Put another feather in the cap of coach Tony Martin, who in two years has turned Archbishop Spalding into a local basketball power.
No. 6-ranked Spalding (13-9) is one of two local teams playing in this weekend's Charm City Classic at the Towson Center on the Towson University campus. Spalding will play highly touted St. Raymond's, of New York City, in the classic's first game at 3: 45 p.m. today.
This is the Cavaliers' fourth national tournament this season. Spalding already has played in Las Vegas, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Spalding is in Charm City's Southeast bracket with No. 5 Towson Catholic (13-4), the other Baltimore metro area team. Spalding's game is the first of four, with a 7: 15 p.m. game pitting nationally top ranked St. John's at Prospect Hall (15-0), from Frederick, and Newport School (20-2), of Kensington, in Montgomery County.
Newport, ranked No. 3 in the Washington area by The Washington Post, is coached by Southern-Harwood grad Chris Chaney.
Martin said he saw a few of St. Raymond's players at the 5-Star summer camp.
"All four of their players at the 5-Star made the all-NBA Division all-star team," he said. "There is no doubt they have an outstanding team and one we will have to play very well against to win."
St. Raymond's comes in with 6-foot-11 Ernest Brown, who will attend St. John's University, 6-4 senior guard Vohn Hunter, who is headed to Texas, and two of the nation's top juniors. The outstanding 11th-graders are 6-7 swingman Greg Morton and 6-0 guard Majestic Map, who has a brother named Scientific Map.
Spalding is coming off a rough weekend in which it lost two straight in the Baltimore Catholic League, 77-56 to Towson Catholic and 55-47 to St. Maria Goretti, of Hagerstown.
Just three seasons ago, however, Spalding was 3-17. Playing in the challenging Charm City was the farthest thing from Cavaliers fans' minds.
Martin led Spalding to an overall 21-8 last winter, including the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title, and has made a triumphant jump to the Catholic League and MIAA A Conference this season.
An Arundel Tiger
Tony Ross, an All-Metro swingman at Arundel last year, has transferred from C. W. Post College to Towson University. Ross made the move at the semester break. He can scrimmage and practice with the Tigers but can't play games until next season.
"My coaches at C. W. Post were kind enough to give me permission to talk to Towson," said Ross. "I couldn't be happier that Towson wanted me."
Towson coach Mike Jaskulski talked to a former Rutgers coach who recruited Ross last year, and that coach highly recommended him.
Ross' mom and grandmother were having health problems, and the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder who averaged 17 points and 10 boards last winter at Arundel wanted to be closer to home. Because his grades and course load were outstanding, the transfer was smooth.
"The housing and sports facilities are much better at Towson, but C.W. Post was very challenging academically," said Ross, who already knew many of the Tigers players from Amateur Athletic Union basketball in Baltimore, including Annapolis grad Brian Barber.
"Brian and I played against each other the last couple years, and both of us were MVPs in the county all-star game last year," he said. "It's really great being on the same team with him now."
Congratulatons to the underclass-loaded Broadneck girls basketball team (1-11) that won its first game Tuesday by 50-30 over Northeast (3-10).
What a coaching job is being done by Glen Burnie's Mike Rudd, whose Gophers (5-8) nearly upset No. 10-ranked Annapolis (11-2) Tuesday before bowing, 62-59. The Gophers blew a 44-31 halftime lead.
No. 16 Southern-Harwood (9-4) hopes for the return of the county's leading scorer, Will Maynard (21.8 a game) at Northeast (2-11) tonight. Maynard missed Tuesday's game with Old Mill (6-7) because of a weekend auto accident, and the Bulldogs were upset, 53-49.
Junior Emily Lipton became the first St. Mary's underclassman to crack the 1,000-career points milestone in the No. 3 Saints' 66-47 romp over No. 10 Annapolis. The Saints' 72-50 rout of No. 9 Mercy last Friday was their 200th win of the decade, the most by any county boys or girls team.
Jen Tate, a 1993 Old Mill grad, has been named to coach her alma mater's girls lacrosse team, joining Broadneck's Karen Chesley as a head coach immediately after college graduation. Tate, who replaces Priscilla Diacont after three seasons, recently graduated from Bridgewater (Va.) College. Chesley is from Towson University.
lTC Severna Park's Sara Zuckerman, an All-Metro junior midfielder who had nine goals and seven assists for the Falcons' record 10th state champions, was named a second team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
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Pub Date: 1/30/98