Seems the good folks down the road have again come to the realization that Baltimore-area high school basketball is for real.
After snubbing several local players, including Sam Cassell (Florida State), Terrance Alexander (Towson State) and Craig Tyson (Southern Idaho Junior College), the past few years, the Capital Classic will include three area players on the Washington team against a team of U.S. All-Stars in the 19th annual contest on April 9 at Cole Field House in College Park.
Dunbar's 6-foot-5 senior forward Donta Bright and 6-2 senior guard Michael Lloyd and Southern's 6-6 senior guard Kwame Evans have been selected to play. This is the first time three Baltimore-area players have been chosen and the first time since 1984 that more than one has been selected the same year.
Lloyd and Bright are also scheduled to play in the McDonald's All-America Game April 19 at Georgia Tech.
The NCAA allows seniors to play in two postseason all-star games, which means neither Lloyd nor Bright will be able to play in the Baltimore Metro Coaches Association all-star game April 11 at Dunbar.
Those games are tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The East and West underclassmen will play in the first game, followed by the seniors.
The Maryland Scholastic Hockey League will hold its championship game today at 4 p.m. at the Capital Centre.
Centennial (9-0) and Mount St. Joseph (8-0-1) meet in the title game, the first appearance for each.
St. Joe went from last place a year ago (0-8) to first place this year. The Gaels tied DeMatha, 1-1, in a playoff game Friday to earn the trip to the title game.
Freshmen Zach Adams (28 points), Dan Callihan (25), Thomas Weyermann (24) and Joey Cremen (21) lead the Gaels in scoring. Michael Mastromarino, a freshman and Joe Vogel, a starter the past two seasons, share time in the goal.
Centennial has been sparked by Arthur McGreevy, who leads the team in goals (25) and assists (18). The Eagles have also gotten solid contributions from goalie Zach Fisher, Nathan Hunt (14 goals, 16 assists) and Cullen Meade (14, 10).
Also today, Gilman and Oakland Mills meet at the Northwest Ice Rink at 3:50 in the fifth-place consolation game, followed at 5:25 by Good Counsel and Wilde Lake in the seventh-place game. Tomorrow at Wells Ice Rink in College Park, Atholton and DeMatha meet at 5:15 p.m. for third place.
The Baltimore Catholic Basketball League presented its annual awards at last week's tournament luncheon.
The Most Valuable Player award went to St. Maria Goretti's Kenny Gardener, a 6-7 senior forward, who has committed to Mount St. Mary's.
Cardinal Gibbons' Ray Mullis was chosen as Coach of the Year. Archbishop Curley's Jeremy Parr was chosen as the scholar-athlete and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The all-league first-team selections were: Jerry Hunt and Tom Kraning, Loyola; James Burrell and Sydney Johnson, Towson Catholic, and Chucky Lee, Cardinal Gibbons. The second-team selections were: Phil Dixon and Orlando Ransom, St. Frances; Quintin Mooody and Troy Queen, Gibbons, and Chris Wilson, Calvert Hall.
The three Maryland Scholastic Association varsity basketball titles will be contested Sunday at the Metro Classic, but two of the junior varsity titles have been settled. Carver and St. Paul's won their second straight conference titles.
Host Carver beat Mervo, 55-50, Friday in the B Conference championship game, as Wardell Harmon scored 18, Derrick Wedddington had 15 and Terry Curry had 11. Carver finished 17-2 under second-year coach Lynn Badham.
Carver has won five of the past six junior varsity titles.
St. Paul's won the C Conference title by downing Friends, 72-45, as Ryan Woods scored 13 and Brandt Bandiere and Andy Truitt added 12 each. St. Paul's finished the season 16-5 under dTC coaches Randy Woods and Exie Harvey.
St. Paul's has won four of the past five C Conference titles.
Jim Royer, the MSA ticket agent who has been with the organization since 1956, will miss his first Metro Classic on Sunday.
Royer, 67, is scheduled to have ankle surgery Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Royer is one of those MSA stalwarts who never seems to miss an event. Last month, he received a standing ovation at the MSA's monthly meeting for his long service.
Royer says he will be in the hospital about a week and will be in a cast for about six to eight weeks.
Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar, the Carroll County cross country champ and state Class 4A runner-up last fall, has committed to Virginia.
* Overtime: Mount St. Joseph needs football junior varsity and fresh/soph head and assistant coaches. Call Tim Perry at (410) 644-6364 or mail resumes to the school in care of Perry.