Mandy Clark made her Milford Mill basketball debut Tuesday, contributing 19 points to a 69-38 victory over Towson.
A second-team All-Baltimore City/County point guard last season at Woodlawn, Clark emerged in fall ball as one of the area's top players, but she had been ineligible this winter, because she did not meet the county's residency requirement.
Two years ago, Clark moved here from South Carolina to live with her sister and enrolled at Woodlawn, but her sister was not her legal guardian. The glitch was not discovered until this fall after she had transferred to Milford Mill. Since then, Clark's mother has moved here, and the junior now meets the residency rule.
Clark, an honor roll student, gives the No. 9-ranked Millers (7-2) a new dimension with her shooting, passing and ball handling.
"It changes the whole complexion of our game," said Milford coach Pam Wright. "It gives everybody a different role. Just that one link really made a big difference in our game and in the attitude of the kids. For Chante [Alexander] and Quante [Toney], when you're playing with somebody like Mandy, it really brings your game up a little bit too."
Southern girls fold
Southern has had to drop girls basketball this season, because there weren't enough players to put a team on the floor. Bulldogs coach Bill Parker began the season with 10 girls, but academic ineligibility and injuries took too heavy a toll.
"We were down to seven girls, and it wasn't going to happen," said Parker. "I don't know what direction this is going to go, but the kids are around and, hopefully, we will come back next year. We didn't drop the program because we wanted to."
The Bulldogs have had numbers problems for years and have not had a JV, but 12 or 13 girls had stuck with the game since Parker took over two years ago. He said another factor in the declining interest was the late starting time for practice.
"We start school at 9, and it's killing our athletic program," said Parker, who also coaches baseball. "We get out at 3: 30, and we start practice at 4. A lot of kids say that's too late. A lot of them have jobs."
Michalowicz considers Navy
Mount St. Joseph quarterback Andy Michalowicz, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder who was a preseason SuperPrep All-Region pick, is pondering an offer from the U.S. Naval Academy, among others.
Michalowicz, who rushed for 574 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 1,537 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, also is considering Tennessee, Mississippi, Boston College and Marshall.
The third annual Mayor's Basketball Academy will be conducted next week, with events starting Jan. 14 and ending Jan. 16 at Coppin State College.
The program, sponsored by Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks and 100 Black Men of Maryland, includes academic workshops for SAT preparations, college admissions and NCAA guidelines.
Boys teams from City, Dunbar, Forest Park, Lake Clifton, Mervo, Milford Mill, Patterson, Pompeii, Randallstown and Southern will play. Girls teams from Dunbar, Milford Mill and Western also will take part. Information: 410-685-6630.
Mount St. Joseph's Bryan McDermott (135) won four bouts, three against wrestlers ranked among the top five in Pennsylvania, to win last week's PowerAde Tournament at California (Pa.) University.
McDermott, who is 27-0 and ranked No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, pinned his semifinal opponent and won his title bout in overtime, 3-1.
McDonogh gets 4 champs
McDonogh's wrestlers, ranked No. 6 in the area, crowned Zak Johns (103), Geoff Miller (140), Andy Seal (160) and Joe Rosenbaum (171) and placed 13 of 14 competitors in the top four of their weight classes to smash the opposition at last week's Smithsburg Invitational.
Johns and Rosenbaum improved to 17-0, with Rosenbaum winning the event for the third straight year. Seal's record rose to 16-1.
Finishing second were Matt Eder (112), Nick Moulsdale (130), Mike Hollman (145), Josh Rosen (152) and Jameel Day (heavyweight). Joe Cristaldi (119) and Steve Chester (125) were third, and Steve Clare (189) and Kellen Williams (215), both fourth.
The boys and girls state tournament basketball draws are scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at James Hubert Blake High, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring. The school is about one mile west of New Hampshire Ave. (Route 650).
Joppatowne 5-11 senior Monique Washington scored 19 points and had 10 steals, eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the unranked Mariners (3-2) to a 48-40 upset of No. 19 Fallston on Tuesday. Shiree Turner, a 6-2 junior center, added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bryn Mawr forward Olachi Opara was voted the outstanding player in last week's Comet Classic after three-game totals of 58 points, 25 rebounds and eight steals. The Mawrtians lost to host and No. 17 Catonsville, 57-47, in the final. The freshman had 22 points, 14 rebounds and three steals in a 66-38 semifinal win over Randallstown.
Dundalk junior forward LaRhonda Garrett was named Most Valuable Player at last week's Dundalk Tournament after totaling 40 points and 27 rebounds in wins over Harford Tech and Patterson.
Pub Date: 1/08/99