Spalding-Annapolis game could happen next season

Sidelines

January 31, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

On this Super Sunday, thoughts of what would be the "Super Bowl" of Anne Arundel County boys basketball linger.

But there is hope.

Top-ranked Archbishop Spalding (18-2) and No. 3 Annapolis (14-1) were unable to get together for a non-league game to decide county bragging rights this season. Such a game could happen next winter, though.

Both coaches, Spalding's Tony Martin and Annapolis' John Brady, say they will discuss scheduling a game for the 1999-2000 season.

The matchup would not be a case of two great teams meeting a year too late, after graduation takes away quality players. Both teams boast nuclei of outstanding juniors this winter, so neither side would be at a loss for talent.

And it's conceivable they could meet as defending champions, Annapolis as Class 4A state champ and Spalding as Catholic League champ.

"There is a chance we could play," said Brady, who is limited by Maryland Public Secondary Athletic Association guidelines in the number of games his team can play. "I would hope they would want to play at our place, since we have the much larger gym and more people would have a chance to see it."

Martin has no schedule restrictions. Spalding, a private school, belongs to both the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Catholic League.

"I intend to talk to John, and hopefully, we can work something out," said Martin. "I'm game to play at either place, but because of all the media hype it would get, I'd prefer to play at a neutral site, like Anne Arundel Community College. That way, we could accommodate a larger crowd than either Annapolis or Spalding.

"If not, then maybe we can set up a home-and-away with them."

For the moment, Brady is intent on playing in Annapolis but is open to listen to Martin.

Spalding puts its No. 1 ranking on the line in Hagerstown at 2 p.m. today in a pivotal Catholic League game against St. Maria Goretti (21-3). The Cavaliers outlasted the Gaels, 75-71, in the league opener at Spalding on Jan. 9.

In league play since then, Spalding has won six more and is undefeated. Goretti fell to 5-2 with a loss Friday night at Towson Catholic. The Associated Press state private schools poll has Spalding No. 4 and Goretti ranked sixth.

Bruins honoring wrestlers

Broadneck will add eight banners honoring former wrestlers to its gym on Feb. 6, before the Bruins' tri-match with Meade and Southern.

The banners denote outstanding achievement of the school's athletes. Five boys basketball and two girls basketball players have been honored. The wrestlers being added:

David Poe (1986 graduate, 86-6 record); Chris Schneider ('87, 78-9-1); Andy Claxton ('88, 93-18); Greg Futch ('89, 85-13); Jason Berger ('90, 86-12); Shawn Miller ('92, 105-5), Charles Bennett ('93, 98-10) and Todd Betz ('96, 94-41).

Football banquet

Tickets remain for the 45th Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet Feb. 8 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

While the spotlight is on the Navy and Maryland football teams, local high school players Rayvon Johnson, an All-Metro running back at Annapolis, and Jeff Blachly, an All-County linebacker at Arundel, will receive the Rhodes and Laramore awards, for top player and lineman, respectively.

Broadneck's Jeff Herrick, The Sun's county Coach of the Year, will accept the Jerry Mears Memorial Award, citing his Bruins as the county's top team. Broadneck became the 11th county football team to go undefeated in the regular season last fall, but lost in the Class 3A state semifinals, finishing 11-1. For tickets: Stu Kiehne, 1-800-888-1887.

Sideliners

Six Anne Arundel County products are members of the University of Maryland baseball team: seniors Mike Wooden (right-handed pitcher, North County) and Casey Trout (shortstop, Arundel); junior Chuck Manns (outfielder, Old Mill); sophomores Mike D'Archangelo (infielder, Broadneck) and Jared Vogt (right-handed pitcher, Chesapeake); and freshman Ray Wagner (right-handed pitcher, Chesapeake).

The Terps opened this weekend against Oklahoma, Jacksonville and Auburn in the Atlantic Coast Conference-Disney Blast in Orlando, Fla. Maryland's first home game will be March 13 against Virginia Commonwealth.

Rico Pagan, a former Severna Park High baseball player who moved to Nags Head, N.C., a couple years ago, is enrolled and playing at Essex Community College.

The sore right arm of three-time Arundel High All-Metro pitcher Kurt Light, who spent a year at the University of Georgia before entering Essex this fall, is well again. The hard-throwing Light is impressing teammates and coach George Henderson.

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Pub Date: 1/31/99

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