The state soccer regional playoffs get under way tomorrow and Anne Arundel Community College features a Class 4A/Region IV doubleheader: No. 4-ranked Severna Park (10-2) vs. No. 13 Broadneck (6-4-2) at 4:30 p.m. and No. 6 North County (11-1) vs. LaPlata at 7 p.m.
No. 1 Howard (11-0-1) draws No. 2 Oakland Mills (10-2) in the Class 3A/Region I semifinal tomorrow night (7:30). For the regional schedule, see Scoreboard, Page E8.
Incidentally, Broadneck's Rich Aftoora became the Bruins' all-time scoring leader last week (28 goals, 12 assists, 68 points). Severna Park has won four straight Anne Arundel County titles.
* Ron Belinko, supervisor of physical education and athletics for Baltimore County, says two political questions to be decided by voters next week could have a direct impact on county sports, recreation and instruction.
"If voters pass Question A, it will provide $39,900,000 in the sale of bonds for much needed track repairs, tennis court repairs, field renovations and bleachers at lighted fields as well as roof repairs, new schools, asbestos removal, modernization of Towson and Hereford high schools and other items," he said. "But passing Question A without defeating Question T, which deals with the tax cap, probably won't help us much."
A tax cap would limit the number of bonds the county would be willing to sell, since the ability to pay them off would be lessened, according to county officials. Decisions on which projects to cut, if necessary, will come later.
* Just when it was beginning to look like the Thanksgiving Day biggie might be less than competitive, City (4-3) knocked off then-No. 12 Loyola, 14-7, this weekend. City, now ranked No. 15, will face No. 2 Poly on Thanksgiving Day.
* In cross country, the Severna Park girls barely won their eighth straight Anne Arundel County title, tying Meade 53-53, but gaining the victory because their sixth runner finished ahead of Meade's sixth runner. Megan Ambrose and Fran Mackney took the top two places for the Falcons.
* Good news on Centennial punter/kicker Brian Reid, severely injured in a car accident. His brother, Nevin, reports Brian should soon leave the hospital and his injuries will not affect his football future. "He'll be 100 percent by February or March," said Nevin.
Reid was averaging 39.1 yards for 22 punts and had won two games with field goals of 33 and 35 yards.
* Owings Mills boasts a 12-0 record in volleyball heading into tomorrow's home match against Chesapeake-BC (11-1). Coach Lisa Meyer's Owings Mills squad, led by setter Sheri Lichtenberg, was 6-8 last season.