2 big early games open public school schedule

SIDELINES

January 04, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Now the fun begins in boys basketball.

Tuesday marks the beginning of the regular schedule in the Anne Arundel County public school league, and two big games in the South Division are on tap at 7: 15 p.m.

No. 17-ranked Southern-Harwood (6-1 overall, 1-0 county) visits two-time defending county champion Broadneck (2-5, 0-1), and No. 19 Annapolis (6-1, 1-0) travels to considerably improved South River (5-2, 1-0).

The 12 public school league teams play in two six-team divisions (North is the other) and play pretty much two league games a week between now and the season finales Feb. 23.

Broadneck's bid for a third consecutive county title will be threatened by Southern, the county's highest-ranked public school team. The Class 2A Bulldogs won their first six games before dropping the Northern-Calvert Tournament final last week Class 4A High Point (7-1) of Prince George's County, 87-53.

The 3A Bruins are off to the worst start in coach Ken Kazmarek's 14 seasons as coach at the Cape St. Claire school. Broadneck won its first game in the Wes Unseld Tournament last week, 56-41 over Catonsville, but then lost to unbeaten (12-0) and No. 2 Randallstown, 51-48, and to 7-1 Milford Mill, 48-47.

Among Broadneck's five losses is a 52-46 South Division loss to South River. The Seahawks are coming off a triumphant holiday visit to the Eastern Shore, where they won the North Caroline Tournament.

South River knocked off Laurel, 74-60, in the final after defeating the shore's Colonel Richardson, 75-73, as 6-foot-9 senior Pernell Jackson totaled 38 points, 17 boards and 16 blocked shots in the two games.

In playing host to Annapolis, the Seahawks face a Panthers team that won its own Cap City Classic, but the opponents may have been the weakest Annapolis has had at its tournament. The other three teams all have losing records: Landon Prep (3-4), Oakland Mills (3-5) and North County (0-7).

Annapolis routed Oakland Mills, 75-52, but squeaked by Landon, 50-48, in the final.

Thus, the county's two southern-most teams, Southern and South River, have legitimate chances of knocking off the county's top two teams over the last decade, Annapolis and Broadneck.

Over in the North Division, defending division champion Chesapeake hosts Meade in a matchup of two of the top teams at 5: 15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bruins Hall revisited

Got some reaction from the Dec. 24 Sidelines, in which Broadneck's decision to raise banners in its new gym with the names and numbers of four boys basketball greats -- Kenny Wood (1989), Matt Campbell (1990), Jason Smith (1995) and John Williams (1997) -- was questioned.

Some people are wondering why two-time county scoring champion Kurtis Brooks (1984), who also holds school records for season highest average (26.9) and career average (24.0), was not honored.

Along comes former Bruins wrestling coach John Mayberry, who is now the wrestling coach at Southern.

"I couldn't agree with you more that Kurtis Brooks belongs up there, but how about our state champion wrestlers?" asked Mayberry, whose wrestling program did something the boys basketball team has yet to do, which is win a state title. "They were a very valuable part of that [former] gym. Those wrestlers deserve everything those basketball players got."

Among the wrestlers whom Mayberry feels deserve recognition are three members of the 1988 state championship team -- brothers Dale and Shawn Miller (112 and 119 pounds, respectively) and Andy Claxton (140). Each also was an individual state champion.

Also, Chris Schneider (121) and Greg Futch (119), who won state titles in 1987 and 1989, respectively, should be honored, said Mayberry.

"We intend to eventually honor the wrestling team on a wrestling night," said Ken Kazmarek, the school's basketball coach and athletic director.

Kazmarek also said the Bruins hope to produce a "school hall of fame" thereby recognizing all the former deserving male and female athletes.

"Down the road, we will also consider Kurtis Brooks, and the other teams such as volleyball and indoor track that compete in the gym."

Sideliners

Three-time All-Metro right-hand pitcher Kurt Light of Arundel High had a good fall season academically and on the mound for the University of Georgia.

"I had a couple saves and have a good shot at being the No. 4 pitcher in the spring," said the hard-throwing Light, a freshman Bulldog. "I love the school and everything about it."

Light returns tomorrow to Georgia. The Southeast Conference Bulldogs open their season Feb. 13.

North County's Teon Carter, two-time All-County and second-team All-Metro receiver/defensive back in 1993, is working full-time but is considering returning to play college football at Division III Haverford (Pa.) College.

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

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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