Spalding boys make Catholic League statement


January 09, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

This started as a big week for No. 12-ranked Archbishop Spalding, and the Cavaliers can cap it with what would be a huge victory at 8 o'clock tonight at No. 6 Mount St. Joseph (13-2, 0-1).

Spalding's debut in the celebrated Baltimore Catholic League has been eye-opening. The Cavaliers (10-5, 2-0) began with a 70-57 win over then-No. 16 Loyola on Sunday and followed that with an 81-66 romp over No. 15 Cardinal Gibbons (10-6, 1-1) Tuesday.

A win on the Gaels' floor tonight would erase any doubts that the Cavaliers are a bona fide contender in what is considered the area's top league.

Derrick Goode, a 7-foot center, continues to lead the Cavs in scoring, averaging 12 points and eight boards an outing.

Tonight's game also will mark the return of coach Tony Martin to St. Joe in Irvington, where he coached the Gaels' JV with great success before taking the job at Spalding last winter.

Also, on the private school scene tonight, St. Mary's (8-6, 2-0) visits archrival Severn (2-7, 1-0) in a key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, Division I, game at 7: 45 p.m.

The boys' public school slate features No. 14 Annapolis (7-1, 2-0) at No. 16 Southern-Harwood (6-2, 1-1) in a big 7: 15 p.m. county South Division contest. Annapolis is coming off a 65-56 triumph at South River (5-3, 1-1); Southern lost a tough one, 58-56, at Broadneck (3-5, 1-1) Tuesday night.

Annapolis at Southern matches the county's top scorers in sophomore Thomas Hawkins (21.8) of the Panthers and the home team's senior guard, Will Maynard ( 21.3). Hawkins led Annapolis to victory over South River with 22 points while Maynard had 25 at Broadneck.

The same two schools meet in a 5: 15 p.m. girls' game that will leave just one undefeated team in the South Division. The No. 4 Panthers (6-1, 2-0) blew out previously unbeaten No. 20 South River (7-1, 1-1) by 57-25 while the No. 17 Bulldogs (5-3, 2-0) got by winless (0-7, 0-2) Broadneck, 42-36.

Top-ranked St. Mary's girls (10-4) travel to the new gym at Villa Julie tomorrow to meet Association of Independent Schools A Division power and third-ranked Roland Park (12-2) at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The Saints of coach Harry Dobson were stunned by independent Riverdale Baptist (7-2) on Monday, 53-49.

Free throws

After his team's 58-56 loss at Broadneck Tuesday, Southern coach Tom Albright, who is the county's all-time winningest hoop coach (470-274, four state titles), said: "I haven't seen a coach win a game yet, but they sure can lose a game."

Albright took the blame for his team's loss, saying he should have had his players better prepared.

The dean of county coaches, in his 33rd season, also pointed out how familiarity with the opposition can get a team out of sync.

"Problem is, they know [Broadneck's] kids so well and get wrapped up and tangled up in playing [more individually] and not playing as a team," said Albright. "I told them to pretend we were playing kids from New York and [to] forget you know them."

Coach Mike Rudd's Glen Burnie Gophers (3-5, 2-0) matched last year's win total with a 75-64 victory at neighbor Old Mill (4-4) 1-1) and are tied for first place in the North Division with Meade (4-4, 2-0).

"Our goal is to win the North and get to the county championship," said second-year coach Rudd, who will have to do it without last year's leading scorer, Vernon Crowder.

Crowder's spleen had to be removed following a recent automobile accident, and Rudd is not counting on his return.

"It would be a bonus to get Vernon back," said Rudd. "He's lost 35 pounds and has a way to go."

Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer predicts that former two-time county player of the year (1991 and 1992) Rob Wooster, who played at Division I St. Francis (Pa.) "is going to make a really good coach and teacher." Wooster, who is the fourth all-time leading scorer (1,001 points) in Panthers history, is coaching his alma mater's JV.


Marlene Kelly, a county phys ed coordinator, will become president-elect of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in June. Kelly chairs the MPSSAA's Equity Committee and is the District 5 representative to the Executive Council.

Salisbury State is hosting a Sports Medicine Clinic on Jan. 17 with the emphasis on the female athlete. The fee is $30 and for more info call Salisbury trainer Pat Lamboni, 410-543-6355.

Kevin Heiser, a former Andover catcher and Arundel High JV baseball coach a couple years ago, was one of two county policemen who apprehended a bank robber in Crownsville this week.

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Pub Date: 1/09/98

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