Southern, Annapolis take semifinal shots

SIDELINES

March 06, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The man who has the most career wins (453) and the most state titles (four) in county history joins the man who has the highest winning percentage (.844) and the most appearances (12) at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House in the state basketball tournament this week.

Anne Arundel County will be well-represented in the boys' state playoffs with its all-time most successful coaches on the scene in Tom Albright of Southern and John Brady of Annapolis.

It will be just like old times in College Park, with No. 7 Annapolis (21-5) playing Northwestern (16-6) in tomorrow's Thursday's 7 p.m. game in the Class 4A semifinals and No. 14 Southern (16-8) meeting Central (22-3) in the 2A semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Central and Northwestern are both from Prince George's County. and highly regarded. Central is ranked No. 2 in The Washington Post's Top 20. Northwestern is No. 9 and Annapolis is No. 7 in the same poll. Southern isn't ranked in that poll.

If Annapolis and Southern are victorious in the semifinals, the teams will play for the state titles on Saturday at 6 (2A) and 8 p.m. (4A).

Albright (453-259,.636), the dean of county coaches in his 31st season, and his Southern team return to the final four for the first time since 1986 after winning the 2A East Region title by defeating Poly (18-7), 67-51.

Albright, whose team won state titles in 1973, '81, '83 and '86, is making his 11th trip to the final four, a mark topped only by Brady's 12 region titles.

When Albright last made it, Brady was there and the latter's team was a finalist in '86.

Brady's teams have won 20 games or more in 15 of his 19 seasons at Annapolis. The Panthers won their first 4A East title since 1991 by defeating 10-14 Old Mill, 72-68, last Saturday. Brady's only state title came in 1990.

This year's region title was No. 23 overall for Annapolis, a state record for both boys and girls.

On the girls side, No. 1 Arundel (25-2) plays the 3 p.m. game in the 4A semifinals at UMBC tomorrow on Thursday against Largo of Prince George's. Largo is ranked No. 7 by The Washington Post, but Arundel is No. 4 in that poll and has to rate as the favorite.

Coach Lee Rogers' Wildcats are making their second straight trip to the state semifinals, the only two in school history. Last year, Arundel was unbeaten at 25-0 before losing the 4A state final to Western of Baltimore City.

The final game of last season has been the Wildcats' driving force for this season, and Rogers (117-51, .696) has his team peaking at the right time. Arundel should be hungry and yet focused tomorrow.

The state championship final for the 4A girls is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at UMBC. No. 19 Perry Hall (12-6) of Baltimore County, an upset winner over Western in the North region, plays Sherwood (23-1) of Montgomery County in the other 4A semifinal.

Arundel, the only county girls team to make the states this year, will be shooting for the county's 19th girls state championship. Brooklyn Park (six), Southern (five), Old Mill (four), Broadneck (two) and Andover (one) won the other 18.

Anne Arundel schools have won seven boys state crowns. Southern has won four, Annapolis two and Arundel one.

Scholarship news

Old Mill outfielder Joe Barnes and Chesapeake lacrosse defenseman Kevin Necessary have received athletic scholarships.

Barnes, who hit .427 with 27 runs scored and threw out six runners at home last spring for Old Mill as an All-County outfielder, has signed a baseball scholarship with Indian River (Fla.) Community College.

Indian River is a perennial contender in for the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series and has had scores of players drafted and signed by major-league clubs; many others have gone on to receive scholarships to major Division I schools.

Barnes was MVP for champion Gunther's in last summer's Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was recently named the Sports Biz Preseason High School Baseball Recruiting and Scouting Guide Region Player of the Year for Maryland and to the All-Region Team (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and D.C.) with his teammate, Chuck Manns.

Necessary received a scholarship to Maryland, where he will play for coach Dick Edell. A second-team All-County selection in lacrosse last spring and second-team All-County pick in football (RB) last fall, Necessary is ranked seventh in his class of 332 with a 3.91 GPA.

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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