Despite continuing problems with its cable television provider, the Montgomery County public school system is preparing to televise scholastic sports events beginning this spring.
A $600,000 broadcast facility, paid for by Tribune United Cable Co., has recently been completed at county school headquarters in Rockville.
Initial plans call for televising games only between schools representing communities that are served by the cable system, according to co-supervisor of athletics Pat Barry. As additional areas are added to the system, more schools will be added.
"Initial programming is planned to begin in early February and sports programming could begin this spring," said Harry Swope, television production specialist for the schools. "This will be a tremendous new outlet for our schools and students to share with the community our plays, debates, band concerts sports, and the rest of the extracurricular activities.
"This programming will be instructional and positive, but it will also allow us to demonstrate to our taxpayers, most of whom don't have school children, where their money goes," said Swope. "And when they see how good many of our students are, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised."
WINX-AM-1600 will broadcast eight regular-season Montgomery County basketball games and perhaps the playoffs, according to co-supervisor of athletics Bill Kyle. Two boys games already have been broadcast. The next boys game to be broadcast will be Sherwood at Gaithersburg on Jan. 24, to be followed by Magruder at Richard Montgomery on Jan. 31, Woodward at Churchill on Feb. 7, Richard Montgomery at Gaithersburg on Feb. 14, Gaithersburg at Rockville on Feb. 21 and Rockville at Wootton on Feb. 28.
James Butler of Annapolis leads suburban Maryland boys basketball scorers with a 30-point average. Davon Kelly of Queen Anne follows with a 27.7-point average. Northwestern's Clinton Venable leads Prince George's players with a 26.7 average and Walter Johnson's Bryan Hutchens tops Montgomery players at 24.7.
Bowie's Polly Shelton leads Prince George's girls with a 23.6 average and Poolesville's Bridget Burke's 20.7 average tops Montgomery girls.
The Montgomery County wrestling championships are only one month away, scheduled for Feb. 14-15 at Kennedy High, yet 13 wrestlers remain unbeaten. Poolesville's Bennett McPhatter (145 pounds) tops the list at 11-0.
Several weight classes feature more than one undefeated wrestler: Steve Siegel (Wheaton) and Tim Stylinger (Gaithersburg) at 112; David Fox (Springbrook) and Mike Adams (Magruder) at 132; Scott Solomon (Kennedy), Tim Allman (Gaithersburg) and Dave Shaw (Wheaton) at 138; and Adam Taetle (Kennedy) and John Shelly (Wheaton) at 155. Other unbeatens include: David Woytowitz (Paint Branch) at 105; George Pahik (Richard Montgomery) at 119; and Ron Willis (Kennedy) at 185.
Bullis' Chuck Lee (126) and Sherwood's Ed Roark (heavyweight) have already recorded 11 falls.
Springbrook football Coach Bob Milloy and running back/linebacker Mike McCall were honored Saturday by the Touchdown Club of Washington. Milloy, who led the Blue Devils to their fourth Maryland Class AA championship in the past six years, was named area scholastic coach of the year. McCall, who transferred from St. John's this summer, was selected as suburban Maryland player of the year.