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Md. Schools Have A National Interest

Saturday, April 23, 2005; Page D12

Maryland public schools will be able to travel for games throughout the United States if a measure approved yesterday by the state sanctioning body clears a final hurdle.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control voted 26 to 23 to approve a measure eliminating a 300-mile travel radius and replacing it with a plan that would allow nationwide competition, providing the contests do not result in missed class time.

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The proposal must receive approval by local superintendents and the state board of education before going into effect. The earliest that is likely to happen, according to MPSSAA Executive Director Ned Sparks, is next spring.

"It's interesting to note the vote was close," Sparks said. "If that is a reflection of how local superintendents will act, then that [vote] will be close too."

Keegan Lifts Prep

Junior attack Dan Keegan scored with 52 seconds left in overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Georgetown Prep boys' lacrosse team to a 9-8 Interstate Athletic Conference victory at Bullis.

Senior attack Zach Rosenberg had tied the game at 8 with 28 seconds left in regulation for Bullis (7-4, 2-2). But late in the extra period, Keegan took an assist from Patrick Malone and scored his third goal of the game for Prep (11-4, 3-1).

Georgetown Prep had trailed 5-0 early in the second quarter.

"I'm very proud," Prep Coach Kevin Giblin said. "This team played with a lot of guts."

West Potomac Ties

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Keckeison made nine saves to help the West Potomac boys' soccer team in a 0-0 tie at No. 7 Hayfield in a Virginia AAA Patriot District game in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

Hayfield (9-1-2, 2-1-1) took seven corner kicks to one for West Potomac (3-5-2, 0-3-1).

"It's a moral victory for us," West Potomac Coach Erich Gunderman said, "even though we weren't able to score at all."

Crowell Named

Thomas Crowell will be Springbrook's new boys' basketball coach, school officials announced. Crowell coached Sherwood last season and led the Warriors to a 10-13 record. He replaces Keith Adams, who was fired earlier this month despite compiling a 54-22 mark over three seasons.

-- Josh Barr, Jon Goldberg and Eli Saslow

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