Southern's Groveston expected back


March 06, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Good news for Southern girls basketball fans from the medical department.

Wednesday night's X-rays were negative and, hopefully, the Bulldawgs' second-leading rebounder, junior Alicia Groveston, will play in the Class 2A East final at 4 p.m. today at Baltimore Polytechnic.

The 5-foot-7 Groveston's left ankle was injured midway through the second period of Southern's 59-44 victory over Dunbar in the East semifinals Wednesday night. Groves watched the rest of the game from the Southern bench with her ankle elevated on ice.

She left on crutches with coach Linda Kilpatrick keeping her fingers crossed.

"The X-rays were negative, and Alicia will undergo therapy today. There's not much swelling, and our trainer expects her to play [today], and that's great news," said Kilpatrick.

Groveston is averaging 9.5 boards a game for the Dawgs, second only to 6-foot tall senior Tameka Graves' 13 per outing. Graves is also averaging 13.1 points a game and was up to snuff against Dunbar Wednesday with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Poly advanced to the final with a 56-41 triumph at North Caroline Wednesday.

Southern (14-10) is gunning for a repeat region title and its 11th under Kilpatrick, who is in her 21st season and has led her teams to five state titles, the last in 1985.

Fifth-ranked Arundel (22-3) hosts No. 8 Meade (21-4) in the girls Class 4A East region final at 7 tonight. Meade was the regular season winner over Arundel, 62-57, but the Wildcats of Lee Rogers turned the tables in the county championship game, routing the Mustangs, 78-61.

Meade coach Phil Popielski, who coaches the All-State team and is keeping tabs on Rogers, called to say that "Lee is not a bad coach, but I'm disappointed he didn't nominate Sherice Proctor for the All-State team. And he missed the coaches' All-County meeting."

Rogers replied: "I didn't receive any forms from him [Popielski] to nominate Sherice, and I'm upset I missed the All-County meeting. I had the wrong date for that, and it was my fault."

Several Anne Arundel coaches were surprised that Popielski, a girls coach, did the color commentary on Jones Cable 22-TV for the boys' county championship game between Meade, Popielski's school, and Annapolis.

"Why didn't they [Jones] ask one of us, instead of Popielski?" Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd asked North County's Brad Wilson at the championship game.

Of course, everyone around the county knows that Popielski wants to be a boys head coach. He has applied for boys jobs, including the one at Arundel this school year, and already has pitched for the Meade job if Butch Young steps down.

Young assistants and former players Jimmy Meade and Kenny Gray would also be candidates.


Gina Brown, of Annapolis Area Christian School, needs 12 points in today's Christian School Tournament semifinal vs. Harford Christian at Washington Bible College in Lanham to tie the Eagles' career points record. Becca Thorpe, a 1996 graduate, scored 1,038 points in her career.

With 28 points in her last game, Brown lifted her total to 1,026. Brown and AACS hope to be in tomorrow's Christian school final.

The Antioch Christian boys basketball team is 25-3 and shooting for the Maryland Christian School's state championship this weekend with 6-5 junior Joel Wright leading the way with 18.9 points and 11.8 boards a game.

Three Anne Arundel County residents are faring well for the George Mason University baseball team in Fairfax, Va. -- Brian Forthofer (Broadneck), Craig Haney (Old Mill), and Mark Gibbs (Davidsonville). Forthofer is playing first and designated hitter and has a game-winning homer.

Haney, a right-handed reliever, gave up one earned run, two hits and struck out two in three innings against North Carolina.

Gibbs, who played at St. John's (Washington, D.C.) and is the younger brother of top Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Kevin Gibbs, is George Mason's starting shortstop.

Congratulations to Anne Arundel Community College men's lacrosse coach, Bill Gorrow, who also coached at Georgetown, for his 100th career win Tuesday by 17-5 over Bridgeton Academy, of Maine.

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Pub Date: 3/06/98

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