Prophet's Easter Basket Picks Include Bruins, Falcons

PROPHET PAT

Sage Predicts Gophers Will Win Tournament

April 16, 1992

It should have been a 6-0 card for the Prophet last week, but two ofthe teams he tabbed didn't win by the projected margin. It figures they were both lacrosse teams.

Thanks to baseball and softball, theProphet went 4-2, to run his overall record to 145-79 (.647).

The rage of a sage picked Severn School to pull off "the upset ofthe week" by a goal over Baltimore power Boys' Latin. Severn lost a 6-5 squeaker in double overtime.

Class 4A Severna Park was expected to do a number on 2A Southern in boys lacrosse, but struggled to take a 9-7 decision over the Dawgs.

Nothing but bull's-eyes in baseball for the Prophet, as Arundel took Glen Burnie, 9-8, and Severna Park defeated the Gophers, 7-3. Archbishop Spalding was picked by the Prophet to put the hammer on Cardinal Gibbons of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference by at least three runs, and the Cavs camethrough with a 22-3 romp.

The Glen Burnie softball team also delivered. The Prophet took the Gophers over Severna Park by a run, and they won, 7-1.

Now, in keeping with the Easter tradition, the Prophet put his picks in a basket and drew them out. Let's see how it works.

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Baseball

Ninth annual Bruins Holiday Baseball Tournament at Broadneck High School

Archbishop Curley (4-3) vs. Broadneck (4-3), 10 a.m. Saturday: The visitors from East Baltimore and the MSA A Conference are two-time defending champions of this tournament, butlook for the Friars to be knocked off by the host Bruins.

Curley was hammered by Spalding, 10-4, Tuesday and Broadneck has a potentialClass 4A playoff team with the likes of senior pitcher/hitters Jeff Vincent and Matt Weimer.

The Prophet likes the Bruins to win theirown tournament for the only the second time. They won it in 1986. Broadneck by two over Curley.

Loyola (5-6) vs. Old Mill (4-2), 10 a.m. Saturday: This young Old Mill team should make it an all-Anne Arundel County final by beating the MSA A Conference Dons from Towson.

The Prophet has a hunch that junior Lee Haney and senior Mark Baileyare going to have big days and get the Patriots going again. Old Mill by one over Loyola.

Broadneck vs. Old Mill, championship game at1 p.m. (consolation also at 1): Old Mill has dominated this Easter tournament, which boasts two ranked teams in these two, with Old Mill No. 5 and Broadneck No. 11.

The Patriots first took this holiday event in 1984 and repeated in '85 before winning three in a row from 1987 to 1989. This one will go to the more experienced (at skill positions) team. Broadneck by one over Old Mill.

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Walkersville Tournament, Frederick County

Chesapeake (4-4) vs. Walkersville, 11 a.m. Friday; Severna Park (7-0) vs. Hedgesville, 2 p.m. Friday; championship game, 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Prophet sees this as an all-Anne Arundel final with Chesapeake taking the host team and then going against top-ranked Severna Park.

Coach Jim Pitt's Falcons should win this tourney with their bats. Severna Park has hitters and is on a roll. Severna Park by two in both games.

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Mount St. Joseph Tournament

Mount St. Joe (7-2) vs. Glen Burnie (3-5), 10 a.m. Saturday: St. Joe senior outfielder Bobby Bush of Linthicum will have a great tournament, but the Gophers with left-hander Tony Saunders on the mound will upset the host Gaels and head for the final. Glen Burnie by one over Mount St. Joe.

North County (3-6) vs. C. Milton Wright (5-2) of Harford County, 10 a.m. Saturday: The Knights of Coach Don Usewick will ride this week's 13-2 romp over Old Mill right into this tournament and upset The Baltimore Sun's ninth-ranked Wright. Joe York will sparkle for the Knights. North County by one.

Championship game, 3 p.m. Saturday: The Prophet expects this to be a Gophers/Knights matchup with Glen Burnie winning. It should come down to the pitching and who has the most left after the first game. Glen Burnie by one over North County.

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Boys lacrosse

Al Laramore Tournament in Annapolis.

St. Mary's (3-3) vs. Annapolis, 10 a.m. Saturday at Weems Whelan: No one really wins this round-robin tournament, which pits two public schools against two private schools, but as in the past the teams from the MSA A Conference will prevail, although both Severn and St. Mary's will get a battle from Broadneck.

Annapolis is going through a frustrating season and just dropped its fifth game by 6-2to South River on Tuesday. The Panthers are in serious danger of notmaking the 4A playoffs but these two Easter tournament games do not count for postseason.

The Baltimore Sun's sixth-ranked St. Mary's got back on track Tuesday with a 7-6 decision over McDonogh of Baltimore County as Kevin Gattie scored three goals. St. Mary's by six overAnnapolis.

Severn (5-3) vs. Broadneck (7-0), 10 a.m. Saturday at Bates Junior High: The fourth-rated Admirals posted a big win in the MSA A Conference Tuesday by 6-4 over No. 5 Calvert Hall (4-2) while the No. 12 Bruins made it seven in a row by 12-2 over Old Mill.

Broadneck has a solid team with no noticeable weaknesses and this is a big test as to how good the unbeaten Bruins of Clay White are. The Prophet thinks they are very good, but expects the Admirals of Coach RobWhite to find and exploit a weakness.

The Jason Wade-Milford Marchant duo will be the difference in what could be an exciting game. Severn by two over Broadneck.

Severn vs. Annapolis, 1 p.m. Saturday at Bates Junior High: Severn should not have any trouble with the Panthers. The Admirals have too much firepower for struggling Annapolis.Severn by six over Annapolis.

St. Mary's vs. Broadneck, 1 p.m. Saturday: The Saints will have problems early with the Bruins then squeak past the Bruins in the second half. Broadneck will prove it is a bona fide state 4A contender. St. Mary's by one over Broadneck.

THE PROPHET TO DATE

Right... ...Wrong... ... Pct.

.145... ... .79... ... ..647

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