The second annual Chesapeake Classic football game, originally slated for July 23 at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium, has been moved to 4 p.m. July 24 at Memorial Stadium, game director Jerry Franks said.
Citing ruined turf at Byrd that recently had to be replaced because of excessive use and water damage, University of Maryland officials informed the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association on June 3 that the game -- which pits Maryland's best seniors against Northern Virginia's best -- had to be moved.
But in a statement released yesterday, Franks said the MSFCA secured Memorial Stadium's newly manicured field, presently used by Baltimore's Canadian Football League team.
"It was crunch time. We needed to pull out all the stops and find a place comparable to Byrd Stadium where we could play the game," said Franks.
"Calls were made to Jim Speros, Baltimore CFL's owner, Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore's mayor, and Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks. The response we received from everyone was terrific, and thanks to the combined efforts of a lot of people, we are pleased to announce that the game will be played at Memorial Stadium."
F.C. Stars shine
The under-14 F.C. Baltimore Stars were regional runners-up in Monday's 16-team Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Tournament at Rider University.
The Stars, State Cup champs for the third time in five straight state-title appearances, lost 1-0 with three minutes left in overtime to defending champion Charles River United of Boston.
Before winning the semifinal game, 1-0, over Hulmesville of Easton, Pa., the Stars shut out two teams in the three-game qualifying round, winning 7-0 over Wheeling, W.Va., 2-0 over Delaware's Strikers, and tying Princeton, N.J., 1-1.
Top scorers for the Stars were P.J. Wakefield (three goals) and Mike Schaeffer (two goals). Steve Beverage had a goal and an assist, Mike Regulski, Matt Joseph, Cam Letke and Billy Nelson scored a goal each, and Brandon Thomson and Brian Powell each assisted on goals.
The Stars, who received silver medals for their finish, ended their combined indoor and outdoor seasons at 86-9-4 with victories in nine of 13 tournaments.
Eastern Tech hires Hoch
David Hoch, the head men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, was appointed Eastern Tech's athletic director last week.
Hoch replaces Eastern Tech's Jim Salters, who retired as AD and football coach in the spring after holding those positions since the school opened in 1969.
"He is a believer not only in the educational value of athletics, but also that receiving a quality education is the most important factor for all student-athletes," said Eastern Tech principal Robert J. Kemmery.
Hoch spent eight years as a basketball coach and physical education teacher at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa., before going to the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.
Ed Waters track succeeds
Three athletes received Outstanding Performer awards, and two teams won their age groups as Ed Waters' track club competed in the July 1-3 National Age Group Championships in Lowell, Mass.
Ed Waters is sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Competing in the 15-16 age category, second-team All-Metro James Carter (Mervo) won the 200- and 400-meter --es, and the triple jump, and anchored the winning 3,200 relay squad to earn Outstanding Performer honors.
Rafiq Gunthor, in the boys 9-10 category, and Dana Jefferson, in the girls 11-12 group, also were Outstanding Performers. Each of the youngsters won the 100 and 200 --es along with anchoring their winning 400 relay squads.
Western head coach Jerry Molyneaux coached his Ed Waters contingent to the 15-16 girls title, and Mervo assistant coach Ron Taylor led his 13-14 boys to the title.
Freeplay, a Baltimore-based 16-and-under girls basketball team, was eliminated from the Amateur Athletic Union nationals in Cleveland after yesterday's 108-92 loss to Kansas City.
Tesha Tinsley of Western led all Freeplay scorers with 23 points, and Kimberly Smith, also of Western, added 19.
Freeplay, opened the double-elimination tournament with a 104-96 win on Tuesday over Wisconsin. Smith paced Freeplay with 35 points and Tinsley chipped in 18.
Later that day, Freeplay suffered its first loss, 96-72, against Kentucky. Smith had 28 in that one.
75th game celebration
A banquet to commemorate the 75th annual Calvert !c Hall-Loyola football game will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Martin's Eudowood in Towson with the game to be played the next day.
All former and present coaches of the teams have been inviteand a game program will be provided to all attendees.
Each school has a maximum of 250 tickets for sale on first-come, first-served basis.
All former players over the age of 21 who are interested iattending may send a $25 check to Tom Bateman at Calvert Hall or Dennis Narango at Loyola.