The magic number is 50, as in half a hundred.
Every basketball season, as soon as someone such as Dennis Edwards of Annapolis scores 50 points, conversation turns to the area single-game scoring record.
Edwards got his 50 against Parkdale in a run-gun 110-101 victory, but his effort wasn't even an Anne Arundel County mark. Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault, now a walk-on at the University of Maryland, hit for 52 points last season.
The area record for a single game dates back to 1961 when Loyola's Joe Franz scored 62 points in his next to last game for the Dons. Incidentally, Franz scored 50 in his final game.
Edwards is quite capable of establishing a record, if coach John Brady chooses to let the 6-5 senior go for it. The Run-N-Shoot style of the Panthers certainly helps.
Edwards didn't even have the proper warm-up before gunning down Parkdale. He had missed his ride and had to shell out $5 for a taxi to make it to the gymnasium. He arrived about 7 p.m. for a 7:30 tap-off. Considering that, perhaps Brady should tell him to call a cab before every game.
* Keep an eye on Woodlawn's Damon Shoultz, but don't blink. The Warriors' hurdler-high jumper got off to a big season right out of the starting blocks. In the International Meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory last weekend, Shoultz took first in the high jump (6-2), but even more impressively, he won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.59 seconds. Coach Dick Estes pointed out that the Warriors' Mike Sye won the state title last year in 7.6.
The area standard is 7.2, turned in by Old Mill's Mike Tyler in 1977.
* The eight-team McDonogh Christmas Tournament, slated for Dec. 21-22, has only seven entries, since one dropped out. Contact Ray Oliver at 581-4775, if interested in participating.
* Is Maryvale's basketball team really 107 points better than Beth Tfiloh's? Figure it out. Maryvale defeated Severn, 47-27 (plus 20). Severn downed Seton Keough's AIS entry, 44-24 (plus 20) and Seton Keough topped Beth Tfiloh, 74-7 (plus 67).
* Four area players received All-America All-South recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Oakland Mills' Clint Peay, The Evening Sun Player of the Year, received first honors. Howard's Stephen Sietsema earned second honors. Oakland Mills' Malcolm Gillian got third honors and Broadneck's Rich Aftoora received fifth honors. All were first-team All-Metro selections by The Evening Sun.
In all, 52 players received All-America All-South recognition.
* Mount St. Joseph baseball coach Dave Norton will be honored as the 1990 Private School Baseball Coach of the Year at a luncheon next month. The award is presented by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.
* Statistics: Beginning the week of Dec. 16, The Evening Sun will publish basketball scoring statistics. To update stats, call 332-6669 before noon on Wednesdays to be included in Thursday's High School Extra.
* Reminder: The Evening Sun Athlete of the Week nominations are accepted every Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. Call 332-6669.