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McDonogh School names Damico as football coach


Dominic Damico, called "a young and enthusiastic coach" by McDonogh assistant football coach Lynn Badham, was named this week to replace McDonogh's former head coach Mike Working.

Working, who resigned last month after three seasons and replaced Tim Perry at Mount St. Joseph, used the run-and-shoot to turn around a lackluster Eagles' program. Working's teams went 2-8, 7-3 and 9-0, including a No. 2 ranking in the area last season.

Of 10 solid candidates from as far south as Florida and as far

west as Minnesota, Damico was the No. 1 choice of the McDonogh assistant coaches, the players and the administrators, according to a statement released from the school Monday.

Damico, 31, is scheduled to meet with his assistant coaches next Tuesday and is slated to report for duty on or about July 1, said McDonogh headmaster Bo Dixon.

Damico comes highly recommended -- having received good reviews from Maryland coach Mark Duffner -- from Philadelphia's Cardinal Dougherty High, where he was football coach, athletic director and varsity track coach.

Damico is a 1986 graduate of Temple University, where he played football and was an assistant coach for three years. He was named the head coach at Cardinal Dougherty in 1990 and was voted the 1992 Catholic League Coach of the Year.

"Cardinal Dougherty's program had fallen off a little bit and he came in and turned it around," said Badham. "Obviously he's good at rebuilding programs. I really like him."

Seeking replacements

Eastern Tech principal Bob Kemmery stopped taking applications Tuesday for the athletic director's position vacated by Jim Salters, who retired this year after having been at the school since its opening in 1969.

Still open is Kenwood's head football coaching position vacated by Fred Myers, who is now at Edgewood. Principal Fred Cogswell will continue taking applications until July 12, said Baltimore County athletic coordinator Ron Belinko.

SCB is 95-0

The under-10 Soccer Club of Baltimore Bays continued a 95-0 indoor and outdoor season with its 6-1 Maryland State Cup victory over the Columbia Cobras on June 4.

The SCB Bays' 1993-94 season included victories in 14 tournaments -- nine of them outdoors -- under coaches Bob Mezzadra, Tom Quaranta and John McHugh.

The starting team for the championship game is comprised of strikers Mario Quaranta, Brian Neil and Santino Quaranta, midfielders Brooks Long, Mike Lookingland and Kevin Mezzadra, defenders Daxton Bury, Kyle McHugh, Matt Levine and Jeremy Sheeler, and goalie Ryan Miller.

Patrick Healey, David Beach, Mark Hamilton, Nick Quisgar and Chase Franklin add depth.

The SCB Bays put their unbeaten record on the line in the first Chesapeake Classic Invitational Tournament at Herring Run Park beginning tomorrow and ending Sunday.

Officials for the event expect 90 teams, including contingents from Denmark and Norway.

Crown to be continued?

Two innings after Mandell Marsh of 4A state champ Perry Hall crossed the plate to give the North a 1-0 first-inning lead, thunderstorms ended the Crown All-Star game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Game officials are working to reschedule the event for some timin late July.

Cecil Kirk camp

Cecil Kirk is in the midst of its third annual three-day basketball camp.

"The camp tries to improve the skills of our young people and to instill values," said camp director Anthony Lewis. "We have between 60 and 70 kids."

The camp, open to boys and girls ages 8 to 15, ends with tomorrow's all-star games and trophy presentations.

It began with yesterday's opening ceremonies that included skill-specific stations for players and a speech by Baltimore Community College basketball coach Roger Dickens.

Today's activities feature four intra-camp games, two highlight games and guest speakers Brian Ellerbee (Loyola head coach) and Ronnie Thompson (Loyola assistant), son of Georgetown coach John Thompson.

MIAA director sought

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, which recently ratified its bylaws to include an executive director to oversee league operations, is looking for an individual to fill that post.

To apply for the position, contact the Board of Governors, MIAA, 8102 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, Md, 21286.

New MPSSAA members

Two 1A-sized schools, the Charles Hickey School of Baltimore County, and the Victor Cullen School of Frederick County, have joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The Hickey School, a member in the mid-1980s, and Victor Cullen are alternative programs with residential facilities and limited athletic offerings, according to the most recent edition of the MPSSAA newsletter SCOUT.

The schools will become members during the 1994-95 school year.

Cornes an All-American

Five players from The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro boys lacrosse team have been named to the USILCA All-American team.

Heading the list is The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year Mark Cornes of Gilman. He's joined by St. Mary's Todd Vizcarrondo; and Loyola's Scott Diggs, Karl Zeller and Mike Allan.

Another Loyola player, Charley Brown, was named to the USILCA All-American team. Brown, who has a 1450 SAT score, will attend Harvard in the fall.

Rogers named MVP

Lake Clifton's two-time All-Metro guard Shawnta Rogers was named MVP of the War in the Woods Tournament in New Jersey last weekend.

The 5-foot-5 junior scored the winning basket with six seconds remaining, lifting Baltimore-Charm City to a 84-83 victory over Jersey Shore in the championship game. Rogers, who was MVP of the Midwest Future Showdown & Shootout on Memorial Day weekend, also had 13 assists.

Mount Hebron's Patrick Ngonba scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for Baltimore-Charm City. Marvis Thornton of Dunbar contributed 20. Thornton and Poets teammate Billy Wells were named to the all-tournament team.

Guy Butler and Keion Carpenter (Woodlawn), Alphonso Jones (Douglass), Tommy Polley (Dunbar), Daniel Whye (Mount St. Joseph), John Hensley (Southern-Baltimore) and Konata Springer (Towson Catholic) were on the Baltimore-Charm City roster.

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