Gophers' Bogle, Bulldogs' Howard honored


March 16, 1994


Terry Bogle, Glen Burnie -- In his 26th season as head coach of the Gophers, Bogle (267-305) earned his first trip to the state Final Four.

To do so, the Gophers had to do something unprecedented for them: win two out of three games over perennial contender Annapolis to take the East Region.

During the season, Bogle, a feisty coach who has been known to give a referee an earful now and then, juggled nine players in a two-platoon system that ran many opponents ragged.

After topping Annapolis, 92-81, at home to start the season, Bogle's team lost, 97-62, in the rematch and ultimately lost the county title to the Panthers.

As a result, the Panthers took the top seed and home-court advantage, which put Bogle's Gophers in the precarious position of having to win at Annapolis for the right to go to the state semifinals at Cole Field House.

Bogle and his seven-year assistant and former player Mike Rudd prepared the Gophers well for the East Region title game and rubber match in the series.

Glen Burnie played with confidence from start to finish and put together a strong second half to win the trip, 89-80.

It was a masterful psyche job by Bogle in convincing his Gophers they could win the biggest game of the year at of all places, Annapolis.

On to College Park for the school's first appearance in the Final Four in 33 years, and Bogle's team distinguished itself in the 4A semifinal against top-seeded Springbrook.

Just when all looked helpless for the Gophers, who trailed by 16 at the half and 15 after three periods, they came roaring back.

With 16 seconds left, the Gophers were down by two and had the ball. They missed the final shot and lost, 66-64, but scores of people left Cole with respect for the Glen Burnie team.

It was an impressive showing, typical of an impressive team with an impressive coach, Terry Bogle.


Chatney Howard, Southern, 6-3, senior -- After averaging 25 points as a junior, he led the county and metro area in scoring this year with 26.4 a game and has repeated as The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year.

Shooting 51 percent from the field, including 36 percent from three-point range, he led the Bull dogs (17-5) to the 2A East

Region semifinals.

Howard, who was the only county player among the leaders in every major category, averaged 8.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals. He also made 116 of 156 foul shots.

Howard concluded his brilliant three-year career with the second-highest point total in county history, 1,582. Only Vince Barnett, a 1991 Southern graduate, had more, with 1,823.

Howard chose to play recreation ball his freshman year and didn't play for Southern until his sophomore year. He was all-county all three years.

Annapolis graduate Rob Wooster, now at St. Francis (Pa.), is the only other to be named county Player of the Year (1991 and 1992) two straight seasons since the honor was first awarded in 1981.

Howard is considering several community colleges and is awaiting possible academic acceptance to a four-year school.


Jason Smith, Broadneck, 6-2, junior -- This extraordinary athlete, who was an all-county and All-Metro wide receiver in football, became the Bruins' career leader in points (1,162) and steals (131) and is second in assists (287) and fourth in rebounds (385).

Smith led the 3A East Region semifinalist Bruins (16-6) in all the major categories -- 18.7 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.0 steals.

Smith joins Howard as the only two repeaters on this year's all-county team.

William Brown, Glen Burnie, 5-11, senior -- Brown was the floor leader in a 20-5 season that earned the Gophers a state 4A semifinal berth for the first time in 33 years.

A flashy point guard, he averaged 10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists and led the team in steals with 59. His forte is making a big play late in the game.

Coach Terry Bogle calls him "the best point guard I've had in my 26 years as head coach."

Brown is likely to play junior college basketball.

Juan Johnson, Annapolis, 6-0, senior -- The strong arm that Johnson displayed in three years as the Panthers' quarterback was a big reason the Panthers finished 21-3 in basketball and won the county championship.

Johnson averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 assists at point guard to fuel an offense that averaged more than 90 points.

John Brady says Johnson is the best passer he has had and one of the best point guards and most competitive players in his 17 years as Annapolis coach.

Johnson may attend Hagerstown Junior College.

Marquise Farmer, Glen Burnie, 6-6, junior -- The Gophers' inside man was one of the most consistent players in the county this season, averaging 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds for the 4A state semifinalist. Farmer displayed a guard's touch from the outside and used his 205 pounds with authority when he went inside. He led the Gophers in blocks (2.3 a game) and was among the team leaders insteals with 44.

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