It wasn't a bad week at all for the Prophet, who picked five winnersout of five but gets credit for only three, with one other game postponed. The Prophet was 3-2, with one of his picks not covering his point spread.
The Broadneck girls lacrosse team (a five-goal underdog) took the Prophet's remarks that it would be wiped out by Severna Park to heart and nearly upset the Falcons before bowing, 8-7, Monday night.
On the winning side, the Broadneck boys came through for the rageof a sage in the "Game of the Week" in boys lacrosse by defeating archrival Severna Park, 11-8. The Prophet picked the Bruins by a goal.
Severn's boys did what the Broadneck girls did in lacrosse, losing, but not by the margin predicted. Coach Rob White's Admirals gave the defending Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference champion St.Paul's all it could handle before dropping a 7-6 heart-breaker Friday. The Prophet tabbed St. Paul's to win by at least three goals.
In baseball, the Prophet had Arundel by a run over Northeast, and the Wildcats nipped the Eagles, 4-3, while the North County girls, a one-run favorite in softball, humbled Broadneck, 15-4.
The Severna Park-at-Calvert Hall baseball game was postponed until next week becauseof bad weather, and the sage sticks by his prediction that the Hall will win by a run.
Severna Park (1-0) at Broadneck (1-0), 3:45 p.m. tomorrow: The visiting Falcons are anxious after being rained out twice.
Severna Park came from behind to beat Arundel, 6-3, in the Falcons' home-opener yesterday on a fifth-inning grand slam, only two batters and two pitches before that game was called on account of rain.
There is nothing worse than having rain fall on your opener, and it's even worse when you have the first two games postponed. It makes a ballclub frustrated and nasty, and Severna Park willbe that when it invades Cape St. Claire tomorrow.
The Falcons' home-opener and the Bruins' visit to Annapolis (0-1) could affect this game.
For the Falcons, it will be up to one of two juniors, Byron Druzgal or John Ritter, to stop the Bruins, since Severna Park ace Rob McCandless pitched Wednesday. Broadneck pitched senior Matt Weimer Monday in its suspended game with North County (10-3 Broadneck after six innings) so it should be his turn tomorrow.
Weimer is tough and will give the Falcons fits, while Jeff Vincent will get a couple ofkey hits. Call it an upset, but it will be the Bruins in a close oneto be decided on a bad hop. Broadneck by one over Severna Park.
Poly (0-1) at Spalding (3-1), 3:45 today: Coach Tom Lind's host Cavaliers were cooled off, 10-3, Tuesday by Glen Burnie (1-1). Spalding hadwon its first three until the Gophers took advantage of a rash of walks.
That won't happen tomorrow, and you can look for a big day atthe plate from John Hall and Jeff Paxson as the Cavs get back on track by taking their Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference opener. Spalding by two over Poly.
Spalding (2-0) at Catholic (2-0), 3:45 p.m. tomorrow: The host Baltimore team has gotten off to a good start in the Baltimore Catholic League, matching the Cavs thus far. It's time for Kim Sheridan, who owns one no-hitter already (13-0 over Mercy in five innings), to bring Catholic down to earth.
Ranked No. 3 by The Baltimore Sun in its Top 15, the Cavs will show why in this one and leave no doubt about who is the class of the Catholic League.
Gazing into his crystal ball, the Prophet could see Sheridan firing nothing but goose eggs, and a quick glimpse of a scoreboard showed no hits as well. Another no-hitter?
Spalding by two over Catholic.
Glen Burnie (1-0) at Northeast (1-1), 3:45 p.m. tomorrow: This game should be as close as The Baltimore Sun rankings of the two, only they will trade places. Glen Burnie is ranked No. 7 thisweek, while Northeast is No. 6, but the Gophers will prove they belong above the Eagles.
Northeast got killed in its first game, 15-0.North County bounced back to even its record at 1-1 on Monday with a3-2 victory over Arundel (1-1).
The Eagles of Lynn Pitonzo are very young, and Glen Burnie is a tad more experienced with senior hitters like Dora Taylor and Heather Smith. The Gophers opened Monday withan 8-0 victory over Severna Park (0-1) behind the two-hit pitching of freshman Samantha Miller.
Glen Burnie will outscore the Eagles 4-3 or 3-2. Glen Burnie by one over Northeast.
Severna Park (1-1) at Annapolis (1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Coach Dan Hart's Panthers, ranked No. 13 by The Baltimore Sun, are struggling, whileNo. 12 Severna Park still may be reeling from its 11-8 loss to unranked Broadneck Monday on home turf.
Severna Park started this season with a wealth of experience and talent, led by senior attackmen Mike Crawford, Bob Evans and Scott deGraffenreid, but was dropped Mondaynight by the Bruins.