How about Severn's basketball team?

SIDELINES

January 13, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Let's start this Q-and-A session with one of the hottest boys basketball teams in the county and metro area, Severn School.

Any answers you may have to these questions without answers or any "Q's" of your own are always welcome on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Is Maryland Scholastic Association B Division-leading and 13th-ranked Severn (14-1) getting the respect it deserves?

Admirals assistant coach Wayne Fowler says it is not.

"We want to schedule a game with either Annapolis or Broadneck so people around the county will consider us legit," Fowler said.

"We could get more respect out of losing to Annapolis or Broadneck by six points than playing and beating anybody else in the county."

Unfortunately, it's too late for Severn to schedule fourth-ranked Annapolis or No. 14 Broadneck.

Private schools have the flexibility of adding games, but those under the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association do not if they already have reached the limit of 22.

With perhaps the best boys basketball team in school history, maybe the Admirals and coach Jim Doyle should have tried to schedule Annapolis or Broadneck at the end of last season.

* Did you know that a team playing fewer than 15 games can qualify for postseason play?

"The division is 15 games for the playoff points average," said MPSSAA executive secretary Ned Sparks. "If a team plays less than 15, you divide whatever that total is by 15 to determine the playoff points average."

Teams qualify not by total playoff points, but by the points average that is determined by dividing the total points by the number of games. It could be anywhere from 22 to 15, but most teams will be using 22.

In basketball, for which six teams qualify in each region, it is easier to make the postseason with a bad record or low points average than it is in most other sports.

So, it looks as if Anne Arundel teams are going to have to deal with 12th-ranked Edmondson (6-4), no matter how many games the Redskins play. Edmondson should win enough games to make at least sixth seed in 4A Region IV, where all of Anne Arundel County's 4A schools play.

With fourth-ranked Annapolis (6-1), No. 14 Broadneck (5-3) and No. 18 Meade (8-0) looking good at this stage and Arundel (6-3) and Glen Burnie (6-2) lurking in the shadows, doesn't the presence of traditionally tough Edmondson promise one of the most exciting 4A Region IV tournaments in memory?

* Hasn't Severn's Brad Fowler, who became the first Admiral to score more than 1,000 points, had a marvelous career at the private school in Severna Park? Isn't Fowler's unselfish court manner what makes him stand a cut above most high school players?

* Aren't we seeing the results of what an extensive summer AAU team schedule (60 games) can do for basketball players with the number of outstanding players around the county who played for coach Wayne Fowler's team?

Fowler's last couple of summer teams have produced these players: his son Brad, Jake Mack and sophomore John Vereen of Severn; Broadneck sophomores Jason Smith and Jaylonnie Booth; Severna Park sophomore Bakari Ward; Annapolis sophomore Alhamisi Simms; and junior Larry Brown.

* Of the high school sports publications, doesn't the Broadneck Bruins' Winter Athletic Program stand alone in its excellence?

Shouldn't Brenda Herrick, wife of Bruins football coach, Jeff, take a bow for coordinating the glossy-covered potpourri of information, stats and photos and giving the Bruins a gold-medal program?

* Also, isn't the lively Broadneck High pep band that plays at basketball games much more pleasing to the ears than those annoying boom boxes at other schools that keep your eardrums pounding longer than that little rabbit who works for Energizer?

* Are county girls JV basketball refs smashing records for the number of fouls called, leading to very late starting times for featured boys games?

The Annapolis-at-Broadneck boys game on Jan. 5 was scheduled for a 7 p.m. start but didn't tip off until 7:45 p.m. after the 3:30 JV game went over two hours and was followed by the girls varsity.

* Finally, how many of you caught the nifty Edge Shave Gel NFL Man of the Year plaques shown on national TV last weekend during the Eagles-Cowboys playoff game?

Did you know that Reggie White's plaque for his outstanding performance on and off the field and those received by the other 27 NFL teams were done by Baldwin Trophies in Annapolis?

Barbara Baldwin and her son, David, designed and engraved the plaques.

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