Despite a 10-2 record, Howard High School's boys lacrosse team did not make the state Class 3A-4A playoffs this season. Howard managed to score just 68 points through the state's points system, good for an average of 5.67.
The eight 3A-4A team with the highest averages made the playoffs. Howard had the ninth-best average. However, only two of the other eight teams that made the playoffs had more victories than Howard.
This raised an old issue.
"The question is, is it time for Maryland to think about restructuring the playoff system?" said Howard athletic director Vince Parnell. "The reason we have trouble scheduling is because people are so hung up on the points."
Howard is a Class 3A school but played mostly smaller schools during the regular season while competing in the Howard County League. Therefore the Lions did not accumulate a lot of points, since teams are given more points for victories over larger schools and fewer for victories over smaller schools. A team's average is reached by dividing the number of games into total points.
Prior to the release of the tournament pairings, Parnell and other athletic directors from Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties who met to discuss several issues, including the state's point system and scheduling conflicts caused by the point system and distance.
Parnell said the group agreed that the three counties would try to work together to fill open dates for non-league games. He also said that there may be some kind of a proposal sent to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association for restructuring the playoff system.
"We have even thought about approaching the state with a proposal to make all schools eligible for the playoffs, which would make the point system obsolete. We plan to talk with the National Federation [of State High School Associations] and see how Maryland compares with other states."
Saturday afternoon, Meade's boys left Annapolis with the Anne Arundel County track and field championship. Sunday morning, the Mustangs found themselves in second place.
Six points were mistakenly credited to Severna Park after Old Mill's Scott Boetig placed third in the 3,200-meter run. The error, later detected by Meade coach Jay Cuthbert, turned Meade's 132-129 edge over Old Mill into a 135-132 deficit.
The Kelly Award Banquet, which honors the Maryland Scholastic Association's outstanding lacrosse players, will be held tomorrow night at Martin's Eudowood.
Here are the nominees:
Archbishop Curley -- Nick Pitruzzella; Archbishop Spalding -- Matt Cremen; Boys' Latin -- Stan Ross; Calvert Hall -- Tony Nugent; Cardinal Gibbons -- Jason Randall; Edmondson -- Omar Richmond; Forest Park -- Sean Green; Friends -- David Holder; Gilman -- Josh Miller; John Carroll -- Zach Thornton; Lake Clifton -- Floyd Matthews; Loyola -- Mike Vaughan; Lutheran -- Eric Wilson; McDonogh -- Spencer Rice; Mount St. Joseph -- Maury LaPointe; Northern -- Tyrone Hunt; Northwestern -- Thaddeus Reyer; Park -- Michael Snyder; Patterson -- Wayne Mason; Poly -- Albert Tyler; St. Mary's -- Rob Chomo; St. Paul's -- Kyle Durkee; Severn -- Matt Long; Southern -- Antwain English; Southwestern -- Darryl Parker; Walbrook -- Delray Ragland.
Records, streaks, milestones: Pikesville freshman Ryan Cole, the PTC No. 1 singles player, compiled a 14-0 record during the regular season while leading the Panthers to a 15-0 record. . . . Northeast's Charlie Buckheit tied the all-time Anne Arundel County baseball record for career wins with his 27th in a 10-1 win over Chesapeake-AA Wednesday. Buckheit, who is 8-0 this year and 27-3 overall, tied the county mark set by Arundel's Neal Herrick (1975-77). . . . Northeast has won 41 of its past 42 baseball games.