The ninth annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic, featuring the top seniors from the Maryland Scholastic Association against their counterparts from Baltimore County, is set for Sunday, Dec. 2, at Poly's Lumsden Stadium (1 p.m.).
This year's game figures to be very competitive. While the MSA leads the series, 5-3, the county boasts the area's No. 1 team, Randallstown. The Rams will bring along coach John Buchheister, running back Larry Washington and linemen Brad Topchik and Wallace Baker.
Tickets ($3 advance, $5 at the gate) are available at MSA and county schools. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation/Hall of Fame.
* Glen Burnie and Mount Hebron are the only area volleyball teams still alive for Saturday's state tournament championships at Catonsville Community College.
Glen Burnie will face Oxon Hill for the Class 4A title at 7:30. Mount Hebron taps off the day against North East of Cecil County in the Class 2A title match at noon.
North Caroline and Williamsport play for the 1A title at 2:30, and Northern of Calvert County tests Rockville for the 3A championship at 5.
The dual-match, best-of-five format is new, replacing the four-team, round-robin affairs of previous tournaments.
Glen Burnie had the toughest road to reach Saturday's finals, especially since Thomas Wootton of Montgomery County entered the season as the six-time state 4A defending champ. Wootton didn't make it this time, however, and Glen Burnie got by Broadneck in the regional finals, but not before losing its first game of the season (17-19). The Gophers then rallied to take the match, 15-7, 15-7, 15-3. They had won 45 straight games before losing that first one to Broadneck. They then took Seneca Valley in the state semifinals in three games on Tuesday night, 15-12, 15-12, 15-13.
Coach Juanita Murdoch-Milani's squad features the strong and accurate serving of team captain Melanie Scharf, the power of hitter-blockers Stacey Gilligan, Christy Hutson and Kelly Miller, and the setting skills of 5-foot-4 senior Crystal Adams.
In the state semifinals, Mount Hebron knocked off Atholton, the defending state Class 2A champion, to reach Saturday's finals. The Vikings of coach Jeannine McCrumb feature leaping kills by basketball standouts Cescili Drake and Andrea Day, the strong blocking of Brooke Christopher, Jen Dohler and Tracy Porter and the accurate service of Melissa Murdza.
* Catch the MSA B Conference football championship Saturday at Poly (1 p.m.) between Patterson and Lake Clifton. It's a rematch of last year's title game, won by Patterson, 13-6.
Patterson (9-1) suffered its only loss this season to Lake Clifton (8-1). The Lakers have won eight straight since losing to Georgetown Prep in the season opener and will be favored to win Saturday.
One of the top players to watch is Patterson's Charles Anderson. He returns kicks, catches passes as a wide receiver and plays free safety on defense. Last week, Anderson even threw a touchdown pass (44 yards) and made an interception to set up another score.