It isn't often the No. 1-ranked boys high school basketball team in the nation visits Anne Arundel County, but the DeMatha Stags are making the trip from Hyattsville to Cape St. Claire Tuesday.
Broadneck, ranked No. 11 in metro Baltimore by The Sun, will play host to the team USA Today and Street & Smith magazine rate as the nation's best.
Tickets ($4) for the game, which is a likely sell-out, go on sale at Broadneck today and will be available Monday and Tuesday but not at the door. Information: Assistant athletic director Phoebe Kelly, 410-757-1300.
Coached by national coaching legend Morgan Wootten, the Stags boast preseason All-American guards Keith Bogans (6-foot-4) and Joe Forte (6-3), plus several fine underclassmen.
The latter are 6-9 sophomore Jordan Collins and juniors Andre Scott, also 6-9, and Sam Armstead, 6-3.
With Bogans scoring a career-high 40 points, DeMatha ran its record to 3-0 Tuesday with a 104-80 romp over Prince George's County's Parkdale (0-1). The win ran Wootten's national-best career coaching record to 1,158-171.
Broadneck opened its season a week ago today with a 49-47 victory at Northern-Calvert. Point guard Lehrman Dotson led the way with 20 points, including two free throws to win the game.
Last season, DeMatha blew out the Bruins, 70-49, as Forte scored 20 points and Bogans had 15.
But first things first. The Bruins travel to No. 6 Calvert Hall for an 8: 15 tip-off tonight. The Redbirds (3-1) defeated the Bruins, 58-48, in Towson last season.
Other big games
The No. 4 Annapolis boys host No. 10 McDonogh (2-1) of Baltimore County at 7: 30 tonight. The Panthers are off to a 2-0 start after routs of defending Class 1A champion Forest Park, 91-70, on Monday and Patterson, 98-63, Wednesday.
McDonogh is coming off a 55-47 loss to No. 5 Towson Catholic (4-1) on Wednesday.
Thomas Hawkins, the Panthers' returning county Player of the Year, now a junior, has picked up where he left off last season. In his first two games, Hawkins has bagged 39 points, 21 in the win over Patterson.
Archbishop Spalding's third-ranked boys (3-1), 90-55 winners at Long Reach in Howard County Tuesday as 7-footer Derrick Goode tossed in 20 points, will be in Latrobe, Pa., for this weekend's Rotary Invitational.
Severna Park's girls host a third Baltimore Catholic power in No. 7 Seton Keough (3-0) at 7: 15 tonight. The Falcons are 0-2, having lost to No. 8 Mercy, 67-58, and on Tuesday, third-ranked St. Mary's (3-0) by 71-50.
"I think we gave St. Mary's a better game than they thought they would get," said new Falcons coach Bill Giblin, who also is hoping for a better crowd than the less-than-half-gym that showed up for St. Mary's. "We played well for about three periods and have to build on that. Friday's going to be different. I think we've got a real good shot."
Seton Keough knocked off No. 4 Arundel, 59-44, on Tuesday.
Natalie Hicks, a 5-11 junior, led the Falcons with 20 points against St. Mary's.
"Natalie has long arms, which is helpful in basketball, and makes her that much taller," said Giblin, who succeeded Kevin McGrath, Falcons coach for 17 seasons.
"She's changed a lot since last year, really picked her game up from what I've been told," the coach said. "We're working on her going to the basket more, and if she continues to do that, she could be very good."
Brien McMurray, who recently resigned as boys lacrosse coach at Chesapeake, is one of the applicants for the Annapolis post vacated by the colorful Dan Hart.
Congrats to Mike Francis, North County's rookie boys basketball coach, on his first win Monday as the Knights, with Mark Jennings scoring 17 points, nipped South River, 54-53.
Tuesday produced the first 30-point games of the county season. Severna Park's Ayub Ali bagged 35 (19-for-22 at the line) the Falcons boys' 78-59 win over St. Mary's, and Angie Creek scored 33 (13-of-18 from the floor) as the No. 5 Meade girls topped Northern-Calvert, 58-56, in Owings.
Severna Park's Sara Zuckerman, county field hockey Player of the Year, was named to the South Region All-American Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
South River's Jackie Colacicco will play womens lacrosse at Yale.
Colleen Stauffer, wife of Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer and a teacher at Severna Park, is back as the very professional public-address announcer at the Falcons basketball games.
Victor Thillet, Old Mill's premier distance runner, won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at Tuesday's county indoor meet at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory. He won both races by at least 15 seconds.
Coach Ira Queen's Arundel girls upset Old Mill, 112-96, in the same meet. The Wildcats' 800-meter relay squad and Abria Queen, the coach's daughter, in the high jump were gold medalists.
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Pub Date: 12/11/98