Holiday tournaments give fans something to cheer about



Only a couple of games are scheduled over the next three days, but on Friday, the day after Christmas, we jump into a slew of holiday basketball tournaments.

Wes Unseld Classic: No. 17-ranked Broadneck (1-3) and Old Mill (2-1) are playing in the always tough Unseld Classic at Catonsville Community College that starts Friday.

Meade: One of the better local tournaments figures to be at Meade on Dec. 29 and 30.

Edgewood, last year's Class 1A state champion and now a Class 2A team that is ranked No. 12 by The Sun, will play the early game against Glen Burnie. Meade and Prince George's County power Eleanor Roosevelt will meet in the second game. Roosevelt is ranked No. 10 in the Washington area by the Washington Post and recently routed North County, 64-33.

"We may not get to our own championship game," laughed Meade's veteran coach Butch Young, whose Mustangs were 1-3 going into the weekend.

Meade's 1-3 record is deceiving. The Mustangs have been in every game and could easily be 4-0. Tuesday's 52-46 loss to St. John's of D.C. (ranked No. 17 by the Post) typified Meade's frustrations.

The other losses were 60-58 to defending Class 4A East region champion Calvert and 65-64 to undefeated Southern-Harwood. Meade's lone victory was 51-41 over Queen Anne's in the Mustangs' only home game.

"We've been playing great defense, playing hard, but having trouble scoring," said Young. "We missed too many free throws (10-for-21) at St. John's, and in the Southern game, we were right under own basket, down by one with six seconds left, and didn't get a good shot off."

In the Calvert loss, Meade led 58-54 with about two minutes remaining but missed five consecutive free throws.

Senior forward Steve Spurlin has been a bright spot, averaging 16.8 points an outing, and Young is hoping everybody will be playing well by their holiday tournament. That is imperative if the Mustangs are to have a chance to win it.

Bob Pascal Tournament: The only boys tournament made up of all Anne Arundel County teams is the Pascal event at Chesapeake with the host Cougars, Northeast, St. Mary's and Severna Park. Pascal is a former county executive who was a strong supporter of athletics and high school coaches. This also is the latest tournament, running Jan. 2 and 3.

New year, new results

When county boys basketball teams get into their league schedules on a regular basis starting Jan. 6, the North Division should be much improved.

Not one team had an overall winning record from the North last season, but No. 16 Chesapeake, Meade, North County and Old Mill all should be improved. Once-beaten Chesapeake, the north's only .500 (12-12) team a year ago, is a strong contender to win the whole thing.

The South should be well-balanced, with Southern-Harwood (4-0) emerging as the early favorite.

Cavaliers baseball

Archbishop Spalding elevated JV baseball coach Dave Lanham to varsity coach. The 23-year-old Lanham, a physical education/health teacher at the school, will be the county's youngest baseball coach.

Lanham, who played baseball at Glen Burnie High (he was a 1992 grad) and Division II Pfeiffer (N.C.) College, succeeds Roger Yarnell, who was 11-27 in two seasons before leaving for a job in Pennsylvania.


Coach Dean Albany's Maryland Orioles' 15-year-old baseball team that won the National Continental Amateur Baseball Association Championship in Crystal Lake, Ill., this summer, was honored at a banquet last week.

The Jerry Wargo Southern Maryland Baseball camp to be conducted on Sundays in January and February at Arundel High is filling fast. To register or for information, call Wargo, an Anaheim Angels scout, at 301-855-8558, or Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter, 410-674-6500.

Want to join the men in blue? The Anne Arundel Umpire Association will conduct its training school beginning Jan. 18 at Severn Elementary school. Information: Dave Ferris, 410-987-2320, evenings.

Producer/announcer Bill Frey and Jones Cable TV-22 will be covering selected Navy hockey games this winter in addition to high school basketball games. The Mids' normal PA announcer, Fred Blair of Severna Park, is doing the color.

Two first-team All-County forwards from last season, Germaine "Boo" Diggs (Annapolis) and Noble Watkins (Broadneck), are playing basketball at Allegany Community College.

Have a note for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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