Forty-one years ago, the Independent Schools Physical Education Association was formed to give local girls a chance to play for conference titles. Last year the ISPEA, which had operated as a loose confederation that had grown to 21 members, regrouped into a formal league of 11 schools.
Last Sunday, the ISPEA finished its first year under the new alignment when Julie Fuchs pitched Maret past Holy Child, 13-4, for the softball championship. And, after the game had ended, the new league was pronounced a success.
"Everyone in the league seems happier with the new format," said Holton-Arms' athletic director, Betty Nevitt, whose defending championship softball team was eliminated early in the tournament. "Our schools have good competitive spirit and friendly rivalries with each other, so this formalized structure has been a big plus."
The good spirit of the league was evident in Holy Child Coach Melissa Mudd's postgame comments after losing the championship game.
"We only lost two games and both were to Maret," said Mudd, whose team finished 11-2. "They were just better this year and we played as well as we could. Shannon Hanley, Angela Howley and all the girls really gave it all they had, so I can't argue."
Rocco Romeo, who coaches Largo's football team, will be honored at a dinner June 12. He is retiring from teaching but will continue to coach. The cost will be $12 a ticket and reservations must be in by May 23. For information, call Sharon Porter at 336-8260.
The Woodward girls soccer team has one of the area's best offenses with 48 goals in 11 games.
Jill Pulley leads Woodward with 18 goals and four assists and Jody Tropo has 16 goals and five assists. The duo has benefited from the extra attention received by the scoring of Katherine Londos and Brett Gardner, who rarely see less than double coverage.
Nevertheless, Londos, an expert passer, has five goals and 10 assists and Gardner, a top one-on-one player, has eight goals and eight assists. Add in the steady goalkeeping of Allison Murphy (0.33 goals against average) and it's easy to see why the Wildcats have been undefeated since an opening-season 1-0 loss to unbeaten Rockville.
Paint Branch's Vinny Jackson continues to lead the Montgomery County baseball batting at .674. Walter Johnson's Keith Gordon is second at .543 . . . Woodward's baseball team has forfeited two games because of an over-age player. The team's coach, Tom George, reported the infraction . . . Oxon Hill's tennis team has forfeited two matches for switching its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. As a result, Friendly is the Prince George's County South Division champion and High Point rises to second place in the North.