Of the six first-team All-Metropolitan girls basketball players whose college plans could be ascertained, four meet the eligibility requirements outlined in NCAA Proposition 48 and will be eligible for Division I competition this fall.
Two of the six recently graduated seniors will attend the University of the District of Columbia, which this year is not subject to Proposition 48 requirements.
In addition, the status of two players is uncertain. Two others selected were juniors.
The four players who met the requirements of Proposition 48 and are eligible to play varsity basketball as freshmen are Melissa Miller of Laurel, who will be attending Clemson; Paula Schuler of Robinson (James Madison), Carole Smith of H.D. Woodson (Radford) and Stefeni Thomas of Wilson (Penn State).
Neda Jefferson of Bladensburg and LaTanya Nelson of Ballou will be at UDC, which, like all Division II schools, is not affected by Proposition 48 until the fall of 1988.
Karen Wilkins of H.D. Woodson plans to attend Howard. However, her status awaits the outcome of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) she took in June. Penny Moore of Stuart will be attending Long Beach State. Her status relative to Proposition 48 could not be determined.
Ashley Hancock of Lee and Debbie Shockley of Rockville are going into their senior year.
A 1985 study by the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth indicated that girls who participated in athletics tended to get better grades than girls who did not take part in athletics. The report also indicated that boys who have "some participation" in athletics tend to have higher grades, as a group, than boys who do not participate in athletics. However, in addition, the study noted that boys who have "heavy participation" in athletics tend to get lower grades than boys who do not participate in sports at all.
In the first two cases, "the correlation was not that strong, but it was there," said Sanford M. Dornbusch, the center's director. But in the third, "boys who participate for more than 35 hours per week, the pre-pro jock syndrome, started getting lower grades," Dornbusch said.
"Women are not under any illusions of grandeur," said the University of Texas women's athletic director, Donna Lopiano. "They know that athletic success will probably not correlate into big money, so it's easier to get that career message across to them."
"They know there are no pro leagues for women," said Howard associate athletic director and women's basketball coach Sanya Tyler. "They may be student-athletes now, but at some point they are going to have to get jobs."
And, said Dorothy Harris, a professor of sports psychology at Penn State, women perform accordingly in school.
"Girls tend to mature more quickly than boys, so while girls may or may not be any more conscientious of the need to succeed in the classroom, they are more able to make the application," Harris said. "This sometimes continues into the early years of college. The girls will go to class while the boys will just blow it off."
Said Carole Oglesby, a professor of physical education at Temple: "Sport is still very nontraditional for girls. For boys it's not only appropriate, it's expected."