Omens Point To Arundel Over Northeast In Clash Of Titans

PROPHET PAT

March 26, 1992

Here we go again, sports fans. The Prophet is back for still anotherhigh school sports season.

When we last gazed at the stars, your rage of a sage completed the winter season with a bang, 5-1 in high school hoops.

That fast finish left the Prophet's overall record for the current high school season at 135-71, a more than respectable percentage of.655.

The Prophet's favorite time of year is here, with the goal to hit at least 70 percent before the end of the school year. The Prophet is ready to spring forward into baseball, softball and lacrosse.

Baseball

Northeast (0-0) at Arundel (1-0), 3:45 p.m. Monday. "Game of the Week": Here it is, the first big baseball game of the spring, as the two defending state champions clash in Gambrills.

Northeast became the first state public school team to go 24-0 last spring, taking the state Class 2A title and the mythical national championship.

Arundel won an unprecedented fifth state title in Class 4A and was 20-4 overall, including a loss to Northeast. Coach Bernie Walter's Wildcats opened Monday in Harwood, routing Southern, 11-1, on a Brian Rolocutt two-hitter.

Northeast was set to open its '92 campaign yesterday by christening its new stadium against North County. The Eagles were expected to win that one, a make-up at Queen Anne's today and tomorrow at South River before meeting Arundel Monday.

The Eagles of Harry Lentz rolled through their schedule last year, beating up on all the 4A powers, but it won't happen this year.

Rolocuttis expected to be on the hill Monday against Northeast, and the Prophet, who warned you about this guy's great arm last year, is looking for the right-hander to mow down the Eagles.

If Northeast comes inunbeaten Monday, the area's longest baseball winning streak will endthat day at "Death Valley," known as Arundel High. The Wildcats fromlast year's team, including Rolocutt, have a score to settle. Arundel by 2 over Northeast.

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Severna Park (0-0) at Calvert Hall (0-1), 3:45 p.m. today: The visiting Falcons have one of their best teams in years, with three potential All-Metro players up the middle in pitcher Rob McCandless, catcher John Milisitz and center fielder SteveNeuberger.

Defending Maryland Scholastic Association A Conferencechampion Calvert Hall has an outstanding pitching staff, headed by Cal State-Fullerton-bound lefty Andy Weltlinger. The Falcons might have gotten a break when Weltlinger pitched and lost a 2-1 heart-breakerat DeMatha Tuesday.

Severna Park is not likely to see Weltlinger,but may instead see another superb southpaw in junior Brian Matz. With the Falcons' best hitters -- McCandless, Neuberger and Milisitz --all right-handed, facing a lefty should be to their benefit. But notin this case.

Matz can pitch. And with it being so early in the year, he just might blow it by the Falcons, especially if the weather's a little brisk.

While the Prophet feels that the Falcons have a heckuva ballclub, they won't win at the Hall in Towson. The Redbirds (25-8 a year ago) aren't about to start the season 0-2. Calvert Hall by 1 over Severna Park.

Softball

Broadneck (0-0) at North County (0-0), 3:45 p.m. Monday: The Bruins lost their opener, 16-7, yesterday at South River against their old coach Don Leonard. Leonard was removed from his duties as head coach at Broadneck for using unacceptable language. Bruce Springer, the Bruins' girls basketball coach, hassucceeded Leonard.

If Springer doesn't win tomorrow at home against Queen Anne's, he will be 0-3 after Monday. North County flamethrower Karen Hay will eat up the Bruins, with her strikeout total in double digits and hits yielded at one or two. North County by 1 over Broadneck.

Boys lacrosse

Broadneck (1-0) at Severna Park (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday: It's early, but here is a truly big game in terms of top seeding in the Class 4A race. The visiting Bruins and the host Falcons look like the top two in the county public school league.

Each has a veteran ballclub and is loaded with talent, making this a great high school stick game.

Broadneck opened with an impressive 7-3victory at Annapolis Tuesday night. The Bruins of Coach Clay White exploded for a 6-0 lead at the half and coasted to victory.

It won't be as easy tomorrow night, because the Falcons' will matches their firepower. Severna Park opened with a sluggish 8-4 victory over Arundel on Tuesday and will have to play much better to beat the Bruins.

Defense will be the difference late in the game, and the Prophet gives the edge to the Bruins and their junior keeper Sam Peterson. In an upset of the preseason favorite Falcons, Broadneck by 1 over Severna Park.

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St. Paul's (1-0) at Severn (2-0), 3:45 p.m. Friday: Host Admirals' coach Rob White might wish he was back in Fort Bragg, N.C., with his Special Forces unit after the defending MSA A Conference champion Crusaders rumble through Severna Park.

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