against Dunbar (D.C.).

Schwoy recognized

McDonogh All-Metro striker Laurie Schwoy recently was selected by the National Coaches' Association of America as a high school All-American, along with Old Mill's two-time All-Metro pick Michelle Salmon.

Schwoy also has been chosen for tryouts with the Olympic Developmental Program's regional team.

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