Hold that title thought Severna Park's next

SIDELINES

February 21, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After clinching the county's South Division title in boys basketball at Anne Arundel Community College Tuesday, Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek preferred not to talk about the Bruins defending their title.

Kazmarek is focused on Severna Park, whom the Bruins host at TC 7: 30 tonight at AACC in the last regular-season game for each team. A lot of pride is at stake.

Eighth-ranked Broadneck (17-4, 8-1) won the South with a 58-56 victory over No. 9 Arundel (16-5, 6-3) and will face North Division champion Chesapeake (11-10, 8-1) for the county championship at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Arundel.

Broadneck beat both Arundel and No. 10 Annapolis (16-5, 6-3) twice each but in early January suffered its only league loss -- by 53-50 -- to neighbor Severna Park (12-9, 3-6).

Quite obviously, the Bruins feel an urgency to avenge that loss.

"Our first priority is to get ready for Severna Park on Friday," said Kazmarek after the Arundel triumph. "They're coming into our place, and Paul Pellicani [Severna Park coach] has done a great job with them this year. I'm sure that's going to be another close game."

Not to take anything away from Southern (10-10, 3-6), but in Tuesday's visit to Harwood, Severna Park, with nothing to gain in the standings, might have been looking ahead to tonight's war. The Class 2A Bulldogs of coach Tom Albright upset the Class 4A Falcons, 76-66, in overtime with a 14-4 run in the extra period.

No question, knocking off the Bruins again would make Severna Park's season.

"I would prefer not to talk about Chesapeake, because Severna Park has six or seven players at 6-2 each who can play," said Kazmarek. "They stayed right with Annapolis the last time" (Severna Park lost by seven).

If Severna Park should sweep, the Falcons might try to claim a piece of the county championship -- if Broadneck repeats.

Tourney draw

The state open draw for boys and girls basketball will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at High Point in Prince George's County.

A 'bubble' burst

Several people, including a couple teachers, called my Sportsline over the weekend to question the eligibility of Arundel's Levor Robinson in light of the news that nearly 20 percent of the county boys basketball players were ineligible (GPAs below 2.00).

Robinson did not play last Tuesday, when report cards came out, but was playing Friday.

The reason, explained Arundel coach V. J. Keith, was that a teacher mistakenly put down on what's called a "bubble sheet" an E for Levor's grade "when he had a legitimate B." The E was intended for another student.

"Levor came to me and told me what was going to happen, going into the report cards, and I told him to sit out [the Tuesday] game until we got it corrected. You don't change a grade from an E to a B. It's not like going from an E to a D and getting eligible."

Unrelated to Levor's situation but while on the subject: It's ridiculous that public school report cards do not show the actual overall grade that determines eligibility. Instead, on the card's bottom left-hand corner, whether a student has met the academic requirements is printed.

I (along with scores of coaches, teachers and parents) find it hard to believe in this age of computer technology that the county cannot show the student's overall grade-point average on the report card.

Hurricanes impress

The Severna Park Hurricanes Under-15 girls soccer team took fifth place (second in their bracket) among 16 top teams in last weekend's Presidents' Day National Tournament in Phoenix.

A total of 186 boys and girls teams participated in several age groups with more than 100 college coaches looking on. The Hurricanes of coaches Al Thomas and George Burke distinguished themselves despite being an out-of-season team.

Congrats to Severna Park high players Holly Noga, Lindsey Nauman, Breanne Benton, Kimberly Burke, Kristin Garrott and Morgan Montgomery, and Chesapeake High's Jaime Kittle and Lindsay Ries for the showing.

Navy on ice

Navy's ice hockey club team, ranked 15th among 30 member schools, is playing in the American College Hockey Association playoffs at the University of Delaware this weekend.

Seeded fifth, the Midshipmen play at 5 p.m. today against No. 4 Rhode Island, with No. 3 Duquesne and No. 6 West Virginia in the other quarterfinal. A Navy victory, and the Mids would play top-seeded Delaware tomorrow. No. 2 seed Towson State gets the other winner, and the championship will be decided on Sunday.

Have an idea for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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