Broadneck drops to 3A and South River to 2A Classes, regions change for 1993-94

December 09, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Broadneck and South River are the only Anne Arundel County schools to drop in classification under the new regional alignments announced by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association this week.

The merger of Baltimore City public schools with the MPSSAA necessitated the realignment, and lower enrollments at Broadneck and South River resulted in their falling a notch.

Beginning with the 1993-94 school year, Class 4A Broadneck will be a 3A school in Region IV, taking the place of South River, which dropped from 3A to 2A, Region IV with Northeast and Southern.

"We feel comfortable playing a 4A schedule and have proven that we can compete on that level," said Broadneck assistant athletic director, Tim McMullen, whose school's student body has leveled off at about 1,000.

"We're not crazy about becoming the county's only 3A school because we want to keep playing a county schedule and don't want to play a non-county schedule. We hope the 4A schools will continue to play us."

Broadneck is now in a region with Baltimore schools Carver, City College, Douglass, Northern and Poly; Centennial, Howard and Mount Hebron of Howard County; and James M. Bennett of Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore.

Most of the Bruins athletic teams, with possibly the exception of the football team, should profit from the switch in terms of postseason, particularly the boys basketball team, which never has been able to get past Annapolis in Class 4A, Region IV.

Broadneck stepped up from 3A to 4A in the 1986-87 season after winning a region title the year before, during coach Ken Kazmarek's second season.

Coach Jeff Herrick's Bruins football team, after knocking heads with the likes of Annapolis and Severna Park, finds itself no better off in a region with Baltimore powers City and Poly.

The Broadneck volleyball team of coach Glenn Brainer is no better off in moving out of perennial Region IV and state 4A champion Severna Park's shadow into top-ranked 3A power Centennial's.

South River made the 3A state football playoffs two years ago, but is now in a region with Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference power Dunbar and state 2A runner-up Cambridge-South Dorchester of the Eastern Shore.

The Seahawks team that figures to suffer the most is boys basketball.

It, along with four-time state champion Southern of Harwood and Northeast, has been placed in a region with the incomparable Dunbar Poets.

Joining South River, Southern, Northeast, Dunbar and Cambridge in 2A, Region IV are Forest Park and Northwestern of Baltimore, and Eastern Shore teams Parkside and Wicomico of Wicomico County and Stephen Decatur of Worcester.

Annapolis, Arundel, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Old Mill and Severna Park and Eastern Shore neighbor Queen Anne's stay in Region IV, but have two new Calvert County mates, Calvert and Northern.

Anne Arundel has no 1A schools.

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