Calvert schools keep watch on Anne Arundel match

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February 25, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Look for coaches from Calvert and Northern high schools to be among the spectators at tonight's Glen Burnie at Old Mill boys basketball game.

Coaches at both Calvert County schools are interested in the Anne Arundel matchup because their teams will be in the Class 4A East Region playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

For the first time, Anne Arundel has only three teams in the playoffs -- Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Arundel. Old Mill was knocked out last Tuesday by Arundel, 69-60.

No. 9 Glen Burnie (17-4) has to win tonight to secure the second seed behind top-seeded Annapolis (18-2).

If Old Mill (12-8) upsets the Gophers, who are coming off of Wednesday's 97-62 loss to No. 3 Annapolis, Calvert can become the second seed with a victory over Northern Saturday.

The top two seeds in the regional are coveted because those two teams draw first-round byes and play host to second-round games.

On Thursday, top-seed Annapolis will play the winner of the Tuesday match between the fourth and fifth seeds. Also on Thursday, the secondseed plays the victor of the third and sixth seeds' Tuesday game.

Going into tonight's action, Arundel (14-7) stands fourth in the region, Queen Anne's is fifth and Northern, sixth. Arundel, ranked No. 20 by The Baltimore Sun, plays host to Severna Park (2-19) tonight and a likely Wildcats victory should give them the fourth seed.

"We have to win at Old Mill or hope for a Calvert loss to Northern on Saturday to take the second seed," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle, who is also the 4A East Region chairman.

Calvert is 14-2 and ranked No. 20 by The Washington Post and Northern is 11-5.

Bogle's Gophers want to be seeded second so they wouldn't have to play Tuesday, and then, if they won, make the long haul to Calvert County on Thursday.

Archrival Old Mill stands in the way of the Gophers as a potential spoiler.

Glen Burnie missed a chance to be top seed when it lost to Annapolis on Wednesday night.

"They [Annapolis] played super, beat us in every phase of the game," said Bogle. "I thought they shot 85 percent because it didn't seem like they missed."

Annapolis actually shot 55 percent (39-for-71) for the game, but hit 65 percent from the floor in the first half, with 20 of 31 going in before coach John Brady cleared his bench. Glen Burnie shot 34 percent (24-for-70).

In the first meeting, a 92-81 win for Glen Burnie, the Gophers shot 53 percent from the floor while Annapolis shot 35 percent.

No. 11 Broadneck (14-5) has all but clinched the top seed in the Class 3A East Region and closes out its regular season at home tonight against South River (11-9). The Bruins' 3A region includes No. 14 Mount Hebron (15-4) of Howard County and previously ranked Poly (13-6) of Baltimore.

South River is fighting for anywhere from fourth to fifth seed in the 2A East Region where the top seed is second-ranked Dunbar of Baltimore (18-3) and Cambridge-South Dorchester (18-1) of the Eastern Shore is second seed.

Only a couple of playoff points separate Dunbar and Cambridge -- the two finalists in last year's Class 1A final -- but there's a home-court advantage only in the first round of this region.

Region chairman Dennis Lamparter of the Eastern Shore said the 2A East Region semifinals and final will be played at Chesapeake Community College next week.

No. 10 Southern of Harwood is in third place. Southern's final regular-season game is tonight at home against Northeast (5-15). The Bulldogs of coach Tom Albright figure to play host to a first-round game against an opponent to be determined.

Lamparter said that Wicomico of the Eastern Shore likely has the fifth seed sewn up, but No. 6 could be Northwestern of Baltimore or one of two Eastern Shore teams, Parkside and Stephen Decatur.

"We expect it to be Northwestern," said Albright, who sent a scout to watch the Baltimore City team on Tuesday.

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