If you know somebody (such as Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen), you might be able to get tickets to tonight's Annapolis-Bruin 7:30 boys basketball showdown in Cape St. Claire.
The game between No. 9 Annapolis (6-2) and host No. 8 Broadneck (6-1) is a sellout, and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Annapolis is one of the top 4A teams in the area, and 3A Broadneck is better than most 4A teams.
Broadneck has lost only to top-ranked and unbeaten Lake Clifton by 78-56 in the Fuel Fund Classic.
The Bruins are coming off their fifth Wes Unseld Classic title in nine years and have Annapolis coach John Brady concerned.
"They have an excellent team, play great defense and pass extremely well," Brady said of the Bruins after his Panthers lost, 66-64, to No. 15 Arundel (6-2) Tuesday.
"You can't afford to make mistakes against them."
Brady will have to get top games from seniors Len Barber, Teshawn Cooper and Ronnie Johnson, and sophomore Germaine Diggs, as well as adequate support from the rest of the cast to beat the Bruins.
One of the matchups to watch is 6-foot-8 Barber against the Bruins' 6-10 senior, Josh Grover.
Barber leads the county in rebounding with 11.5 an outing and is averaging 10.7 points.
Grover is averaging 9.2 rebounds but is not in double digits in scoring.
Barber and Grover are both late bloomers, having really come on in their senior seasons.
The winner of their individual battle could determine the winner of the game, because Johnson, Cooper, Diggs and Ryan Dacey can match Jason Smith, Jamaine Young, John Williams, Eric Elston and Renardo Walker on the perimeteron any given night.
The defensive edge goes to Broadneck, but that is no guarantee.
Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek and his tri-captains, Smith, Elston and Grover, were at Loyola College yesterday for the Charm City Classic news conference. The Bruins play in the classic later this month.
Father against son
A top county 4A league game tonight finds Glen Burnie (5-3, 3-1) at Old Mill (4-3, 2-1). This one not only matches the high-scoring Desmond Dailey (21.6 average) of the Gophers against the Patriots' Joe Barnes (19.0), but father against son.
Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle goes head to head against his son, Brian, an Old Mill junior, for the first time.
There is a lot of mutual admiration between the two, but Brian's hard-nosed, aggressive style makes him a chip off the old block who will play extra hard against his father.
Kilpatrick still at 299
Southern girls basketball coach Linda Kilpatrick did not get win No. 300 at home Wednesday. The Bulldogs (2-4) dropped a 59-51 decision to Surrattsville (6-3), leaving Kilpatrick's career record at 299-120.
Southern's next two home games, tonight against No. 8 Severna Park (7-1) and Tuesday against No. 12 Arundel (8-0), will be even tougher.
McGuire named All-American
North County grad Jennifer McGuire, who never made All-County while playing high school soccer, has been named to the All-American National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Soccer Team.
McGuire, a sophomore at Catonsville Community College, led Region XX in scoring with 18 goals and six assists.
"Jennifer never played striker in high school, but we put her there two years ago and she developed into quite a player," said Catonsville coach Tom Taylor, who is a North County High faculty member and the Knights girls lacrosse coach.
As a freshman, McGuire was Catonsville's second-leading scorer and third in the region with nine goals and nine assists. This season she put it all together.
Cofiell back in Finland
Scott Cofiell, Brooklyn Park grad and former football, basketball and lacrosse coach at several county schools, is back in Finland coaching basketball. His men's team was 6-2 through the Christmas holidays.
Dolch helping youngsters
Ex-Northeast three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) standout Dave Dolch, who went on to coach football at Queen Anne's High, Western Maryland College and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, is an executive director with the Youth Outreach Program in Baltimore County.
"Dave is in charge of 200 youngsters and is doing a great job for us," said Pasadena resident Hal Sparks, who runs the private foundation for troubled youths with Jim Hindman.