Wilde Lake caught unbeaten Overlea without top gun Bernard Hopkins (ankle injury), but it took some late heroics from Joey Guyton (22 points) to hold off the Falcons, 80-77, in the state Class 2A/Region II semifinals yesterday.
Guyton, who has signed to play football for Delaware, scored six straight points after Overlea had trimmed a 21-point lead to six in the fourth period.
"It has been like this all year, but somehow we manage to pull it out," said Guyton, a defensive back for the state Class 2A football champions last fall.
Overlea's Tyrone Thomas led all scorers with 33 points, but Wilde Lake's Phil Chenier had 29 and Randy Miller contributed 22 for coach Paul Ellis.
Missed free throws down the stretch and some scrappy play by Overlea's Jay Watford nearly prevented the Falcons' first loss in 22 games.
"I said we would have to step it up a notch [without Hopkins] and the kids really gave everything they had," said Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer.
Wilde Lake advances to Saturday's 7 p.m. region finals against Hammond, 69-52 winner over Mount Hebron in last night's other semifinal.
* State Class 4A regional play last night boasted some drama as Broadneck took a triple-overtime decision over Old Mill, 72-70, and Dulaney edged Woodlawn, 45-43.
Broadneck advances against top-seeded Annapolis tomorrow night and Dulaney will visit Quince Orchard.
* Boys' Latin (20-13) and St. Paul's (28-3) will meet for the MSA C Conference championship in Sunday's 1 p.m. tapoff at the Metro Classic. It's a rematch of last year's finale, won by Boys' Latin. In yesterday's semifinals, the Lakers topped Park, 59-54, and St. Paul's downed Severn, 55-39, to reach their fourth straight championship finals.
* Northeast-AA's Stephanie Lazor recently celebrated a rare feat. She scored her 1,000th career point and grabbed her 1,000th career rebound in the same game. Lazor's numbers include one year on the junior varsity and the last three on the varsity. Tonight, the Eagles visit Frederick Douglass in a Class 3A/Region III semifinal matchup.
* Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall will serve as head coach for the Maryland football team in the annual Big 33 Classic. The game pits the top state seniors against their counterparts from Pennsylvania on July 26 at HersheyPark stadium.
DuVall's staff includes Ken Johnson (Chesapeake-Baltimore County) and Macon Tucker (Aberdeen). The list of state players will be announced next week and likely will include University of Maryland recruit Larry Washington (Randallstown), The Evening Sun Player of the Year who rushed for more than 2,000 yards in leading the Rams to the state Class 4A championship last fall.
* Following the lead of some college and professional teams, Institute of Notre Dame softball coach Steve Kalb, an Army FTC reservist, said his team will wear American flag patches on their uniforms this season, honoring the men and women serving in Operation Desert Storm.
* Using four boys, Broadneck finished fourth at the state 4A indoor track and field championships. Junior Tim Collins won the open 800 and Dave Wall won the 3,200, and both ran on the winning 3,200 relay. Don't look for Collins this outdoor season, because he's a baseball pitcher.
* Track officials are needed for high school and college meets this spring. Contact Ed Novak (665-5953).
* In order of priority, Poly needs a football opponent for Sept. 6/7, Sept. 13/14 or Sept. 27/28. Contact Mark Schlenoff (396-7023).