Due to lack of interest and sponsorship, the annual football game between teams from Baltimore County and the city will not take place a 14th time, said Baltimore County coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko.
The game, which started as a contest between county public schools and Maryland Scholastic Association schools, was conducted as a county-city game for the first time last year and was not as successful at attracting fans.
"The demise of the MSA contributed," said Belinko. "We're no longer able to generate sufficient interest and support."
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Hall of Famer Franco Harris delivered an inspiring speech to then-No. 15 Dulaney's football team the day before Saturday's homecoming game against Kenwood.
But Kenwood running back Steve Kelley must have been eavesdropping: He had a Harris-type effort, rushing for 275 yards and five of Kenwood's six touchdowns in a 42-22 rout.
Wildcats on rise
Playing in Division III of the Baltimore County boys soccer league, the Carver A&T; Wildcats finished 9-1, losing their final regular-season game, 2-1, to Lansdowne Monday.
Carver A&T;'s top scorers are junior strikers John Kroll (16 goals, 10 assists), Andy Oram (nine, eight) and junior midfielder Jim Ballard (11, four).
Senior keeper Josh Brooks has allowed eight goals and has four shutouts.
Carver A&T;, coached by Ian Reid, won two games last year and plays host to Woodlawn today in the division championship game.
McDonogh's two-time All-Metro quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus was in town from the University of Florida to watch Mount St. Joseph defeat his alma mater, 56-18, last weekend.
"It's a shocking disappointment," said the redshirt freshman expressing dismay at how his former team and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and MSA powers are struggling.
McDonogh and Gilman are a combined 0-13. Poly is 2-5, including a loss to 3-4 Friendly of Prince George's County. City (4-3) has lost, 14-0, to Calvert Hall, which was beaten soundly by 1-5 Frederick. Loyola (1-4) has lost the toughest games to Gonzaga, C. Milton Wright, Philadelphia's No. 1 Malvern Prep and St. Mary's.
Southern-B, ranked No. 2 nationally two years ago, again is among the nation's boys basketball elite at preseason No. 11 by Street & Smith's.
The Bulldogs (13-10 last season) return 6-foot-6 senior forward John Hemsley among four starters. Hemsley, considering Maryland, California, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Georgetown, Syracuse and Connecticut, is listed among Street & Smith's top-rated seniors along with Tommy Polley (Dunbar) and Pat Ngongba (Calvert Hall). Mark Karcher (St. Frances), Gary Williams (Calvert Hall) and Dominic Liverpool (Lake Clifton) are among the top underclassmen.
Middle Atlantic Recruiting News rates Polley and Hemsley, both All-Metro picks, third and fourth, respectively, among the Top 20 players in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region.
Changes of venue
The Charm City Classic and the Catholic League Tournament will be played at new sites this winter, with the former at Towson State Jan. 25-27 after two years at Loyola's Reitz Arena, and the latter moved from UMBC to Goucher College Feb. 23-26.