You've gotta play: Lottery draw opens up soccer tournament

October 24, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

The power stayed on, and only one pingpong ball got stuck.

If those were the most pressing concerns for everyone taking part in yesterday's boys and girls soccer drawings at North County, then the event was a rousing success.

With the state adopting an open playoff format for the first time this fall, the method of seeding each team was left to chance.

Three Maryland Lottery machines spewed out the names and numbers that would determine who received a bye and home-field advantage. At times, it had the look and feel of an NBA draft lottery, except commissioner David Stern wasn't in the building and the Orlando Magic didn't wind up with the first pick.

The proceedings lasted less than two hours, and Earl Eckhardt, the boys 4A East Region chairman, said, "I guess it went as smoothly as could be expected."

Who were the big winners yesterday? Lets start with the No. 1 seeds:

For the boys, it was Frederick in 4A West, Woodlawn in 4A North, Northwestern in 4A South, Calvert in 4A East, Wheaton in 3A West, Dundalk in 3A North, Douglass in 3A South and J. M. Bennett in 3A East.

Allegany took top honors in 2A West, Fallston in 2A North, Glenelg in 2A South, Cambridge-SD in 2A East, North Garrett in 1A West, Carver A&T in 1A North, Westlake in 1A South and Kent in 1A East.

For the girls, Howard is No. 1 in 3A-4A West, Dundalk in 3A-4A North, Queen Anne's in 3A-4A South, Southern-B in 3A-4A East, Liberty in 1A-2A West, Catonsville in 1A-2A North, Hammond in 1A-2A South and Havre de Grace in 1A-2A East.

These aren't the only teams assured of making it to the next round.

In the boys 4A North, which is comprised of just four teams, everyone has reservations for the semifinals. And five of the 24 regions are set up so each team gets a bye in the first round. The J. M. Bennett and Cambridge-SD boys also have byes in the second round because there are only seven teams in their regions.

The biggest losers may not be readily apparent at this stage, but on the boys side, No. 1 Centennial, No. 5 Severna Park and No. 6 South Carroll must open on the road.

As the seventh seed in the seven-team 3A East, Centennial will stay there, too. The Eagles get a bye in the first round, then travel to second-seeded Poly.

"Obviously, I would have liked to play some home games, but with the old system, with the point breakdown, there was no guarantee I'd have been the top seed anyway," said coach Bill Stara.

Severna Park, the 10th seed in 4A East, travels to seventh-seed Northern-Calvert. And if South Carroll, the seventh seed in 3A West, gets past Bethesda-Chevy Chase, it will have to visit Paint Branch, with a possible game looming either at Thomas Johnson or Magruder.

But much of the talk afterward centered more on the drawing itself and the lack of embarrassing glitches.

One ball had a misprint on it -- the Walkersville boys were announced as the ninth seed in 2A North, when it

should have been Loch Raven -- and only one became lodged in the tube.

The crowd numbered between 300 and 400, though it thinned out considerably as time passed. No complaints were heard. No mechanical disasters were seen.

Ned Sparks, the executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, joked beforehand of even bigger and better things to come.

"If we pull this off," he said, "we're getting into off-track betting next year."


(FIRST ROUND) 3A-4A WEST 9-Mount Hebron vs. 8-Westminster

Centennial vs. 7-South Carroll

Byes: 1-Howard; 2-Franklin; 3-Thomas Johnson; 4-Woodlawn; 5-Linganore; 6-Frederick

3A-4A NORTH 9-Patapsco vs. 8-C. Milton Wright

Kenwood vs. 7-Dulaney

Byes: 1-Dundalk; 2-Eastern Tech; 3-Perry Hall; 4-Bel Air; 5-Lansdowne; 6-Parkville

3A-4A SOUTH 14-Annapolis vs. 3-Douglass-PG

Bowie vs. 4-Severna Park

12-Northwestern-PG vs. 5-Leonardtown

11-High Point vs. 6-Eleanor Roosevelt

10-Broadneck vs. 7-Parkdale

9-Laurel vs. 8-Gwynn Park

Byes: 1-Queen Anne's; 2-Oxon Hill

3A-4A EAST 12-Arundel vs. 5-Chesapeake-AA

Poly vs. 6-North County

10-Old Mill vs. 7-City

9-Western vs. 8-Meade

Byes: 1-Southern-Balto.; 2-Patterson; 3-Glen Burnie; 4-J. M. Bennett

1A-2A WEST 9-North Carroll vs. 8-North Hagerstown

Byes: 1-Liberty; 2-Boonsboro; 3-Brunswick; 4-Middletown; 5-Walkersville; 6-F. Scott Key; 7-Catoctin

1A-2A NORTH 11-Sparrows Point vs. 6-Pikesville

Western Tech vs. 7-Owings Mills

9-Overlea vs. 8-Carver A&T

Byes: 1-Catonsville; 2-Towson; 3-Chesapeake-BC; 4-Loch Raven; 5-Hereford

1A-2A SOUTH 10-Oakland Mills vs. 7-Southern-AA

Glenelg vs. 8-Northeast-AA

Byes: 1-Hammond; 2-Wilde Lake; 3-Great Mills; 4-South River; 5-Atholton; 6-Chopticon

1A-2A EAST 9-Cambridge-SD vs. 8-Edgewood

Byes: 1-Havre de Grace; 2-Mardela; 3-Aberdeen; 4-Joppatowne; 5-Fallston; 6-Parkside; 7-North Harford


(FIRST ROUND) 4A WEST 11-Blair vs. 4-Westminster

Watkins Mill vs. 7-Sherwood

7-Quince Orchard vs. 6-Springbrook

Byes: 1-Frederick; 2-R. Montgomery; 3-Wootton; 4-Churchill; 5-Gaithersburg

4A NORTH 4-Dulaney vs. 1-Woodlawn

Perry Hall vs. 2-Patterson

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