When it snows, sometimes it pours

SIDELINES

January 05, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Snow and bad weather raise a lot of questions, like should we play?

Such was the case last week and I thought I would fill you in on some inside stuff by giving you a dose of questions without answers.

Any remarks or "Q's" of your own should be called in to my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

A classy move

How about the gesture by Marcia Gaskins of Northeast at the Noel?

Fans were impressed when Gaskins fouled out and went over to the bench of the Mercy coach to shake the coach's hand before sitting down.

Moves at St. Mary's

Did you know that St. Mary's athletic director Carmine Blades, who knows how to use the telephone, changed the pairings of the Saints' boys tournament and ended up canceling the final because of the weather?

Originally the host Saints (2-7) were to play Severn (12-2) in the first round with Spalding (4-6) to play South River (4-1) in the other. The pairings were changed at the last minute with Severn pulling off a 74-58 shocker over South River, and Spalding outlasting the Saints, 80-78.

The South River-Spalding final was snowed out and Blades announced around 10 a.m. the next day that the teams would settle it the next time they meet in league play. It was to be last night.

St. Mary's will not hold a Christmas Tournament next year.

At the Capital City

What was Baltimore County's Eastern Tech (2-4) doing in the Capital City boys with the likes of No. 10 Annapolis (6-1), T.C. Williams (5-1, then No. 11 by The Washington Post) of Alexandria, Va. and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (3-3) of Montgomery County?

"I didn't realize they were that bad," said host Annapolis coach John Brady after his Panthers beat the Mavericks, 108-55, on the way to the title (the Panthers clipped T. C. Williams, 91-84, in the final).

"I can't get Southern [Harwood] to play in our tournament and wish we could. Maybe next year after what happened."

Southern coach Tom Albright and his Dawgs shopped around and got snowed out, literally. For the first time in at least 10 years, Southern didn't have a holiday tournament.

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