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MPSSAA Weighs National Travel

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page D10

Maryland public high school athletic teams may be allowed to travel throughout the United States for games beginning next season, if pending legislation is approved tomorrow by the state sanctioning body.

Although the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control rejected a similar proposal in December, the measure is being reconsidered. It is the most significant proposal that will be voted on this weekend at the semiannual Board of Control meeting in Ocean City, but could be the first of several major changes.

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MPSSAA Executive Director Ned Sparks wrote in the association's most recent newsletter that perhaps the MPSSAA should reconsider some of its longstanding policies. Other topics that Sparks touched on included the ban on Sunday competition, whether a statewide policy is necessary to govern transfer eligibility, finding a way to certify non-teacher coaches and whether coaches should be allowed to coach their teams in out-of-season competition.

"I think those are certainly issues out there," Sparks said, adding that his newsletter column was intended to spur debate about the association's future. "I think those things are, more and more, coming to the forefront of discussion. It's certainly not a dangerous or unhealthy thing for groups or associations to take a look at those things and see if they want to keep the rules they have or if they want to change."

Simpson Is Perfect

Senior right-hander Morgan Simpson pitched a perfect game with 14 strikeouts, including 12 swinging, as the Potomac School beat visiting Holy Cross, 7-0, yesterday in a nonleague softball game.

Simpson went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored two runs to help the Panthers improve to 5-2.

"She's been phenomenal all four years," Potomac School Coach Brian Parry said. . . .

Annie Roche scored from third on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and third-ranked Severna Park outlasted visiting North County, 1-0, in an Anne Arundel County softball game.

-- Josh Barr and Jon Goldberg

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