first goal of the season WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) missed one penalty, but made amends by scoring another to edge Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 in their ‘St Bess’ derby at Alpart Sports Club yesterday in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition. The win took them second behind Lacovia High (seven points), who were also in the winner’s circle following another good outing to defeat BB Coke High 2-0. Surprise team Maggotty High kept their positive season going, although playing to a nil-all scoreline with BB Coke and kept alive hopes of advancing beyond the first round for the first time in the school’s history. STETHS secured victory when second-half substitute Travar McCulloch stepped up to score from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute, this after a moment of madness from Munro’s Nicholas Collins, who dived goalkeeper-style to save a certain goal with his hands. Collins was issued a straight red card for his action and left his team a mountain to climb, with STETHS looking ominous with each attack. McCulloch said the win meant that they will be able to play with more freedom and that it brings confidence to the team moving forward. “It’s my first goal of the season, but more important, we got the win,” McCulloch stated. “We expected a very hard game from Munro. The win gives us more confidence because we weren’t winning as we should,” said the STETHS central midfielder. STETHS, who lost in the final last year, were quick out of the blocks and should have taken the lead from the sixth minute when forward Michael Kerr failed to hit the target, after getting the better of Munro goalkeeper Onandi McKenzie. Munro gradually settled and also provided some dangerous moments for STETHS, but lacked the cutting edge on the final play to dent their opponents. At Jarrett Park, the game between St James High and Group A leaders Cornwall College ended in a 1-1 draw. Defending champions Clarendon College were held to a 1-1 draw by Lennon in Group H to still lead on seven points. Lennon and Thompson Town are next, with Kellits at the foot of the standings. Elsewhere, there were wins for Denbigh High over Porus 1-0, Central High and Foga Road High ended 0-0. Manchester High moved further away from the field with a 4-0 whipping of Mile Gully in Group F, while Dinthill Technical and Bog Walk drew 1-1. Former winners Rusea’s High made it two wins in two starts with a battling 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Frome Technical, while 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart High thumped Little London 3-0 in Group D.
Plans are underway for West Baltimore’s Renaissance Academy High School to potentially move to the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Angela Alvarez, Executive Director, Office of New School Initiatives for Baltimore City Public Schools, gave a brief report to the Public Schools Board members this week, announcing the cooperative effort.Renaissance Academy“We’ve been working collaboratively with partners, particularly Baltimore City Community College and are looking at the potential of relocating Renaissance Academy to BCCC’s campus across from its main campus on Liberty Heights,” Alvarez said at the meeting on Jan. 24.Baltimore City Community College released a statement shortly before the school board meeting, confirming the current negotiations underway to welcome Renaissance Academy.“BCCC and BCPSS are evaluating the financial costs, academic programming and structural needs required to support a potential Renaissance Academy partnership. It is the intent of both organizations to ensure the educational experience of the students is one that will enhance student learning outcomes.”Renaissance Academy families received letters and calls this week from BCPSS informing them of the proposed move. A school-based meeting to solicit community input will be scheduled for early February.Renaissance Academy was originally scheduled for closure in the summer of 2017. The school experienced a number of problems in the previous school year that put it on the closure list in the 2015-2016 school year including a student stabbed in class and the confiscation of a loaded gun on campus.A high level of community support for Renaissance Academy caused the Schools Board to delay formally recommending closure of the school at its December board meeting, when several other BCPSS schools were slated to close. BCPSS CEO Sonja Santileses said she listened to the input of community partners in making the decision to delay closing the school.“I took very seriously the advisement of partners in the faith community and partners at the University of Maryland about the social-emotional needs of the young people.”The BCPSS will issue a final decision on the Renaissance Academy move to BCCC on Feb. 24. Nikkia Rowe, principal of Renaissance Academy, did not return a request for comment by press time.