Arundel girls reach a milestone but aren't done

SIDELINES

March 03, 1996|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Arundel's 67-36 victory over Meade in the 4A East region championship game Friday made the Wildcats the fifth county girls public school basketball team to win 25 games in a season and the ninth overall.

Arundel (25-2) advanced to Thursday's 3 p.m. 4A state semifinal at UMBC with its second straight 25-win season. The Wildcats of Lee Rogers (117-51, .696) were 25-1 last season with their only loss to Western (26-0) in the state final.

Arundel holds the dubious distinction of being the only county public school team to win 25 without claiming a state title.

Southern was the first with a 25-1 state championship in 1979-80 under coach Linda Kilpatrick (312-146, .681) followed by Old Mill in 1992 and 1993. The Patriots of coach Pat Chance (401-143, .737) were back-to-back 25-1 state titlists.

St. Mary's is the only other county school to win 25 or more in a season, and the Saints have done it four times, including this year's 27-2 record under coach Harry Dobson (117-25, .823) and 25-3 in 1993-94. Carmine Blades (172-112, .606) led the Saints to 27-4 in 1988-89 and 25-6 in '89-90.

Arundel has a good chance to finish 27-2.

In case you were wondering how 27 wins stacks up, Mount Hebron of Howard County was 26-0 as a state champ in 1987-88 and Western was 27-0 in 1989-90 as Baltimore City champion before the Doves joined the state playoffs.

The overall state record was set by Towson Catholic under coach Gus Grason in 1983 at 38-1 and USA Today national champions. The Owls were 37-0 the next season and 104-1 (.990) in three years (1983-85).

Free throws

St. Mary's senior Tara Foran, who carries a 4.3 (weighted) grade-point average, was named to the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-State Academic Team for a second straight year. Foran also was named first-team All-Catholic League.

Foran has received a lacrosse scholarship to Rutgers.

* With 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, Boo Diggs of Annapolis became the first boys basketball player since Steve Stielper of Andover in 1976 to lead the county in scoring and rebounding.

Stielper set the county single-season scoring record with 33.04 points a game in 1975-76 and led the county with 17.8 rebounds.

Neil Burns, a '72 Andover grad, is believed to be the only other player to pull the double, leading the county in scoring (21.9) and rebounds (20.5, county record) his senior year.

Miscellaneous

Severna Park's 1993 All-Metro defensive lineman Ron Green, who started for the University of Tennessee last year after a redshirt season, and three Volunteer teammates have formed a singing group called "Unity."

Green, who sang the national anthem at Severna Park games and was an annual star at the school's rock and roll revival shows, has been nicknamed "Songbird" by his teammates.

Unity has performed in Tennessee area churches, made several television appearances and hopes to stay together beyond college.

* Jen Chapman, a member of the Anne Arundel County Sun 1992 All-County Academic Athletic Team and starter on the Broadneck girls basketball team, recently completed her career at the University of Vermont and will graduate this spring with a 3.6 GPA and degree in elementary education.

"Jen hopes to come back to the county and teach," said Steve Chapman, Jen's father who assists Bruce Springer with the Broadneck girls basketball team.

Sour note

Basketball games are finished at Annapolis High, but Annapolis administrators might want to do something about unruly fans for next year and follow the county Athletic Handbook on "Conduct of Spectators" that clearly says, "spectators must be seated during a contest."

At Thursday's boys game against Calvert, a group of rude students stood up in the bleachers the final seven minutes of the game chanting obscenities, blocking the view of visiting fans and refusing to be seated when asked.

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