With less than one month remaining in Maryland Scholastic Hockey League play, Atholton (4-0-1), Boys' Latin (3-0-0) and Centennial (3-1-0) are in a dogfight for Blue Division honors. DeMatha (3-1-0) tops the Gray Division, ahead of Hammond (2-0-1) and Oakland Mills (2-0-1).
The division winners will meet for the MSHL championship, Feb. 24 (5 p.m.), at the Capital Centre. The runners-up face off in the consolation showdown, Feb. 26 (4:30), at the Arena.
Ironically, Atholton and Boys' Latin will not square off until the last game of the regular season. Before that, the Raiders have a key contest against Centennial, set for Northwest Ice Rink (4:30) on Feb. 5.
Boys' Latin's Brian Cook leads the MSHL in scoring. In three games, he has 14 goals and two assists for 30 points.
* Laura Coakley is gradually working her way back into the St. Mary's basketball lineup. The 6-foot senior with point guard skills suffered torn cartilage in her knee early last month.
"Her knee is fine," said coach Carmine Blades. "She just needs to get back in shape. We played her about six minutes against Southern [Anne Arundel] and eight minutes against Mount de Sales."
Last week, Coakley ran with the boys junior varsity team in practice to hasten the process.
Coakley was a second-team All-Metro basketball selection last season, after averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds. Last fall, she was a first-team All-Metro pick in soccer and last week was named All-State by the Maryland Association of Soccer Coaches.
The Saints were to play host to Mercy and high-scoring Stephanie Rohe (24 ppg.) today.
* The story behind Glenelg's 50-49 double-overtime victory over then No. 2-ranked Oakland Mills (12-1) last week was obvious to Scorpions coach Theresa Waters. "We missed 28 layups, shot only 17-for-69 from the floor and missed 10 of 24 free throws," she said.
No. 16 Glenelg, meanwhile, converted 12 of 13 free throws and got 14 points each from Leslie Service and Kara Meisner.
* Parkville's Laurie Bender will receive a $750 scholarship to the college of her choice as a state winner of the 1991 AAU/MARS MILKY WAY High School All-American Award. It's given for achievement in academics, athletics and community service. She celebrated the news with 22 points as the Knights, ranked No. 18, dealt No. 8 Woodlawn its first defeat Tuesday, 67-47.
* There was no surprise in the Anne Arundel County indoor track championships. Meade's boys won their fourth straight county title and Old Mill's girls made it six in a row.
* Poly needs a varsity football opponent, home or away, for Sept. 27-28. Contact Mark Schlenoff (396-7023).