After roaring through the playoffs with an overall 9-2 record, the Prophet, whose photo on this page is even scarier than his buddy O'Malley's "Sidelines" shot, can't wait to make his final four picks of the high school season.
The red-hot Prophet is 167-80, a percentage of .676 for the year, and if he hits on this weekend's four state championship games -- two softball and two baseball -- he will finish with a more-than-respectable .681 for the year.
St. Mary's boys lacrosse team, a one-goal favorite, was upset by St. Paul's of Baltimore County in the Maryland Scholastic AssociationA Conference championship last Friday. On Saturday, the Severna Parkgirls, a one-goal underdog, took care of Chesapeake, 9-5, in their rematch (Chesapeake took regular-season game 17-16 in OT), which was the state 4A-3A championship.
Those were the only misses by the rage of a sage who picked Dulaney to beat North County by at least two goals in the state 4A-3A boys lacrosse final, and the Lions covered easily by 13-4. Also, the Prophet said that Arundel (4A) and Northeast (2A) would win their regions in baseball and Chesapeake would take the 4A Region IV title in softball.
Here are those uncanny picks by the Prophet in parentheses -- Class 4A Region IV baseball: Arundel 10, LaPlata 3 (Arundel by three runs); Old Mill 6, Severna Park 2 (Old Mill by one); and in the final, Arundel 7, Old Mill 0 (Arundel by one).
In Class 2A Region III baseball, the pick was "Northeast to breeze" and win both regional games with "no sweat." Northeast humbled Fairmont Heights, 19-0, and Frederick Douglass, 16-1. That's a breeze with a capital "B."
As for 4A Region IV in softball: Chesapeake 4,Old Mill 0 (Chesapeake plus two); Glen Burnie 4, Severna Park 0 (Glen Burnie by one); and in the final, Chesapeake 5, Glen Burnie 1 (Chesapeake by one).
Is there any wonder why the Prophet can't wait to close out what has been a great school year for him by going 4-0?
Now batting . . . No. 27, the Prophet . . .
Friday at Upton Park in Severn
Northeast vs. Damascus of Montgomery County
Class 2A at 6 p.m.
Coach Lynn Pitonzo's Eagles are gunning for their fourth consecutive state 2A championship and seventh in the last decade, but will be extremely hard-pressed to pull it off.
This week the Eagles (18-3) hammered Stephen Decatur of the Eastern Shore, 15-1, to move into the finale opposite Damascus (19-0), a 14-0 victor over Howard County's Mount Hebron. This one promises to be a beauty with two great teams, featuring two great pitchers.
Kristy Zulka is the senior ace for the Eagles at 10-2 but still favoring a knee injury a bit, and flame-throwing Marcie Whitehead is her counterpart. And what a counterpart she is.
Whitehead is an Anne Arundel County-style windmiller -- heat, more heat, changeup andsuperb riser. The Hornets' ace is 18-0 with a national record 15 no-hitters, four of which went down as perfect games.
Undoubtedly Whitehead will be one of the best the Eagles have faced this year, but in this county, the Northeast players see somebody like that nearly every game.
And she is no stranger to the Eagles, many of whom play for the Tangerine Machine or Jade Garden summer teams against Whitehead and the Lewistown Tigers. They've beaten her before and should again.
"The girls know her well, and I don't think she has faced a lineup like Northeast has all year in her league, and Kristy will be the best they've faced," said Tangerine Machine coach Tom Conley.
The Prophet says it will be Northeast by 1-0 or 2-1.
Northeast plus one over Damascus.
Chesapeake vs. Frederick
Class 4A, 8 p.m.
The Cougars (19-3) will roll over the Cadets (14-5) from the North. Simply put -- there is no comparison between Frederick County and Anne Arundel when it comes to softball.
Frederick hasn't seen anyone quite like the Cougars' windmiller, Amy Jakubowski.
Jakubowski smoked Montgomery County's Springbrook, 11-0, Tuesday on a no-hitter, walking only two and striking out nine. With a bat, Jakubowski went 4-for-4 with a booming home run, two RBI and three runs scored.
It's quite obvious that the Cougar senior wants to close her brilliant high school career with a second straight state 4A championship and third in four years. The Cougars also took it all in Jakubowski's freshman year in 1988 when she was a starting outfielder, because the pitching then was handled by Alex Spak and Heather Frey, two perennial All-County performers.
By repeating, Chesapeake also would give Anne Arundel County its sixth consecutive state 4A title -- Glen Burnie 1986, Severna Park 1987, Chesapeake 1988, Glen Burnie 1989 and Chesapeake 1990.
It also would be the county's seventh since 1983, when Arundel won under Coach Rod Clark.
Frederick moved into the final by routing a weak Oxon Hill from Prince George's County, 11-1.