Annapolis adds to streak resume with 14 consecitive victories

SIDELINES

January 24, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

The third-ranked Annapolis Panthers have more long winning streaks than any other county boys basketball team, and this season's team is on one of those runs.

Friday, the Panthers left Glen Burnie with a 61-44 victory over the Gophers (7-6), extending their winning streak to 14 games. Unbeaten Annapolis has hit that number twice before, and the school record is 19.

Annapolis started the 1985-86 season with a 19-0 record, losing to coach John Brady's alma mater, Mount St. Joseph. The 19-0 start is a county record, but the most consecutive wins in a season for public schools is 21 by Meade in 1982-83.

The county private-school record and overall county record is 22 by Severn six years ago.

"We also won 19 in a row in 1987-88 after losing two of our first four games," said Brady, who has coached eight of the nine Annapolis teams on the all-time streak list. Then, we lost to Meade in the region final that year."

The late Al Laramore's 1974 state championship team is the other Annapolis team to make the cut with 15 in a row.

Brady's only state championship team, 1989-90's 23-3 squad, did not make the all-time list. That team closed with a 12-game winning streak, including the unforgettable 106-102 state title win over Prince George's County's High Point.

Coach Butch Young, who is in his 32nd season in the county, the last 22 at Meade, became the first coach to post three wins in a season over a Brady-coached team in the Mustangs' record-setting season of 1982-83.

That team was led by first team All-County seniors Matt Cohen and Kenny Gray, who is a now an assistant to Young at Meade, and second-team All-County seniors Trey Jenkins and William Quigley.

Young's 1982-83 powerhouse won its first two games, then lost to Bowie, 59-51, in a non-county contest. Meade then won 21 in a row before losing to Montgomery County's Wootton in the state semifinals.

Severn's 1992-93 team, which was 25-2, won the old Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship that season with seniors Brad Fowler and Jamal Mack, first- and second-team All- County, respectively.

After winning their first game, coach Jim Doyle's Admirals dropped a 64-53 decision to Cardinal Gibbons.

The streak began after that and continued until the Admirals were upset by Archbishop Spalding, 52-46, the last game before they won the B Conference tournament with two wins.

Tom Albright, the dean of county basketball coaches in his 34th season at Southern, won the first of his county-best four state titles in 1972-73 with a 21-3 team. That team had the county's first 19-game winning streak.

Exam week

County students have their mid-year exams from Wednesday through Friday, with vocational-technical students starting on Tuesday.

That means no county public school athletic events until Friday. Teams can practice daily, but not more than 90 minutes, so the student-athletes can have more time to study for their exams.

Riddle

How many men does it take to fix a loose basketball net?

Seven.

Play was delayed 12 minutes in the third period of Wednesday's Broadneck at Annapolis boys game after a free throw resulted in dangling strings from one of the nets.

Seven men, including Annapolis coach Brady, huddled under the hoop.

Eventually, a ladder was brought out. An administrator climbed up with scissors and tape. Mission accomplished. The teams then took a few rounds of practice layups and play resumed.

"Broadneck had a five-point lead, and we used that trick to slow them down," said Brady, who added that his Panthers "netted that win [54-43]."

Sideliners

Arundel's first-team All-County football seniors Jeff Blachly (linebacker) and Mike Parker (defensive lineman) and second-team running back Domenic Greco will try out Feb. 7 for the Chesapeake All-Star Classic to be played in July.

In an attempt to increase attendance at basketball games, Severna Park High is conducting halftime shooting contests with cash rewards.

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

Pub Date: 1/24/99

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