Glenelg's girls basketball coach Randy Wallenhorst and Wilde Lake's girls assistant varsity coach Don Storr sat next to each other during Sunday's drawing for the open state tournament. Kelly Storr, the head coach at Wilde Lake, sat one row behind them.
"Don and I were talking, and we said that if we sit next to each other there's no way we were going to get matched up, and look what happened," said Wallenhorst.
Glenelg was picked No. 8. The eighth team would play host to No. 9 in the opening round. The Ping-Pong ball came up out of the lottery machine and No. 9 was Wilde Lake.
"I think it's unfortunate that teams aren't rewarded for good seasons," said Wallenhorst. "We're good friends and one of us is going to go home early. It's too bad that has to happen."
Wilde Lake, the county champion, will play host to Glenelg, which finished in a four-way tie for second, today in a Class 2A South region game at 5 p.m. The two teams split during the
season, each winning at home.
Glenelg (15-7, 9-5) was the only girls team to go undefeated at home.
"That's a big advantage," said Kelly Storr, whose team lost, 65-62, at Glenelg. "They're tough at home. We always have very competitive, physical games and they always come down to the wire."
Glenelg's Jill Younce is glad to playing at home. The Gladiators have lost their last two road games by a total of three points.
"We have a lot more confidence when we play at home," said Younce. "We have one of the best crowds, not just parents but a lot of kids. We get the kids into it. They like to watch us play."
Both teams are coming off losses. Wilde Lake (12-8, 10-4) lost Tuesday at home by 21 points to Hammond, and Glenelg lost by one point at Howard.
"We've tended all season to come off loses and play well," said Wallenhorst. "We haven't played that well on the road, so there's no place like home."
Two other county teams will play host today to Class 2A games. Forestville is at Oakland Mills and Fairmont Heights visits Hammond. Centennial, the only county 3A team that didn't receive a first-round bye, travels to Salisbury today to play J.M. Bennett.
Hammond's girls team will play without starting guard Brandy Peaker, who is at Wake Forest University for an academic scholarship interview.
Sturm, Dinisio to Hofstra
Liz Sturm and Gina Dinisio, both three-sport athletes at Centennial, have signed scholarship offers to attend Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., next fall.
Sturm will play field hockey and lacrosse, and Dinisio will play soccer and lacrosse.
"Both are great kids and I'm just really happy for them," said Centennial basketball coach Dave Greenberg, who coaches them now. "It's neat to see good things happen to good kids."
Off to Montreal
The Howard County High School select hockey team left for Montreal yesterday to play in this weekend's CanAm Challenge Cup.
Michael Rand, coach at Howard, is coaching the squad with assistants Will Agee (assistant at Howard) and Dave Lawson (Glenelg coach).
The team consists of: Kwante Carter, Glenelg, F; Cedric Cato, Wilde Lake, G; Erek Dixon, Howard, F; Sven Dixon, Howard, G; Mark Dixon, Hammond, F; Dan Havery, Centennial, F; Andy Lazzaro, Glenelg, D; Josh Lester, Wilde Lake, D; Kevin Lyons, Howard, F; Chris Makibbin, Liberty, F; Tim Plourde, Centennial, D; Tony Pryszmont, Centennial, D; Jory Rand, Howard, F; Rob Ross, Howard, F; Nick Shertinger, Howard, F; Eric Yingling, Howard, D. The team will play five games if it reaches Sunday's final.
Howard High on top
Howard High's hockey team expects next week to clinch the regular-season Central Conference title of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League. Howard and Atholton will play in the Central Conference tournament next week.
Tournament champions from the Central, Northern and Southern conferences, plus a fourth squad selected from the three tournament runner-ups based upon the fewest penalty minutes in the season, will play in semifinals March 2 at Piney Orchard. The final is March 3 at Piney Orchard.