After 10 years of playing each other in summer high school all-star football games, Maryland and Virginia have decided to part ways.
Although coaches had informally agreed not to hold the game -- known as the Super 45 last year -- its dissolution became official Monday when the Maryland Football Coaches Association voted to hold an East-West all-star game. It will be the first intrastate all-star football game including all Maryland schools since 1975.
The Northern Virginia Football Coaches Association has no plans for its own all-star game; the coaches will continue to nominate players for the statewide East-West game, which will be held July 11 in Hampton, Va. The date and location for Maryland's game are not set.
Maryland and Virginia had played each other every summer since 1993 in games known as the Chesapeake Classic and then the Super 44. Last year, organizers scrambled for a site and a name when a key sponsor pulled out.
"I think it was kind of understood that if a sponsor or somebody didn't step up, we won't be able to do this again," said Centreville football coach Mike Skinner, whose school hosted the event last year. "It took a lot of effort on everybody's part."
Mount Vernon girls' basketball coach Kenny Farmer, one of the most successful girls' coaches in Northern Virginia history, has resigned for family reasons.
Farmer, who was a combined 271-96 in five seasons at West Potomac and 10 at Mount Vernon, said he stepped down so that he could spend more time with his wife, Benita, and their three children, all of whom are under age 12. He had guided the Majors (13-2, 7-0) to eight consecutive Virginia AAA National District titles and 98 consecutive district victories.
Phil McConnell, Farmer's assistant for the past five seasons, will take over as interim coach, Athletic Director Bernie Forte said.
"No one was involved in the decision except for me and my wife," said Farmer, 41, who will remain at the school as a physical education and driver's education teacher. "For me and my family, this was the right thing to do and the right time to do it."
Farmer, whose resignation was first reported in yesterday's Northern Virginia Journal, did not rule out returning to coach the Majors in the future. . . .
Stuart has named Vince Randazzo its new football coach, Athletic Director Terry Brown said. Randazzo, an English teacher who has been an assistant coach at Annandale, Lee, McLean, W.T. Woodson and West Springfield, replaces Bill Holt, who stepped down following an 0-10 season. Stuart has not won a football game since a Sept. 28, 2000, victory over Washington-Lee.
Nathan McAfee, whose son, Rochard, has been declared ineligible to play on the Meade boys' basketball team for the rest of the season, appealed the ruling to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.
Rochard McAfee missed eight Algebra II classes, but the family was under the assumption he had dropped the class, Nathan McAfee said. McAfee said he is appealing because the punishment goes beyond county rules and because the school did not tell the parents of the problem before it was too late.
"They didn't do anything, they just said, 'You're off the team,' " Nathan McAfee said. "It was a real shock."
McAfee said he expects to hear from the county's athletic supervisor, Marlene Kelly, within five days. Meade Principal Joan Valentine declined to comment. . . .
Senior All-Met running back Kevin Beverly and senior linebacker Marcus Shepherd, starters on Parkdale's Maryland 4A championship football team, orally committed to play for Kent State and William & Mary, respectively, Parkdale Coach Mike Rucker said. Beverly ran for 2,290 yards on 275 carries last season, and Shepherd, an honorable mention All-Met, made 146 tackles and had 16 sacks.