The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association claimed a victory in U.S. District Court this week when Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled in the organization's favor in a $7.7 million suit filed by the parents of home-schooled wrestlers.
The suit, filed by the parents of wrestlers who were home-schooled but competed for Progressive Christian Academy in Temple Hills, contended that the MPSSAA had discriminated against home-schoolers by not allowing them to compete against public school teams.
Motz, however, said in Wednesday's ruling that the MPSSAA's adoption of "Standards of Competition" in July satisfied the requirements of furthering "the public interest of safe and ethical athletic competition." In the standards of competition, the MPSSAA set out eligibility rules that private schools, including those that use home-schooled athletes, must abide by in order to compete against its member schools.
"We still feel it's a victory for us, because now we can compete against the public school teams, and that's something we couldn't do last year," said Carlos Sandoval, the Progressive Christian wrestling coach who represented the parents in court. "We disagreed with the MPSSAA's policy and we still do, but we did something that forced them to change it."
Shin Sets Record
Oakland Mills Junior Donnie Shin set a new Howard County scoring record with 31 points in the Stableford scoring system in a match against River Hill at Fairway Hills Golf Club in Columbia.
River Hill won, 79-54, but Shin had five birdies, three pars and a bogey in the nine-hole match. The old record was 29 points.
"Consistency is the name of his game; he's flawless," River Hill Coach Matt Graves said. "He knew exactly what he needed to do on each shot. This kid is good."
This is the first year golf is a varsity sport in Howard County since 1994; it had been a club sport for the past 11 years.
Senior Justin Fabling scored 22 points for the Hawks (4-0). Oakland Mills is 0-4. . . .
Sophomore Nathan Richter shot a 1-under-par 35 to lead the St. Andrew's golf team past Sidwell Friends in a nine-hole Mid-Atlantic Conference match at Worthington Manner Golf Club in Urbana.
Richter had birdies on the second, fifth and ninth holes as St. Andrew's finished with a team total of 175, 17 better than Sidwell.
St. Andrew's improved to 2-0; Sidwell Friends is 0-2.
Stone Ridge Prevails
Sophomore middle hitter Elissa Goeke had six kills, eight blocks and two aces as visiting Stone Ridge defeated defending ISL AA tournament champion Model, 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-9 in volleyball.
It was the first win over Model for ninth-year Gators coach Scott Fifield.
-- Jon Gallo and Jon Goldberg