Panthers, Gophers after top seed


February 23, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Tonight's Glen Burnie at Annapolis winner in boys basketball most likely will take the top seed and home-court advantage throughout next week's Class 4A East Region playoffs.

The two teams have been running neck and neck all season. Going into last night's action, Annapolis was 17-2 and Glen Burnie 16-3 overall and barring an upset last night or Friday, tonight's game will settle the top seed.

Annapolis is ranked No. 3 by The Baltimore Sun and Glen Burnie is No. 9. Glen Burnie won the first meeting between the two by 92-81 on Dec. 10 at Glen Burnie.

The host Panthers anxiously have been awaiting the rematch, and what makes it especially intriguing is that stellar point guard, Juan "J.J." Johnson, did not play for Annapolis in the first meeting. Johnson was out with an injury.

Johnson and the Gophers' William Brown are two of the premier point guards in the county and both are fierce competitors who revel in dishing off or making a big steal as much as they do scoring.

Annapolis coach John Brady said that Johnson "is the best point guard we've ever had, and the best in the county."

Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle said the same of Brown, who had a game-high 21 points to go with six assists and four steals in the win over the Panthers.

We might find out who is the best tonight. If not, we probably will find out who is the best team for now. It's likely the two will be playing again for the East Region championship Saturday, March 5.

Of course, that's not guaranteed with the likes of Calvert High (14-2), ranked No. 20 by The Washington Post in the East Region and/or No. 20 Arundel (12-7) and Old Mill (11-7), and possibly Northern (11-5)of Calvert County.

The road to Cole Field House at the University of Maryland for the state final four is not going to be a smooth one for anyone in Class 4A this year.

As competitive as the 4A East Region is, none is more loaded than the North Region. The North Region includes top-ranked Southern of Baltimore (17-1), No. 4 in USA Today's Super 25; No. 4 Lake Clifton (14-6), No. 5 Woodlawn (17-1), No. 7 Southwestern (13-4), No. 16 Walbrook (9-9) and No. 19 Perry Hall (10-4).

Changes at Severn

In dropping a 56-54 heart-breaker in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference final Saturday evening at Goucher College, wasn't No. 13 Severn (20-3) a victim of one of the finest individual plays you will ever see?

Donta Evans of No. 12 McDonogh (13-4) took off from midcourt in the final eight seconds and his driving left-handed scoop with four seconds remaining was the game winner. It was truly a great play and one that those who saw it will remember for a long time.

Coach Wayne Fowler said Severn plans to seek acceptance into the Catholic League next season. The MSA is history after this year withthe Baltimore city public schools now under the umbrella of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

There was no MSA A Conference in basketball, just B and C, and Gilman coach Tim Holley said Saturday, "It's still up in the air as to what will happen with the other schools."

Among those schools are Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary's, both members of the B Conference.

Lacrosse all-stars

There are state coaches associations in baseball and football with each holding statewide all-star games for seniors, and now lacrosse coaches are hoping to start one.

Broadneck head boys lacrosse coach Clay White and North County assistant Jon Appelt are attempting to form a State Lacrosse Coaches Association and will hold a meeting for interested coaches at 6 p.m. Sunday at Howard High School's gym.

"It's not only for high school coaches," said White.

"Little League coaches and college coaches are welcome. It's our goal to hold a statewide high school all-star game. In the past, the all-star game has been more metro-oriented and we're looking to branch out."

For more information, call White at (410) 222-6940 (days) or (410) 437-5233 (nights).

Hot season on Navy ice

How about congratulations to Navy ice hockey club team coach Jim Barry and his Midshipmen for a sixth consecutive winning season?

Barry led the Mids to a 13-6-2 record and a No. 13 ranking in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Navy finished its 1993-94 season on a winning note Sunday with an 8-3 victory over Towson State University as junior Mike Murnane scored four goals.

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