Services set for Lake Clifton's Wilson


Memorial services will be held for Lake Clifton's late athletic director Mabel Wilson at the school's auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The services for Wilson, 46, who died of cancer in January, had been scheduled for early last month, but a four-alarm fire in the school's auditorium forced their postponement.

Wilson came to Baltimore City schools in 1969, teaching first at Woodburn (now Chinquapin Middle), Eastern and Southwestern before Lake Clifton.

Her longtime friend, Ruth Travis, has replaced Wilson as the school's athletic director.

Wrestling nationals

The area is sending 13 state champs into tomorrow's three-day National High School Wrestling Championships at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Among the featured wrestlers are three-time state champs Marty (103 pounds) and Mike (112) Kusick of Northeast, two-time National Prep champ Danny DeVivo (160) of Mount St. Joseph, Francis Scott Key's two-time state champs Randy Owings (140) and Zac Yinger (145), and Arundel's two-time state champ Mark Chesla (152).

Also going are National Prep champ David Inkman (140) of Mount St. Joseph, two-time National Prep runner-up Gino Amasia (112, Calvert Hall), National Prep runner-up Martius Harding (171, McDonogh) and state champs Brian Kapp (125, Calvert Hall), Mike DiLeonardi (145, Old Mill), Ethan Goldberg (152, Friends), Chris Williams (152, Hammond) and Adam Butts (171, Meade).

State runners-up Jason Nagle (112) of Centennial, Don Patterson (189) of Old Mill, and Kenny Hunter (heavyweight) of Mount St. Joseph round out Team Maryland.

Cardinals soaring

Calvert Hall's athletic program has become one of the area's most successful.

Last fall, its cross country team, under Jim McCoach, and its soccer team, under Bill Karpovich, continued their dominance of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

This past winter, the basketball team, under coach Mark Amatucci, captured its MIAA crown, and the wrestling team, under first-year coach Henry Franklin, won 11 matches -- tied for the most victories in school history and more wins than in the two previous seasons combined. Two Cardinals wrestlers, two-time All-Metro Gino Amasia (112) and second-team All-Metro Brian Kapp (125), were Independent Schools state champs.

So far this spring, the Cardinals' top-ranked baseball team is unbeaten under Joe Binder, last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year. Left-hander Andy Bair, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year, hurled a 10-0 no-hitter over Gibbons on Tuesday and appears to have the Cardinals headed for their third straight league crown.

The seventh-ranked lacrosse team, under Mike Thomas, is 4-0 entering tomorrow's MIAA A Conference Division III game against top-ranked Boys' Latin. And the track team, under Mary Bondyra, is favored to repeat as MIAA champs.

Poets, Lakers join nation's best

Lake Clifton and Dunbar, the area's Nos. 1 and 2 boys basketball teams, respectively, are now ranked nationally in the same polls.

The Lakers (23-1), winners of the state 4A championship, are ranked No. 11 by USA Today and debut at No. 18 in the latest National Prep Poll. The Poets (25-1) debut this week in the USA Today Super 25 at No. 25 and are ranked No. 13 in the National Prep Poll.

Woodlawn duo signs

Keion Carpenter and Carlton Wheeler of Woodlawn have signed letters of intent to play football for Virginia Tech and South Carolina State, respectively.

Carpenter, a first-team All-Metro pick as a defensive back and a preseason honorable-mention All-American in SuperPrep, had seven interceptions. Carpenter, who also played quarterback, passed for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 617 yards.

Wheeler, who was Carpenter's favorite target, caught 39 passes for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Coaching spots at Dulaney

Dulaney High School is accepting applications for head coaching positions in boys varsity and junior varsity basketball, and girls junior varsity soccer. An assistant is needed for boys varsity basketball and junior varsity football.

Letters of application must be received by athletic director Bob Dean at 255 Padonia Road, Timonium, 21093 on or before April 21. Or call Dean at (410) 887-7638.

Tobacco taboo?

In response to concerns about the use of tobacco products by student-athletes, the National Federation Board of Directors has directed all rules committees to include specific guidelines banning its usage.

High school associations must spell out in their publications provisions that prohibit the use of tobacco products by student-participants, coaches and, if possible, officials during competitions.

In endorsing the ban, the national federation joins other national sports organizations, including the minor leagues of Major League Baseball and the NCAA, which ban tobacco products during competition.

"They [The federation] want it included in all of the rule books beginning with the next school year," said Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

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