The Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association football championships will take place in one day instead of the usual two this year, according to MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks.
"The University of Maryland plays its final home game against Virginia on a Friday night (Nov. 29) this year, so we only had Saturday to work with," Sparks said. "But Maryland has agreed to keep its portable lights so we can play two night games for the first time there."
Games will be scheduled at Byrd Stadium at 10 a.m., 1, 4, and 7 p.m.
"The night games and our expanded playoffs should make this football season one of the most exciting we've ever had," said Sparks.
The MPSSAA increased its football playoff format to include two teams from each region. Quarterfinal games will be played Nov. 15-16 and semifinals Nov. 22-23.
After earning all-Interstate Athletic Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore at St. Stephen's, running back Tyrone Jackson has transferred to DeMatha.
Although the Metro Conference has strict transfer rules, Jackson, now a junior, is eligible to play varsity athletics this year since he changed schools last year as a 10th grader.
"Tyrone transferred last March and he's eligible now because he was a sophomore when he came here," said DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor. "After a student's sophomore year, an athlete who transferred from another local school would have to sit out a season."
Jackson, an Oxon Hill native, is looking forward to playing against tough Metro Conference opponents Carroll, Gonzaga and McNamara, but his primary reason for transferring was much more mundane.
Jackson's athletic talents aren't limited to football. As if DeMatha needed any additional help, he's an outstanding basketball guard, too.
Leonardtown football coach and athletic director Joe Nicewarner has been elected president of the Maryland Athletic Directors Association. Former Howard County supervisor of athletics Walt Phelan recently was inducted into the MADA Hall of Fame . . . Ray Wrenn has been named athletic director at Holy Cross. Formerly assistant athletic director at Bullis and Good Counsel, he'll continue to serve as commissioner of the Catholic Girls Athletic Association. Former athletic director Sandy Young will continue to coach soccer. Good Counsel principal Brother Barry Fitzpatrick is Holy Cross' new volleyball coach . . . Last season, field hockey coaches were in short supply in Montgomery County, but only Damascus still has an opening this year . . . St. Mary's (Annapolis) will play its home football games this season at night at Anne Arundel Community College . . . Former Friendly soccer Coach Terry Parfitt has been named coach at Laurel. George Kallas, who led Laurel to a 9-3-1 record last season, will coach at Eleanor Roosevelt. Kallas succeeds Bob Dredger.
Two years ago Martin Spalding in Severn was an all-girls school. Now co-ed, it's playing its first season of varsity football. Last year, the Cavaliers played a mixed junior varsity/varsity schedule and finished 4-4 (2-4 against varsity teams).
Doc Bartlinski, who used to coach the semipro Baltimore Eagles, is Spalding's coach.