Lottery draw for state tournaments just doesn't cut it

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March 29, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Just like that Energizer battery bunny, the cry to seed teams in the open state tournaments just keeps on "going and going and going."

Count the boys' lacrosse coaches among the many who want the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association .

"I'm in total agreement with John Brady that you need to reward teams for success in the regular season," said White. "I'm all for the open tournament [everybody qualifies], but we need to seed the teams and the people on the committee says, "Having to qualify teaches character and today, I think there is too much being given to kids without them having to earn it."

Hart, White, Brady and Shea have , who lost a lot of talent to graduation, said, "It couldn't have come at a better time for us."

Manley says the fact that regular-season games don't mean anything to the playoffs will allow him "to play a lot of kids and the younger ones will gain experience whereas they might not have under the old system."

Arundel baseball coach and athletic director Bernie Walter will argue with you that there is no seeding solution, and the lottery is the answer.

Well, let me tell you whether you fed information into a computer (this is the age of computers and technology, you know) to seed the teams (like NCAA power rankings), had a diversified committee seed the teams, go back to the old points system or some other way to weigh regular seasons, it would be better than the current nonsense.

There would be complaints no matter which method was used, but the complaints would pale in comparison to the rampant unhappiness that currently exists.

More on Becky

Arundel's Becky Carlson, the 14-year-old girl who was granted permission by the county to play JV baseball, will throw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

Carlson was on the air with Josh Lewin of WBAL Radio on Wednesday and handled herself like a pro. Becky fielded questions from Lewin and was bubbly as always.

Also, a nationally syndicated TV show producer has contacted the Carlsons about a possible program on girls who have broken down such barriers.

The day before ruled that Becky would be allowed to play, I received a note from the Carlsons. It's interesting that her mom, Evelyn, wrote, "I do have faith in the system."

The system does work every once in a while.

Hit and run club

No. 5 Old Mill senior right-hander T. J. Antonacci has won two games for the Patriots after pitching only one inning his junior year. . . . If Mount St. Joe coach and county resident Dave Norton is so bothered by the attention baseball teams get down here, maybe he should enter his Gaels in the county league. When he talks about how much better his team is than county teams, he should mention that his players come from all over the state while last year's state champions, Arundel (4A) and Broadneck (3A), only draw from their school districts. . . . Thank goodness, No. 7 Chesapeake (1-1, loss to St. Joe by 5-2) shut out No. 1 Calvert Hall, 4-0, on Wednesday to keep the county league from closing down. By the way, when did Norton's Gaels last beat Calvert Hall for the MIAA title?

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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