MacMullan glad he's McDonogh's choice


Jack MacMullan said last week that he will finish his fifth season at the Haverford School in Philadelphia before assuming the athletic director post at McDonogh on July 1.

MacMullan, 51, and his wife, Joan, were touring McDonogh's campus last Thursday. He will take the office vacated by Frank Antonelli, who ends a four-year stint this spring to take a similar job at Rye Country Day School in New York.

"It's a very similar school to McDonogh," said Antonelli, 49, who tendered his resignation in December and accepted the New York position in April.

"I've been coming down for a couple of weeks once or twice a week to get familiar with the coaches and parents to try to get a feel for the school," MacMullan said.

MacMullan's coaching and teaching career covers 28 seasons, with a 10-year athletic director stint at Columbus (Ohio) Academy where he was also basketball and football coach. He spent the past five years at Haverford, an extremely successful all-male school that participated in a six-team league.

"At the end of each year, the league awards an All-Sports trophy," MacMullan said. "Haverford has either won it or been runner-up during the past five seasons."

MacMullan was hired by a search committee comprising students and faculty, lower, middle and upper school administrators, trustees, parents and alumni.

"They actually gave input to the headmaster [Bo Dixon], so I don't feel I was chosen solely by Bo Dixon, I feel I was chosen by the people of the school," MacMullan said. "That's one of the reasons I really enjoyed the process, and I feel good about coming down here."

Lacrosse upsets

Oh, how the mighty keep falling in area lacrosse.

When the season began with then-No. 3 St. Paul's 9-8 victory over then-top-ranked St. Mary's, the defending league champ, it was only the beginning of a year of upsets.

Gilman, which has beaten both St. Mary's and St. Paul's, held the No. 1 ranking for two weeks before losing, 8-5, to Loyola two weeks ago. On the same day, then-No. 6 Calvert Hall -- coming off of an 11-2 loss to Gilman -- edged then-No. 2 St. Paul's, 5-4.

St. Paul's, an earlier 10-8 loser to Gilman, dropped to No. 4 before rebounding to beat then-No. 2 Gilman, 9-8. Gilman trounced No. 5 Boys' Latin, 15-5, last week, but Boys' Latin rebounded to beat St. Paul's, 11-8, Saturday.

No. 7 Towson was ranked No. 15 when it hammered last year's 3A-4A state runner-up and then-No. 8 Perry Hall, 11-3. Perry Hall was ranked No. 15 when it beat No. 14 Dulaney, 10-9, in overtime Tuesday, and Centennial was unranked when it beat Severn, 10-5, but was ranked when it was defeated, 8-6, by unranked Oakland Mills.

No. 9 Annapolis began the year unranked and has a loss to both Severn and St. Mary's, each of which was ranked in the preseason. Yet Annapolis has beaten three teams that were ranked in the preseason -- two-time 3A-4A state champ Broadneck, Severna Park and most recently No. 10 Arundel.

Broadneck (8-5) was knocked out of the rankings -- and #i eventually the playoffs -- with its April 23 loss to unranked North County, which later edged then-No. 12 Severna Park, 9-8. Tuesday night, unranked Severna Park edged No. 9 Arundel, 9-8.

Wojo on ESPN2

Gibbons' All-Metro senior basketball player Steve Wojciechowski, who is headed for Duke University on a full scholarship, was featured two weeks ago on the Honor Roll segment of ESPN2's Scholastic Sports America.

The segment, sponsored by McDonald's, called Wojciechowski the "Pete Rose" of high school athletes for his work ethic in basketball, soccer (also All-Metro) and in the classroom (he has a 3.8 grade-point average).

Wojciechowski also was chosen along with 11 others for the United States Junior National team, which was announced on Sunday.

Wojciechowski joins future teammates Trajan Langdon and Ricky Price on the squad. The team will play in a qualifying tournament for the 1995 Junior World Championships, Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in Argentina. The Junior World Championships will be played in Athens, Greece.

Super 50

Some of the area's top underclassmen are participating in the inaugural six-team, Charm City Super 50 basketball league, which plays at Loyola College on Monday and Wednesday evenings and culminates with Sunday's championship game.

Participants include two-time All-Metro pick Shawnta Rogers (Lake Clifton) and All-Metro Jason Smith (Broadneck), as well as second-team All-Metros Reggie Frazier (Lake Clifton), Blanchard Hurd (Milford Mill) and Kurtis Jestes (Mount Hebron).

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