Spalding looks like a force, playing in Catholic League

SIDELINES

December 11, 1997|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding is off to a 2-1 start in boys basketball, and it's safe to say the No. 13-ranked Cavaliers are going to be a force in the Baltimore Catholic League.

The Cavaliers humbled No. 17 Long Reach, 91-69, on Tuesday and have lost only to the nation's top-ranked prep team, St. John's Prospect Hall. Spalding dropped a 61-40 decision in Frederick Friday.

"They [Prospect Hall] hit eight of their first nine shots, then only 12 of 30, and we got them in a dogfight the rest of the way," said coach Tony Martin.

"Prospect Hall has five Division I players, including Jason Capel," Martin continued, adding that Capel was too fast for 7-1 Derrick Goode, and 6-8 Jon Bents was too big for 6-1 Darren Johnson and 6-5 Jason Campion. "Overall, we played well."

Spalding plays the county's two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference teams, St. Mary's and Severn, in the next few days. The Cavs visit St. Mary's at 4 p.m. Sunday and play host to Severn at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

New gym, new look

Broadneck basketball fans can expect to see a different Bruins team than they have been accustomed to during coach Ken Kazmarek's tenure.

In his 14th season in Cape St. Claire and 15th overall in the county, counting a year at Arundel, Kazmarek-coached teams have been characterized by their methodical half-court offense using just six or seven players.

This year's edition may run more than any Bruins team in the past if Tuesday's 58-48 loss to No. 9 Calvert Hall (3-0) was any indication. The No. 16 Bruins (1-1) got into a full-court race with the Cardinals in the second half as Kazmarek used eight players to overcome a 16-point deficit.

"We just didn't really click offensively, but I do have the capability with this team to use a faster lineup and more people," said Kazmarek.

It's clear that junior point guard Lehrman Dotson, the only returning starter, will be the catalyst in the Bruins' quest for a third consecutive county title.

The Bruins had some sloppy moments Tuesday, but once they learn to play together, Dotson's leadership and athletic ability should make them a typical Broadneck team -- but maybe a little faster and deeper.

As Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci said afterward, "As usual, they're well-coached, they execute, and they play hard."

Bruin bits

Broadneck's spacious, new digs are a first-class gymnasium of college-like proportions. The arena, which won't be named for awhile, was only half full Tuesday but noisy. With a capacity crowd, the noise could be deafening.

Kazmarek's nearby office is huge and plush by high school standards, prompting former A.D. Tim McMullen to quip, "Kenny's office is bigger than the first apartment I had in Glen Burnie."

Sideliners

Broadneck is 1-1 in its new gym after winning every home game played last year at Anne Arundel Community College, its home while the high school was under renovation.

The eight seniors on last year's Annapolis boys basketball team are attending college, and four of them are playing ball: Brian Barber (Towson), Todd Nicolini (St. Mary's), Germaine "Boo" Diggs (Allegany Community College) and Donald Snowden (Williamson Junior College).

Not playing but furthering their educations are twins Barry and Byron Booth (UMES), Scott Raspa and Toronto Williams (Anne Arundel Community College). In case you were wondering what happened to 6-7 senior Tony Smith, he transferred from Annapolis to a New York school.

S.J. Womack, an All-Metro end in football, is academically ineligible for Annapolis basketball. Womack pulled a first for the Panther football team as he was named MVP on offense and defense by his peers. His eventual return to the basketball team will enable the No. 14 Panthers (1-0) to challenge two-time defending county champion Broadneck.

Granite Baptist junior Alana Stubbs cracked the 1,000-career points milestone Friday at Capital Christian in Dover, Del. A three-year varsity player, Stubbs is a quick, 5-foot-10 point guard who held her own on the talent-loaded Annapolis Amateur Athletic Union team this summer.

When hearing that senior Heidi Winkler (5-foot-11, 136 pounds) is a member of the Meade wrestling team, we immediately thought of the first female wrestler in county history, Tamara Dakis, a 104-pound sophomore at Meade in 1986 with Chuck Markiewicz as Mustangs coach. That same year, two Annapolis boys, Matt Abruzzo and Norm Stapleton, were turned down attempting to play field hockey.

Meade's mat coach, Pat Arvidson, is an Air Force staff sergeant headed for Okinawa in July.

Severn's Carol Prickett, an All-County lacrosse midfielder last spring after scoring 38 goals, has signed to attend and play at at Virginia Tech.

Mount St. Joseph's All-Metro infielder Mark Teixeira, who resides in Severna Park and recently signed with Georgia Tech, is ranked No. 13 among Baseball America's Top 50 prep recruits. That indicates that pro teams are talking about the switch-hitter as a possible No. 1 or No. 2 draft pick -- and that means big bucks.

Northeast named Marshal Kawecki, a 1985 graduate of Annapolis High, as its baseball coach. Kawecki coached the Eagles JV the past three years and succeeds Don Gilbert, who resigned this fall to take a full-time teaching position at Dunbar in Baltimore. An OF/pitcher as a senior, Kawecki did not earn All-County honors but batted .389 for the Panthers.

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Pub Date: 12/11/97

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